Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vitesse Intros SynchroPHY for 1GE, 10GE and 10GE OTN

Vitesse Semiconductor unveiled its SynchroPHY portfolio of 1 GigE, 10GE and 10GE OTN PHYs. The chips feature Vitesse's VeriTime, its patent-pending distributed timing technology that delivers high accuracy IEEE1588v2 timing for IP Edge networks, the SynchroPHY portfolio offers the industry's broadest and most scalable solution supporting timing needs for Ethernet, microwave and OTN networks.

"Our SynchroPHY family enables sub-10 nanosecond accurate timing through a simple upgrade of PHYs in existing routers and switches," said Richard Interrante, product marketing director at Vitesse. "With Vitesse's unique architectural approach, VeriTime-enabled solutions achieve the in-line speed and scalability crucial to the functionality of 4G service provider networks."


AppliedMicro Unveils World’s Fastest CMOS Transmitter ICs for 100Gbps

AppliedMicro a CMOS transmitter chip that paves the way for wide-scale deployment in 100G DWDM Optical Transport Networks (OTN) as operators increasingly seek higher bandwidth solutions and greater network density.

AppliedMicro’s S28032 DQPSK Mux chips supports line rates up to 31.8Gbps per channel, which allows for 7%, 15% or 20% forward error correction (FEC) overhead. The device is currently sampling with AppliedMicro's early access partners, who are passing traffic error-free in the lab in preparation for field trials. The company's expect carriers and network operators will see next generation DWDM systems featuring the S28032 early in 2013.

"Our previously announced Gearbox product set the bar for performance in 100GBASE-LR4 applications, supporting ODB (optical duo-binary) pre-coding for metro networks," said George Jones, Vice President of Connectivity Solutions at APM. “Our new S28032 extends AppliedMicro’s leadership position in 100G CMOS PHY products to the DWDM network for metro, regional and long-haul 100Gbps applications."


Comcast Doubles Speeds of Two Tiers at No Additional Cost

Comcast is doubling the speeds of two of its existing Internet speed tiers in certain markets at no additional cost. Specifically, Xfinity Blast! customers will now get download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (formerly 25 Mbps), and Extreme 50 customers will now receive speeds of up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps). This is the seventh time since 2002 that Comcast has increased speeds for its customers.

Comcast also announced plans that it will begin to launch Xfinity Platinum Internet with downloads of up to 305 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 65 Mbps.


Telefónica Group Reaches 312 Million Accesses, up 6% YoY

Driven by continued growth in Latin America, the Telefónica Group now has a global customer base of 312 million accesses, up 6% over the same point last year. Mobile broadband accesses rose 51% to 44.9 MBB accesses at the end of the first half, signalling a penetration rate of 18% in the mobile customer base (243.5 million, +7%). Contract mobile accesses grew +8% year-on-year to 78.5 million, while fixed broadband and pay TV accesses stood at 18.4 million and 3.3 million, respectively.

"Telefónica’s second quarter results showed an improvement quarter-on-quarter, especially at OIBDA level.�?, thanks to the strict cost containment measures, while at the same time highlighting “the strong diversification of our business�?, which remains key to growth, “with an increasing contribution from Telefónica Latinoamérica to consolidated results," stated Telefónica chairman, César Alierta.

The company also credited greater efficiency in its home market, where Telefónica España delivered OIBDA of 1,718 million euros between April and June, an increase of 3% compared to the previous quarter, with significant margin growth (45% in 2Q2012 vs. 42.8% in 1Q2012).

CapEx for the first six months of the year totaled 3,658 million euros, 4.7% lower than in the same period of 2011. In 2011 this item included the cost of spectrum acquisition in Brazil and Costa Rica. Therefore, in organic terms, CapEx rose year-on-year by 9.2%. The Company continues to devote the bulk of its investment to growth and transformation projects (81% of total investment), fostering the expansion of high speed broadband services, both fixed and mobile. The CapEx over sales ratio (excluding spectrum investments) was 11.8% in the first half of 2012.

Broadcom Intros 5G WiFi Combo Chip for Smartphones and Tablets

Broadcom has begun sampling its "5G WiFi" combo chip for smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and other mobile devices.

5G Wi-Fi is the 5th generation of Wi-Fi based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard. It significantly improves the wireless range in the home while supporting 3X faster speeds.

The new BCM4335 integrates a complete, single-stream 5G WiFi system – including the MAC, PHY and RF – with Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and software on a single silicon die. The platform-agnostic design and integration of the MAC, PHY and RF allows the BCM4335 to be added to any smartphone or tablet regardless of the application processor used. The chip uses the 40nm CMOS process. It also introduces the newest version of Broadcom's wireless coexistence technology. Handset makers can use this technology on 4G LTE cellular platforms to minimize the possibility of radio interference between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE, which operate in adjacent radio frequencies. Broadcom's Global Coexistence Interface supports the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's LTE coexistence scheme and can be applied to future Broadcom LTE platforms, as well as 4G cellular platforms from other vendors.
  • 802.11ac. leverages 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is 2 times wider than current 802.11n solutions.


Akamai Posts Revenue of $331 Million, up 20% YoY

Akamai Technologies posted Q2 revenues of $331 million, a 20 percent increase over second quarter 2011 revenue of $277 million. Net income (GAAP) was $44 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, an 8 percent decrease from second quarter 2011 GAAP net income of $48 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, and a 2 percent increase from first quarter 2012 GAAP net income of $43 million, or $0.24 per diluted share.

"Akamai's very strong second quarter results were driven on the top line by increased adoption of our cloud infrastructure solutions as well as continued growth of content delivery solutions," said Paul Sagan, President and CEO of Akamai. "Our bottom line performance was the result of significant benefits we have begun to realize from improvements we are making to scale our network operations."http://www.akamai.com

BT's Profit Grows as Revenue Declines 6% YoY

BT's overall revenues declined 6% YoY in its most recent fiscal quarter to GBP 4,484 million. CAPEX increased significantly over the same period last year as the company continued its fibre rollout. Nevertheless, earnings per share increased thanks to greater efficiency at the company. There were good performances in BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach while BT Global Services (-9% YoY) was impacted by the tough conditions in Europe and the financial services sector.

"Our financial performance allows us to keep investing for the future. Our engineers are rolling out fibre at pace bringing fibre broadband to over 2m more homes and businesses in the quarter and it's now available to over 11m premises. Our investment plans are creating around 2,000 jobs in 2012 by recruiting engineers to support our fibre plans and opening four new UK call centres. We continue to make good progress with our investments in the faster growing economies."http://www.btplc.com

LSI Sees Flash Adoption Across Clients and Data Centers

LSI reported Q2 revenues from continuing operations of $660 million, in line with guidance, compared to $501 million generated from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2011, and compared to $622 million generated from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2012. Second quarter 2012 GAAP** income from continuing operations was $59 million or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2011 GAAP income from continuing operations of $28 million or $0.05 per diluted share.

"We are pleased with our performance in the second quarter as we delivered strong growth and further expanded our profitability in a challenging macroeconomic environment," said Abhi Talwalkar, LSI's president and CEO. "Demand, particularly for our flash-related products, was driven by rapid adoption across client and datacenter computing where customers are increasingly turning to LSI to enhance or accelerate application performance."http://www.lsi.com

AppliedMicro Ships 2 Millionth 10G OTN Port

The market for Optical Transport Network (OTN) systems is accelerating. AppliedMicro announced a milestone -- the shipment of two million 10G OTN ports to network equipment suppliers. The company reached the milestone less than 18 months after it achieved one million 10G OTN port shipments on March 7, 2011.

AppliedMicro is now shipping its 4th generation family and its OTN products include Rubicon, Yahara, Pemaquid, PQx and its 100Gbps SoftSilicon OTN Processors.

“The demand for 10G OTN is growing at a healthy rate, creating a sustainable market where technology advances at the same pace,�? said Francesco Caggioni, AppliedMicro’s Director of Strategic Marketing. “The milestone of two million OTN ports shipped allows AppliedMicro to maintain its leadership in this market. As demand remains high for our 10-Gigabit solutions in both the transponder and LAN/WAN/OTN Carrier Ethernet markets, our 40G and 100G OTN solutions are now in customer labs and early field deployment will soon expand our company’s footprint. Interestingly, the rapid growth of 10G OTN ports has been bolstered by its increased use in edge routers, a market that AppliedMicro pioneered more than 4 years ago.�?

  • In February 2012, AppliedMicro announced the industry's first standard Optical Transport Network (OTN) multiplexer to enable 100 Gbps OTU4 linecards. The new TPO415/C415 device facilitates the switching of any client and any rate traffic in Terabit-per-second Packet-Optical Transport Systems (P-OTS). The TPO415/C415 contains a flexible OTU4 multiplexer with support of any size and combination of ODU0/1/2/3/4 and ODUflex containers. The device offers a 100G capacity ODU Segmentation And Reassembly (SAR) engine compliant with OIF-IA standards. It also offers a 100G capacity ODUk/ODUflex packet mapper for support of hybrid OTN and packet switching. Additionally, an advanced software Application Programming Interface provides large efficiency for software integration AppliedMicro said these capabilities will enable a new generation of terabit-class Packet Optical systems which leverage the new OTN networking layer and replace SONET/SDH to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the Internet by several orders of magnitude. In addition to IP transport, the new OTN layer will transport more specialized services such as Fibre Channel and video and allow for migration away from old SONET/SDH networks.

Monday, July 23, 2012

TI Posts Revenue of $3.34B, Sees Cautious Market

Texas Instruments posted Q2 revenue of $3.34 billion, net income of $446 million and earnings per share of 38 cents.  EPS includes 6 cents of charges associated with the company's September 2011 acquisition of National Semiconductor and restructuring.

"TI revenue in the second quarter was about as we had expected," said Rich Templeton, TI's chairman, president and CEO.  "Our Analog and Embedded Processing segments grew sequentially, while our Wireless segment declined.   "Although we believe customers and distributors have low inventory levels, the global economic environment is causing both to become increasingly cautious in placing new orders.  Our backlog grew last quarter but orders slowed in the month of June and our backlog coverage for September is lower than normal.  As a result of this increased uncertainty, we currently estimate that our revenue in the third quarter will be about even with last quarter and below our seasonal average growth rate."


Cisco Eliminates 1,300 Jobs

Cisco will eliminate 1,300 jobs -- roughly 2% of its global workforce -- as a cost-cutting measure.

Cisco's next quarterly financial report is expected August 15.

  • In July 2011, Cisco announced a workforce reduction of approximately 6,500 employees, including approximately 2,100 employees who elected to participate in a voluntary early retirement program.

Ciena Supplies Metro Net for Israel Credit Cards

Cal (Israel Credit Cards Ltd) has selected Ciena and its partner Telrad to build a high-capacity, low-latency private optical network connecting its new data centre in Yehud to its main facilities in Giv’atayim. The metro network uses Ciena’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform to support two 10G Ethernet and four 4G Fibre Channel connections between the data centres. Cal has leased two dark fibre links between its sites to be used as active-active links, for which Ciena’s technology provides a very low latency solution.

Riverbed Hits Q2 Revenue of $198 Million, up 9%

Riverbed reported GAAP revenue for Q2’12 of $198 million, an increase of 9% compared to $182 million in the first quarter 2012 (Q1’12) and an increase of 17% compared to $170 million in the second quarter 2011 (Q2’11). GAAP net income for Q2’12 was $18 million, or $0.11 per diluted share.

“We executed well in the second quarter, driving stronger sales of our new Steelhead and Cascade platforms, demonstrating continued demand for performance-improvement technologies," said Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed president and CEO. “Revenue grew across all major geographies and revenue growth accelerated across our core product offerings. Looking forward, we believe our expanded product offerings and partnerships will further extend our reach to new customers and market segments."


Juniper Posts Revenue of $1.07 Billion, Down 4% YoY

Juniper Networks' Q2 revenue increased 4% sequentially, and decreased 4% on a year-over-year basis, to $1,074 million. GAAP net income came in at $58 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $103 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012.

"Juniper's second quarter results delivered sequential top line growth as a result of our focus on execution," said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks. "New products continued to gain traction in the marketplace with key customer wins across our portfolio. In a challenging macro environment, we remain focused on our operational execution, delivering great products, driving revenue and managing our cost base."

ZTE Lands US$281.5 million Contract with China Telecom

ZTE announced a contract valued at US$281.5 million contract for the largest share in China Telecom’s 2012 CDMA Purchase Project. Through this project, ZTE will gain a cumulative share of 43.5 per cent of China Telecom’s CDMA network. ZTE will supply its Uni-Ran solution and relevant services in over 220 cities of 27 provinces across China.

“We’re very pleased to join hands with China Telecom to promote healthy development of the CDMA field,�? said ZTE Vice President Fan Xiaobing. “ZTE’s Uni-Ran solution will enhance network services and compliment China Telecom’s operations, filling the network evolution needs.�?http://www.zte.com.cn

Broadcom Posts Record Revenues of $1.971 billion – Up 9.7% YoY

Broadcom reported record net revenue for the second quarter of 2012 of $1.971 billion, up 7.9% compared with the $1.827 billion reported for the first quarter of 2012 and an increase of 9.7% compared with the $1.796 billion reported for the second quarter of 2011. Net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the second quarter of 2012 was $160 million, or $.28 per share (diluted).


VSS Monitoring Scales its Packet Broker for Network-wide Visibility

VSS Monitoring introduced a new suite of network packet brokers (NPBs) that leverage a unique fabric-system approach for interconnecting network monitoring and security systems.

The new VSS Monitoring product family, called vBroker, delivers network-wide link-layer visibility and access to a broad set of network monitoring and security systems. This significantly reduces the capital costs of ensuring link visibility and analysis tool access across the network.

The new "vMesh" architecture can seamlessly interconnect up to 256 VSS Monitoring NPBs and more than 10,000 ports, delivering the greatest scalability and link-layer visibility in the industry, whether across multiple data center racks, physical locations or entire geographies. vMesh leverages VSS Monitoring’s proprietary vStack protocol to provide end-to-end visibility and data access – at the link-layer – across the entire network.

The new hardware includes the vBroker 200 and vBroker 300 appliances, which support traffic filtering/grooming and offloading of packet processing to increase tool system capacity and efficiency. The vBroker 300 Series provides the industry’s highest capacity in a 1RU format – 560 Gbps – and up to 56 ports per appliance, while the vBroker 200 Series provides the flexibility of a modular chassis in compact 1RU or 2RU form factors.

VSS Monitoring is also introducing a new management console, called vMC, that lets customers manage all or multiple VSS Monitoring NPBs using a single “pane-of-glass" to deploy, provision, and make drag-and-drop configuration changes for the full topology and perform bulk software updates. Customers can also create advanced charts and graphs at a group or network-wide level.

"Service providers and enterprises alike are challenged with ensuring continuous application performance, threat mitigation, and service availability, and are turning to us to support the latest set of network tool systems, including new security services that protect data, mitigate loss of control due to cloud and mobility initiatives, and ensure compliance. With our unique systems approach, we enable customers to start small and scale to meet their growing needs." http://www.vssmonitoring.com

CenturyLink To Accept FCC Connect America Funds

CenturyLink confirmed that it will accept $35 million from the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF) to deploy broadband service to 45,000 homes in unserved rural areas. The company was eligible for nearly $90 million in CAF Phase I funding, but decided that restrictions on the use of the CAF 1 funds made further deployment uneconomic.

"CenturyLink is excited to be able to work with the FCC to bring broadband services to thousands of homes for the first time. In addition to the incremental CAF funding, we are investing millions of dollars of our own money to bring robust broadband services to more customers because we believe these services will bring essential educational and economic opportunities to high-cost, rural areas of the country," said Steve Davis, CenturyLink executive vice president for public policy and government relations. http://www.centurylink.com