Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DOCOMO's LTE-Advanced to Hit 225 Mbps in March

NTT DOCOMO is preparing to launch LTE-Advanced service in Japan on March 27.  The carrier announced top downlink speeds of 225 Mbps with top uplink speeds of 50 Mbps.

The LTE-Advanced service will leverage the company's Advanced C-RAN network architecture, which optimized radio capacity and maximum transmission speed simultaneously, especially in high-traffic areas.  DOCOMO said the use of carrier aggregation technology will enable it to push the LTE-Advanced to achieve maximum downlinks of 300Mbps towards the end of the next fiscal year ending in March 2016. The carrier is aiming for 5G services in 2020.

The DOCOMO LTE-Advanced network will launch initially in 22 prefectures, including Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Nationwide availability is expected by March 2016.

Two DOCOMO mobile Wi-Fi routers will be available for the service—the Wi-Fi STATION HW-02G, which is now on the market, and the L-01G, which is scheduled to launch in March. DOCOMO is also preparing to expand its lineup of compatible smartphones soon.

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2015/0225_00.html


Earlier this month, NTT DOCOMO has achieved 240 Mbps downlink performance using 35MHz of bandwidth in a live field trial of Advanced C-RAN technology.

Advanced C-RAN leverages carrier aggregation (CA) technology to enable users to receive data simultaneously over small cells for localized coverage deployed in congested areas, and macro cells that provide wider area coverage. The carrier said Advanced C-RAN will prove especially useful for improving radio capacity and transmission speed in train stations, large-scale commercial facilities and other high-traffic areas.

A previous verification trial last November used category-6 mobile devices capable of download speeds up to 300Mbps in the Yokosuka area of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

"Advanced C-RAN represents an important contribution to the evolution of LTE and will be a key technology for the realization of 5G in the future," said Seizo Onoe, DOCOMO's Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Huawei Sees 4.5G Technology Delivering 1 Gbps Rates

Huawei outlined its vision of a 4.5G “business blueprint" for mobile operators that it sees as an intermediate step for LTE on the road to 5G.

In a briefing held a week before Mobile World Congress, Huawei said 4.5G will help stimulate the increasing popularity of many technologies such as mobile virtual reality glasses, smart metering and drones.  Some observations from Huawei:

  • 4.5G can deliver up to 1Gbps bandwidth on mobile networks, making mobile virtual reality possible and this immersive experience available everywhere. Virtual reality glasses provide an immersive HD experience, but the bandwidth requirement can be as high as 1Gbps, 4.5G will be capable of meeting this requirement.
  • 4.5G will make cellular IoT a reality. Industry applications such as smart metering require low-power terminals and better network coverage. While LTE is mainly designed to handle smart phone capacity, which is unable to reach a large scale, 4.5G supports up to 100K per cell connections via LTE-M, 100 times that of 4G. LTE-M also provides better coverage (Receivers require just 1/100th of the signal of existing 2G system, 20dB Gain) using low-power terminals (10 year battery life).
  • Industry 4.0 requires lower latency between command and execution. For example, the precision control of a drone requires at least a 20ms end-to-end latency. 4.5G as a key component of Industry 4.0 provides the capability of less than 10ms end-to-end latency, opening the door for large scale commercialization of real-time mobile applications.

"4.5G is a natural evolution of LTE, and supports new business opportunities and an improved user experience through enhancement of the mobile network‘s capacity and capability. This in turn will transition our industry into an all online world with ultra high speed massive connections and low latency, allowing all of us to be fully prepared for the large-scale arrival of applications for cellular IoT," stated Bob Cai, Vice President of Marketing, Huawei Wireless Network Product Line.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-415269-4.5g.htm#.VO1dovm-2-0

IBM and Juniper Tie Real Time Analytics to MX Routers

IBM and Juniper Networks are extending their longstanding partnership by announcing plans to provide real-time network analytics to help communications service providers (CSP) and enterprises become more agile and efficient, reducing time to deployment and cost, while enhancing end user application experiences.

The companies are designing a new solution in which Juniper Networks' MX Router Service Control Gateway (SCG) will integrate with IBM Now Factory analytics to enable the optimization of network operations, as well as the customization of service experience based on who is using the network and the applications being run, taking into account the device's capabilities and location.

"Integrating predictive analytics directly into the stream of data processing – and embedding it into the network of CSPs – will help to ensure the reliability of the network and improve customer engagement," said Bob Picciano, Senior Vice President, IBM Analytics. "Juniper Networks' focus on cloud-based analytics complements IBM's strategy to apply analytics capabilities to help organizations sense, predict and respond to opportunities."

Some highlights:

  • The combination of Juniper Networks MX Router SCG, Juniper Contrail and IBM Now Factory will allow for complete visibility of subscribers and VPN behaviors, for CSPs to offer scalable automated services based on actual data.
  • Juniper Networks will utilize IBM Analytics capabilities to better understand data flows and self-configure to automatically update and optimize network operations and the subscriber experience whether subscribers are watching videos or using business applications.
  • IBM Analytics capabilities, such as real-time and predictive insights, will also be integrated in Juniper Networks' Cloud Analytic Engine (CAE) and switching solutions to enhance the quality of experience and application performance by predicting and remediating anomalies such as latency before they occur.


http://www.ibm.com/analytics
http://www.juniper.com

Mirantis and Google Integrate Kubernetes with OpenStack

Mirantis and Google are working to integrate Kubernetes with OpenStack with the goal of letting developers deploy containers on OpenStack in minutes.

Mirantis said this development work uses Murano, the application catalog project in the OpenStack ecosystem. Murano automatically configures the compute, storage and networking resources for Kubernetes clusters, and provides integration for OpenStack infrastructure components such as load balancers and firewalls. Murano can then deploy the Docker application onto the Kubernetes cluster and manage the application’s lifecycle. To provide production-grade Kubernetes clusters, Murano adds integration with monitoring and log collection services. This delivers Kubernetes on OpenStack out of the box. Developers will be able to seamlessly move entire environments between OpenStack private clouds and public clouds that support Kubernetes, such as Google Cloud Platform.

“Our development work with Google to combine the power of Kubernetes with Mirantis OpenStack makes it easy for developers to manage Docker containers at scale,” said Mirantis CEO, Adrian Ionel. “Kubernetes automates the management of Docker containers, while OpenStack automates the configuration and deployment of infrastructure resources on which those containers run. By using the two technologies together, developers can focus on creating software because their underlying infrastructure just works.”

“Integrating Kubernetes with OpenStack gives developers more choice and flexibility over how they want to build and run applications,” said OpenStack Foundation Chief Operating Officer, Mark Collier. “OpenStack’s pluggable design allows users to integrate and leverage emerging technologies like containers, while relying on the proven automation engine in OpenStack to handle compute, storage, and networking.”

https://www.mirantis.com/company/press-center/company-news/mirantis-collaborates-google-kubernetes-openstack-integration/
http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2015/02/run-container-based-applications-on-OpenStack-with-Kubernetes.html


RETN Deploys Infinera 500G Super-Channels Across Europe

RETN, which operates a DWDM network connecting 26 countries across Europe, Asia and North America, has deployed Infinera's DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform to power its network core and its crucial points of presence that are located in Europe.  RETN's homogeneous Pan-European network infrastructure along with associated Internet Protocol circuits is now capable of providing 100 Gbps services on multiple routes in Europe.

Infinera said its DTN-X platform enables RETN to deliver capacity of 100 Gbps coherent transmission today via 500 Gbps super-channels, with a forward-scale design to support terabit super-channels in the future. The high capacity super-channels are enabled by 500 Gbps photonic integrated circuits developed and fabricated by Infinera -- the only supplier delivering 500 Gbps of transmission capacity from a single line card today. PICs enable the DTN-X platform to integrate DWDM super-channel transmission with up to 12 Tbps of non-blocking optical transport network switching, providing seamless scaling as traffic requirements grow in the future. The DTN-X also features SDN-ready application programming interfaces that enable network programmability and automation of network operations to reduce both operational cost and service delivery times while facilitating new services.

"RETN's global footprint is growing rapidly due to constantly increasing traffic between different territories on the one hand, and RETN's intention to address our customers' geographical interests and to improve their connectivity between the world's largest telecommunications nodes. At the moment, the RETN network has a total capacity of 5 Tb/s on the four main traffic routes and handles a considerable amount of international Internet traffic. In order to respond to the traffic growth, we need to scale our network, while complying with strict requirements for high performance WDM equipment," said Anthony O'Sullivan, Director at RETN Ltd.

"For the past five years, Infinera's solutions have powered the RETN network and now RETN has again selected an Infinera Intelligent Transport Network for its network extension beyond Russia and into Central Europe," said Chris Champion, Infinera vice president, EMEA sales. "Infinera is pleased to continue to enable RETN to automate, converge and simplify its transport network to rapidly and reliably deliver advanced services to its customers."

http://www.retn.net
http://www.infinera.com

Mavenir Debuts its SDN-enabled EPC

Mavenir Systems announced its advanced SDN-enabled Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

The company said it is providing a full suite of standards-defined EPC functions (SGW, PGW, MME and ePDG) on a virtualized software platform that provides the flexibility and efficiency needed to cost effectively scale Evolved Packet Core networks. Mavenir also provides mobile operators a comprehensive suite of virtualized core network functions, including session border controller (SBC), diameter routing agent (DRA), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and security gateway (SEG), under the powerful mOne® software platform. Through service chaining of multiple Mavenir functions, operators can simplify network operations, secure the network, and reduce costs - quickly realizing the operational benefits of network functions virtualization (NFV).

“The SDN EPC is specifically designed to optimize the deployment of data and voice services for mobile operators transforming their networks to 4G LTE,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mavenir Systems. “As operators respond to the rapid increase in mobile data usage, adding new proprietary EPC hardware to scale networks linearly is cost prohibitive. Our innovative approach of combining NFV and SDN delivers a truly unique solution that addresses this problem statement.”

http://mavenir.com/Home/default.aspx

Ixia Announces Native OpenFlow Integration

Ixia announced support for OpenFlow enabled switches from industry leading manufacturers for its ControlTower distributed network visibility platform.  Supported products include Arista, Dell and HP OpenFlow enabled switches.

Ixia said its ControlTower visibility solution allows customers to leverage SDN and seamlessly layer the sophisticated management and advanced processing features of Ixia’s Net Tool Optimizer (NTO) family of solutions on top of the flexibility and baseline feature set provided by OpenFlow switches.

Key highlights of the expanded visibility architecture include:


  • Ease of use, advanced processing functions and single pane of glass configuration through Ixia’s NTO user interface and purpose-built hardware
  • Full programmability and automation control using RESTful APIs
  • Patented automatic filter compiler engine for hassle-free visibility
  • Architectural support for line speeds from 1Gbps to 100Gbps in a highly scalable design
  • Open, standards-based integration with the flexibility to use a variety of OpenFlow enabled hardware and virtual switch platforms
  • Dynamic repartitioning of switch ports between production switching and visibility enablement to optimize infrastructure utilization


http://www.ixiacom.com/

Spirent Intros Carrier Agg Test Capabilities for Mobile Devices with Keysight

Spirent Communications introduced a solution for testing maximum data throughput performance for LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation in mobile devices.

The product integrates Keysight Technologies’ UXM platform with the Spirent 8100 Carrier Acceptance and Conformance test solution. The new testing coverage supported by the Keysight UXM enables the Spirent 8100 cover three and four component carrier aggregation. It also supports both FD-LTE and TD-LTE technologies.

“Keysight’s UXM allows Spirent’s recently-launched 8100 X202 solution to offer the advanced carrier aggregation test capabilities needed for current and future LTE-Advanced deployments around the world,” said Rob Van Brunt, general manager of Spirent Communications, “With Keysight and Spirent’s combined testing expertise and sophisticated automated testing, integrating the UXM into our 8100 system positions our customers to stay highly competitive.”

http://www.spirent.com/Products/8100_LTE

nCino Raises $29 Million for Cloud-based Services for Financial Sector

nCino, a start-up based in Wilmington, North Carolina, announced $29 million in Series B financing for its secure, cloud-based operating solutions for the financial services industry.

nCino's Bank Operating System leverages the Salesforce Platform to provide financial institutions with superior transparency and clarity into their existing loan production pipelines, portfolios and operating efficiencies across all business lines, resulting in increased profitability, productivity gains and regulatory compliance.

The funding was led by Insight Venture Partners, and also included investments from existing investors Wellington Management Company LLP, former Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO John Mack and Promontory Financial Group Founder and CEO Gene Ludwig.

http://www.ncino.com

Ixia Announces Better than Expected Preliminary Q4 Revenue of $127 Million

Ixia now exptects total revenue for its 2014 fourth quarter to be $127.2 million, compared with $120.6 million reported for the 2013 fourth quarter and $114.0 million reported for the 2014 third quarter. 2014 and 2013 fourth quarter revenue includes $17.8 million and $4.8 million, respectively, of revenue attributable to Net Optics, Inc. (“Net Optics”), which we acquired in December 2013. On a GAAP basis, the company expects to report net income for the 2014 fourth quarter of $286,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $3.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the 2013 fourth quarter.

“Our better than expected revenue was driven by record bookings and strong demand across our product lines and verticals, including higher sales of our visibility solutions to service providers,” said Bethany Mayer, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. “We are very pleased with our execution in the quarter. Looking forward, we will continue our efforts to transform Ixia into an enabler of Application Performance and Security Resilience and to diversify and grow our business while focusing on operational fundamentals and driving financial discipline.”

Total revenue for fiscal year 2014 is expected to be $464.5 million, compared with $467.3 million reported for fiscal year 2013. The 2014 and 2013 fiscal years include $59.0 million and $4.8 million, respectively, of revenue attributable to Net Optics.

http://www.ixiacom.com

Monday, February 23, 2015

IBM Extends its Push into Hybrid Clouds

IBM announced new hybrid cloud technology and investments to help its clients extend control, visibility, security and governance as they integrate existing applications, data and services across a multitude of traditional systems and clouds.

New tools to increase workload portability and control include:


  • IBM Enterprise Containers: Help developers rapidly build and deliver applications by extending native Linux containers with Docker APIs to provide enterprise –class visibility, control and security as well as an added level of automation. Solutions developed in a cloud environment could be brought to on-premises systems for execution, allowing many of the benefits of cloud computing to be realized for data that cannot be moved to cloud for processing for reasons of data sensitivity, size, or performance.
  • IBM DataWorks: New, intuitive tooling and experience to find, refine, enrich and deliver trusted data. This allows developers to subdivide and manipulate data sets from the treasure trove of public and private data.
  • Collaborative Operations: Enhanced visibility and control of clients' hybrid environments with a single, end-to-end view.
  • Orchestration: Available as a service enabling management across hybrid environments that is the largest federated orchestration library in the industry.
  • Security: New features that protect the most vital data and applications using analytics across the enterprise, public and private clouds and mobile devices.
  • Secure Passport Gateway: Allows self-service to developers to securely connect data and services to Bluemix in minutes through a simple Passport service that keeps IT in control.
  • API Harmony: Find a perfect API match for a client's application using the world's largest knowledge base of APIs; easily expose and manage APIs.
  • Bluemix Local: Extends Bluemix into a company's data center with borderless visibility and management across Bluemix environments (public, dedicated, and local)

IBM said it is dedicating the talents of more than half its cloud development team to hybrid cloud innovations, including hundreds of developers working on open cloud standards.

"Today, we are launching a new class of hybrid cloud innovations that extend open standards capabilities for the enterprise. This will help break down the barriers between clouds and on premise IT systems, providing clients with control, visibility and security as they utilize the public and private clouds," said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud. "Data location across an ever growing number of clouds is an increasing concern for customers and we are unveiling new portability and developer services to make this easier to manage."

IBM also unveiled the Watson Zone, a new resource center on Bluemix that brings together Watson APIs, sample code, training resources and use cases to help inspire and guide users to build a new class of hybrid cloud applications infused with cognitive computing capabilities. In addition, a new Watson Personality Insights service will allow developers to integrate new capabilities to analyze trends and patterns in diverse, high volume social media and other public data streams. The commercial launch follows the addition of five new betas Watson services to Bluemix including Speech to Text, Text to Speech, Visual Recognition, Concept Insights and Tradeoff Analytics.

http://www.ibm.com/press/interconnect2015

T-Mobile US Looks to LTE-U in Nokia's Flexi Zone Small Cells

T-Mobile US plans to accelerate its deployment of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) (also referred to as LTE-U).

At the upcoming Mobile World Congress, Nokia Networks will demonstrate the capabilities of LAA, using its award-winning Nokia Flexi Zone small cells technology, currently deployed by T-Mobile to enhance the mobile broadband capacity of its rapidly growing 4G LTE network. The demonstration will include carrier aggregation between LTE in licensed and unlicensed spectrum and the technology's co-existence with Wi-Fi.

Nokia said the 5 GHz frequency band, typically used for Wi-Fi today, can uniquely complement licensed LTE bands, while LTE can provide better spectrum efficiency than current technologies on that band. Additionally, LAA brings all of LTE's efficiencies and seamless mobility to the unlicensed band while ensuring smooth co-existence with Wi-Fi services. Carrier aggregation between LTE in licensed and unlicensed spectrum provides customers guaranteed service quality and boosts overall performance where needed.

LAA is planned for 3GPP industry standardization in mid-2016. Nokia Networks plans to integrate LAA capabilities into its small cell portfolio at the end of 2015.

"LAA is an attractive solution to tap the unused potential of the 5 GHz band to give our customers LTE efficiencies and smooth co-existence with Wi-Fi. Nokia Networks' early demo not only shows the next generation of small cells, but is a critical first step to staying ahead of the increasing LTE capacity demand. Our mission is giving our customers better mobile performance and capacity when and where they need it the most. This demo is a testament to Nokia's ability to innovate quickly and bring products to market when we need them," stated Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile.

Ricky Corker, Executive Vice President of North America, Nokia Networks, said: "We're delighted to contribute to the standardization of this technology and, at the same time, innovate by building LAA readiness into our Flexi Zone small cell technology. Our demonstration proves Nokia Networks' ability to collaborate with industry innovators like T-Mobile to bring breakthrough technology quickly to market to address real world network challenges."

http://company.nokia.com/

Bridge Alliance Picks Ericsson for Internet of Things

Bridge Alliance, composed of 36 mobile operators from Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, will deploy the Ericsson Device Connectivity Platform (DCP) multi-domestic solution for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Bridge Alliance will allow device manufacturers, enterprises or service providers to deploy their IoT services in multiple countries with the benefits of a domestic quality of service and commercial conditions. This includes a single global SIM card, harmonized service levels and business processes. They can also leverage access to DCP consumer services to manage new B2B2C business models.

Ericsson said its solution significantly reduces barriers to deployment for these enterprises, keeping total cost of ownership low while maximizing quality of service.

"The partnership with the Bridge Alliance members to deploy the Ericsson DCP is a critical milestone to make the adoption of cellular services in IoT devices economically viable for device OEM and enterprises," stated Anders Lindblad, Senior Vice President, Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson.

Alessandro Adriani, CEO of Bridge Alliance, says: "The combination of Ericsson's technology leadership in IoT connectivity and Bridge Alliance's geographical coverage is an unmatched vehicle for any device original equipment manufacturer or enterprise looking to propel its business. Offering this unified experience requires more than just harmonizing interfaces across mobile operators. We have done more with Ericsson, including standardizing our footprint on a common core network. This will truly guarantee harmonized sets of features and service levels within the footprint to our customers."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.bridgealliance.com/

Apple to Build State-of-the-art Data Centers in Ireland and Denmark

Apple will spend EUR 1.7 billion to build and operate two new data centers in Ireland and Denmark to power its iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will use 100% renewable energy. Each will measure 166,000 square metres and expected to begin operations in 2017.

Apple noted that it now directly employs 18,300 people across 19 European countries and has added over 2,000 jobs in the last 12 months.  Last year, Apple spent more than €7.8 billion with European companies.  Apple also cited a number of ecological steps it will take to mitigate the impact of its new data centers, including helping to restore native trees to Derrydonnell Forest in Ireland and contributing excess heat from the new building in Denmark to a district heating system in the local community.

https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2015/02/23Apple-to-Invest-1-7-Billion-in-New-European-Data-Centres.html

HP Teams with Accton and Cumulus on Open Network Switches

HP is teaming with Accton Technology and Cumulus Networks to launch a new line of open network switches for web-scale data centers -- a new category of branded white box switches that HP calls "brite box switches."

HP will provide dedicated sales teams, choice of hardware and software, and branded switches that are backed by worldwide local support and services through HP Technology Services, enabling customers to streamline operations and reduce supply chain risk. HP said this brite box approach enables it to provide a differentiated solution from original design manufacturers.  HP can de-risk supply chain concerns, provide global presence in over 160 countries and deliver a wide range of high value support and consulting services.

The first products are two open network switches that enable 10G/40G spine and 10G leaf data center deployments. Both switches will be available with Cumulus Linux OS and offer zero-touch OS installation using an open network install environment loader. In the second half of 2015, HP will expand the line to include 25G/50G/100G switches for higher performance Web scale data centers and 1G switches to address unique customer needs. HP will also expand the hardware and OS software choices to meet emerging customer requirements. The expanded offerings will enhance customers' ability to tailor their networking infrastructure to meet the specific applications and workload requirements.

"The complexity of Web-scale workloads and increasing customer demands for network services are challenging the scalability and agility of cloud data centers," said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Group. "Today's announcement underpins our commitment to accelerate the adoption of open networks and provide offerings optimized for web-scale deployments that enable faster time to service."

"Web scale data centers are a growing market segment with distinct needs for high scalability and network flexibility," said George Tchaparian, general manager of data center networks, Accton Technology. "This joint venture will build on the expertise of both organizations to provide global customers with a unique disaggregated networking solution built on new HP-branded open network switches and choice of networking operating system software."

"Modern data centers need great physical networking using layer 2, layer 3 and overlay architectures that are optimized for higher scalability, faster service delivery, and backed by a robust ecosystem," said JR Rivers, co-founder and CEO, Cumulus Networks. "This open networking approach to web scale data center networks empowers customers and gives web-scale IT the opportunity to serve the business better."

http://www.hp.com
http://cumulusnetworks.com/

EZchip's TILE-Mx100 Processors Targets 100 64-bit ARM CPU Cores

EZchip Semiconductor announced plans for a TILE-Mx multicore processor that will integrate one hundred ARMv8-A 64-bit cores, a highly efficient mesh for linear scaling of the interconnected cores, and accelerators for packet processing on a single chip.  The company aims to sample the TILE-Mx in the second half of 2016.  Smaller versions with 64 and 36 cores will also be offered.

The new processor, which leverages technology acquired from Tilera, is being designed for high-performance network applications and network functions virtualization (NFV). EZChip said its TILE-Mx will use a unique mesh architecture with coherent cache and massive bandwidth that provides linear scaling of application performance. EZchip's hardware-based accelerators include a traffic manager featuring 256K queues with traffic shaping, policing and SLA (Service Level Agreements) enforcement, hardware accelerated packet classification and table lookups for millions of flows, statistics updating for millions of counters, pattern matching, cryptography and public-key acceleration. In addition, the chip will boast an optimized memory architecture with extremely high bandwidth to both the internal and external memories, and numerous interfaces for 1GE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE and 100-Gigabit Ethernet as well as PCI-Express.

"We are bringing to the market a new type of highly differentiated multicore processor, leveraging the best from EZchip's and Tilera's technologies, and specifically architected to address the next generation of high-performance data center, cloud and carrier networks," said Eli Fruchter, CEO of EZchip. "The combination of EZchip's and Tilera's market-proven leading technologies enables us to develop a new multicore processors family that uniquely integrate powerful networking capabilities together with the highest number of processor cores to address a wide range of applications and market segments. While our NPU portfolio and, in particular, the new NPS is the highest performance merchant NPU, we expect the TILE-Mx to be the highest performance multicore CPU. As we have accomplished in the NPU market, we believe that through the strongly differentiated technology that we are now developing we will dramatically increase our share in the multicore market in coming years and become a leader in the multicore CPU market."


http://www.ezchip.com/News/PressRelease/?ezchip=97

In July 2014, EZchip Semiconductor agreed to acquire Tilera Corporation, a developer of high-performance multi-core processors, up to $130 million in cash.  The deal includes $50 million at closing and up to an additional $80 million is payable subject to the attainment of certain future performance milestones.

Tilera, which is based in San Jose, California, offers a line of multi-core processors, network interface cards and white-box appliances for data center networking equipment.

At the high end, Tilera's TILE-Gx8072 Processor includes 72 identical processor cores (tiles) interconnected with the company's iMesh on-chip network. Each tile consists of a 64-bit processor core as well as L1 and L2 cache and a non-blocking Terabit/sec switch that connects the tiles to the mesh and provides full cache coherence among all the cores. The company offers smaller versions with 9- 16, and 36-cores. Tilera offers its own line of accelerator cards based on its processors, as well as two 1RU appliances.

Xilinx Outlines its 16nm UltraScale+ Family of FPGAs

Xilinx introduced its next-generation 16nm UltraScale+ family of FPGAs, featuring new memory, 3D-on-3D and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies.

The UltraScale+ family also includes a new interconnect optimization technology and will leverage TSMC's 16FF+ FinFET 3D transistors.

Xilinx estimates the UltraScale+ family will deliver 2–5X greater system level performance/watt over 28nm devices. Key applications are expected to include LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT).

Some highlights:

  • Memory Enhanced Programmable Devices: UltraRAM attacks one of the largest bottlenecks affecting FPGA- and SoC-based system performance and power by enabling SRAM integration. The new on-chip memory could be used for deep packet and video buffering. UltraRAM scales up to 432 Mbits in a variety of configurations.
  • SmartConnect Technology: Interconnect optimization technology for FPGAs. It provides additional 20-30 percent performance, area, and power advantages through intelligent system-wide interconnect optimization. While the UltraScale architecture attacks the silicon-level interconnect bottleneck through re-architected routing, clocking, and logic fabric, SmartConnect applies interconnect topology optimizations to match design-specific throughput and latency requirements while reducing interconnect logic area. 
  • 3D-on-3D Technology: The high end of the UltraScale+ portfolio leverages the combined power of 3D transistors and third generation of Xilinx 3D ICs. Just as FinFETs enable a non-linear improvement in performance/watt over planar transistors, 3D ICs enable a non-linear improvement in systems integration and bandwidth/watt over monolithic devices.   
  • Heterogeneous Multi-processing Technology: The new Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs include all of the aforementioned FPGA technologies with an unprecedented level of heterogeneous multi-processing, deploying the "the right engines for the right tasks." These new devices deliver approximately 5X system level performance/watt relative to previous alternatives.  At the center of the processing-subsystem is the 64-bit quad-core ARM® Cortex®-A53 processor, capable of hardware virtualization, asymmetric processing, and full ARM TrustZone® technology support.

"Xilinx is delivering a generation ahead of value with 16nm FinFET FPGAs and MPSoCs to a variety of next generation applications," said Victor Peng, executive vice president and general manager of the Programmable Products Group at Xilinx.  "Our new UltraScale+ 16nm portfolio delivers 2-5X higher system performance-per-watt, a dramatic leap in system integration and intelligence, and the highest level of security and safety required by our customers. These capabilities enable Xilinx to significantly expand its available market."

Early customer engagements are in process for the UltraScale+ families. First tape out and early access release of the design tools are scheduled for the second calendar quarter of 2015.

http://www.xilinx.com/products/technology/ultrascale.html

MWC15 Features Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi by Cisco, Accuris

The upcoming GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona will feature Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint technologies.  The network, which will also be supported by the Wi-Fi Alliance, will allow attendees using Passpoint-enabled iOS and Android from participating mobile operators to automatically roam onto the network using secure credentials and also benefit from a secure Wi-Fi connection in the main hallways and reception area (the exhibition floor uses vendor Wi-Fi at the stands).

Cisco is supplying the Wi-Fi platform. Additional technology partners include Accuris Networks, BSG Wireless, CableLabs, Front Porch, Spirent and Syniverse.

Participating operators include 2 Degrees, AIS Thailand, AT&T, Bell Mobility, Boingo Wireless, BT, China Mobile, Comcast, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Fon, Idea Cellular, KT, Linktel Corp, Mobily, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, Mobilink, MTN Nigeria, NTT DOCOMO, Omantel, Orange, HKT, Portugal Telecom, Telkom Indonesia, SK Telecom, Sprint, Swisscom, Shaw Communications, Telstra, TELUS, Towerstream, True Corporation Plc. and Videotron.

#MWC15 visitors wishing to use their SIM credentials to automatically connect via Hotspot 2.0 need to configure their devices by installing the correct profile for their carrier. Intstructions are online.

http://www.hotspot2experience.com/

Deutsche Bank Awards 5-Year Contract to Vodafone

Deutsche Bank awarded a five and a half year agreement to Vodafone to serve as its global strategic telecommunications partner.

Under the contract, Vodafone will take over the delivery and support of fixed and mobile voice services across 28 countries.  Vodafone will also establish a number of centralised services for the Bank including ordering and billing.

Vodafone Global Enterprise Chief Executive, Jan Geldmacher, said: “This is a great opportunity for Deutsche Bank to bring all its communications needs under one umbrella.  Creating global standards and common practices will make the Bank more efficient and help to support its future plans.”

http://www.vodafone.com


Telstra Appoints New CEO

Telstra has appointed Andrew Penn as its the new CEO, effective 1 May 2015, replacing David Thodey who announced his retirement after almost six years as CEO.

Penn, 51, is Telstra’s Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive International.  He previously served as Group CEO of AXA Asia Pacific, where he has been responsible for Telstra’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, internal audit, risk management, tax, corporate planning, reporting and analysis, external reporting and investor relations as well as expanding Telstra's operations outside of Australia.

http://www.telstra.com.au/