Monday, January 28, 2019

Spectra7 and Luxshare demo 400G OSFP Active Copper Cables

At this week's DesignCon 2019 in Santa Clara, Spectra7 Microsystems and Luxshare-ICT are demonstrating OSFP format Active Copper Cables (ACCs) using Spectra7 technology in a live demo passing 400Gbps Ethernet traffic generated by a 12.6 Tbps switch.

Luxshare is using Spectra7’s GaugeChanger technology in its new line of OSFP Active Copper Cables. The embedded Spectra7 GC2502 Linear EQ Chips increase the length of standard copper cables by almost 3 times. This enables a significant number of cables in the 3 to 7m range to remain copper-based instead of having to switch to optical solutions which are dramatically higher in power and cost.

Spectra7 said its GaugeChanger technology works equally well at 25 Gbps NRZ and 50 Gbps PAM-4 enabling new connector standards of 100, 200 and 400 Gbps.

“Spectra7 is integral in helping to drive the future of the data center interconnects industry, and we are proud to be collaborating with them to demonstrate next-generation high-speed solutions,” said Jinhua Chen, Enterprise GM at Luxshare-ICT. “This collaboration highlights our vision to build relationships that benefit our customers, partners, and provide flexible solutions to their toughest challenges.”

“Luxshare is a technology and market leader in the data center interconnect market,” said Spectra7 CEO Raouf Halim. “Their adoption of our GaugeChangerTM technology is a significant milestone in the coming volume deployment of our data center product line.”

II-VI debuts 80 Watt Pump Laser Modules

II‐VI introduced its 976 nm pump laser modules with up to 80 watts of wavelength-stabilized output power.

II-VI said its design within the module minimizes warm-up time, and operates over a wide temperature range, improving laser system productivity and reducing maintenance. The high output power of the new pump laser is achieved by combining multiple pump laser diodes into one module. The combined output power is coupled to an industry standard 106.5 µm core fiber. The operating wavelength can be adjusted to meet specific customer applications.

“Our pump laser modules leverage the reliability of our gallium arsenide semiconductor laser platform, proven through broad deployments in industrial laser systems and optical networks, and with decades of field operation,” said Chris Koeppen, Vice President of II-VI Industrial Laser Group. “Beyond ultrafast fiber-lasers for precision micromachining, our product portfolio enables advanced pulsed lasers for other applications including supercontinuum lasers and excitation sources for life sciences.”

Fujitsu to supply BridgeWave wireless backhaul systems

Fujitsu Network Communications agreed to supply and support BridgeWave Communications' wireless backhaul systems as part of Fujitsu’s end-to-end transport solutions portfolio. The

BridgeWave Navigator microwave system (6GHz – 42GHz) and the Flex4G-10000 true fiber capacity millimeter wave system (80GHz) optimize backhaul networks for the highest capacity and range, while minimizing capital investments and reducing operational costs.

Fujitsu now includes BridgeWave wireless backhaul systems as part of its multivendor turnkey solutions offered to service providers and large enterprise customers for building and transforming their networks. The Fujitsu transport solutions portfolio consists of hardware and software as well as a full suite of network services, including design, build, systems integration, operations and maintenance. The BridgeWave Navigator microwave system and the Flex4G-10000 true fiber are also being offered through the Fujitsu Network Modernization (NetMod) program to replace legacy equipment with new technology.

“By combining Fujitsu’s complete wireless turnkey services with BridgeWave’s high-capacity, high-performance backhaul systems, we can quickly upgrade and expand our customers’ backhaul networks to efficiently handle the surge of traffic from small cell densification, 5G and CBRS LTE,” says Greg Manganello, head of wireless and services solutions at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “As a multivendor network integrator, we deliver a portfolio of best in breed wireless solutions that produce the superior outcomes our customers demand.”

“Network operators are being challenged more than ever before to reduce costs while ensuring their networks can withstand never-before-seen demands for instant Internet access and the highest data capacity,” said Sanjay Nagpal, senior vice president, global sales and marketing, REMEC Broadband Wireless Networks, BridgeWave Communications, and Sage SatCom. “ 

NVIDIA trims guidance citing weakness in gaming and data centers

NVIDIA now estimates its Q4 revenue to be $2.20 billion compared to previous guidance of $2.70 billion. The company cited weakness in gaming and data center segments, as well as "deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, particularly in China."

In gaming, NVIDIA said there was a sequential decline due to excess mid-range channel inventory following the crypto-currency boom that proceeded as expected. However, consumer demand for NVIDIA gaming GPUs weakened faster than expected and sales of certain high-end GPUs using NVIDIA’s new Turing architecture were lower than expected. 

In the data center segment, revenue also came in short of expectations. A number of deals in the company’s forecast did not close in the last month of the quarter as customers shifted to a more cautious approach.

“Q4 was an extraordinary, unusually turbulent, and disappointing quarter,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Looking forward, we are confident in our strategies and growth drivers. The foundation of our business is strong and more evident than ever – the accelerated computing model NVIDIA pioneered is the best path forward to serve the world’s insatiable computing needs.  The markets we are creating – gaming, design, HPC, AI and autonomous vehicles – are important, growing and will be very large. We have excellent strategic positions in all of them.”

CommScope's preliminary Q4 results top expectations

CommScope reported preliminary results for Q4 2018 of $1.045 to $1.070 billion, inline or above the company's guidance. Full-year sales are now expected in the $4,555 to $4,580 range.  Full results are expected on February 21, 2019

“We delivered preliminary results in line with or above our expectations in the fourth quarter of 2018,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Eddie Edwards. “These results benefited from stronger than expected sales volumes, favorable product and geographic mix, along with our ongoing initiatives to align the company’s cost structure with the current market environment. For 2019, we continue to expect modest growth and relatively stable year-over-year results, which reflect anticipated cautious spending patterns by large North American operators. We are pleased that the disciplined execution of our strategic plan enabled a stronger than expected finish to 2018 and established a solid foundation to build on as we work toward the completion of the ARRIS acquisition.”

CommScope also said the positive results should support its financing efforts related to its acquisition of ARRIS International plc.

Digicel appoints Jean-Yves Charlier as CEO

Digicel appointed Jean-Yves Charlier as its new Group Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Charlier previously served as Chief Executive Officer of VEON (formerly Vimpelcom), Chairman and Chief Executive of SFR, France and was also Chief Executive at COLT Telecom.

Charlier’s appointment comes one month after the untimely passing of Digicel Group Chief Executive Officer, Alexander Matuschka von Greiffenclau, 47, who died while on holiday with his family in his native Germany.

Commenting on his appointment, Jean-Yves, said; “I am delighted to be leading a strong set of communication and entertainment operations serving 14 million customers across 31 markets and to be continuing to work closely with the Board and its Chairman, Denis O’Brien. Over the past few years, Digicel has continued to innovate and make significant investments in new internet and media services across the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, making an indelible impact, and I am happy to be taking the business forward on these strong foundations.”

In congratulating Jean-Yves on his appointment, Digicel Group Chairman and founder, Denis O’Brien, commented; “Jean-Yves’ exceptional capacity to support continuing growth was reflected in his appointment as Executive Director some months ago, deepening our executive team and facilitating this succession process.”

Friday, January 25, 2019

BBC: Vodafone puts Huawei rollout in core networks on hold

Vodafone is pausing the further rollout of Huawei equipment into its European core networks, including in the UK, according to the BBC.

The chief executive of Vodafone said that the company is engaged in discussions with various security agencies and with Huawei, which "is really open and working hard" to resolve the matter.

Huawei has been a close supplier to Vodafone since 2007.

For 2018, Ericsson posted first sales growth since 2013

Ericsson's overall sales for Q4 2018 increased by 10% YoY to SEK 63.8 billion (US$7.06 billion), while sales adjusted for comparable units and currency increased by 4%. Gross margin rose to 25.7% compared to 21.6% a year earlier. Gross margin, excluding restructuring charges and other costs related to revised BSS strategy, improved to 36.3%, supported by cost reductions, the ramp-up of Ericsson Radio System (ERS) and the contract review in Managed Services.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, stated:

"Our focused strategy has yielded clear results. Ericsson is today a stronger company. Increased investments in R&D for future growth, managed services contract reviews, combined with efficient cost control have proven to be successful, with improved competitiveness and profitability as a result. As the industry moves to 5G and IoT, we will now take the next step, focusing on profitable growth in a selective and disciplined way. Sales have gradually improved during 2018, resulting in full-year organic sales growth for the first time since 2013. This is partly due to an improved market, but also driven by market share gains in Networks as a result of a more competitive radio product portfolio. "

Some highlights:

  • Networks sales adjusted for comparable units and currency grew by 6% YoY. The company notes high business activity across multiple regions, including a recovering RAN market as well as strong performance in the product portfolio. Growth was partly due to a higher than anticipated activity level in North America driven by increased 5G demand among the US operators. Networks gross margin improved to 41% (35%) YoY, mainly due to improved hardware margins driven by the successful shift to Ericsson Radio System (ERS). Strategic contracts and 5G field trials had a negative impact on operating margin in the quarter. R&D investments continued to grow in the quarter, but are now expected to flatten out.
  • In Managed Services, gross margin improved to 12% (-5%) YoY, supported by efficiency gains and customer contract reviews. We have now addressed all 42 targeted contracts, resulting in an annualized profit improvement of SEK 0.9 b. 
  • Digital Services sales adjusted for comparable units and currency grew by 5% YoY. Digital Services operating income, excluding restructuring charges and costs related to revised BSS strategy, was SEK -0.6 b.
  • Managed Services operating margin excluding restructuring charges increased to 5.2% (-13.0%). The review of all 42 low-performing customer contracts has been completed.
  • Ericsson also noted that it continues to cooperate with an investigation into its compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). 

NTT Com's Media Pipeline extends WebRTC

NTT Communications introduced a toolkit that provides real-time connectivity between its Enterprise Cloud WebRTC Platform Skyway (Skyway) with a variety of cloud services, including voice recognition artificial intelligence (AI), machine-translating AI and live transmission.

The new Media Pipeline Factory will offer six kinds of built-in components that can process recording, voice recognition and machine translation without the need for programming.

It integrates Skyway's voice and video data services with AI and cloud offerings such as NTT Com's natural language analysis AI engine COTOHA Virtual Assist, which enables those without knowledge of Japanese to communicate in the language.

NTT Com said its kit simplifies the expansion of WebRTC functionality and extends the areas in which voice and video data can be leveraged, allowing clients to accelerate their digital transformation.

Nokia wins FTTH project in Italy

Open Fiber, a wholesale-only player in the Italian broadband market, selected Nokia for a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout covering small towns and rural areas of Italy.

Specifically, Nokia has been selected as the sole supplier for clusters C and D (white areas) under a broadband plan drawn up by the Italian government. Nokia will deliver products, services and software needed to plan, design, deploy and support the end-to-end active network infrastructure based on GPON technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Stefano Paggi, Network & Operations Director at Open Fiber, said:  "We have selected Nokia as our supplier in clusters C and D to deliver giga-services and pave the way for future ultra-broadband technology evolutions. With Nokia's solutions we will be able to offer services at 10 Gbps and in the future at 40 Gbps on the access network. We will also have the opportunity to adopt the SDAN (Software Defined Networking) paradigm and therefore to maximize the potential of a new generation access network, with high automation, programmable and integrated with cloud environments."

Keysight's emulation hits maximum achievable 5G NR data throughput

Keysight Technologies demonstrated maximum achievable 5G New Radio (NR) data throughput performance using the company’s 5G NR network emulation solution, which is based on Keysight’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform, and Samsung’s 5G NR Exynos Modem 5100.

The joint achievement marks the successful completion of full stack interoperability and development test (IODT) based on the 3GPP 5G NR release 15 specifications. The demonstration utilized 256QAM and 4x4 MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) technology to verify maximum achievable data throughput rates.

Keysight’s 5G NR network emulation solution enables the mobile device ecosystem to validate the performance of new 5G mobile devices in conducted and over-the-air (OTA) test environments, accelerating deployment of 5G technology across both sub-6 GHz and mmWave frequencies.

“Keysight is an influential contributor to 3GPP standards development,” said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s wireless test group. “We work closely with market leaders, such as Samsung, to help chipset manufacturers ensure their designs meet the latest 5G NR standards, and address technical challenges introduced by the next generation of mobile communications technology.”

Keysight and Samsung are continuously working to accelerate early 5G capabilities and have been collaborating for more than two years to advance 5G technologies. Samsung uses Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset and 5G RF Design Validation (DVT) Toolset for protocol and radio frequency (RF) development and validation using the latest 3GPP 5G NR release 15 standards. The toolsets form part of the company’s end-to-end 5G network emulation portfolio.

Vantage Data Centers complets acquisition of 4Degrees Colocation

Vantage Data Centers completed its previously announced acquisition of Canadian-based 4Degrees Colocation from Videotron for approximately US$200 million (C$259 million).

4Degrees operates two facilities in Montreal and Quebec City. The two data centers are Tier III Design and Construction certified, which highlights the facilities’ exceptional quality and reliability, by the Uptime Institute, an independent organization.

Vantage plans significant expansion projects in both markets to accelerate 4Degrees’ original plans to bring total capacity up to 31MW.

Guavus acquires SQLstream for real-time streaming analytics

Guavus has acquired SQLstream, a real-time streaming analytics start-up based in San Francisco. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SQLstream offers suite of high-performance, low-latency, and low-cost edge data collection and smart mediation products. The solutions are used for real-time data quality assurance and competitive price optimization, real-time travel-time services integrating sensors with smartphone applications, traffic congestion detection and prediction for ‘smart city’ initiatives, real-time emergency services dashboard and alerts, and continuous data quality assessment and correction for IoT devices. Their customer list includes companies such as Walmart, Cisco, and Amazon AWS, which licensed the SQLstream technology for use within AWS Kinesis Data Analytics, powering the applications of thousands of AWS customers.

Guavus said the deal helps it to expand its offering, providing communications service providers (CSPs) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) customers access – at the network edge – to real-time, cloud-enabled streaming analytics to address their growing big data needs.

“With our integrated solutions, CSPs to IIoT customers will be able to take advantage of something that’s radically different as we deliver AI-powered analytics from the network edge to the network core.  With this solution, our customers can now analyze their operational, customer, and business data anywhere in the network in real time, without manual intervention, so they can make better decisions, provide smarter new services, and reduce their costs,” said Guavus CEO, Faizel Lakhani.

“In a world facing exponential growth in the volume of data coming from increasingly connected network devices and IIoT-based sensors, the inclusion of SQLstream’s industry-leading technology opens up huge new opportunities for our customers and our partners. Their disruptive technology allows customers to interactively inspect and curate streaming data for analytics at the edge. We’re excited to have the SQLstream team onboard,” said Lakhani.

Zayo supplies E-LAN to Internet analytics and cybersecurity firm

Zayo Group was selected to provide an E-LAN solution to an Internet analytics and cybersecurity firm.

Zayo said the diverse solution leverages its network across the U.S. and Western Europe.

“We were able to design, optimize and finalize the solution in less than 30 days,” said Tyler Coates, senior vice president of Enterprise at Zayo. “There are not many providers that can be this agile. We’re moving forward to implement this solution for the customer as quickly as possible.”

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Perspective: The Best of Optics Technology in 2019

by Martin Zirngibl, Finisar CTO 

400G needed for explosive bandwidth growth everywhere in the network

It seems like 100G pluggable modules were introduced just yesterday but they are already running out of steam for leading-edge applications. 2019 will be the year of the early roll-outs of 400G across the entire network, for short-reach links such as server-to-top-of-rack switches in data centers, for leaf-to-spine connections inside data centers, for data center interconnection links (DCI) and DWDM metro networks.

But there is no one-size-fits-all solution

Although 400G will appear almost simultaneously throughout the network, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Cost, power and footprint per bit need to be carefully tailored for each application, requiring a diverse set of technologies to optimally address the various distances and capacities. There is a strong trade-off between power consumption, footprint and cost of transponders versus their performance in reach and fiber capacity, which translates into the cost of the link. For instance, an electrical copper link based on direct attach copper cables (DAC) consumes on the order of 1W/100G and costs a few dollars but it can only reach three meters. On the other end of the spectrum, an optical transmitter transponder for long haul (several thousand km) burns up to 30-40W/100G and costs about three orders of magnitude more than the above copper link. A network provider must carefully choose the interconnection technology in their network. If the technology has too much performance, then there is a penalty to be paid in terms of power and cost. However, a transponder with low performance may constrain the scalability of future network expansions.

Multimode fiber (MM) will increasingly replace copper for high volume server to TOR links
 There are three types of optical interconnection technologies today: optical multimode, optical single-mode direct detect, and optical signal-mode coherent. Optical multimode transponders can be as low as 2W per 100G power consumption. They are based on Vertical Cavity Emitting Lasers (VCSEL) which are directly modulated. VCSEL-based multimode technology is very cost-effective since VCSELs can be processed and tested on wafer scale and the alignment tolerances of MM is very forgiving, allowing low-cost packaging technology. The main disadvantage of MM is their short reach: At 400G it is typically 30-70m, limited by modal dispersion. Multimode links can come in the form of parallel fibers, where there is typically one fiber per 50G lane capacity; or wavelength division multiplexed channels, where there are 4 lanes of 50G per fiber, the latter reducing the amount of fiber four times.

It is expected MM links will become the “new copper” and therefore their volumes will explode. Indeed, the great majority of links in a data center are between the servers and the top-of-rack switch and currently, they are based on electrical copper cables. Their volume dwarfs that of all the other optical links in a data center. But as SERDES speeds increase to 100G, the reach of copper links will be significantly curtailed, thus many of these high-volume links will need to become optical. This transition represents a significant opportunity for optical multimode VCSEL technology and they will be even more ubiquitous in all data centers.

For links beyond 100m, SiP and InP are competing for lowest cost solution
Once reach needs to extend beyond 100 meters at 400G, single mode optics is required. There are several technology options: Silicon Photonics (SiP), direct modulated lasers (DML) and externally modulated lasers (EML). It is generally accepted in the technical community that SiP-based transponders are best suited for parallel fiber, with one 100G lane per fiber, because this technology allows sharing of a single laser source amongst multiple modulators, each one creating a 100G lane. The sweet spot for parallel-fiber solutions is around 500m applications, although technically SiP can go longer reaches, the cost of the parallel fibers starts to outweigh the transponder cost savings. For links that need to reach 2km or 10km, most network providers, therefore, prefer duplex fiber, reducing the amount of fibers fourfold. Since either four or eight separate wavelengths are now required, the above described laser sharing is no longer an option thereby making DMLs and EMLs appealing. However, SiP solutions are also competing in this space and the jury is still out about which technology will eventually dominate.
Coherent transponders will dominate the DCI and metro applications 

Of course, the bandwidth explosion will ripple through data center interconnection, metro and access networks as well. It is the consensus in the technical community that for distances >30km and rates of 100G and above coherent technologies offer the best trade-offs between cost of the transponders versus cost of the fiber plant. One big advantage of coherent is that the fiber plant does not have to be engineered, because a coherent transponder can undo most of the transmission impairments on its own. Coherent transponders can also bridge very lossy links without need of optical amplification, making them attractive even for access networks.

Finisar to play in all segments: multimode, single-mode direct detect and coherent

In 2019, Finisar expects to ship 400G products across all reaches. We are now sampling single mode parallel 400G modules based on internal Silicon Photonics (shown at ECOC 2018), supporting up to 500m links.  For longer reaches (2km) and duplex fiber, 400G FR8 pluggable modules based on InP components are also available. Direct detect at 400G can even go much longer; our recently demonstrated QSFP-DD “eLR8” module with directly modulated 50G lasers can transmit data up to 30km through unamplified grey optics links. For coherent optical links we have developed what we believe is the highest integrated, lowest power coherent optical components on the market. The integrated tunable transmitter receiver assembly (ITTRA) integrates all the optical and control functionality into a single gold box. These very small form factor components are designed to fit into future coherent pluggable modules such as QSFP-DD, OSFP, CFP2, and CFP4. Its bandwidth of 40GHz will enable capacities of about 600Gb/s per single wavelength, something that was unimaginable only a few years ago. The low power, cost and footprint profile of the ITTRA will make coherent competitive for new non-unamplified applications that have been, up to now, the undisputed domain of direct detect technology.

Only the future will tell where the boundaries between multimode, single-mode direct detect, and coherent lies. There are powerful new technologies such a Silicon Photonics, low-power CMOS, chip-on-glass packaging technology and high-volume applications in data centers and 5G Mobile networks that will push the boundaries in unknown directions. What is clear is that Finisar has all the tools and technologies in-house to offer products that are cost and performance competitive for any of the emerging optical interconnection needs.

Martin Zirngibl was named Corporate CTO of Finisar in June 2018. He joined the company in 2016 as a VP Technology Fellow responsible for coherent product strategy. Prior to Finisar, he held progressive managerial roles at Nokia Bell Labs including Director of Optical Networking Research and Executive Director of Device and Subsystems Research. He also served as a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Zirngibl holds a PhD in Physics from the Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne and a Diploma in Theoretical Physics from the same Institute. He received the Bell Labs Fellow award in 2008 and has published more than 100 scientific papers and filed over 50 patents.

Huawei launches its own 5G Base Station core chip

Huawei introduced its own core chip for 5G base stations.

Huawei said its TIANGANG chip will support networks of all standards and all bands (C band, 3.5G, and 2.6G), helping customers access the best wireless and microwave services. Huawei said its silicon design aims for simplified 5G networks and large-scale 5G network deployment all over the world. The chip can support large-scale integration of active power amplifiers (PAs) and passive antenna arrays into very small antennas. It also boasts super high computing capacity, with a 2.5-fold increase over previous chips. Using the latest algorithms and beamforming technology, a single chip can control up to 64 channels, which is the industry's highest standard. This chip also supports the 200 MHz high spectral bandwidth, getting ready for future network deployment.

Huawei also claims significant improvements in active antenna units (AAUs), with 50% smaller, 23% lighter, and 21% less power consuming base stations.

"Huawei has long been committed to investing in basic science and technology. We were the first to make breakthroughs in key technologies for large-scale 5G commercial use," said Ryan Ding, Huawei Executive Director of the Board and Carrier BG CEO.

To date, Huawei claims 30 commercial 5G contracts. The company says it has already shipped over 25,000 5G base stations globally.

Microsemi and Acacia collaborate on Flexible Rate Optical at up to 600G

Microsemi and Acacia Communications announced interoperability between Microchip’s DIGI-G5 Optical Transport Network (OTN) processor and Acacia’s AC1200 Coherent Module.

Microsemi's DIGI-G5 OTN processor supports FlexE and OTUCn protocols, enabling new terabit scale line cards with flexible rate optical interfaces for packet optical transport platforms. Acacia's AC1200 modules support for metro and data center interconnect networks. Specifically, while the DIGI-G5 processes client traffic into OTN, the 1.2T AC1200—powered by Acacia’s Pico digital signal processor (DSP) ASIC—on the line card will enable the OTN connections over two 600G tunable DWDM wavelengths with flexible transmission three-dimensional (3D) shaping features. These features, which include fractional quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) and adaptive baud rate optimize transmission reach and capacity, approaching theoretical limits on a wide range of network configurations, in a power efficient manner.

The companies said their collaboration enables the first flexible rate system architectures with an established ecosystem to support the market’s transition to 200G, 400G, 600G and flexible rate OTN networks built with new Flexible Ethernet (FlexE) and OTUCn protocols. FlexE was designed to provide up to 30 percent greater bandwidth efficiency compared to traditional Ethernet link aggregation (LAG) with fewer limitations. Combining it with OTUCn and tunable fractional dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) transmission brings service providers the potential to improve their OTN network capacity by up to 70 percent.

“DIGI-G5 allows our optical transport system partners to deliver terabit-class OTN switching line cards at 50 percent less power per port while enabling flexible rate ports and protocols up to 600G,” said Babak Samimi, vice president for Microchip’s Communications business unit. “Demonstrating interworking of the DIGI-G5 with Acacia’s AC1200 coherent module highlights that the ecosystem is ready to support the market transition to these new protocols, rates and multi-terabit architectures.”

“In addition to high capacity and density, our AC1200 module introduces several key features designed to enable network operators to optimize capacity, reach and spectral efficiency —making flexible transmission solutions up to 600G a reality,” said Benny Mikkelsen, Chief Technology Officer of Acacia Communications. “With Microchip’s DIGI-G5 scaling up capacity and reducing power at the same time, and the optical performance provided by our AC1200, we believe that Acacia and Microchip are helping to enable the market to scale network capacity with improved efficiency.”

ECOC 2018: Acacia presents 600 Gbps per Wavelength Coherent Transmission

At the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Rome, Acacia Communications demonstrated its AC1200 coherent module with dual-core design enabling 1.2 Tbps error-free transmission over fiber with 600 Gbps per wavelength.

The Acacia AC1200 module supports transmission capacity of up to 1.2 Tbps in a footprint that is 40 percent less than the size of the 5” x 7” modules that support transmission speeds of 400 Gbps today.

The module is based on Acacia’s Pico DSP ASIC, which utilizes two wavelengths that can be configured to support from 100 Gbps to 600 Gbps capacity each. The Acacia AC1200 supports a suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) shaping features that may be optimized to enable performance approaching theoretical limits on a wide range of network configurations.

Acacia shipped its first AC1200 module customer samples in March 2018 and anticipates production to begin by the end of 2018.

Acacia said its high-capacity solution targets the requirements for connections between large data centers with reaches of 100km and above using standard single-mode fiber.

 Microsemi's DIGI-G5 powers Terabit OTN switching cards
Microsemi introduced its DIGI-G5 Optical Transport Network (OTN) processor for terabit capacity OTN switching cards.

The company said this newest generation in its DIGI franchise enables packet-optical transport platforms to triple in capacity while slashing power consumption by 50 percent per port.

DIGI-G5 delivers 1.2 terabits per second (Tbps) of combined OTN and client interfaces and is first to market with newly standardized 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 50GE, 200GE, 400GE, Flexible OTN (FlexO) and Flexible Ethernet (FlexE) with integrated security engine enabling flexible encrypted optical connections.

Transporting Ethernet, storage, intellectual property (IP)/ multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and 4G/5G Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI)/eCPRI services over 100G OTN switched connections has proven to be the most fiber, power and cost-efficient deployment solution for moving bits in today's metro and long-haul networks.

“Our DIGI OTN processor portfolio has been instrumental in transforming service provider networks to mass deploy 100G OTN switched networks,” said Babak Samimi, vice president and business unit manager for Microsemi's Communications Business Unit. “Our DIGI-G5 breaks new ground by enabling the industry’s transition to new OTN 3.0 architectures at terabit scalability by delivering three times the port density while lowering power consumption by 50 percent per port.”

DIGI-G5 highlights

  • Total interface bandwidth of up to 1.2Tbps
  • Comprehensive Ethernet support: 10GE, 25GE, 50GE, 100GE, 200GE, 400GE and the new OIF FlexE specification
  • New OTN 3.0 rates, enabling flexible (FlexO) and fractional 100G+ (OTUCn, OTUCn-m) transmission
  • 56G PAM-4 Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) allows direct connection to QSFP-DD, OSFP and coherent digital signal processors (DSPs)
  • Integrated packet test set enables remote troubleshooting and debug, driving down capital and operating expenditures
  • Integrated security engine enabling end-to-end AES-256 based encryption and authentication
  • Integrated G.HAO bandwidth-on-demand processing for OTN switching networks
  • Innovative DIGI-Mesh-Connect architecture which enables compact, pay-as-you-grow OTN switching at lowest cost and power by eliminating the need for a centralized switch fabric device.
  • Sampling is expected in Q2

Linux Foundation targets Unified Open Source Framework for the Edge

The Linux Foundation is unifying a number of its projects into a new umbrella organization to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system. The goal is the formation of a software stack that brings the best of telecom, cloud, and enterprise (representing location, latency and mobility differentiation).

LF Edge is initially comprised of five projects: Akraino Edge Stack, EdgeX Foundry, and Open Glossary of Edge Computing, formerly stand-alone projects at The Linux Foundation. The initiative also includes a new project contributed by Samsung Electronics, which will create a hub for real-time data collected through smart home devices, and another project from ZEDEDA, which is contributing a new agnostic standard edge architecture.

“The market opportunity for LF Edge spans industrial, enterprise and consumer use cases in complex environments that cut across multiple edges and domains. We’re thrilled with the level of support backing us at launch, with 60 global organizations as founding members and new project contributions,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, the Linux Foundation. “This massive endorsement, combined with existing code and project contributions like Akraino from AT&T and EdgeX Foundry from Dell EMC, means LF Edge is well-positioned to transform edge and IoT application development.”

LF Edge is already supported by the following founding members: (Premier) Arm, AT&T, Baidu, Dell EMC, Dianomic Inc., Ericsson, HP Inc., HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, inwinStack, Juniper Networks, MobiledgeX, Netsia, Nokia Solutions, NTT, OSIsoft, Qualcomm Technologies, Radisys, Red Hat, Samsung Electronics, Seagate Technology, Tencent, WindRiver, Wipro, ZEDEDA; and (General) Advantech Co., Alleantia srl,  Beechwoods Software Inc., Canonical Group Limited, CertusNet, CloudPlugs Inc., Concept Reply, DATA AHEAD AG, Enigmedia, EpiSensor, Foghorn Systems Inc., ForgeRock US Inc.,, Hangzhou EMQ Technologies Co. Ltd., IOTech Systems Ltd., IoTium, KMC, Linaro, Mainflux, Mocana, NetFoundry, Packet, Pluribus Networks, RackN, Redis Labs, VaporIO, Vitro Technology Corp., Volterra Inc., Wanxiang Group; and (Associate) Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC), Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Infrastructure Masons, Inc., and Project Haystack.

More about LF Edge projects: 

  • Akraino Edge Stack -- creating an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications;
  • EdgeX Foundry -- focused on building a common open framework for IoT edge computing.
  • Home Edge Project -- seed code contributed by Samsung Electronics, is a new project that concentrates on driving and enabling a robust, reliable, and intelligent home edge computing framework, platform and ecosystem running on a variety of devices in our daily lives.
  • Open Glossary of Edge Computing -- provides a concise collection of terms related to the field of edge computing.
  • Project EVE (Edge Virtualization Engine) -- contributed by ZEDEDA, will create an open and agnostic standard edge architecture that accommodates complex and diverse on- and off-prem hardware, network and application selections.

Intel grew 13% in 2018 but outlook disappoints

Intel reported Q4 2018 revenue of $18.7 billion, up 9 percent year-over-year (YoY); and full-year revenue set an all-time record of $70.8 billion, up 13 percent YoY. Q4 earnings per share amounted to $1.12 ($1.28 on a non-GAAP basis);

The Q4 results, however, fell short of analyst expectations, as did the company's outlook for 2019. Data center revenues came in below market expectations. The company has not yet appointed a permanent CEO. Intel said it remains on-track to launch 10nm products in volume during 2019.

“2018 was a truly remarkable year for Intel with record revenue in every business segment and record profits as we transform the company to pursue our biggest market opportunity ever,” said Bob Swan, Intel CFO and Interim CEO. “In the fourth quarter, we grew revenue, expanded earnings and previewed new 10nm-based products that position Intel to compete and win going forward. Looking ahead, we are forecasting another record year and raising the dividend based on our view that the explosive growth of data will drive continued demand for Intel products.”

Some highlights:

The PC-centric business (CCG) was up 10 percent in the fourth quarter due to continued strong demand for Intel's higher performance products and strength in commercial and gaming. CCG expanded its product portfolio for 2019 with the recent launch of new 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and unveiled "Ice Lake" the upcoming, 10nm-based PC processor, which is expected to be in OEM systems on shelves for holiday, 2019.

Collectively, Intel's data-centric businesses grew 9 percent YoY in the quarter and 20 percent YoY in 2018. In the fourth quarter, DCG achieved 24 percent cloud segment growth and 12 percent communications service provider segment growth while enterprise revenue declined 5 percent. Intel recently announced that the new "Cascade Lake" family of high performance Intel® Xeon® processors with advanced AI and memory capabilities is now shipping.

Fourth-quarter Internet of Things Group (IOTG) revenue declined 7 percent YoY. However, excluding Wind River, which Intel divested in the second quarter, fourth-quarter IOTG revenue was up 4 percent YoY despite supply tightness. Record quarterly revenue in Intel's memory business (NSG) was up 25 percent YoY. Intel's Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) also achieved record quarterly revenue, up 8 percent YoY driven by strength in the data center and communications market segments.

Mobileye fourth-quarter revenue of $183 million was up 43 percent YoY as customer momentum continued. In 2018, Mobileye achieved 28 new design wins and 78 vehicle model launches.

Telefónica sells affiliates in Guatemala and El Salvador to América Móvil

Telefónica agreed to sell its interests in local affiliates in Guatemala and El Salvador to América Móvil for EUR 570 million.

The aggregate amount of the transaction (enterprise value) for both companies is US$648 million (approximately EUR 570 million at the current exchange rate, EUR 293 million of which correspond to Telefónica Guatemala and EUR 277 million to Telefónica El Salvador), an implicit multiple for the total amount of the transaction of 9.7 times the estimated 2018 EBITDA of the two companies. Both of the local affiliates provide mobile, fixed line voice, data and paid TV services.

Telefónica said it is disposing of these assets as part of its portfolio management policy based on a strategy of value creation, improving return on capital and strategic positioning.