Wednesday, October 7, 2015

O3b Hits First Year Milestones for its Satellite Network

O3b Networks marked first year of commercial operation, saying its high-throughput, low-latency satellite network has become the fastest growing in satellite history. The company operates a Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation, which at 8000 km, is much closer to the earth than traditional geostationary (GEO) satellites.

O3b’s first year anniversary achievements include:


  • 12 satellites in orbit
  • Initial constellation capacity of 192 Gbps
  • 40 customers in service
  • 31 countries with live customers
  • Already, the capacity that O3b has sold is equivalent to nearly 10% of the contracted capacity of the three largest Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) operators combined.

“Our first year of commercial service has been phenomenal. We couldn’t be happier to see the impact that O3b has had on our customers and their businesses. The breadth of industries and geographies that our customers span reflects the broad based demand for high performance connectivity and we are excited to help our customers take their network capabilities to another level,” stated Steve Collar, CEO, O3b Networks.

http://www.o3bnetworks.com

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Infinera Unifies its Long-Haul and Metro Optical Transport Portfolio

Infinera unveiled new hardware and software capabilities that unify its flagship, long-haul DTN-X platforms with the metro packet-optical solutions obtained through its acquisition of Transmode.

The rollout, which comes just weeks after the completion of the Transmode acquisition, is intended to address the surge in demand forecast for metro 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) packet-optical networking solutions in 2016.

Some highlights:

  • New hardware modules for the DTN-X XTC Series - enable direct 100 Gbps WDM line-side interworking with the Transmode TM-Series metro packet/optical platforms. The TM-Series offers packet-optical transport for a rich set of metro applications including mobile fronthaul and backhaul, business Ethernet and triple play aggregation for cable and service provider networks. The new PT-Fabric for the TM-Series is designed to extend these capabilities to terabit switching and metro 100 Gbps networking.
  • New capabilities for the Infinera Digital Node Administrator (DNA) network management system - enable unified control of the DTN-X Family and the TM-Series from metro access to long-haul core. 
  • New Metro DTN-X Platforms - XTC-2 and XTC-2E for metro core and regional network applications. The XTC-2 and XTC-2E converge 100 Gbps coherent WDM transmission with packet-aware OTN switching in a platform with the small footprint and low power consumption demanded by metro and regional networks. All platforms in the XTC Series support the oPIC-100, Infinera's next-generation photonic integrated circuit (PIC) to extend the space, performance and reliability benefits of PICs from the long-haul to the metro.
  • New Long-Haul DTN-X Platform XT-500 - a two rack unit, stackable platform based on Infinera's PIC-500, delivering 500 Gbps WDM super-channels and designed for rapid deployment of high bandwidth long-haul data center interconnection. The XT-500 seamlessly integrates with the Infinera FlexILS Line System to support fixed and flexible grid for extended reach and increased fiber efficiency. Applications for the XT-500 include point-to-point interconnect and within optically switched mesh network topologies using reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexers (ROADMs). Managed as a part of a DTN-X node, the XT-500 supports Infinera's Instant Bandwidth to rapidly deploy additional bandwidth in 100 Gbps increments with a few clicks of a mouse.

"Our vision is to enable an infinite pool of intelligent bandwidth that the next communications infrastructure is built upon. Infinera's new unified Intelligent Transport Network portfolio is engineered to provide network operators a precise set of tools to scale long-haul, datacenter interconnect and metro networks," said Tom Fallon, CEO at Infinera. "As network operators transform their networks to 100 Gb/s, Infinera's unified portfolio offers right-sized, application-specific platforms that scale bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and simplify network operations."

The XTC-2, XTC-2E, XT-500, unified portfolio hardware and software features are planned for general availability in Q4 2015.

http://www.infinera.com/infinera-unifies-end-to-end-product-portfolio-and-introduces-new-platforms-for-surging-metro-100g-market/

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AT&T Plans Virtual Security Functions for Customers

As part of its transition to a software-centric network strategy (NFV), AT&T disclosed plans for virtualizing security functions for its customers.

AT&T said its emerging NFV capabilities will enable it to deploy and updated services, such as security, more rapidly and dynamically.

AT&T will offer a virtualized firewall solution that includes additional layers of security like intrusion detection, application control, antivirus solutions, and web filtering to help protect information stored in the cloud.  The company said its virtualized security functions can be deployed in different cloud environments, including public, private, and hybrid clouds.  Virtualized security is also integrated with AT&T’s threat analysis, customer portal, and contracting/billing systems. Connection to the threat portal means virtualized security functions will be constantly learning from the latest threats and working to adapt and improve security protections to help businesses stay highly secure.

http://networkingexchangeblog.att.com/enterprise-business/att-to-introduce-virtual-security-functions-for-customers/#fbid=lx0M6BPzPks

AT&T and IBM Team Up on Mobile Cloud Security

AT&T and IBM announced a partnership focused on delivering a scalable mobile cloud solution to help protect corporate data and apps. 

The reference architecture includes:
  • IBM MobileFirst Protect: helps organizations manage and control mobile devices, apps and documents.
  • AT&T NetBond: provides a highly secure, scalable network connection to IBM's Cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer.
  • IBM Cloud: the SoftLayer infrastructure secures public and private clouds for applications and data storage.
  • AT&T Work Platform: enables separate billing of business and personal charges for voice, messaging and data use on an employee's personal handset.
"Balancing employees' need for convenience with security has become a challenge for CISOs and CIOs across the world," said Caleb Barlow, vice president, IBM Security. "To help protect organizations, employees and data, IBM Security and AT&T are delivering a tested and easy to deploy set of complementary tools. We're giving enterprise mobile device users stable, private access to data and apps in the cloud."

"More employees are using mobile devices to be more productive. At the same time, data and apps are moving to the cloud. The changes are exciting, but security needs to be top-of-mind," said Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions. "Trusted collaborators like IBM are helping us better address changing business models. Together we're giving options to deliver highly secure mobile access to cloud apps and data."

Cisco Creates DevNet Labs to Foster Innovation

Cisco is expanding its DevNet developer program with the launch of DevNet Labs, a place for developers to share their innovations and co-create with other DevNet developers. The idea is to share ideas and code on how to develop modern applications that integrate with the network infrastructure.

DevNet was established one and a half years ago in Cisco’s CTO Office under Dave Ward. The program is now moving under Rowan Trollope.

Cisco is seeding DevNet Labs with a number of innovation projects developed inside Cisco but now ready for the open community:

  • DevIoT: DevIoT is an extensible integrated developer environment for writing IoT apps. DevIoT helps design, deploy, and operate IoT apps.
  • Glance: Glance is a cloud application that uses indoor location information to find experts and track devices and assets. It is built on Cisco’s CMX platform, which exposes indoor location information through APIs on Cisco’s 802.11 access points and Mobility Services Engine.
  • NeXt: NeXt is an HTML/javascript UI toolkit that allows developers to easily visualize network topologies in network web applications. The NeXt SDK was released on DevNet last spring and will be released as an open source project in Open Daylight.
  • Open Daylight BGP apps: We are sharing the source code for a number of BGP apps we built on top of Open Daylight. These apps draw topologies using NeXt with information from BGP-LS topology information and program MPLS traffic engineering paths using PCEP.

https://communities.cisco.com/community/developer/devnetlabs/blog

IEEE Introduces 802.1AX Link Aggregation Standard

IEEE introduced its 802.1AX-2014 standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks – Link Aggregation.

IEEE 802.1AX has two new key features: Conversation Sensitive Traffic Distribution and Distributed Resilient Network Interconnect (DRNI).
  • Conversation sensitive traffic distribution allows for the association of individual conversations to physical links in a priority order. This enables control of the physical link a conversation utilizes, and ensures that the same link is also used in both the forward and the reverse directions.
  • Distributed Resilient Network Interconnect (DRNI) enables up to three nodes on each side of a Link Aggregation (LAG), further enhancing interconnectivity by adding node redundancy and protection. In effect, IEEE 802.1AX-2014 provides a standardized version of multi-chassis LAG, the common nomenclature for current proprietary solutions. DRNI provides isolation, independence, and rapid recovery even below 50ms. With DRNI, interconnected network domains can be independently administered and managed and can use different technologies. Failure events are isolated so that a failure in one network domain is not propagated to the other, and failure in the DRNI is not propagated to either network domain.
“The new standard revision IEEE 802.1AX-2014 marks yet another milestone in ongoing efforts to improve the performance and reliability of the link aggregation standard,” said Glenn Parsons, chair, IEEE 802.1 Working Group. “In a growing world economy where connectivity is key, the 802.1 working group is committed to supporting broader deployment of the standard to ensure the latest technology is being applied to enhance link aggregation solutions.”



Sysdig Delivers Monitoring for Amazon’s EC2 Container Service

Sysdig, a start-up based in San Francisco, is now providing "container native" monitoring for Amazon’s EC2 Container Service (ECS).

The service is delivered in Sysdig Cloud, which is a monitoring solution built from the ground up to support microservices and containers.

Sysdig said it is able to provide deep, application­-level visibility into ECS containers, while respecting the independence and isolation of each container. Sysdig Cloud now offers alerts and dashboards that integrate tasks and other ECS tags and metadata directly with all the hundreds of metrics pulled from the customer's environment.

“Like many leaders in the market, Amazon continues to invest heavily in a container­ driven future for cloud computing. Here at Sysdig, we’re excited to support this vision and the thousands of companies making the move to containers and microservices,” said Loris Degioanni, CEO and Founder of Sysdig. “No other monitoring technology can come close to the level of visibility into AWS and ECS that Sysdig can offer with ContainerVision.”

http://www.sysdig.com


Aquantia Raises $37 Million for 10GBASE-T and 5GbE Silicon

Aquantia, a start-up based in San Jose, California, announced $37 million in Series H funding for its 10GBASE-T Ethernet silicon solutions for data centers.

Aquantia's 10GBASE-T and AQrate PHY product lines lead the market with low-power, high-performance, and high-density silicon solutions.  Aquantia developed AQrate, a unique technology capable of increasing network speeds to 5 Gbps at lengths up to 100m on existing Cat 5e/Cat 6 cables. The products were first sampled in late 2013 and are currently in mass production. The company currently employs over 160 people. Since its first round of funding in 2005, Aquantia has become a market leader in high-speed Ethernet copper connectivity solutions in data center and enterprise.

New investors participating in this round include Credit Suisse's Direct Equity Partners, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Walden Riverwood along with existing investor Cisco Investments. Previous investors include Intel Capital, Cisco Investments, Xilinx, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Venture Tech Alliance. Aquantia has raised a total of $199 million to date.

"We feel very fortunate to be leading in a market with significant sustaining revenues from design wins that enjoy very long product life-cycles," said Faraj Aalaei, president, and CEO. "Aquantia's success comes from a strong focus on turning technology differentiation into business success. Our driving ambition to take partnership opportunities with our customers to the next level consistently results in expanded opportunity and a secure trust between us and our customers."

http://www.aquantia.com


NTT Com Launches Disaster Recovery Service in Europe

NTT Communications launched its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution across Europe.

This managed cloud service, in partnership with industry-leading DRaaS platform provider Geminare, helps organizations adapt and evolve their disaster recovery programs to a secure NTT Com Enterprise Cloud platform. NTT Com offers its DRaaS solution from four secure Enterprise Cloud locations in Europe and 14 worldwide, that customers can choose from to place their recovery environments, assisting in their data localization requirements when needed. If customers wish to move their primary infrastructure to an NTT Com data center for operational ease, they can choose from over 130 secure data centers worldwide.

NTT Com's Recovery as a Service (RaaS) solution has been available in the United States since 2012.

http://www.ntt.com/index-e.html

Monday, October 5, 2015

AT&T Selects Juniper's Contrail for Cloud Infrastructure

AT&T has selected Juniper Networks Contrail Networking to provide software-defined networking capabilities in its AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC) infrastructure.

Juniper Networks confirmed that AT&T will use its Contrail Networking to help automate and virtualize the network to rapidly scale and accelerate the deployment of new services. The company said its open approach ensures vendor-agnostic interoperability.

“Juniper and AT&T share a common vision for a customizable cloud network experience that is highly scalable, secure, automated and can readily adapt to customer needs,” said Ankur Singla, corporate vice president and general manager of Cloud Software at Juniper Networks. “Juniper is pleased to be working with AT&T to help them usher in the future of networking, while embracing the open source community.”

http://www.juniper.net


  • Juniper's Contrail Networking is an SDN solution that automates and orchestrates the creation of highly scalable virtual networks.  The hypervisor-level vRouter forwarding plane provides line-rate overlay packet processing in a multitenant virtualized, containerized, or bare-metal environment completely decoupled from the underlying physical fabric switches. It provides L3VPN and E-VPN style overlays that can span cloud boundaries with federation.




HP Launches OpenSwitch Network Operating System

HP launched a new OpenSwitch network operating system (NOS) designed for data centers.

OpenSwitch is intended to be an open community that provides developers and users the ability to accelerate innovation, avoid vendor lock-in, and realize investment protection as they rapidly build data center networks. HP announced a number of early supporters including Accton Technology Corporation, Arista, Broadcom, Intel, and VMWare.

“Open source software, with its collaborative community of specialized developers, accelerates innovation and improves the stability of the software platform, providing organizations with a more powerful infrastructure to support their specific business requirements,” said Mark Carroll, chief technology officer for HP Networking. “The newly formed developer community and Linux-based OpenSwitch NOS early release code will help developers address the rapidly evolving business and web-scale networking needs in the industry.”

Initial components and key attributes of OpenSwitch include:

  • A fully featured NOS with L2/L3 protocols support
  • Open source cloud database for persistent and ephemeral configuration
  • All inter-module communication is through system database
  • Universal API approach: CLI, REST, Puppet/Chef, Ansible


http://www.openswitch.net
http://www.hp.com

Skyworks to Acquire PMC-Sierra for $2 Billion

Skyworks Solutions has agreed to acquire PMC-Sierra for $10.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2 billion.

Skyworks, which is based in  Woburn, Massachusetts, supplies high performance analog semiconductors for automotive, broadband, wireless infrastructure, energy management, GPS, industrial, medical, military, wireless networking, smartphone, and tablet applications. The company’s portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, circulators, demodulators, detectors, diodes, directional couplers, front-end modules, hybrids, infrastructure RF subsystems, isolators, lighting and display solutions, mixers, modulators, optocouplers, optoisolators, phase shifters, PLLs/synthesizers/VCOs, power dividers/combiners, power management devices, receivers, switches, and technical ceramics. For its fiscal year 2014, Skyworks reported revenue of 2.3 billion, up 28 percent from fiscal 2013.

PMC, which is based in Sunnyvale, California with operation in Burnaby, British Columbia,  offers a range of semiconductor products for storage, optical networking, mobile and embedded processors.

Skyworks said this acquisition solidifies its position as a highly diversified analog, RF and mixed signal semiconductor leader by significantly expanding its product portfolio, customer base and end market applications. Upon completion of the acquisition, Skyworks expects annual revenues of more than $4 billion with gross margin in the 55 percent range and operating margin exceeding 40 percent.

“With our acquisition of PMC, Skyworks will be uniquely positioned to capitalize on the explosive demand for high performance solutions that seamlessly connect, transport and store Big Data,” said David J. Aldrich, chairman and chief executive officer of Skyworks. “Specifically, we plan to leverage PMC’s innovative storage systems, flash controllers, optical switches and network infrastructure solutions to expand our engagements with some of the world’s leading OEMs and ODMs as well as emerging hyperscale data center customers. At a higher level, this complementary yet highly synergistic acquisition is consistent with our stated strategy of diversifying into adjacent vertical markets while leveraging our system-level expertise and global scale. PMC enables us to substantially expand our serviceable market within some of the fastest growing segments in technology including cloud storage and optical networking. Financially, we expect this transaction to create further economic value for our shareholders upon closing, with immediate margin expansion and accretion. After we implement $75 million of synergies, we expect at least $0.75 of incremental non-GAAP diluted earnings per share on an annual basis.”

“The PMC team is excited to join forces with Skyworks to realize our vision of transforming the broader communications landscape through unparalleled product breadth and operational scale,” said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC. “Given Skyworks’ deep global sales channels and leadership applications support, underpinned by a world class supply chain, we could not have found a better partner. Together, we plan to develop a wider range of leading-edge solutions for our customers, target new growth vectors and enable some of the most exciting networking and storage platforms in the world, while delivering immediate value for our shareholders.”

http://www.pmcs.com
http://www.skyworks.com

IBM to Acquire Cleversafe for Object Storage in Hybrid Clouds

IBM agreed to acquire Cleversafe, a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cleversafe, which is based in Chicago, holds more than 350 patents in object-based, on-premise storage solutions that enable clients to scale to exabytes of storage, or billions of gigabytes. Clients across multiple industries use Cleversafe for large-scale content repository, backup, archive, collaboration and storage as a service. The company was founded in 2004 and employs approximately 210 people.

IBM said the acquisition will strengthen its positions in storage and hybrid cloud and support clients’ drive to next generation mobile, social and analytics applications. The Cleversafe technologies will be integrated into the IBM Cloud to enhance IBM’s Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer and the SoftLayer Object Storage services platform, providing clients a hybrid cloud deployment model that offers greater choice of geography, performance, cost optimization and flexibility.

"Today a massive digital transformation is underway as organizations increasingly turn to cloud computing for innovative ways to manage more complex business operations and increasing volumes of data in a secure and effective way,” said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud. “Cleversafe, a pioneer in object storage, will add to our efforts to help clients overcome these challenges by extending and strengthening our cloud storage strategy, as well as our portfolio.”

“IBM is an innovator and leader in cloud and storage and we’re excited about the opportunities that lay ahead once this transaction closes,” said John Morris, President and CEO of Cleversafe. “Together with IBM we can extend our object storage leadership position to address the broadest set of workloads for clients with the most expansive set of object-based solutions.”
Cleversafe’s Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) solutions enhance on-premise storage options for clients and service providers with low-cost, large scale active archives and unstructured data content stores. The solutions complement IBM’s software defined Spectrum Storage portfolio for data protection and backup, tape archive, as well as a high performance file and object solution where the focus is on response time.

http://www.ibm.com
http://www.cleversafe.com

Eutelsat Signs Facebook for AMOS-6 Satellite over Africa

Eutelsat Communications and Facebook announced a plan to leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online.

Under a multi-year agreement with Spacecom, the two companies will utilize the entire broadband payload on the upcoming AMOS-6 satellite and will build a dedicated system comprising satellite capacity, gateways and terminals. In providing reach to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Eutelsat and Facebook will each be equipped to pursue their ambition to accelerate data connectivity for the many users deprived of the economic and social benefits of the Internet.

AMOS-6, which is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2016. is a Ka-band geostationary satellite configured with high gain spot beams for covering large parts of West, East and Southern Africa. The capacity is optimised for community and Direct-to-User Internet access using affordable, off-the-shelf customer equipment. According to the terms of the agreement, the capacity will be shared between Eutelsat and Facebook.

“Facebook’s mission is to connect the world and we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa,” said Chris Daniels, VP of Internet.org.  “We are looking forward to partnering with Eutelsat on this project and investigating new ways to use satellites to connect people in the most remote areas of the world more efficiently.”

https://www.facebook.com/zuck
http://news.eutelsat.com/pressreleases/eutelsat-and-facebook-to-partner-on-satellite-initiative-to-get-more-africans-online-1228638

Nokia Networks Showcases Public Safety LTE

Nokia Networks is showcasing an end-to-end LTE-based solution for first responders and other public safety personnel.

LTE technology offers high bandwidth and high reliability for disaster-level operational capabilities and information management with low latency for the fastest connectivity.

The end-to-end Nokia Networks Public Safety Portfolio in brief:

  • 3GPP compliant, including Quality of Service, high availability, mobility, security and resilient IP connectivity.
  • The public safety LTE network is built on Nokia Networks’ radio access network, evolved packet core, VoLTE solution, IP Multimedia Subsystem, Core in a Box solution, subscriber data and device management, network management, Self-Organizing Networks, and Nokia Liquid Applications technology.
  • Nokia Networks LTE Network in a Box offers standard authorized IP connectivity and can provide complete LTE network coverage for users in minutes.
  • End-to-end security offering for public safety networks, protecting devices and networks.


“Tomorrow’s smart cities will be built on standardized technologies with economies of scale, such as LTE for public safety. Already today, LTE mobile broadband connectivity with innovative real-time applications helps public safety authorities offer a completely new level of service to citizens. We at Nokia Networks understand that public safety networks must conform to the most stringent requirements for connectivity and application security. Building on our strong heritage of working with governmental agencies, we are now offering the most comprehensive LTE public safety portfolio to our customers jointly with our selected partners,” stated Thorsten Robrecht, Vice President, Partner Business at Nokia Networks.

http://networks.nokia.com

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Broadband Forum Sets 20/20 Vision

The Broadband Forum has outlined a new "20/20" vision to enable important new service provider revenue streams and transform personal and business communications by leveraging the latest technologies, including NFV, SDN, ultra-fast access, IoT, and 5G.


“Of course, all service providers are very focused on profitable revenue-generating services but this is the first time this or any forum has come together as a community to take a holistic approach to new technologies and have them deliver real value,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. “We are very proud of what the Forum has already achieved in its 24-year history in making broadband what it is today, but now we have embarked on a new challenge, a new opportunity and in fact the chance to create a whole new world of communications.”

The top five areas of innovation identified and enabled by Broadband 20/20 are ultra-fast infrastructure, intelligent home/small business, seamless converged wireline and wireless
networks, performance-assured on-demand IP broadband services and a personalized network experience.

To advance these goals, the Broadband Forum has undergone a major restructure into eight work areas with a new culture of rapid technicald evelopment so as to incrementally deliver technical specifications, architecture, management, software data models, APIs, interoperability tests, etc., around which the industry can evolve.

“The pace of change in telecommunications never slackens – it always increases – and this new focus for the Forum will support the industry in not only matching that pace but to do it by creating important new revenue streams at the same time,” said Mersh.

https://www.broadband-forum.org/news/download/pressreleeases/2015/BBF%20Launch%20release_FINAL_30Sept2015.pdf

Saturday, October 3, 2015

IBM Charts Post-Silicon Future with Carbon Nanotube

IBM researchers have demonstrated announced a new transistor contact approach that could accelerate the use carbon nanotubes as a replacement for silicon.

Previously, IBM shown that carbon nanotube transistors can operate as excellent switches at channel dimensions of less than ten nanometers – less than half the size of today’s leading silicon technology. IBM's new contact approach overcomes the other major hurdle in incorporating carbon nanotubes into semiconductor devices, which could result in smaller chips with greater performance and lower power consumption.

The breakthrough required the invention of a metallurgical process akin to microscopic welding that chemically binds the metal atoms to the carbon atoms at the ends of nanotubes. IBM said this "end-bonded contact scheme" allows the contacts to be shrunken down to below 10 nanometers without deteriorating performance of the carbon nanotube devices.

“These chip innovations are necessary to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing, Internet of Things and Big Data systems,” said Dario Gil, vice president of Science & Technology at IBM Research. “As silicon technology nears its physical limits, new materials, devices and circuit architectures must be ready to deliver the advanced technologies that will be required by the Cognitive Computing era. This breakthrough shows that computer chips made of carbon nanotubes will be able to power systems of the future sooner than the industry expected.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47767.wss

IBM Achieves 7nm Test Chips in Siilcon Germanium


IBM Research has produced the first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors.  The milestone was achieved using Silicon Germanium (SiGe) channel transistors and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography integration at multiple levels. Current generation microprocessors are generally implemented in silicon using 22nm or 14nm technology. IBM partnered with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of...

IBM's Silicon Nanophotonics Integrates 25G Tranceivers in 90nm CMOS


IBM has integrated multiple optical components alongside electrical circuits using 90nm semiconductor process technology.

Essentially, IBM has successfully added a variety of silicon nanophotonics components, such as wavelength division multiplexers (WDM), modulators, and detectors, alongside CMOS electrical circuitry using a conventional semiconductor foundry.

IBM’s CMOS nanophotonics used transceivers exceeding 25 Gbps per channel. IBM said its integration is capable of feeding a number of parallel optical data streams into a single fiber by utilizing compact on-chip wavelength-division multiplexing devices. The ability to multiplex large data streams at high data rates will allow future scaling of optical communications capable of delivering terabytes of data between distant parts of computer systems.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/39641.wss


  • In October 2012, IBM announced a breakthrough in building a semiconductor using carbon nanotubes instead of silicon.  IBM researchers created a device consisting of more than ten thousand working transistors made of nano-sized tubes of carbon.  Standard semiconductor processes were used to fabricate the device.  IBM has previously demonstrated that carbon nanotube transistors can operate as excellent switches at molecular dimensions of less than ten nanometers – less than half the size of the leading silicon technology. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

TELUS Commits to Gigabit Fibre for Vancouver

TELUS unveiled plans to invest $1 billion to connect the majority of homes and businesses in the City of Vancouver directly to the fibre network over the next five years.

The first installations are expected by early next year. TELUS' new fibre rollout will also be the backbone of the company's wireless network, enabling even more wireless capacity and speed.  Once complete, the rollout will add more than 400,000 homes, businesses, hospitals, community centres and municipal offices to the TELUS fibre network.

TELUS said this significant commitment is part of its plan to invest an additional $4 billion in British Columbia through 2018. When combined with operational expenses, this will bring the total TELUS investment in British Columbia over the next four years to more than $11.5 billion.

"Bringing fibre optic infrastructure directly to homes and businesses is a generational investment, and the most significant contribution our organization can make to propel Canada's communications infrastructure and ensure its global competitiveness for decades to come," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. "With more than half of the world's population currently concentrated in urban centres, and increased urbanisation a reality for the future, cities with the capacity to leverage advanced broadband technology will enjoy an unprecedented advantage. Our $1 billion investment will provide one of Canada's largest urban centres with ubiquitous access to the fastest and most reliable Internet services to dramatically improve the way Vancouverites live, work and socialise."

http://telus.com/vancouver

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