Monday, April 22, 2019

Tencent carries multiple 200G 8QAM signals with Acacia

Tencent carried multiple 200G 8QAM signals over 80 kilometers with its OPC-4 open line system (OLS) using Acacia’s CFP2-DCO modules on third-party switch platforms.

The lab demonstration was performed using Acacia’s CFP2-DCO modules with 50GHz channel spacing and 200G 8QAM modulation. Acacia said the demonstration showcases the ability to support transmission of up to 19.2T on a single fiber using Tencent’s 96 channel OPC-4 and Acacia’s CFP2-DCO modules.

In order to emulate the higher fiber loss in its metro networks, Tencent added additional 10 dB optical attenuators to the tested link, and was still able to achieve error-free operation in all the ports.

OPC-4, which was developed by Tencent, meets Tencent’s SDN requirements for a disaggregated transport network and is fully integrated into Tencent’s network controller. Tencent believes that this lab demonstration validates the deployment readiness of their IP over DWDM solution using OPC-4 in their metro DCI networks.

“This demonstration validated that Acacia’s CFP2-DCO product has been integrated into switch platforms in terms of mechanical, electrical, power and firmware interfaces. The switch platform was able to configure the CFP2-DCO and access advanced performance monitoring functionality for the module, as well as the link,” said Jengyi Geng, Senior Network Architect at Tencent. “With Acacia’s 200G CFP2-DCO, our switch platform can support 8 ports, for up to 1.6T per line card and our OPC-4 can support transmission of up to 19.2T over a single fiber for metro DCI applications. In addition, the CFP2-DCO form factor provides us with a pay-as-you-grow deployment model.”

“We are excited that our high-performance, low-power CFP2-DCO was able to address the performance required in Tencent’s metro DCI network, and were impressed by the level of integration in the switch platform and OPC-4 open line system,” said Tom Williams, Associate Vice President of Marketing at Acacia Communications. “We believe this lab demonstration underlines the importance of pluggable coherent modules in applications such as Tencent’s metro DCI network, potentially creating opportunities for our NEM customers to offer differentiated solutions in these applications.”

Acacia’s module is compliant with the OIF CFP2-DCO Implementation Agreement, which also includes support for next generation 400G solutions, further improving board density and fiber capacity. Based on its Meru DSP ASIC, Acacia’s CFP2-DCO module has been shipping in production since December 2017.

Huawei posts 39% rise in Q1 Sales

Huawei reported 1Q2019 revenue of CNY179.7 billion, an increase of 39% year-on-year.

The company said its net profit margin in Q1 2019 was about 8%, slightly higher than the same period last year.[1]

As of the end of March, Huawei had forty 5G contracts and had shipped more than 70,000 5G base stations to markets around the world.

Also in Q1 2019, Huawei's Enterprise Business Group launched its Digital Platform and its new "Huawei Inside" strategy. Huawei is committed to building the foundations of a digital China and the core of a digital world by delivering the Digital Platform along with ubiquitous connectivity and pervasive intelligence. Huawei's Enterprise Business Group also deployed the world's first 5G-enabled Wi-Fi 6 access point. As of the end of Q1 2019, Huawei had shipped more Wi-Fi 6 products than any other company worldwide.

Huawei's Consumer Business Group continues to create value for consumers with its innovative products. Its core strategy is to deliver an intelligent experience to consumers across all scenarios. In Q1 2019, Huawei shipped 59 million smartphones. In other business segments like PCs, wearables, and smart home, Huawei has been welcomed by global consumers for its leading, innovative products and superior user experiences.

HUAWEI CLOUD remains committed to innovation. It aims to build the best possible hybrid cloud, provide full-stack AI solutions for intelligent industries, and make inclusive AI a reality. More than one million enterprise users and developers have chosen to work with HUAWEI CLOUD. In Q1, HUAWEI CLOUD services were launched in Singapore, and HUAWEI CLOUD released its AI model market. HUAWEI CLOUD's one-stop-shop AI development platform – ModelArts – came first in both image classification training and inference in the Stanford DAWNBench deep learning competition.

https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news/2019/4/huawei-q1-2019-business-results

Huawei's "Four-Engines" Brand Strategy

Huawei outlined a new brand strategy for IP networking that centers on "engines" for enabling ubiquitous connectivity.

At the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019 last week in Shenzhen, Huawei introduced its four new engine series products for the IP network:

  • AirEngine: Huawei first Wi-Fi 6 commercial product. It uses Huawei 5G smart antenna and intelligent application acceleration technologies to increase the Wi-Fi coverage area by 50 percent, shorten the Wi-Fi network latency to 10 milliseconds, and achieve an optimal mobile experience.
  • CloudEngine: Huawei says its embedded AI chip and unique AI algorithm enable zero packet loss and the fastest forwarding performance in the industry. The chip will be used in Huawei campus switches for AI-powered application identification and dynamic network algorithms. The company aims to reduce fault identification from minutes to seconds, shorten automatic fault location from hours to minutes, and reduce OPEX by 40 percent.
  • NetEngine: Huawei says its NetEngine intelligent metro routers have the largest capacity in industry, are SRv6 ready, and offer full-lifecycle intelligent automation. Huawei next-generation NetEngine AR6000 series SD-WAN routers use a brand-new architecture and are designed with rich hardware acceleration engines and unique Ultra-Fast forwarding algorithms, improving SD-WAN performance to three times the industry average. 
  • HiSecEngine: Based on core concepts of Huawei's HiSec security solution, this high-performance network security engine accurately identifies unknown threats to ensure always-on core services. It provides an intelligent defense system to protect the fully connected, digital world.

Kevin Hu, President of Huawei Data Communication Product Line, said: "Huawei has more than 20 years of expertise in the IP field. We are committed to building differentiated innovative products and continuously applying digital technologies, such as 5G, cloud computing, and AI to IP networks. We believe that the intelligent IP networks built with the four engine series products can continuously empower users with business intelligence."

https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news/2019/4/huawei-four-engines-brand-strategy-intelligent-ip-networks

Verizon sets 2035 target for carbon neutrality

Verizon announced a commitment to go carbon neutral by 2035.

“Sustainability and social responsibility are part of Verizon’s DNA,” said James Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Verizon.  “As an emerging leader in sustainability, Verizon understands its responsibility to continuously evolve and innovate to meet new challenges and expectations.”

Verizon highlights the following milestones and commitments

  • A 28% Carbon Intensity reduction since 2016 with the goal set for a 50% carbon intensity reduction by 2025
  • A green energy initiative which has offset 20,000 metric tons of CO2
  • A 2025 commitment to source renewable energy equivalent to 50% of Verizon's total electricity usage
  • Carbon abatement will enable customers to also reduce their carbon footprint
  • Verizon solutions have enabled the avoidance of 8.2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent to removing 1.6 million cars off the road for one year
  • 278 ENERGY STAR-certified buildings and 22 onsite renewable energy installations
  • 28,000 Green Team employees in 44 countries
  • Two million trees planted by 2030 with more than 700,000 planted already

Verizon raises $1 billion "Green Bond"

Verizon Communications has closed a $1 billion "Green Bond" to fund a variety of new and existing green investments. The company expects to allocate a majority of the funds within three years to support its long-term commitment to minimize its environmental impact, drive operating efficiencies and benefit the communities it serves.

Investments will focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, sustainable water management, and biodiversity and conservation,

“Verizon is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations, and this funding will support those efforts,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Jim Gowen. “As good corporate citizens, we have made it a priority to deploy more green energy resources, such as solar and fuel cell technology, into our facilities.”

Verizon launched its first formal sustainability program in 2009. The company has committed to source renewable energy equivalent to 50 percent of its total electricity usage by 2025.

Intelsat 29e is a total loss

Intelsat reported the total loss of Intelsat 29e, which was the first its EpicNG high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform.

Late on April 7, the Intelsat 29e propulsion system experienced damage that caused a leak of the propellant on board the satellite resulting in a service disruption to customers on the satellite. While working to recover the satellite, a second anomaly occurred, after which all efforts to recover the satellite were unsuccessful.

Intelsat 29e (IS-29e), which was launched in January 2016, offered high throughput Ku- spot beams in the Americas to meet broadband demand for carrier-grade telecom and enterprise connectivity as well as the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean coverage for dense aero and shipping routes. It also offered a transatlantic Ku- wide beam overlay and provided efficient broadcast capabilities for in-flight entertainment. C-band wide beam provides full South American continent coverage for media distribution. Boeing served as the prime contractor.

Intelsat said that since the anomaly, it has been working with affected customers. Restoration paths on other Intelsat satellites serving the region and third-party satellites have been provided for a majority of the disrupted services. Migration and service restoration are well underway; highlighting the resiliency of the Intelsat fleet and the benefit of the robust Ku-band open architecture ecosystem.

Fastly files for IPO -- edge cloud

Fastly, a start-up offering an edge cloud with global reach, filed an S-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock.

Fastly intends to list its Class A common stock on The New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “FSLY.”

Fastly operates a network of high-density servers with SSDs located at major peering points around the world. The servers operate as high-performance caches. Key server specs: 24 TB of SSDs, 768 GB of RAM, and 4x 25Gbps network interface cards. Fastly peers with other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content Networks with IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity on Autonomous System (AS) 54113. As of February 2019, the company reported 37.5 Tbps of connected global capacity.

Investors in Fastly include Amplify Partners, August Capital, Battery Ventures, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP), Iconiq Capital, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Ridge Ventures (fka IDG Ventures USA), Sapphire Ventures, Sorenson Capital, Sozo Ventures and Swisscomm Ventures.

Lumentum completes divestiture to CIG

Lumentum completed its previously-announced divestiture of certain Lumentum datacom transceiver product lines to Cambridge Industries Group (CIG).

The products were originally developed and manufactured by Oclaro Japan.

CIG also entered into a long-term strategic supply agreement for Lumentum's photonic chips.

"The closing of the transaction with CIG is a key milestone in the shift in Lumentum's strategy to focus on photonic chips while continuing to participate in the anticipated large growth in datacom transceiver volumes driven by datacenter expansion and 5G wireless over the coming years," said Walter Jankovic, Lumentum's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Datacom. "We are highly focused on accelerating innovation at the photonic chip level and have a strong pipeline of new chip products."

As a result of the timing of the divestiture close, which occurred following the end of the fiscal third quarter, the divestiture will not impact Lumentum's financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended March 30, 2019.  Lumentum expects revenue from datacom transceivers will decline in the fiscal fourth quarter relative to the fiscal third quarter by approximately $20 million to $25 million, with approximately $20 million of the decline related to the divestiture and an additional $5 million due to continuing declines in remaining datacom transceiver revenues.

Docomo and Itochu Logistics test LTE-M for trucks

NTT DOCOMO and Itochu Logistics Corp. are testing an IoT solution that uses easily deployed devices compatible with low-power, wide-area LTE-M technology to enable delivery businesses to visualize the status of outsourced trucks in their fleets. The trial will be conducted in the United States beginning in May 2019.

The solution involves placing hand-held, battery- or solar-powered devices in trucks to collect data, such as truck locations and frequency of sudden braking, which will be sent through an LTE network to a dedicated website. The solution can also provide temperature, humidity, brightness, etc. data depending on delivery needs, as well as notify customers via email when the trucks approach their destinations.

DOCOMO said the trial is part of the Globiot global-IoT initiative that it launched last year to provide global connectivity, operational support and consulting to Japanese enterprises.

Cadence says ready for TSMC’s 5nm FinFET

Cadence Design Systems confirmed that its digital, signoff and custom/analog tools have been certified for Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE v1.0, and Cadence IP has been enabled for the TSMC 5nm process. The corresponding process design kits (PDKs) featuring integrated tools, flows and methodologies are now available for traditional and cloud-based environments. Additionally, mutual customers have already completed several tapeouts using Cadence tools, flows and IP for full production development on the TSMC 5nm process technology.

Cadence said it has delivered a fully integrated digital implementation and signoff tool flow, which has been certified on TSMC’s 5nm process that has the benefits of process simplification provided by extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The Cadence full-flow includes the Innovus Implementation System, Liberate Characterization Portfolio, Quantus Extraction Solution, Tempus Timing Signoff Solution, Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution and Pegasus™ Verification System.

“We’re continuing to broaden our collaboration with TSMC to facilitate 5nm FinFET adoption, giving customers access to the latest tools and IP for advanced process design creation,” said Dr. Chin-Chi Teng, senior vice president and general manager of the Digital & Signoff Group at Cadence. “Our R&D team has focused heavily on developing new features and performance improvements so that our digital and signoff and custom/analog tools and IP can be used with complete confidence, enabling customers to achieve first-pass silicon success and deliver end products within aggressive time-to-market schedules.”

http://www.cadence.com/go/tsmc5nmca


Photronics opens manufacturing facilities in China

Photronics announced the grand opening of two new manufacturing facilities in China to engage in research and development, manufacture and sale of photomasks, becoming a critical local supplier to the China integrated circuit (IC) and flat panel display (FPD) industries.

The new IC manufacturing facility in Xiamen, China is the result of a $160 million investment agreement with The Administrative Committee of Xiamen Torch Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone (Xiamen Torch), a national-level hi-tech zone in China, announced in August 2016. The facility will support semiconductor manufacturing for a wide range of technologies and nodes in both logic and memory. Plans are for initial production to ramp quickly at 40nm and 28nm nodes, with process introduction leading to 14nm and beyond nodes shortly thereafter.

The facility in Hefei is wholly owned and focused on the FPD industry. Created under a $160 million investment agreement formed in August 2017 with the Hefei State High-tech Industry Development Zone (High-tech Zone), a national-level high-tech zone in China, to establish a manufacturing facility in Hefei, China, the factory is equipped to support Generation 10.5+ (G10.5+) substrate production. With this investment, Photronics is the first producer of G10.5+ photomasks in China, with more capacity than any other competitor. The cleanroom is fully automated, and the facility will employ approximately 70 people in manufacturing and supporting functions.

“I am extremely pleased to celebrate this milestone, opening two new state-of-the-art facilities in China to support our customers’ operations with locally sourced photomasks,” said Peter Kirlin, chief executive officer. “A tremendous amount of hard work and dedication have contributed to this achievement. The teams in Xiamen and Hefei have gone above and beyond, ensuring that we reach this goal. In addition, the support we have received from local authorities and investment agreement partners has been remarkable. We are proud to play a part in the development of these industries in China, and look forward to future growth opportunities. With the opening of these facilities, which are among the most advanced sites in our global network, we are the well on our way to extending our leadership position in the merchant mask market.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Huawei strives for cloud-native 5G core

Huawei has focused on cloud-native as the cornerstone of its 5G core network solutions.

Speaking at this week's Huawei Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, Jason Dai, President of Huawei Cloud Core Network Strategy & Business Development Dept, said Huawei is striving for a fully cloudified core network based on technologies such as three-layer decoupling, stateless design, cross-DC disaster recovery, containers, and service-based frameworks. Huawei's flow control algorithm enables 5G core networks to cope with traffic bursts caused by ultra-dense connections. End-to-end network slicing enables new service models. Huawei 5G core network is based on the distributed architecture of control plane and user plane separation (CUPS), with its centrally managed control planes and one-stop plug-and-play ready user planes. On-demand scheduling based on heterogeneous edge computing enables services to be processed only by the most suitable resources.

Huawei also noted the following milestones:

  • more than 580 commercial cloud core network contracts worldwide
  • 40 commercial 5G contracts worldwide


https://www.huawei.com/us/press-events/news/2019/4/huawei-5g-core-network

DriveNet scales its disaggregated router to 400G

DriveNets, a start-up based in Israel, announced 400G-port routing support to its Network Cloud software-based disaggregated router.

The company says its Network Cloud is the only router on the market designed to scale 100/400G ports up to performance of 768 Tbps. Inspired by the hyperscalers, Network Cloud runs the routing data plane on cost-efficient white-boxes and the control plane on standard servers, disconnecting network cost from capacity growth.

DriveNets’ latest routing software release supports a packet-forwarding white-box based on Broadcom’s Jericho2 chipset which has high-speed, high-density port interfaces of 100G and 400G.

The platform is now being tested and certified by a tier-1 Telco customer.

DriveNets was founded in 2015 by Ido Susan and Hillel Kobrinsky. Susan previously co-founded Intucell, which was acquired by Cisco for $475 million. Kobrinsky founded the web conferencing specialist, Interwise, which was acquired by AT&T for $121 million.

In February, the company emerged from stealth with $110 Million in Series A funding.

“Unlike existing offerings, Network Cloud has built a disaggregated router from scratch. We adapted the data-center switching model behind the world’s largest clouds to routing, at a carrier-grade level, to build the world’s largest Service Providers’ networks. We are proud to show how DriveNets can rapidly and reliably deploy technological innovations at that scale,” said Ido Susan CEO and Co-Founder of DriveNets.

Swisscom activates 5G

Swisscom switched on its commercial 5G network on April 17th across 102 locations in the first 54 towns – including Basel, Bern, Chur, Davos, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.

Swisscom plans to extend 5G coverage across Switzerland from Aadorf to Zwischbergen by the end of the year.

“The Swisscom 5G network will be ready for everyone across Switzerland by the end of the year as the new 5G devices from the major manufacturers wait under the Christmas trees,” says Urs Schaeppi, CEO Swisscom.





Swisscom picks Ericsson + Juniper for 5G IP transport

Ericsson will supply a new end-to-end 5G IP transport network to Swisscom. The deployment will use Ericsson's Router 6000 and Juniper Networks' 5G core routing portfolio. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson said it takes end-to-end responsibility for Swisscom's 4G and 5G networks – from radio base stations to the data center. This includes hosting core applications such as IMS and Packet Core and managing network slices end to end with Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration.

Heinz Herren, CIO and CTO at Swisscom, says: "We have selected Ericsson's transport solution for our 5G network. Partnering with Juniper Networks, Ericsson has extended its transport coverage and can now take end-to-end transport responsibility all the way from the Radio Access Network (RAN) to the next generation core. Seamlessly managed and orchestrated, this reduces our complexity and affords a more efficient, high-performing network."

Zapata raises $21M in series A for quantum computing

Zapata Computing, a start-up that spun out of Harvard University, raised $21 million in Series A financing for its pursuit of quantum computing. New and existing investors include Pitango Ventures, BASF Venture Capital, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Pillar VC, and The Engine.

Zapata is focused on the software and quantum algorithms to enable the next generation of discoveries — for a wide range of industries including chemistry, pharmaceuticals, logistics, finance and materials — on quantum computers.

“For our Series A, we looked specifically for world-class investors who bring a global reach and a depth of experience in enterprise software and applications,” said Christopher Savoie, CEO and cofounder of Zapata. “The success of Zapata’s quantum software platform in delivering real world advances in computational power for applications — particularly in chemistry, machine learning, and optimization — has sparked an enormous demand from Fortune 100 and Global 1000 enterprises worldwide. The new financing will power our expansion strategy, enabling us to accelerate product development and expand our business into new markets and regions.”

“The playbook for quantum computing is being written right now by first movers like Zapata,” said Alán Aspuru-Guzik, cofounder of Zapata. “As the enterprise demand for our quantum solutions continues unabated, Zapata has a distinct opportunity to aggressively and rapidly cultivate the next generation of quantum science talent who can transform the promise of quantum technology into reality.”

The software is designed to run on the latest quantum hardware made by Google, IBM, Rigetti, Honeywell, IonQ and others.

https://www.zapatacomputing.com/


CloudGenix raises $65 million for SD-WAN

CloudGenix, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $65 million in new funding for its SD-WAN solutions

CloudGenix is known for its AppFabric technology, which ensures application-specific, service-level agreements (SLAs).

The company reports growth of 300% year-over-year, fueled by greater than 90% win-rates against incumbent legacy networking vendors. It customer wins include a large retailer based in Atlanta with more than 2,000 locations.

The recent funding round included existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Mayfield Fund, and Intel Capital, and new investors including ClearSky. This brings total funding to $100 million.

“We are leading a revolution in the networking industry. We are executing on our vision of delivering autonomous WANs to our customers – enabling them to specify application policies aligned to their business and have the infrastructure choreograph itself. We couldn’t be more thankful to our customers and look forward to serving them in even larger numbers,” said CloudGenix Founder and CEO Kumar Ramachandran.

 https://www.cloudgenix.com/


SENKO Showcases Future of Photonics Integration with The SN Connector



SENKO Components Jim Hasagawa and Tiger Ninomiya showcase SENKO's newest photonics integrated SN Connector designed by COBO standards.

 The SN Connector accelerates 400Gbps applications by eliminating the need for a breakout cable as the SN Connector runs 64 fiber lanes with the breakout at the adapter front panel.

https://youtu.be/aVs3GW2BEfU

ADTRAN posts Q1 sales of $144M

ADTRAN reported Q1 2019 revenues of $143.8 million compared to $120.8 million for the same period last year. Net income was $0.8 million compared to a net loss of $10.8 million for the first quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP net income was $4.9 million compared to a net loss of $15.8 million for the first quarter of 2018.

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “We are pleased with our progress in the first quarter of 2019. Our revenue was diverse and well balanced with material contributions across the LATAM, EMEA, North America, and Pacific Rim regions. Furthermore, our broad portfolio of next-generation solutions continues to gain market traction with a growing number of customers in an expanding range of market segments. This progress underscores the company’s global strategy of diversification across geographies and markets.”

http://www.adtran.com

Ericsson's Q1 sales rose 7% thanks to North America

Driven by strong sales growth in North America, Ericsson reported Q1 revenue of SEK 48.9 billion, up 7% compared to the same period last year with constant currency. Gross margin was 38.4% (34.2%) driven by improvements in Networks and Managed Services. Operating income was SEK 4.9 (-0.3) b. and operating margin was 10.0% (-0.7%).

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, states: "5G services, including mobility, have been launched in South Korea and North America. While Switzerland has released spectrum allowing Swisscom to offer commercial 5G services, using our equipment, the development in other parts of Europe is considerably slower primarily due to lack of spectrum, poor investment climate and additional uncertainties related to future vendor market access.

Gross margin[2] improved to 38.5% (35.9%) YoY, driven by improvements in segments Networks and Managed Services, and also by the recently signed patent license agreement with OPPO.

Segment Networks had a strong quarter with an organic sales growth[1] of 10% YoY, driven by increased investments in North America. Networks gross margin[2] improved to 43.2% (40.4%) YoY, mainly due to higher hardware capacity sales and IPR revenues. In the quarter we announced our intent to acquire the German company Kathrein’s antenna and filters business. This will further expand our capabilities in the advanced active and passive antenna domains, which are growing in importance as 5G evolves.

In Managed Services, sales fell organically by -5% due to headwind from contract exits. In the quarter, our Operations Engine was launched with good response from our customers. Gross margin improved to 17.7% (9.1%) YoY, supported by efficiency gains and customer contract reviews. Excluding a non-recurrent positive effect of SEK 0.7 b. from a customer settlement, the operating margin was 8.6%, exceeding the higher range of our financial target for 2020."

https://www.ericsson.com/en/press-releases/2019/4/ericsson-reports-first-quarter-results-2019

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