Monday, January 6, 2014

Cyan Cites Big Sales Drop from Largest Customer

Cyan now expects Q4 2013 revenue to be in the range of $20 million to $21 million, below the company’s previous guidance of $30 million to $33 million.

Cyan blamed the revenue drop on lower sales to its largest customer, which decreased its purchases by approximately 88% from $19 million in Q3 2013 to $2 million in the fourth quarter. Revenue for the full 2013 year is expected to be in the range of $116 million to $117 million. For the year, revenue excluding the largest customer is expected to be in the range of $70 million to $71 million, an increase of 32% to 34% in 2013 over 2012.

“We are very disappointed with our preliminary fourth quarter 2013 revenue results, which were significantly impacted by a sharp decline in orders from our largest customer,” said Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chief executive officer. “Although we expect revenue from this customer to represent a meaningful portion of our revenue in future periods, we expect that it will continue to fluctuate from quarter-to-quarter. As we previously noted, our business in the near term is substantially dependent on this customer while we ramp revenue from new accounts and expand our customer base.”

“On a positive note, in 2013, we saw increased momentum from several of the markets we serve, with revenue excluding our largest customer increasing 32% to 34% year-over-year. Additionally, we continued to make progress with our Tier-1 opportunities as lab trials and proof-of-concept activities continue. Our BluePlanet software is a key differentiator for Cyan and we remain confident in our long-term prospects and opportunity to capitalize on the widespread and fundamental shift to software defined WAN networks.”

http://www.cyaninc.com

Palo Alto Acquires Start-up Focused on Protecting National Infrastructure

Palo Alto Networks has acquired Morta Security, a Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity company operating in stealth mode since 2012.  Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Palo Alto Networks said the acquisition bring a team experienced at protecting national infrastructure as well as technologies that enhance the proven detection and prevention capabilities of its WildFire offering, which is already used by more than 2,400 customers.

"Palo Alto Networks has a successful history of disrupting the network security landscape with its unique offerings” said Raj Shah, CEO of Morta Security.  “The Morta team is excited to work with the clear leaders in this space and we look forward to joining the company and contributing to future highly innovative technology leadership."

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com

Silicon Valley Networking Start-up Map

Here is a map of networking start-ups in Silicon Valley.  Listing our pulled from our Start-up Directory and our Start-up News category.


Broadcom Intros 3x3 MIMO 802.11ac Chip

Broadcom introduced two Wi-Fi system-on-a-chips (SoCs) for streaming HD-quality content, online gaming and other high-bandwidth applications in the home.

  • The BCM43569 is a dual-band 2x2 MIMO combo chip (5G WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1) with a USB 3.0 interface and advanced coexistence technology that enables smart TVs to receive both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals simultaneously. The solution uses a separate Bluetooth low-noise amplifier (LNA) coupled with customized Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence algorithms allow Bluetooth gaming, audio and motion peripherals to perform in challenging environments. Broadcom Media Stack (BMS) enables connectivity software features like TVSelect, audio over Wi-Fi, seamless gaming and Miracast for a rich DTV experience
  • The BCM43602 is a 3x3 MIMO 802.11ac SoC solution that enables these platforms to offload Wi-Fi processing from the host processor. The solution boasts the ability to achieve full 802.11ac (900 Mbps TCP) throughput on CPU constrained systems.  The entire WLAN driver runs inside of the BCM43602, freeing up host CPU for applications such as video streaming. It is pin-compatible, drop in and full feature replacement to Broadcom's industry leading BCM4360, in production across multiple retail and service provider customers.


"As the first company to deliver 5G WiFi across all product segments, Broadcom continues to lead innovation and engineer even more powerful next-generation 5G WiFi products that support today's content-hungry consumer," said Rahul Patel, Vice President, Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos. "Our new advanced solutions bring consumers an elevated video streaming experience across the wirelessly connected home and provide OEMs with the benefits of improved system cost and form factor."

http://www.connectingeverything.com
http://www.broadcom.com

The Carlyle Group Hires Former FCC Chairman to Head U.S. Buyout Team

The Carlyle Group, a global investment fund with over $185 billion under management (NASDAQ: CG), named Julius Genachowski a Managing Director and partner in the U.S. Buyout team.

Genachowski, who served as FCC Chairman from 2009 till last year, is expected to focus on investments in global technology, media and telecom, including Internet and mobile. He will be based in Washington, DC.

Carlyle said its U.S. Buyout team recently completed the final close of Carlyle Partners VI, a $13 billion fund that invests in U.S. corporate buyouts and strategic minority investments across six industries. Two hundred sixty-nine investors from 43 countries committed capital to the fund.

http://www.carlyle.com/news-room/news-release-archive/carlyle-group-names-julius-genachowski-managing-director-us-buyout


  • In May 2013, Julius Genachowski accepted a senior fellowship at the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program following his resignation as chairman of the FCC. The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program addresses the societal impact of communications and information technologies, and provides a multi-disciplinary venue for considered judgment on communications policy issues. Genachowski was the 5th consecutive FCC chair to accept this fellowship after ending the chairmanship, including Kevin Martin, Michael Powell and Reed Hundt.

Open Automotive Alliance Brings Android to Cars

The Open Automotive Alliance, a new industry group backed by Google, GM, Audi, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia, has been launched with a mission to extend the Android ecosystem into cars.

The OAA aims to accelerate auto innovation by leveraging Android's openness, customization and scale. The group will pursue an open development model and common platform to allow automakers to more easily bring cutting-edge technology to their products. The first cars with Android integration are expected by the end of this year.

http://www.openautoalliance.net/

EchoStar Acquires Solaris Mobile, a Holder of European Satellite License

EchoStar Corp. has acquired 100% ownership of Solaris Mobile Ltd., a mobile satellite services (MSS) operator based in Dublin, Ireland and one of the European Union licensees of mobile satellite service with a complementary ground component (S band).  Financial terms were not disclosed.  Solaris Mobile is a joint venture between Eutelsat and SES.

Solaris Mobile is deploying a satellite and terrestrial network for wholesale access to enhanced mobile communications across Europe in the 30 MHz S band licensed to Solaris Mobile.  In connection with the acquisition, EchoStar has entered into an agreement with Solaris Mobile to provide it with MSS capacity on a new next-generation MSS satellite.

"Through this acquisition and our mobile satellite infrastructure expertise, we look forward to accelerating advanced mobile services throughout the European Union," said Anders Johnson, president, EchoStar Satellite Services. "We are excited to build upon the groundwork laid by Solaris Mobile by most immediately bringing with us access to a next generation MSS satellite which will support a wide range of innovative services across the European Union."

http://www.echostar.com
http://www.solarismobile.com


  • In May 2009, the European Commission awarded Solaris Mobile the right to operate satellite & terrestrial services in S-Band in all EU member states. S-Band is spectrum in the 2GHz band and is adjacent to UMTS used by mobile 3G operators. 


TE SubCom Achieves 13 Tbps on 6,500-km Undersea Cable

TE SubCom completed the second installation of its next generation coherent fiber optic subsea system and achieved 13 Tbps capacity over a distance of 6,500 km without any regeneration.

TE Subcom said the new system is a pan-Asian system (customer name not disclosed) with a longest path of over 6,500 km.  It combined a specially designed underwater fiber plant as well as TE SubCom's commercially available coherent C100U line card that features synchronous modulation for 100 Gbps operation.  The optical fiber used was optimized for coherent transmission and resulted in over 131,000 ps/nm of dispersion.  TE SubCom’s C100U line card utilized Nyquist channel spacing to obtain 300% spectral efficiency.  The C100U line card supports electronic dispersion compensation and uses patented synchronous modulation.  The electronic dispersion compensation can enable systems up to 12,000 km without any optical compensation in the wet or dry plant.  This combination provides unique capabilities for the benefit of system operators.

http://www.SubCom.com
http://www.TE.com

Qualcomm Debuts Snapdragon Processors for Cars

Qualcomm introduced an automotive-grade, Snapdragon infotainment chipset.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A applications processor offers  quad-core Krait CPU,  Adreno 320 GPU, Hexagon DSP, integrated GNSS baseband processing and additional high-performance audio, video and communication cores. The device is designed to meet stringent automotive industry standards for temperature, quality, longevity and reliability and is AEC-Q100 compliant. IT is pre-integrated with Qualcomm Gobi 9x15 multimode 3G/4G-LTE and QCA6574 Qualcomm VIVE 2-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.0-based modules.

The Gobi 9x15, Qualcomm Technologies' second generation multimode 3G/4G LTE chipset, enables Internet connectivity for enhanced 3D navigation, cloud-based services and applications, multimedia streaming and downloads, as well as general web browsing. The chipset's multi-band support enables seamless connectivity between LTE TDD/FDD, CDMA 1x and 1xEV-DO, DC-HSPA+ and UMTS, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE networks, as well as provides automakers with a proven, global platform to build and host their software and services.

In addition, Qualcomm  VIVE 2-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.0 solutions for in-car connectivity enables wireless hotspot functionality with support for up to eight simultaneous device connections, content streaming from the head unit to multiple devices with Miracast, MirrorLink 1.2 and AllJoyn. Also enabled is hands free telephony and vehicle-to-home content streaming through the Qualcomm 2x2 VIVE 2-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.0 module with multiple antennas and advanced LTE/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth coexistence techniques that maintain reliable wireless connections in the harsh automotive environment.

"We are excited to bring to the car the same mobile technologies and Snapdragon experiences consumers around the world enjoy on their mobile devices," said Kanwalinder Singh, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "Building on top of Gobi 3G connectivity already embedded in vehicles globally and Gobi 4G LTE connected cars being rolled out in 2014, the Snapdragon 602A will enable the next generation of connected infotainment in the car."

http://www.qualcomm.com

Ikanos Intros New High-Performance Gateway Processors

Ikanos Communications introduced a new line of Fusiv Vx500 processors for next-generation smart residential gateways.

Ikanos' Vx58x vectoring xDSL gateway processors deliver an aggregate (combined upstream and downstream) data rate of up to 400Mbps with VDSL2 bonding, while providing 11GHz of offload processing for cloud access, dual-band, dual-concurrent WiFi acceleration (AC1750), LAN management and QoS, and secure content processing and distribution.  Ikanos has also integrated its diagnostics and monitoring software suite, inSIGHT™ Broadband eXperience Manager (BXM), which helps carriers to address wiring impairments and noise interference.

The Vx57x multi-mode gateway processors combine the same high-performance Fusiv architecture with the flexibility to support fiber, LTE (up to Category 7), Ethernet, and hybrid fiber-copper access technologies, including G.fast.

Key features include:
  • Up to 1.2GHz dual-core CPU subsystem with SMP for carrier and OEM application customization
  • Fusiv acceleration processing subsystem with 11GHz of combined offload performance
  • Up to 400Mbps (aggregate upstream and downstream) bonded VDSL2 performance with vectoring support (Vx58x only)
  • 300MHz dedicated DSP for carrier-grade voice processing
  • Single-line and bonded DSL engine with inSIGHT acceleration (Vx58x only)
  • Dual-band, dual-concurrent (DBDC) WiFi acceleration (AC1750)
  • USB 3.0 offload for high-performance LTE support up to Category 7
  • NAS offload engine for local storage and cloud access

“Ikanos is committed to remaining one of the world’s top suppliers of high-performance gateway processors,” said Omid Tahernia, president and CEO of Ikanos.  “The Vx58x family extends our xDSL gateway performance leadership for access over the hybrid fiber-copper networks, enabling carriers to deliver multiple services with fiber-like performance over their existing copper infrastructure.  With the introduction of the Vx57x multi-mode gateway processor family, we are extending the benefits of our advanced Fusiv® acceleration processor architecture to non-DSL access networks. This enables equipment manufactures to build a common platform for addressing multiple service provider opportunities, whether the access is through FTTN with VDSL2, FTTdp with G.fast, FTTH, LTE, Ethernet, or cable.”

http://www.ikanos.com

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Corning's 3D-Shaped Gorilla Glass Targets Curved Screens

Corning has developed a 3Dglass-forming technology that will enables its Gorilla glass to be used in curved product designs.  Corning is already workin with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC) to establish a vertically integrated operation in Taiwan and expects the first products using this technology to hit the market in 2014.

"The relationship with GTOC allows Corning to provide a “one-roof” solution. “We can now take Gorilla Glass all the way from flat sheet to a finished 3D-shaped product in Asia, expediting turnaround times and minimizing logistical complexity,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “That’s a win for Corning and our customers.”

http://www.corning.com

Friday, January 3, 2014

Optus Launches LTE TDD Advanced Carrier Aggregation with Huawei

Optus launched Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology on its live commercial LTE TDD (Long Term Evolution Time-Division) network  in Australia.

The deployment, which was carried out in partnership with Huawei, combines two 20MHz carriers on Optus' 2300 MHz 4G Plus spectrum. Initial tests have already shown speeds of above 160 Mbps on a single device.  The live deployment has been rolled out across a number Optus' "4G Plus" sites in Melbourne, and follows an earlier trial of CA and other advanced technologies which saw speeds hit over 500 Mbps on LTE TDD.

"Carrier Aggregation is an LTE-Advanced technology which combines multiple spectrum bands – it's the technological equivalent adding extra lanes to a highway, allowing for higher-speed data traffic," said Huawei Australia CTO Peter Rossi. "This project adds to Huawei's long list of world-first technology breakthroughs. By combining two or more channels or ‘carriers' on existing live commercial LTE spectrum bands, Optus can dramatically increase throughput on its mobile data network."

Additional CA tests have been conducted by Huawei and Optus in St Marys, west of Sydney, combining four 20MHz carriers for a total of 80MHz on the 2300MHz band to deliver mobile broadband speeds of over 520 Mbps.

The same trial also demonstrated a number of additional LTE technologies including:


  • 4×4 MIMO (multi-input-multi-output), which delivered 125 Mbps speeds on a single 20MHz carrier
  • Beamforming, where the network intelligently forms radio signals to deliver the best experience to users as they move around a cell coverage area. Beamforming tests showed a 67% improvement in data speeds at the edge of a cell, from 18 Mbps to 30 Mbps.
  • Circuit-Switched (CS) Fallback, which allows Packet-Switched LTE 4G connections to revert to CS GSM/UMTS 3G networks for voice calls

Huawei expects to launch mobile broadband devices compatible with CA (known as Cat-6 TD-LTE) in 2014.

http://www.huawei.com

Huawei Cites 53 Customers for its 400G Core Router

As of the beginning of 2014, Huawei claims that 53 operators worldwide have deployed its 400G core router over the past five months.

Huawei NE5000E boasts a capacity of up to 2 Tbps per slot, 6.4 Tbps per chassis, and 32 Tbps per system.

http://www.huawei.com


  • In August 2013, Huawei deployed a 400G IP backbone network for Mobily in Saudi Arabia, and upgraded IP backbone networks for True and DTAC in Thailand.
  • In October 2013, Russian operator MegaFon and Huawei rolled out Europe's first 400G backbone network.
  • In November 2013, Spain’s fixed network operator Jazztel took the lead in deploying Huawei's 400G solution in Western Europe. 


AT&T Ups the Mobile Price War with Incentives for T-Mobile Customers

AT&T launched a limited-time offer to pay T-Mobile customers up to $450 per line when they switch to its network and trade in an eligible smartphone.  The deal provides up to $250 for the trade-in of a recent model smartphone and subsequent purchase of a new smartphone from AT&T at full retail price, plus $200 per line migrated from T-Mobile to AT&T.


http://about.att.com/newsroom/offering_t_mobile_customers_up_to_450_per_line_to_switch.html
www.att.com/switchfromtmo


  • T-Mobile has announced a press event for the upcoming CES 2014 in Las Vegas, where it is expected to launch its own package of incentives for customers who switch from AT&T.


FireEye Acquires Mandiant for $1 Billion

FireEye acquired privately held Mandiant in a transaction valued at around $1 billion.  The deal consists of
21.5 million newly issued shares (NASDAQ: FEYE), options to purchase shares of FireEye stock, and approximately $106.5 million of net cash to the former Mandiant security holders.

Mandiant is a leading provider of advanced endpoint security products and security incident response management solutions. It has more than two million endpoints installed globally. The solution is designed to tell a company when it has been compromised and what the material impact of the breach is. The company was founded in 2004 by Kevin Mandiant and is based in Washington, D.C..

The acquisition, which recognizes the ever-increasing intensity of cyber attacks and follows nearly two years of collaboration, creates the industry’s leading advanced threat protection vendor with the ability to find and stop attacks at every stage of the attack life cycle. The transaction closed on December 30, 2013.

The combination of FireEye and Mandiant brings together two highly complementary companies, each a recognized leader and innovator in security, and creates an organization uniquely qualified to meet organizations’ needs for real-time detection, contextual threat intelligence, and rapid incident response.

FireEye offers a purpose-built, virtual machine-based Multi-Vector Virtual Execution (MVX) engine that conducts signature-less analysis atop a patented, virtualization technology purpose-built for security. The MVX engine is designed to provide scalable, accurate, and timely protection across the primary threat vectors - Web, email, file, and mobile.. FireEye now has more than two million virtual machines deployed worldwide, providing real-time, dynamic threat protection to more than 1,500 government, enterprise, and small and mid-sized customers.

Mandiant’s endpoint products are already integrated with the FireEye platform.  The companies have been collaborating for 2 years.

FireEye said the combined organization unifies the critical components required to provide state-of-the-art cyber security: the most complete library of actionable threat intelligence on advanced threats and a product suite that can apply that intelligence to detect and prevent attacks on both the network and on endpoints.

“Organizations today are faced with knitting together a patchwork of point products and services to protect their assets from advanced threats,” said David DeWalt, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of FireEye. “Together, the size and global reach of FireEye and Mandiant will enable us to innovate faster, create a more comprehensive solution, and deliver it to organizations around the world at a pace that is unmatched by other security vendors.”

http://investors.fireeye.com
https://www.mandiant.com

In February 2013, A highly publicized report from Mandiant, a security consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia, linked cyber attacks on over 140 U.S. corporations to a specific unit of China's People's Liberation Army.


The report, called "APT1: Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units," details how it has the PLA's Unit 61398 systematically carried out spear-phishing attacks and stole confidential data from leading companies across multiple industries.  Mandiant claims the widespread attacks are on-going.  

In addition to describing the methodology of the attacks, the Mandiant report provides domain names, MD5 hashes of malware and X.509 encryption certificates associated with the attackers.

Some highlights of the widely-cited Mandiant report:
  • APT1 has systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data
  • APT1 is believed to have dozens, if not hundreds of human operators.
  • APT1 maintains an extensive infrastructure of computer systems around the world.
  • In over 97% of the 1,905 times Mandiant observed APT1 intruders connecting to their attack infrastructure, APT1 used IP addresses registered in Shanghai and systems set to use the Simplified Chinese language.
  • Mandiant observed APT1 establish a minimum of 937 Command and Control (C2) servers hosted on 849 distinct IP addresses in 13 countries. The majority of these 849 unique IP addresses were 
  • registered to organizations in China (709), followed by the U.S. (109). 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Motorola Solutions Acquires Developer of PTT over Broadband Software

Motorola Solutions has acquired Twisted Pair Solutions, a privately-held developer of push-to-talk over broadband applications for secure, real-time communication anywhere, on any device. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Twisted Pair, which is based in Seattle, offers a "WAVE" application for integrating smartphones, tablets and PCs into a secure communication solution that provide with voice, text messaging, location and presence.  Twisted Pair’s WAVE Desktop, Dispatch and Web applications provide customers choices in their dispatch communications and unify communications among teams of workers, whether in their office or mobile. The WAVE communications platform provides interoperability to extend land mobile radios, PBXs and other communication systems, allowing teams of employees, whether mobile or in their offices, to effectively communicate through voice, text and data – securely, reliably and in real time – regardless of network, carrier, protocol or device.

http://www.motorolasolutions.com
http://www.twistedpair.com

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cisco Comments on Der Spiegel Report on NSA Capabilities

Cisco announced an investigation into reported claims that the NSA has developed  a catalog of special techniques to penetrate the firewalls of major industry players, including Cisco, Juniper and Huawei, along with other specific network equipment.  The report was published by Der Spiegel.

In a blog posting, John Stewart, Cisco's Chief Security Officer, said Cisco is "deeply concerned" about the allegation but "unaware" of any new product vulnerabilities and is seeking additional information.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/catalog-reveals-nsa-has-back-doors-for-numerous-devices-a-940994.html

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/comment-on-der-spiegel-articles-about-nsa-tao-organization/

Monday, December 30, 2013

India's Aircel Picks ZTE for 4G

Aircel has selected ZTE as a key supplier for its 4G network. Under the contract, LTE rollout will be initiated in Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu (RoTN) and few other business critical circles. ZTE is also migrating Aircel’s data services int he Chennai and ROTN circles to its evolved packet core. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZTE noted its relationship with Aircel since 2008, where it has supported the operator's 2G-3G rollout in three circles of the north zone and played a key role in the launch of the Next Generation Networks (NGN) for Pan India. The EPC deployment in the south zones further strengthens the partnership and enables Aircel to provide high capacity and capability solutions with access agnostic functions for 2G, 3G and 4G LTE services.

http://www.zte.com.cn

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