Monday, October 19, 2015

ZTE Signs IP/WDM Global Framework Agreement with Telenor

ZTE announced a Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with Telenor, the international mobile communication company, based in Norway.

Specifically. Telenor has selected several of ZTE’s new products, including ZTE IP products for IP CORE, Metro-E and IPRAN scenarios. Specifically this includes the IP CORE product, IT platform ZXR10 T800, Metro-E IPRAN aggregation products ZXR10, M6000-S and ZXCTN 9000-E based on 400G platform. Additionally the access product ZXCTN 6100 series is included, alongside the large-capacity, super-high port density MPLS switch ZXR10 5900E and ZXR10 8900E - used to cover 11 models from access, aggregation, core, to security gateway broadband user access. These products meet the demands faced by Telenor and other operators around the world during branch application scenarios. ZTE’s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) products, such as the ZXONE 9700, meet Core, Metro, and Access demands.

“With the existing equipment and service agreement, Telenor’s market approach and technology are completely integrated with ZTE’s technical strength in bearer network product research and development. We’ll continue to focus on the customer’s mobile broadband development demands to provide better service for Telenor’s global consumers,” said Mr. Xu Ming, General Manager of ZTE Bearer Network Product Line.

Broadcom Adds Noise Cancellation to DSL Gateways

Broadcom is adding a Reference Noise Cancellation (RNC) technology to its BCM63138 family of devices . Broadcom is the first to offer telecom carriers the benefits of RNC to enhance the performance of DSL customer premise equipment (CPE) without the need to replace or upgrade installed ADSL or VDSL2 infrastructure equipment. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

Broadcom's RNC implementation on its BCM63138 family of high-performance DSL SoCs for home gateways works with existing DSL infrastructure equipment, including single-line or bonded ADSL and VDSL. It also complements existing DSL performance techniques such as G.inp, and G.vector, and coexists independent of any other equipment in the network. By filtering out received noise on the subscriber line at the CPE in the residence, this advancement in DSL technology enables carriers to improve the quality of the received signal and deliver higher performing broadband to subscribers.

"Today's announcement builds on Broadcom's unmatched DSL portfolio, enabling operators to deliver high-bandwidth broadband services to meet growing consumer demand," said Greg Fischer, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access. "With the addition of RNC technology to Broadcom's BCM63138 SoC family, operators can deploy CPE that provide DSL subscribers with an unmatched performance improvement with no investment or change to existing installed infrastructure equipment."

Marvell Announces 1000BASE-T1 Automotive Ethernet PHY Transceiver

Marvell introduced an 1000BASE-T1 automotive Ethernet physical layer (PHY) transceiver compliant with the draft IEEE 802.3bp 1000BASE-T1 standard.

The 1000BASE-T1 standard allows high speed and bi-directional data traffic over light weight, low cost, single pair cable harnesses.

Key features of Marvell's 88Q2112:

  • Compliant to the draft IEEE 802.3bp standard for 1000Mbps operation over a single unshielded twisted pair copper cable
  • Designed for the rigorous EMI requirements of an automotive system
  • Enables transport of in-vehicle uncompressed 720p30 camera video and support for multiple HD video streams, including 4K resolution
  • Single pair Ethernet allows selection of light-weight low cost cable harness

"As cars are being designed and manufactured with more sophisticated Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), automotive manufacturers and engineers are looking for solutions to meet the growing in-vehicle connectivity bandwidth demands. Marvell was instrumental in the development of the IEEE 802.3bp standard; therefore, I am thrilled that Marvell is the first silicon provider to offer a 1000Mbps automotive Ethernet transceiver," said Philip Poulidis, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive, Wireless and Internet of Things Business Units at Marvell. "

Sampling begins in November 2015.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chattanooga Offers 10G Residential Service for $299 a Month

EPB, the municipal utility of the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has launched the first 10G residential Internet service across a large community-wide territory.

EPB’s 10 Gig service, which is now available for access by every home and business in a 600 square mile area, uses Alcatel-Lucent’s TWDM-PON broadband technology. The service is priced at $299 per month. EPB is also launching 5 Gig and 10 Gig Internet products for small businesses as well as a 3 Gig, 5 Gig and 10 Gig “Professional” products for larger enterprises. These Internet services are available at varying price points.

“Five years ago, Chattanooga and Hamilton County became the first in the United States to offer up to 1 Gig Internet speeds,” said Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB. “Today, we become the first community in the world capable of delivering up to 10 Gigs to all 170,000 households and businesses in our service area.”

“Alcatel-Lucent is a strong proponent of the benefits of ultra-broadband technology for economic development,” said Danny Rollins, Vice President, Alcatel-Lucent Global Enterprise & Public Sector Sales for North America. “As a long-term supplier for EPB’s gigabit networks, we’re proud to be helping EPB and the city of Chattanooga be at the forefront of the ultra broadband movement and provide the industry’s leading fiber technology to help deliver on many services and innovation it brings to the community residents and businesses.”

  • EPB is one of the largest publicly-owned electric power distributors in the U.S., serving more than 170,000 homes and businesses in an area that includes greater Chattanooga and Hamilton County, as well as portions of surrounding Tennessee counties and areas of North Georgia.
  • In September 2010, EPB became the first company in the United States to offer community-wide one gigabit-per-second Internet speed, a critical component of next generation technology innovation and economic development, to every home and business in its 600-square mile service territory. 

IHS: 100G Poised to Ramp up Shipments in 2016

100G port shipments more than doubled in 2014 from the prior year, reaching 163,000 and IHS is now forecasting worldwide 100G port revenue to grow at a 137 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019.

IHS expects 1G/2.5G/10G/40G/100G port shipments to exceed 700 million in 2015, totaling $45 billion.

“Deployments of 1G and higher networking ports continue unabated by both enterprises and service providers as they seek to bring capacity in line with the demands placed on their networks. In general, the higher the port speed, the higher the growth rate, which means that 40G and 100G are the key growth segments of the market. However, in a bit of a twist, 2.5G revenue had the highest growth in 2014 due to massive increases in GPON OLT spending in China and the rollout of Gigabit services in North America,” said Matthias Machowinski, research director for enterprise networks and video at IHS. “Looking ahead, we expect 40G revenue to start falling as early as 2017, as enterprise and data center demand shifts to the newly-released QSFP-based 100G technology.”

Research director for carrier transport networking at IHS and co-author of the report Andrew Schmitt added: “2016 is poised to be a breakout year for 100G technologies as coherent 100G ports ramp in metro networks, and companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon introduce 100G Ethernet switching technology into their massive hyperscale data centers.”

Red Hat to Acquire Ansible for DevOps Automation

Red Hat agreed to acquire Ansible, a developer of enterprise IT automation  solutions.  The companies did not disclose the acquisition price

Ansible’s agentless approach for IT automation, unlike competing solutions, does not require any special coding skills. Key marketing points for Ansible include:

  • Deploy and manage applications across private and public clouds.
  • Speed service delivery through DevOps initiatives.
  • Streamline OpenStack installations and upgrades.
  • Accelerate container adoption by simplifying orchestration and configuration.

Red Hat said Ansible's automation capabilities, together with its existing management portfolio, will help users drive down the cost and complexity of deploying and managing both cloud-native and traditional applications across hybrid cloud environments.

"Ansible is a clear leader in IT automation and DevOps, and helps Red Hat take a significant step forward in our goal of creating frictionless IT. Red Hat is transforming IT management, driving innovation that is 100% open source, built on an open management platform, and relentlessly focused on reducing cost and complexity through ease of use and automation. I am thrilled to welcome Ansible to Red Hat to help us expand that commitment,” stated Joe Fitzgerald, vice president, Management, Red Hat.

Red Hat said the acquisition will have no material impact to its revenue for the third and fourth quarters of its fiscal year ending Feb. 29, 2016 (“fiscal 2016”). Management expects that non-GAAP operating expenses for fiscal 2016 will increase by approximately $2.0 million, or ($0.01) per share, in the third quarter and approximately $4.0 million, or ($0.02) per share, in the fourth quarter as a result of the transaction.

Verizon Cites Growth in the LTE Rural Partner Program

Verizon announced all 21 participants in its LTE in Rural America (LRA) program have now launched commercial service.

The program was first launched 5 years ago with a goal of helping rural wireless companies across America drive innovation through advanced 4G LTE technology.

“The LRA program has positively impacted the lives of Americans from Maine to Alaska, and we’re very proud to be a part of that,” said Philip Junker, executive director of strategic alliances at Verizon and a leader of the LRA program. “Verizon has always been a responsible steward of spectrum resources. We had a vision of partnering with the rural carrier community, we put our resources behind that vision, and we delivered what we promised for our customers.”

Some stats on Verizon’s LRA program:

  • 225,000 square miles of Verizon’s spectrum is leased by LRA participants across 169 rural counties in 15 states
  • 1,000+ 4G LTE cell sites have been activated, covering an area larger than Colorado
  • 2.7 million people are covered by those cells sites
  • More than 50 wireless devices have been certified, including smartphones, tablets and connected devices

IBM Signs 21Vianet for Bluemix Cloud Platform

IBM's Bluemix cloud computing platform will be available in China via a collaboration with 21Vianet Group, Inc., a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China.

As part of the agreement, IBM will provide access to Bluemix technologies, while 21Vianet will provide the infrastructure and be responsible for the end-to-end operation of Bluemix in China. Both companies will also use this collaboration to build and expand a strong Bluemix ecosystem in China, with the goal of driving other developers and large enterprises to adopt similar models of hybrid cloud-based development to efficiently build new apps and technologies.

SpaceX to Launch ORBCOMM OG2 Satellites on Next Mission

SpaceX will launch eleven of ORBCOMM's OG2 satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on the next launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is targeted to take place in the next six to eight weeks.

In July 2014, SpaceX successfully launched ORBCOMM’s first OG2 mission of six satellites.

This launch will complete ORBCOMM’s next generation satellite constellation.

ORBCOMM’s OG2 satellites are equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) payload to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped vessels for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts, increasing asset visibility and the probability of detection for ORBCOMM’s AIS customers.

“We are excited to launch our eleven OG2 satellites aboard SpaceX’s newly upgraded Falcon 9 rocket and have full confidence in SpaceX and their dedication to this launch,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to completing the deployment of our next generation constellation and delivering a higher level of performance, coverage and reliability through our modernized and upgraded OG2 network to our customers around the world.”

Microsemi and Athena Partner on Anti-Tamper Security Microprocessors

Microsemi and The Athena Group, a provider of security, cryptography, anti-tamper and signal processing intellectual property (IP) cores, announced a comprehensive portfolio of IP cores with state-of-the-art side channel analysis (SCA) and differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasures.

The companies said this new portfolio, based on Athena's TeraFire cryptographic microprocessor family, is designed for users of Microsemi's SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and IGLOO2 FPGAs.

Microsemi's SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 DPA-resistant FPGAs deliver design security and protection for the valuable IP embodied within users' programmable designs. While users choose SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 for these capabilities, many users require additional cryptographic data security soft IP as part of their own programmable applications. Teaming with Athena enables users to employ sophisticated cryptographic microprocessor technology employing advanced DPA countermeasures as a soft IP, maintaining the highest levels of data security throughout the device/application operational cycle.

"DPA countermeasures are critical to any tamper-resistant system," said Paul Quintana, director of vertical marketing, Microsemi Defense, Security and Computing. "As threat vectors increase in sophistication, so must the security solutions. Microsemi customers are looking for the most robust and proven anti-tamper and information assurance capabilities for their products. Athena is now delivering its best-of-breed family of silicon-proven security products as soft IP for license on the industry's only DPA-resistant FPGAs certified by Rambus Cryptography Research, SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2."

"Partnering with Microsemi, a leader in highly secure, low-power FPGAs, to offer SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 customers the most robust countermeasures available, has been groundbreaking," said Stuart Audley, director of engineering at Athena. "To give Microsemi customers confidence that they are deploying IP with effective countermeasures, Athena has pushed the limits of test vector leakage assessment (TVLA) testing of our DPA solutions. We have demonstrated through measurements and statistical analysis that even after a billion traces, leakage is effectively minimized."

TI's Sitara AM57x processor Targets Embedded Market

Texas Instruments (TI) announced the Sitara AM57x processor family, the highest performance devices in this processor platform.

TI's Sitara AM57x processors are designed for a broad range of embedded and industrial applications.  The design uses ARM Cortex-A15 cores for high-performance processing and running a high-level operating system (HLOS). Additionally, AM57x processors integrate TI’s C66x digital signal processors (DSPs) for analytics and real-time computation, programmable real-time units (PRU) and ARM Cortex-M4 cores for control functions, and video and graphic accelerators for advanced user interfaces and multimedia applications.

TI said the Sitara AM57x processors enable developers to simplify their designs with a single chip instead of needing multiple chips for each function. The design targets Internet of Things (IIoT), factory automation, machine vision, embedded computing, human machine interface (HMI), robotics, medical imaging, avionics, etc.

  • Compute: Two different types of computing cores, both with up to two ARM Cortex-A15 cores and C66x DSPs that each perform a different task. The multicore architecture provides flexibility by distributing tasks to the right cores while driving system integration and best-in-class performance – all within one chip.
  • Control: In addition to the high-performance cores, AM57x processors also include two ARM Cortex-M4 cores and four PRUs to provide developers with low-latency, real-time control functions necessary for industrial applications such as controlling a motor or monitoring sensors.
  • Connectivity: The processors are equipped with an industrial communication subsystem (ICSS) for real-time fieldbus protocols and other industrial communication, and extensive system flexibility with integrated high-speed peripherals such as PCIe, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB 3.0. These features, along with the high-performance ARM Cortex-A15 cores and DSP, enable AM57x processors to transmit and receive data quicker.
  • Multimedia: The devices integrate up to two SGX544 3-D and a GC320 2-D graphic accelerators for advanced graphical user interfaces; a 1080p60 video accelerator and multi-display support for high-definition video playback; and multiple camera inputs for recording events, taking pictures or reading a barcode.

Samples of Sitara AM57x processors are now available from TI.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Blueprint: The Age of Swiss Army Knife Transponder

by Dr. Danish Rafique and Dr. Maxim Kuschnerov, Coriant
What does the term flexibility signify for the optical transport business? In today’s market space, this is a challenging question, as the degrees of freedom are practically limitless. Over the last decades, the industry has exclusively focused primarily on increasing transport bandwidth or overall capacity per fiber. However, simple bit loading beyond 100G interfaces has resulted in significantly curtailed transmission reach, challenging the industry to shake off the uni-dimensional approach to transport network design. This not only necessitates strategic technology advances to support rising bandwidth demands, but also to understand and exploit the synergy between innovation and service-conscious network evolution. Under these circumstances, the questions then arise as to which applications can leverage new interconnectivity architectures. To what extent does the transponder need to be flexible? What is the impact on legacy platforms, and associated CAPEX/OPEX?
The following is a look at how a new breed of flexi-rate/flexi-grid technologies will ultimately transform the way network operators plan and implement high-speed transport networks.
The Swiss Army Knife Transponder: Technologies and Tradeoffs
The introduction of flexible terminal equipment, allowing dynamic network design and functionality, is a big leap forward from traditional static network operations. The goal is not only to simply introduce a new set of technologies, but to remain cost-competitive and win customers by aiming at the right network application (Figure 1). Unfortunately, the majority of the industry learnt this the hard way when 200G 16QAM flexible coherent platforms were introduced in 2014 as a sole successor to 100G, promising double the transport capacity on the same chip, however failing to do so in the originally targeted core network space. Follow-up products targeted additional flexibility, addressing sweet spots in most core networks with the intermediate modulation scheme 150G 8QAM. A close inspection reveals that these platforms offer the right evolutionary path to true transponder flexibility, as the multi-format architecture synergizes the transport capacity with the appropriate network application, consequently hitting the early-stage flexibility sweet spot.
Figure 1. Optical transport network domains
Figure 2 (top) extends the concept of first-generation flexible line interfaces, introducing the flexible Swiss Army Knife Transponder, a multi-flex platform, enabling full programmability and flexibility, alongside the desired bandwidth upturn beyond 200G. The technology choices include multi-format solutions –allowing line-rates ranging from conventional 100G to 1T and beyond, to adaptive coding schemes and advanced signal processing algorithms. These advanced technology tools consolidate both traditional telecommunication carriers and over-the-top (OTT) content providers, and furthermore allow for scalable and dynamic bandwidth and service provisioning.
Figure 2. The Multi-flex transponder: Technology options, C-band capacity,
costs, and applications in optical transport networks. (*Inter-city)
It is important to understand that in this era, it is not about a scrimmage between the optical layer and the DSP chipset functionality, but about how the overall architecture is cost-effectively developed to target a range of network applications. Figure 2 (bottom) presents a consolidated view on applications of various modulation schemes, considering C-band capacity and network domains – based on transmission distance and cost. It is clear that while lower-order modulation will remain the workhorse for niche ultra-long haul links, the most vibrant part of network will range from short reach Data Center Interconnect (DCI) to core/backbone networks, where tradeoffs of higher-order traffic will come into play.
It is worth noting that the industry is already witnessing a shift from largely static platforms as different applications continue to necessitate diverse and ever evolving requirements on form factor, cost per bit and per light path, transport capacity, power consumption, and time-to-market, etc.
Coriant Field Trial at Orange, France: Multi-Flex in Action
How far in the future are these Swiss Army Knife Transponders then? Are equipment vendors serious about it, or is it just another overly hyped topic? The short and rather sweet answer is that the technology and architectures are already being rigorously tested in live field environments. As shown in Figure 3, first prototypes were recently showcased by Coriant, together with the Tier 1 network operator Orange, where a fully flexible transponder was shown to be operational over a live link connecting cities of Lyon and Marseille, spanning a distance of over 750 kilometers.   
Figure 3: Live field demonstration of a Swiss Army Knife Transponder over the Orange network in France
Looking closer at the details of the field trial, multiple modulation formats and line rates were propagated over 750 km, using technologies discussed in Figure 2. The trial not only marked 1T line rates but, uniquely, also showcased switchable transmission of QPSK to 64QAM over 750km, emulating an alien traffic upgrade scenario. These results assert the prospect of the concept and underlying technologies of flexible transceivers, where C-band capacity of 38.4T was achieved using 64QAM, quadruple of commercial 100G interfaces, over metro/regional-type distances.
So, is 64QAM the new 16QAM? The answer is both yes and no, as it depends on the target application scenario. For instance, while 16QAM is typically positioned as a capacity workhorse with moderate transmission reach, 64QAM may beat it for short-reach ultra high capacity solutions, conversely, for market segments bridging distances beyond 100km, 16QAM may still be a format of choice. In general, we would argue against this uni-dimensional thought process, and stress on the flexibility of the transponder, together with streamlined architecture and implementation.
Multi-Flex Transceivers and SDN/NFV: The Bigger Picture
As revenue streams become challenged, service providers are cautious in making decisions on technology upgrades and future network deployments, in part out of fear locking their investments to a new and widely hyped technology. Considering the bigger picture, SDN and NFV are two of the latest industry trends which go hand-in-hand with the concept of flexible transceivers, enabling the management of the entire network (Layer 0 up) through a centralized control system. The key drivers behind these solutions are openness, time-to-market, and CAPEX. This is where the industry needs to make a shift in their thinking, deviating from closed vendor-locked platforms to faster, cheaper, and more open interfaces. Similar to other technology industries, the differentiator need not be technology per se, but how one leverages it as a unit.
One thing is clear - the way forward to flexible transceivers is not a linear evolution of the conventional design cycle. Figure 4 (left) shows a few technologies which may serve as an enabler for flexible transceiver platforms, based on their performance, programmability, and cost. The conventional approach of multiple vendors going after in-house ASIC chipsets is often considered a performance efficient solution; however, it is also the least favorable in terms of time-to-market, and potentially the most expensive option. On the other end of the horizon sits multi-core CPU- and GPU-based processing units, highly flexible and cheap, but with a downside of performance and power dissipation. Taking these tradeoffs into account, it is likely that a dynamic open-source solution will be required in the near future. In this context, ASSP may fit the bill, being able to perform specialized functions across multiple network domains, at the same time being interoperable with multiple system vendors.
Figure 4. Technologies and tradeoffs for fully flexible Network (left). Migration actions
and associated timelines for optical transport networks
The industry is quickly adopting the first-generation of flexible transceivers in the form of flexi-rate and flexi-grid solutions. At this point in time there is a growing recognition of dynamic network services, necessitating full programmability and flexibility of transport resources across the entire transport layer stack with, for example, standard-based OpenFlow interfaces down to the transport layer. Figure 4 (right) illustrates migration actions for near term, medium term, and long term deployments, and associated CAPEX/OPEX requirements. Given the scale of this migration, it must follow a gradual roadmap, carefully streamlining the architecture, and making it future-proof. The choice of architecture – considering the tradeoff between OPEX and CAPEX or return on investments in a given market space – will be the secret sauce behind the new deployments.
All in all, the optical transport business is entering into an interesting phase of reform and consolidation. While the industry is breaking away from the traditional mindset, the key to success in future high-capacity optical connectivity will lie in opening up Pandora’s Box of flexibility, while still being able to reasonably tame the complexity underneath. The openness of future optical platforms must go hand-in-hand with an easy deployment, intuitive operation and easy scalability across multiple network domains. The next war in telecom will be won at the orchestration layer of connectivity and switching, but can only be enabled by a truly flexible and feature-rich interface design.

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OpenStack Liberty Release Enhances Manageability & Scalability

The OpenStack Foundation announced the 12th version of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds.

The OpenStack Liberty release, which is now available for download, brings a number of key improvements, including finer-grained management controls, performance enhancements for large deployments and more powerful tools for managing new technologies like containers in production environment. Some highlights:

Enhanced Manageability - Finer-grained access controls and simpler management features, such as common library adoption and better configuration management, have been added in direct response to the requests of OpenStack cloud operators. The new version also adds role-based access control (RBAC) for the Heat orchestration and Neutron networking projects. These controls allow operators to fine tune security settings at all levels of network and orchestration functions and APIs.

Simplified Scalability - performance and stability improvements that include the initial version of Nova Cells v2, which provides an updated model to support very large and multi-location compute deployments. Additionally, Liberty users will see improvements in the scalability and performance of the Horizon dashboard, Neutron networking Cinder block storage services and during upgrades to Nova’s compute services.

Extensibility to Support New Technologies - OpenStack is a single, open source platform for management of the three major cloud compute technologies; virtual machines, containers and bare metal instances. The software also is a favorite platform for organizations implementing NFV (network functions virtualization) services in their networking topologies. Liberty advances the software’s capabilities in both areas with new features like an extensible Nova compute scheduler, a network Quality of Service (QoS) framework and enhanced LBaaS (load balancing as a service).

Container support - Liberty also brings the first full release of the Magnum containers management project, which supports container cluster management tools Kubernetes, Mesos and Docker Swarm. Magnum makes it easier to adopt container technology by tying into existing OpenStack services such as Nova, Ironic and Neutron. Further improvements are planned with new project, Kuryr, which integrates directly with native container networking components such as libnetwork.

Heat orchestration project - adds dozens of new resources for management, automation and orchestration of the expanded capabilities in Liberty. Improvements in management and scale, including APIs to expose what resources and actions are available, all filtered by RBAC are included in the new release.

Nokia Lands Big TD-LTE-Advanced deal with China Mobile

China Mobile has awarded a contract to Nokia Networks to deploy one million TD-LTE base stations by the end of 2015. The contract further expands its TD-LTE footprint with deployment of Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations across the country, supporting 18 provinces and mega cities including Beijing, Guangdong and Shanghai.

Nokia Networks is now the largest non-Chinese vendor. The new deal marks the third phase of an ongoing TD-LTE deployment with China Mobile and another milestone in the successful co-operation between the two companies. 

Accton Contributes Design of 100 Gigabit Ethernet Switch to OCP

Accton Technology Corp. will open source through the Open Compute Project (OCP) the design of its AS7500-32X 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) open network switch, the first switch design contributed to OCP based on the Cavium XPliant switch ASIC.

The AS7500-32X Cavium-based switch design uses the same physical switch packaging, including x86 CPU processor modules, power supplies, fans and enclosure, as the AS7700-32X 100GbE switch design which Accton contributed to the OCP in March.

Accton’s subsidiary, Edgecore Networks, is now offering prototype units of the AS7500-32X 100GbE open network switch for evaluation and software development. The switch has thirty-two QSFP28 ports in a 1U form factor, with each port supporting 100GbE, 2x50GbE, 40GbE, 4x25GbE or 4x10GbE connections. It supports the following OCP open source software:

Open Network Install Environment (ONIE), the universal Network Operating System (NOS) loader, which enables automated loading of compatible commercial and open-source NOS software;
Open Network Linux, an open-source reference OS platform for organizations developing and customizing switch software applications; and Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI), a standard interface to ASICs from multiple vendors, allowing greater portability and faster introduction of NOS and application software for open switches.

“Cloud data center operators, telecommunications service providers and enterprises are all planning the deployment of next generation 25GbE and 100GbE infrastructures that can support increased capacity and services delivery with the automation, choice and control that open infrastructures provide,” said George Tchaparian, GM Data Center Networks at Accton Technology and CEO at Edgecore Networks. “Accton’s contribution of our second 100GbE switch design to OCP, and the industry’s first OCP contribution based on the Cavium XPliant switch ASIC, will further expand open network choices for use cases ranging from cloud data center fabrics and data center interconnect to central offices, Internet Exchanges, monitoring and analytics networks, and web-scale enterprises.”

Menara Ships 120 km 10 Gbps Transceivers with OTN & FEC

Menara Networks introduced an optical transceiver based on its OTN “System-in-module” DWDM XFP platform and featuring up to 120 km reach with integrated Forward Error Correction and advanced monitoring capabilities.

Menara said it achieves 120 km reach on standard single mode fiber without the need for optical amplification and/or dispersion compensation. The unamplified 120 km reach is achieved as a result of Menara’s superior performance of its optical transmitter and receiver designs, and the integrated Forward Error Correction coding gain afforded by Menara’s proprietary integrated circuit. Menara 10 Gbps XFP 120 km reach transceivers are MSA compliant and Telcordia qualified, compatible with both 10G Ethernet and 9.96 Gbps SONET/SDH line rates, consume under 3.5 Watts, and are compatible with all major routers and MPLS switches in the industry.

Ericsson Announces 802.11ac Cable Wi-Fi AP

Ericsson introduced the first 802.11ac Wave 2 access point.  The new Ericsson AP 6335 strand-mounted cable access point uses a DOCSIS modem for backhaul and multi-user MIMO for increased network capacity. It mounts directly on the hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) line to connect both power and backhaul. The AP 6335, part of Ericsson’s leading small cell portfolio, enables network deployment flexibility through standards-based protocols including Passpoint Release 2.0 and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

The company said it has shipped more than 100,000 cable Wi-Fi access points shipped globally to date.

Ericsson to acquire Ericpol, a Software Developer

Ericsson will acquire Ericpol, a software developer with operations in Poland and Ukraine.

Ericpol, which has approximately 2,000 employees, has been a supplier to Ericsson for over 20 years. Ericsson has been its largest customer by far.