Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Video: Building Small Cells with Software Defined Radio Flexibility



In this episode of the Radisys partner video series, Doug Morrissey, Chief Technical Officer of Octasic, discusses the development of a small cell base station. Octasic's PHY features a 20 km reach and multistandard support (GSM, 3G and LTE). The software defined radio (SDR) covers all bands and the software stack supports all standards.


Google Confirms Austin, Texas as its 2nd Fiber City Project

Austin, Texas is the next Google Fiber city.

Two years after launching the first Google Fiber project in Kansas City, Google confirmed its intention to bring a similar network to Austin by mid-2014. 

Google provides a free 5-7 Mbps data service to residents who pay the upfront fiber connection fee.  Service plans then scale up to symmetric Gigabit connectivity ($70 per month).  A separate Google Fiber TV service now offers nearly 200 HD TV channels. 

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

AT&T Counters Google with Offer to Build 1 Gbps Fiber Service in Austin

AT&T is prepared to build an advanced, residential fiber network in Austin, Texas to rival Google's planned deployment.

AT&T said it expects the city of Austin will grant it the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives.

“Most encouraging is the recognition by government officials that policies which eliminate unnecessary regulation, lower costs and speed infrastructure deployment, can be a meaningful catalyst to additional investment in advanced networks which drives employment and economic growth,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO.

AT&T does not expect such an investment to materially alter its anticipated 2013 capital expenditures.

http://www.att.com/

In November 2012, AT&T unveiled Project Velocity IP (VIP) -- its plan to invest $14 billion over the next three years to significantly expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband network. The plan adds $8 billion for wireless initiatives and $6 billion for wireline initiatives. It also makes a distinction between areas where the company believes are better served wirelessly rather the through a traditional copper network or deploying a fiber infrastructure.

 The wireline upgrades would include speed enhancements to the company's copper-based Uverser broadband infrastructure to deliver download speeds in the 75 - 100 Mbps range for many subscribers.

Total capital spending is now expected to be approximately $22 billion for each of next three years. The company said a stronger balance sheet has provided it the financial footing to invest. AT&T is also increasing its quarterly dividend 2.3 percent and is predicting EPS will grow by mid-single digits for the next 3 years with opportunity for stronger growth going forward.

Deutsche Telekom Tests Huawei's LTE Active Antenna System

Deutsche Telekom has tested Huawei's advanced LTE Active Antenna System (AAS) on an LTE trial network in Germany.

Huawei described the trial as the first of its kind because the AAS used active vertical beamforming for data throughput gains of up to 70%. Huawei's AAS solution integrates the active transceiver array with the passive antenna array to reduce cable loss and significantly simplify site engineering. The solution also takes full advantage of the spatial domain to boost radio access network capacity and coverage.

Deutsche Telekom has selected Huawei SingleRAN LTE as a solution to deploy a 1.8 GHz LTE network in several German cities. The world's first AAS LTE trial was based on Huawei's AAS solution, which improves user experience with respect to achievable download speeds.

"This advanced LTE AAS trial in Germany is a key achievement in the LTE industry,"said Ying Weimin, Huawei President for GSM&UMTS&LTE Networks. "Deutsche Telekom is one of the most innovative operators in the world and we are proud of our strong partnership. We remain committed to being the best business partner to our customers around the world with innovations like AAS."

http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/newsroom/press-release/hw-258821-ictaas.htm

Canada's Shaw Tests 400G in Live Network with Alcatel-Lucent


Canadian operator Shaw Communications has successfully tested Alcatel-Lucent's 400 Gbps data transmission over an existing optical link carrying live network traffic.   The trial ran over a 400 km route between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, using Shaw’s current 100G transport network and Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 PSS with the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE).

Alcatel-Lucent said the 400 Gbps trial demonstrates the capability of Shaw’s current high-capacity network to carry double the amount of traffic, leading to potential new services, such as high-capacity data center connectivity, and more economical service delivery of streaming video, telepresence applications, and gaming. Shaw is the the first service provider in North America to trial 400 Gbps optical technology.

http://www.shaw.ca
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

XO Picks Ciena for Digital Video Transport Service


XO Communications has selected Ciena’s Digital Video Transport solution to deliver native digital video transport services to media and entertainment customers across the XO nationwide network.

The service, which is underpinned by XO Communications’ coast-to-coast 100 Gbps network, will allow XO Communications to transport high-definition (HD) video content for its customers without affecting original quality. The service will multiplex different video signals alongside Ethernet services from remote studios, stadiums and other dispersed locations into a centralized studio or video production location.

Ciena’s Digital Video Transport solution includes the 565 Advanced Services Platform, a compact and cost-optimized metro WDM platform that enables a variety of data, storage and video services to be aggregated onto an optical wavelength-based network or service. Ciena's solution also includes video diagnostic tools that greatly simplify testing and troubleshooting for motion picture and television pre- and post-production, and live broadcast television content contribution.

As part of Ciena’s Optical Transport portfolio, the Digital Video Transport solution will be deployed in conjunction with other Ciena platforms in the XO network, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with WaveLogic technology.

XO Communications utilizes Ciena platforms across its network to provide Ethernet, storage and managed services applications with low latency, as well as 100G managed wavelength services to its large enterprise and wholesale service provider customers.

http://www.ciena.com

Arista Integrates with OpenStack and OpenFlow


Arista Networks is integrating its EOS (Extensible Operating System) natively with OpenStack as well as delivering enhanced OpenFlow extensions via direct flow-based configuration interfaces and data-plane programmability.

The idea is to enhance cloud networking workflows for rapid cloud provisioning. The OpenFlow extensions into Arista EOS gives customers the ability to implement both IP and OpenFlow in a heterogeneous solution. Standard OpenFlow support in EOS can be orchestrated through a SDN Controller, and value added extensions to OpenFlow are now possible via direct, data plane manipulation of flow tables in the Arista switches. This brings open, application-driven and programmatic control of network path selection at wire speed.

Arista's key SDN introductions include:

  • Arista EOS application programmatic interfaces (eAPIs) for integration with leading orchestration and provisioning tools and customer applications.
  • Arista contributed code to the OpenStack Quantum project that enables unified physical and virtual network device configuration.
  • A new modular hardware driver architecture in the Quantum OVS plugin, and an open source version of Arista's driver.
  • New EOS native OpenStack provisioning capability that connects the Quantum OVS plugin to EOS via eAPI.
  • OpenFlow 1.0 support in Arista EOS for external controllers.
  • Enhanced Data Plane Programmability via direct flow-based OpenFlow extensions


"Extending Arista EOS for connection to cloud orchestration platforms provides programmability for building agile, self-service cloud architectures. This has been core to Arista EOS development from its inception," stated Tom Black, vice president, SDN Engineering for Arista. "These software innovations demonstrate Arista's increasing relevance and agility in addressing SDN for public cloud operators and private clouds."

"Arista continues to lead the way in data center network innovations. This is the first real API integration of a broad-based data center network platform, and seeing it connect with OpenStack and solve real customer provisioning issues is exactly what this industry has needed to scale cloud computing," said Paul Rad, vice president of Rackspace.

Arista EOS now supports OpenFlow, Arista Direct Flow mode, eAPIs and OpenStack.

http://www.aristanetworks.com

Kabel Deutschland Picks ADVA for 10G/100G Network


Kabel Deutschland, the largest cable operator in Germany, has selected ADVA Optical Networking's 100G coherent transport for a new nationwide backbone network.

Kabel Deutschland will deploy ADVA's 100G technology along with multi-degree, directionless ROADMs. The fully meshed network consists of 26 major nodes and more than 50 intermediate sites.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

“After a thorough selection process, it became clear which company was the right fit for us,” said Frank Hellemink, vice president network engineering Kabel Deutschland. “From the innovative technology to the excellent performance of the 100G pilot link trial between Hamburg and Berlin, ADVA Optical Networking has proven to be the right choice. This future-proof solution is cost-effective and allows for fully-automated remote configuration supported by a rich service management implementation. We are very satisfied with the end product.”

http://www.advaoptical.com

Orange Business Launches Cloud Identity Security Service


Orange Business Services introduced a cloud identity federation service that provides users with a centralized and unique authentication method to access their resources wherever they are – hosted within the company or in the cloud – on any device.

The Orange Flexible Identity offering, which will be available in the second half of 2013, is an enterprise cloud solution that will allow security administrators to define custom profiles and access methods for each employee, which will allow them to fine tune the profiles distinguishing between professional/personal uses and to implement data loss prevention and encryption features.

Leveraging its network activity management, monitoring and visibility expertise, Orange Business Services also offers CyberRisk and Compliance Intelligence, a range of services to assess IT security posture and take appropriate steps. These auditing and consulting services are based on information gathered by security experts watching and monitoring networks, providing a consolidated view of the threat landscape. These services enable enterprises to assess the risk exposure and compliance level of their IT environment with legal and industrial mandates.

In addition, Orange Business Services provides Security Event Intelligence, which is a set of monitoring, alerting, and reporting features to manage security exceptions and take the necessary remedial actions.

http://www.orange-business.com

Extreme Networks Extends its Open Fabric Edge


Extreme Networks announced further expansion of its Open Fabric network architecture, which enables Unified Communications (UC), Physical Security (PhySec) systems, Audio-Video Bridging (AVB), and WLAN on a single converged network for enterprises.

The enhancements bring scalability (1-40GbE), reliability, advanced services and customization through an open standards approach to lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for enterprises.

Highlights of the Open Fabric Edge expansion:

  • New Summit X430 series switches that extend the intelligence and resiliency of the ExtremeXOS network operating system to the converged access edge, enabling fine grained Quality of Service (QoS), high availability features and identity aware security in a compact, cost effective switch.
  • New Summit X440 series switches include fiber optic interfaces on all ports to physically extend the network edge. Customers can now connect devices including cameras, phones, remote offices, and other switches at distances up to 70km from aggregation or core switches.
  • Ridgeline 4.0 Network and Service Management Software provides an updated graphical user interface to provide a single pane of glass view for switches, access points and wireless controllers.
  • New Chalet is an intuitive web-based GUI for simplified PhySec operation designed for Axis Communication IP cameras management through an Extreme Networks switch.
  • New Altitude 4022/4522 access points for 802.11n wireless LAN (WLAN). These enable controller-less operations at small to medium sites by serving as a virtual controller and coordinating the operation of up to 24 neighboring access points for mobility and QoS services.
  • ExtremeXOS modular operating system for high availability architecture with EAPS protocol to reduce network downtime for business continuity and access to mission-critical applications such as CRM, data warehouses and VoIP for carrier and voice grade networks.

http://www.extremenetworks.com/

Monday, April 8, 2013

HP Launches 2nd Gen Moon Shot Servers


HP introduced its "Moonshot" software-defined servers promising up to 89 percent less energy usage, 80 percent less space and costing 77 percent less, compared to traditional servers.

The new HP Moonshot system, which is aimed at mega data centers, represents the second-generation server from HP’s Project Moonshot. The HP Moonshot system consists of the HP Moonshot 1500 enclosure and application-optimized HP ProLiant Moonshot servers. The servers will use a variety of new processors from multiple HP partners, each targeting a specific workload.

A key part of the Moonshot design is that each chassis shares traditional components including the fabric, HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLo) management, power supply and cooling fans. These shared components reduce complexity as well as add to the reduction in energy use and space.  

The first HP ProLiant Moonshot server is available with the Intel Atom S1200 processor and supports web-hosting workloads. HP Moonshot 1500, a 4.3u server enclosure, is fully equipped with 45 Intel-based servers, one network switch and supporting components.

Future HP ProLiant Moonshot servers will use chips from AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Intel and Texas Instruments.

HP is already using Moonshot servers to support its hp.com website, which receives approximately 3 million visits per day.

“With nearly 10 billion devices connected to the internet and predictions for exponential growth, we’ve reached a point where the space, power and cost demands of traditional technology are no longer sustainable,” said Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer, HP. “HP Moonshot marks the beginning of a new style of IT that will change the infrastructure economics and lay the foundation for the next 20 billion devices.”

http://www.hp.com

OpenDaylight Project Aims for Open Source SDN

A new OpenDaylight Projectbacked by leading network technology providers aims to ensure an open source framework for Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

Founding members include Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, IBM, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Red Hat and VMware.  The project is organized by The Linux Foundation.

The OpenDaylight Project said it is committed to furthering adoption of SDN as well as accelerating innovation on top of the platform in new and differentiated ways in a vendor-neutral and open environment where anyone can participate based on the merit of their contributions.

“This is a rare gathering of leaders in the technology ecosystem who have decided to combine efforts in a common platform in order to innovate faster and build better products for their customers,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The world has learned that collaborative development can quickly drive software innovation, especially in fast moving markets. We are excited to be working with OpenDaylight and expect truly amazing things to come.”

The expansion of data centers and rise of cloud computing in the enterprise coupled with rapidly changing demands on service provider networks is driving companies to look to software-defined solutions to help improve network performance and management, lower costs and increase efficiencies. SDN can enable organizations to achieve these goals through speedy delivery of new cloud, big data, social business and mobile services. OpenDaylight will work to provide an open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence of underlying network infrastructure to make it more responsive to overall IT and service provider demands.

The group will support open standards such as OpenFlow. The first code from the OpenDaylight Project is expected to be released in 3Q13 and expected donations and projects include anopen controller, a virtual overlay network, protocol plug-ins and switch device enhancements. A variety of companies and organizations are already proposing contributions or considering open sourcing key technologies that will be reviewed by theOpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee (TSC) for possible inclusion in the project:

Arista Networks will contribute software and architectural expertise in building large-scale cloud environments to the OpenDaylight Project.

Big Switch Networks is planning to contribute open source elements of its Open SDN Suite to the OpenDaylight Project, including controller code, advanced data store with high availability, distributed virtual routing service applications, network virtualization, network overlays, and other applications.

Brocade has submitted proposals and is working with the community to contribute technologies to provide elastic, on demand services that span the data center and range from storage networking, Ethernet fabric, virtual routing and Layer 4-7 services.

Cisco has contributed controller technology to the Project including an Application Framework and Service Abstraction Layer (SAL). This provides basic controller functionality with support for southbound plug-ins to communicate with network devices using various protocols including OpenFlow, the ability to integrate controller applications as modules, and a set of REST APIs that expose the controller capabilities.
 
Citrix will contribute an application controller that integrates Layer 4-7 network services for enabling application awareness and comprehensive control into the OpenDaylight Project. This will help simplify network administration by enabling a prescriptive, app-driven approach for defining networking policy and topology and automating network configuration. Citrix has also committed to contributing a plug-in for OpenDaylight into the Apache CloudStack project.

IBM intends to submit an open source version of its Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet (DOVE) technology as its initial contribution. DOVE is designed to work on top of existing network infrastructures to help simplify the process of setting up, managing and scaling virtual networks for faster and more flexible delivery of cloud, analytics, mobile and social business services.

Juniper Networks has proposed to contribute a number of technical elements including XMPP client and server protocol code and a flexible data model to extend and enhance the OpenDaylight Project. Juniper sees OpenDaylight as a valuable means for its customers to get access to a wide range of high-quality SDN functionality.

NEC intends to propose its Virtual Tenant Networking (VTN) model and application in Q2 of 2013, which enables users to create and manage multi-tenant virtual networks.

PLUMgrid will contribute in the area of Virtual Network Infrastructure, including technology and innovative ideas on creating a more flexible framework for network application and services development.

Red Hat is excited to participate in the OpenDaylight Project community to openly build and deliver an SDN solution integrated with OpenStack, Linux and KVM.

http://www.opendaylight.org

OpenStack Grizzly Builds Compute, Storage, Networking and Security Capabilities


Last week, the OpenStack community released Grizzly -- the seventh release of its open source software for building public, private, and hybrid clouds.

Grizzly has nearly 230 new features to support production operations at scale and greater integration with enterprise technologies, including broad Software-Defined Networking support. These include:

  • OpenStack Compute – Compute delivers improved production operations at greater scale, with "Cells" to manage distributed clusters and the "NoDB" host architecture to reduce reliance on a central database. Improvements in virtualization management deliver new features and greater support for multiple hypervisors, including ESX, KVM, Xen and Hyper-V. Additional functionality was added for bare metal provisioning, shared storage protocols and online networking features such as the ability to hot add/remove network devices.
  • OpenStack Object Storage – Cloud operators can now take advantage of quotas to automatically control the growth of their object storage environments. Additionally, the ability to perform bulk operations makes it easier to deploy and manage large clusters and provides an improved experience for end users. Cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) enables browser connections directly to the back-end storage environment, improving the performance and scalability of web-integrated object storage clusters.
  • OpenStack Block Storage – The second full release of OpenStack Block Storage delivers a full storage service for managing heterogeneous storage environments from a centralized access point. A new intelligent scheduler allows cloud end users to allocate storage based on the workload. There are also new drivers for a diverse selection of backend storage devices, including Ceph/RBD, Coraid, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, IBM, NetApp, Red Hat/Gluster, SolidFire and Zadara.
  • OpenStack Networking – The Grizzly network-as-a-service platform adds support for Big Switch, Hyper-V, PlumGrid, Brocade and Midonet to complement the existing support for Open vSwitch, Cisco UCS/Nexus, Linux Bridge, Nicira, Ryu OpenFlow, and NEC OpenFlow. OpenStack Networking achieves greater scale and higher availability by distributing L3/L4 and dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) services across multiple servers. A new load-balancing-as-a-service (LBaaS) framework and API lays the groundwork for further innovation from the broad base of networking companies already integrating with OpenStack.
  • OpenStack Dashboard – OpenStack Dashboard brings an improved user experience, greater multilingual support, and exposes new features across OpenStack clouds, like Networking and LBaaS. The Grizzly Dashboard is also backwards compatible with the Folsom release, allowing users to take advantage of additional features in their Folsom cloud prior to a full upgrade to the latest version.
  • OpenStack Identity – A new token format based on standard PKI functionality provides major performance improvements and allows offline token authentication by clients without requiring additional Identity service calls. OpenStack Identity also delivers more organized management of multi-tenant environments with support for groups, impersonation, role-based access controls (RBAC), and greater capability to delegate administrative tasks. OpenStack Image Service – There were major advancements in image sharing between cloud end users, and the creation of a set of common properties on images to provide more discoverable images and better performance when retrieving images.

"The Grizzly release is a clear indication of the maturity of the OpenStack software development process, as contributors continue to produce a stable, scalable and feature-rich platform for building public, private and hybrid clouds," said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. "The community delivered another packed release on schedule, attracting contributions from some of the brightest technologists across virtualization, storage, networking, security, and systems engineering. They are not only solving the complex problems of cloud, but driving the entire technology industry forward."

"With OpenStack, we have been able to launch a stable infrastructure service to support our agile development teams," said Reinhardt Quelle, operations architect, Cisco WebEx. "Instead of waiting weeks for deployments, the devops teams who have adopted the platform are deploying multiple times a day, and the pace of product innovation that enables will be critical to our success. OpenStack's modularity and extensibility has enabled us to adapt the service to our specific problems."

http://www.openstack.org
http://www.openstack.org/software/grizzly/

DOCOMO Develops Cloud Server Mgt Software in OpenStack Grizzly

NTT DOCOMO has developed cloud server management software that shortens the service response time of cloud services by up to 50%.

DOCOMO said its source code has been provided to the OpenStack Foundation and is a standard feature of Grizzly, the new version of the OpenStack cloud platform.

Some features of DOCOMO's software:

  • Depending on service usage conditions, the cloud platform can be switched between virtual and physical servers.
  • Software conventionally used for virtual server control can be used with physical servers without altering the software, thanks to compatibility with the OpenStack application programming interface (API) for virtual servers.
  • Up to several hundred physical servers can be managed through OpenStack scalability. Operating systems can be simultaneously installed and updated on multiple servers.

http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2013/0408_00.html


Huawei Hits 2012 Revenue of US$35 Billion, Up 8% YoY


Huawei reported 2012 annual revenue of CNY220.2 billion (US$35.35 billion), up 8% for year and ahead of its peers.  Net profit for 2012 amounted to CNY15.38 billion (US$2.47 billion).

Guo Pin, Huawei's current CEO, said "the demand for communications is not closely related to economic cycles and is only moderately impacted by the financial crisis." Despite turbulent conditions in many markets, Huawei managed to increase its overall revenue.

Some notes from Huawei's 2012 Annual Report:

  • More than 150,000 employess, including over 70,000 product and solution R&D employees.  The company now has 16 R&D centers around the world.
  • In his opening letter, Ren Zhengfei discusses employee motivation at Huawei and the company's principle of deriving all compensation exclusively from salaries, incentives and bonuses. No income outside Huawei is allowed.
  • Sales from the Chinese market totaled CNY73,579 million, an increase of 12.2% year-on-year.
  • Sales from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), amounted to CNY77,414 million, up 6.1% year-on-year.
  • Sales for the Americas, amounted to CNY31,846 million, an increase of 4.3% year-on-year. The company cited growth in infrastructure networks across Latin America, and  in the consumer business in North America.
  • The Carrier Network BG continued to maintain modest growth, while the Enterprise BG and the Consumer BG began to gather momentum. Of particular note, sales of the Consumer BG grew by more than 30%.
  • In 2012, the sales of Huawei’s middle-range and high-end flagship smartphones, such as the Ascend P1, Ascend D1 Quad, and Honor, soared in developed countries.
  • Sales revenue from wireless network equipment totaled CNY49,837 million in 2012.

  • As of year-end, Huawei had won 139 LTE and 80 EPC commercial contracts, of which 73 LTE and 59 EPC networks had been commercially launched. Huawei LTE/EPC networks had been deployed in 68 capital cities worldwide;
  • Sales revenue from fixed network equipment totaled CNY48,452 million in 2012.
  • Huawei now supplies routers to more than 20 mainstream carriers in Europe.
  • Huawei has been awarded more than  fifty 100G commercial contracts.

  • In 2012, revenue from Global Services amounted to CNY42,913 million.
  • Sales revenue in Huawei’s carrier software and core network business totaled CNY18,891 million in 2012.
  • Huawei has deployed 143 IMS networks, making it one of the leading players in this field.
  • In 2012, Huawei’s enterprise business generated sales of CNY11,530 million, a year-on-year increase of 25.8%.
  • Huawei is paying about US$300 million in patent royalties per year to other companies.
  • Huawei’s R&D expenses totaled CNY30,090 million in 2012, accounting for 13.7% of the company’s annual revenue.
  • KPMG served as independent auditor for the report.

Microsoft Sells IPTV Business to Ericsson


Ericsson will acquire Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV business.

Microsoft Mediaroom is used by many leading IPTV service providers, including AT&T U-verse, Entertain of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, TELUS Optik TV and Swisscom. Mediaroom-powered TV services are offered on more than 22 million set top boxes deployed throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson said: "Ericsson's vision of the Networked Society foresees 50 billion devices to be connected via broadband, mobility and cloud. Future video distribution will have a similar impact on consumer behavior and consumption as mobile voice has had. This acquisition contributes to a leading position for Ericsson with more than 40 customers, serving over 11 million subscriber households. In addition, Ericsson will be powered with senior competence and some of the most talented people within the field of IPTV distribution."

Microsoft's Mediaroom business unit is based in Mountain View, California and employs more than 400 people worldwide.  The group will be incorporated into Ericsson's Business Unit Support Solutions.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1691160
http://www.microsoft.com/mediaroom/

TI implements H.265 on KeyStone multicore DSPs

Texas Instruments is offering a pre-production H.265 video codec optimized for its TMS320C6678 KeyStone-based multicore digital signal processor (DSP).

H.265, which is designed to take advantage of parallel processing, uses up to 50 percent less bandwidth, or two times compression, over the current H.264 standard while providing the same video quality.  The TI chip provides eight 1.25 GHz DSP cores capable of delivering 320 GMACs and 160 GFLOPs of combined fixed- and floating-point performance.

TI said its software-based implementation of the H.265 standard provides flexibility and scalability in developing real-time video infrastructure equipment such as multimedia gateways, IMS media servers, video conferencing servers and video broadcast equipment.

http://www.ti.com

Altera Demos 20 nm Transceiver at 32 Gbps

Altera is demonstrating the industry's first 20nm programmable device with 32-Gbps transceiver capabilities. The device is based on TSMC's 20SoC process technology.

Altera said its demo validates the performance capabilities of 20 nm silicon.

The transceiver technology will be integrated into Altera's 20 nm FPGA products, fabricated on TSMC's 20SoC process. These devices enable customers to design next-generation serial links with the lowest power consumption, fastest timing closure and the highest quality signal integrity.

Altera is currently shipping 28 nm FPGAs with monolithically integrated low-power transceivers operating at 28 Gbps.

http://www.altera.com/32gbps-20nm


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