Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Intel and ASML Aim to Accelerate Transition from 300 to 450mm Wafers

Intel has entered into a strategic pact with ASML targeting next generation silicon manufacturing technologies. Among the agreements, Intel commits EUR829 million (approximately $1.0 billion) to ASML's research and development programs to help accelerate deployment of new technologies for 450-millimeter (mm) wafers and extreme ultra-violet (EUV) lithography by as much as two years.

Intel also agreed to purchase 10 percent of pre-transaction issued shares of ASML for EUR1.7 billion (approximately $2.1 billion) and commit to purchase an additional 5 percent of post-transaction issued shares as part of ASML's program to enable minority investments of up to a 25 percent equity stake to its largest customers R&D funding and equity investment agreements totaling EUR3.3 billion (approximately $4.1 billion).

"Productivity improvements driven by enhanced wafer manufacturing technologies, especially larger silicon wafers and enhanced lithography technologies with EUV are direct enablers of Moore's Law, which delivers significant economic benefits to consumers," said Brian Krzanich, Intel senior vice president and chief operating officer. "The transition from one wafer size to the next has historically delivered a 30 to 40 percent reduction in die cost and we expect the shift from today's standard 300-mm wafers to larger 450-mm wafers to offer similar benefits. The faster we do this, the sooner we can gain the benefit of productivity improvements, which creates tremendous value for customers and shareholders."

Qualcomm Elects MIT's Dr. Susan Hockfield to Board

Dr. Susan Hockfield has been elected to Qualcomm's Board of Directors. Dr. Hockfield's previously served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until July 2012, where she also holds a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience.

"We are fortunate to welcome Dr. Hockfield as a member of Qualcomm's Board of Directors," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Her leadership experience in exploring new horizons in biomedical and energy research adds a unique perspective to our Board and complements Qualcomm's efforts to apply wireless technologies in fields such as healthcare and education."

NTT Communications Integrates Juniper's Junos Pulse for BYOD

NTT Communications has integrated Juniper Networks security and remote access technologies into Mobile Connect, a new "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) security service offered to corporate customers.

The carrier is using Juniper's MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways and Junos Pulse multi-function, multi-platform mobile security software. The MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways deliver secure, remote and mobile SSL VPN connectivity, network access control, and application acceleration. Junos Pulse is an endpoint software platform and mobile app that provides consistent end-point and mobile security while removing the complexity from network connectivity and access control.

NTT Communications deployed the same solution for its own BYOD program for its employees.


London Internet Exchange Builds SuperCore with Juniper PTX

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has deployed Juniper Networks' PTX Series Packet Transport Switch to create a new "SuperCore" network at the heart of one of the world's largest Internet Exchanges. The deployment, which went live in May, will be the second phase of a project announced by LINX in October 2011 to create a new network designed to meet current and future levels of customer demand for online activity.

Telindus serves as integrator for the project.

LINX’s 10 Points of Presence (PoPs) across London are connected by Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers, the first phase of LINX’s new network deployment which went live in late 2011. Both the PTX Series and MX Series run on Juniper’s Junos operating system.
LINX interconnects over 400 networks, including service providers and content owners from 50 countries, providing data, video and voice connectivity to hundreds of millions of customers using mobile and fixed connections. LINX’s infrastructure provides connectivity for high-profile events streamed online, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Euro 2012 soccer championships, The Wimbledon Championships, and The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in addition to everyday rich content upload and download demand.
  • In June, Verizon confirmed plans to deploy the Juniper Networks' PTX Series packet transport switches in major markets in the U.S. and Europe by the end of this year. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deployment marked the first major announced customer for the new packet transport platform. The companies cited an initial capacity of eight terabits per second for the high-density MPLS platform, which underpins an upgrade of the Verizon global IP backbone to 100G Ethernet, supports customer access speeds of 10G and above and enables growth for FiOS, wireless and cloud services.

New Asia Pacific Gateway Cable Slated for Q3 2014

Malaysia's TIME dotCom announced a construction and maintenance agreement for an Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable system connecting Malaysia to Korea and Japan.
APG will have seven branches to other Asian countries, including Singapore, VietNam, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. The cable system is scheduled to be ready in quarter three of 2014.

Gartner Predicts Public Cloud Services to Grow $200 Billion by 2016

Gartner is forecasting that worldwide IT spending will reach $3.6 trillion in 2012, a 3 percent increase from 2011 spending of $3.5 trillion -- a slightly faster growth pace than the 2.5 percent projection last quarter.

"While the challenges facing global economic growth persist — the eurozone crisis, weaker U.S. recovery, a slowdown in China — the outlook has at least stabilized," said Richard Gordon, research vice president at Gartner. "There has been little change in either business confidence or consumer sentiment in the past quarter, so the short-term outlook is for continued caution in IT spending."
Some bright spots: Enterprise spending on public cloud services to grow from $91 billion worldwide in 2011 to $109 billion in 2012. By 2016, enterprise public cloud services spending will reach $207 billion. The vast majority of this is for business process as a service (BPaaS), although platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are growing faster.

Worldwide IT services spending is forecast to reach $864 billion in 2012, a 2.3 percent increase from 2011.

Global telecom services is the largest IT spending market.

Eutelsat and Arianespace Sign Launch Contract

Eutelsat Communications signed a new launch contract with Arianespace for a future Eutelsat satellite. The contract is for an Ariane 5 launch from the Guiana Space Centre. Eutelsat's expansion programme envisions six satellites to be launched by end-2014.


CenturyLink to Expand Campus in Monroe, Louisiana

CenturyLink will expand its headquarters campus in Monroe, Louisiana. The carrier plans to add up to 225,000 square feet to accommodate an additional 600-800 employees. Groundbreaking for the new facility is planned for early 2013.

LG U+ Employs Spirent TestCenter for Terabit Router Testing

LG U+ is using Spirent's TestCenter to verify the performance of a leading vendor’s 100G Ethernet core network router and its ability to support more than 2.0 Tbps bandwidth. As it moves to an LTE network, LG U+ is planning to deploy 100G routers.

LG U+ used Spirent TestCenter with 10G and 100G Spirent HyperMetrics neXt modules to emulate several routing protocols including Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM) and MPLS for IPv4 and IPv6, while generating a wide range of traffic patterns at full line rate for routing emulation. The tests validated the high-speed router’s ability to support QoS and IPv4/IPv6 routing capacity and data forwarding performance of 2.0 Tbps.


Salesforce.com Suffers Cloud Outage

Salesforce.com reported service disruption on its NA1/NA5/NA6/CS0,CS3,CS1,CS12 instances. The company blamed a power issue. Hosted CRM applications were reported down for a number of hours on Tuesday.

Monday, July 9, 2012

June 10, 1962: Telstar Launches Satellite Communications Era

 Bell Labs marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of Telstar I -- the first active communications satellite, which ushered in the era of modern communications including real-time global telephone service, data communications and TV broadcasting.

Telstar I incorporated dozens of innovations from Bell Labs, including the transistor and solar panels, and was powered by 3,600 solar cells also invented by Bell Labs in 1954. The satellite could carry 600 voice calls and one black-and-white TV channel from an elliptical orbit some 30,000 miles above the Earth's equator. The orbit allowed a maximum transmission time between Europe and the United States of 20 minutes per pass. The satellite remained in service until February 21, 1963. Many generations of communication satellites have followed.

"With Telstar and its successors, the world was made a smaller place, as billions of people around the world had instant access to news, sports and entertainment. The phrase 'live via satellite' became part of the common vernacular. At the time, few people would have believed that 50 years later you could actually talk to your house or car, or predicted that children would play video games with other children 10,000 miles away," said Jeong Kim, President of Bell Labs.\

Frontier Gains $72M from FCC's Connect America Fund

 Frontier Communications has received $71.9 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF). The funds will be used for broadband connectivity in underserved or unserved areas.

Frontier said that by accepting this funding, it will provide broadband service to an additional 92,876 households covering more than half of the 27 states it serves, ensuring rural customers in states such as Michigan, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia have access to broadband connectivity.

Troy Cable Picks ADTRAN for SmartBand Project

Troy Cable, which serves southeastern Alabama, has selected ADTRAN to deliver a full range of carrier access and enterprise solutions for the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) funded SmartBand Project.

Troy Cable is deploying a 595 mile fiber optic Middle Mile network across the region that will enable high bandwidth voice, video and data to nearly 150 anchor institutions and 4,000 businesses in the area.

The deployment will include ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access Platform (MSAP), Total Access 900 series IP Business Gateways and the NetVanta 7100 Unified Communications platform.

Infonetics: Demand for DDoS Prevention Solutions is Hot

 Sustained DDoS activity will drive the market for DDoS prevention appliances to 24% growth in 2012 over 2011, according to a new report from Infonetics.

“While the market for dedicated DDoS prevention solutions remains strong, going forward the overall performance of the market and the vendors in it will be challenged by the widening availability of hosted/SaaS solutions and new integrated security platforms that include DDoS prevention as a feature,” notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.
“Arbor Networks and Alcatel-Lucent recently announced a combined offering that couples Alcatel-Lucent routers and a specialized DDoS mitigation blade from Arbor. And F5 recently launched a specialized data center firewall product based on its BigIP traffic management platform, with DDoS prevention as a cornerstone feature.”

Some highlights:

  • The data center segment of the DDoS prevention market is growing fast and is expected to pass the carrier transport segment by the end of 2012.
  • Arbor Networks, the largest vendor in the DDoS prevention appliance market, maintains a commanding overall lead with nearly 3/5 of global revenue, although Radware is challenging in the government network segment.
  • Combined, all segments of the DDoS prevention market—data center, carrier transport, mobile, and government—are forecast by Infonetics to top $420 million by 2016.
  • Mobile networks will see the strongest growth in the DDoS prevention market, with a 30% CAGR over the 5 years between 2011 and 2016.

TeleGeography Publishes 2012 Submarine Cable Map

TeleGeography published its 2012 Submarine Cable Map, showing more than 150 cable systems that are currently active or due to enter service by 2014. According to TeleGeography, the trans-Atlantic remains the largest submarine cable route by far, with 16.2 Tbps of lit capacity at year-end 2011, followed by the trans-Pacific with 12.5 Tbps of lit capacity.

Opnext Carries 100Gbps Coherent PM-QPSK Signal over 3,300 Km

Opnext supplied its OTS-100FLX 100Gbps digital coherent subsystem for an optical transmission field trial between the National Supercomputing Center, SARA, in Amsterdam and CERN in Geneva.
The test used next-generation 100Gbps single carrier technology and soft decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) to optically link Amsterdam to Geneva with a transmission distance of 1,650km using only erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs).

Opnext said the embedded fiber link comprised a combination of the relatively high-nonlinear TW+ and TWRS fibers. Furthermore, the circuit was optically looped back in Geneva, thus creating a 3,300km circuit. The looped-back 3,300km link operated error-free for more than 23 hours (BER<10-15) over the entire C-band and over a range of launch powers, highlighting the true upgrade potential of this link to 8Tbps in the future using 100Gbps coherent transponders.

The Opnext subsystem consists of a suite of OTS-100FLX 100Gbps flexponder line cards and a newly released OTS-mini ETSI shelf with a 4RU small form factor.

"This trial is another clear demonstration that coherent 100Gbps PM-QPSK transmission technology is tolerant to a very large range of impairments (i.e. chromatic dispersion, polarization mode dispersion, noise) and allows the use of alien wavelengths in research networks over DWDM systems from multiple vendors,” said Roeland Nuijts, Optical Network Architect for SURFnet. “Transmission distance and tolerance against different impairments will be critical going forward as we look to build out international networks across geographic and administrative borders in order to realize a global facility for research networking."

"It is great to see the results of our 100Gbps coherent product development deliver both the capacity and reach needed to scale next-generation optical networks around the world,” said Mike Chan, President of Opnext’s subsystems business unit. “SURFnet’s 3,300km field trial really pushed us, and our 100Gbps coherent technology met the challenge."


Equinix Acquire Hong Kong's Asia Tone, Gaining 5 Data Centers

Equinix completed its previously announced acquisition of Hong Kong-based data center provider Asia Tone for $230.5 million in cash. In total, Equinix gains five data centers and one disaster recovery center, in addition to one data center under construction, located across three key markets – Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. Asia Tone serves a strategic customer base, which includes many existing Equinix customers. Asia Tone generated approximately $30 million in revenue in 2011, and has been growing at a greater than 50 percent CAGR for the past three years.

Friday, July 6, 2012

EchoStar XVII Satellite Successfully Launched

 EchoStar XVII, which is one of the highest capacity satellites ever built, was successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

EchoStar XVII is an all Ka-band, broadband satellite designed to provide well in excess of 100 Gbps capacity to HughesNet across North America. Its multi-spot beam architecture will expand coverage and focus capacity on the areas with the highest traffic demand. It uses the Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform and is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.

Extensive tests will be completed after the spacecraft is maneuvered into a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator at 107.1 degrees West longitude. Hughes expects to begin commercial operations this Fall.

"The addition of EchoStar XVII to our existing satellite capacity, ground network, and services takes satellite Internet to the next dimension," said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. "Our HughesNet Gen4 customers will be able to enjoy a media-rich world like never before. We congratulate the Arianespace and Space Systems/Loral teams on a flawless launch."

Huawei Opens TD-LTE Interoperability Labs

Huawei has established open TD-LTE IOT (Interoperability Testing) labs in Xi'an and Shenzhen to enhance collaboration with chipset, device and application partners. The open IOT labs will focus on LTE solutions for voice, multi-mode roaming and multi-mode smartphones in collaboration with industry partners to promote the maturity and commercialization of the TD-LTE industry.

The IOT lab in Xi'an is capable of conducting interoperability testing between chipsets and network systems, devices and network systems. It can also perform tests between multiple systems, including GSM/WCDMA/CDMA/TD-SCDMA/LTE TDD/FDD and using mainstream TD-LTE bands (1.9, 2.3, 2.6 and 3.5GHz). The lab's device test environment can support tests on devices from five different manufacturers simultaneously.

The Shenzhen IOT lab focuses end-to-end authentication and verifying network performance with different technologies, applications and solutions. Voice, video, LCS (Location Services) and other end-to-end solutions are tested at the Shenzhen IOT lab.

In April, Huawei and Intel established a joint IOT lab in Beijing to promote the development of the TD-LTE ecosystem.

Huawei Pushes 3G Uplinks to 20 Mbps using Dual-Carrier & 16QAM

Huawei announced a new HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) record for peak single-user uplink data rates with 20 Mbps using DC (Dual Carrier) and 16QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) technologies.

Huawei said its record-setting 20 Mbps uplink achievement for the 16QAM higher-order modulation technology and the DC convergence technology was based on its unique UMTS algorithms.