Monday, June 17, 2019

Anixter develops new cabling system for next-gen buildings

Anixter has developed a new utility-grade cabling system for supporting building subsystems, technologies & applications.

INFRASTRUCTURE by Anixter, also known as UTG, was developed alongside Belden, CommScope and Fluke Networks.

Anixter said its UTG program provides specifications for interoperable and future-ready solutions that exceed current standards of category rated cabling, including extended transmission distances, higher bandwidth capabilities, 4k streaming, increased bundling sizes for Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications and support for next-generation Wi-Fi technologies.

“Connectivity issues impact employee productivity, business profitability and user experience, and these variables are some of the key factors in attracting premium tenants and employees,” says Bill Geary, executive vice president, Network & Security Solutions at Anixter. “According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the number of connected buildings across the globe is projected to double by 2060, and IHS Markit predicts connected devices will reach 75 billion in the next 6 years, meaning these spaces must transform to keep up with our reliance on technology.”

Singapore to deploy 5G-ready SDN alongside power grid

Nokia is collaborating with SP Telecom to roll out Singapore’s first 5G-ready software-defined network, which sits alongside the country’s power grid, to support critical communication services.

Nokia will be supplying a full suite of tech to SP Telecom, including its FP4-based Service Router, optical transport, cloud software, service automation and network orchestration.

SP Telecom infrastructure serves as an alternative fibre network in Singapore. It uses unique fibre pathways that combine leased SP Group infrastructure and owned fibre pipes, laid alongside the power network cables. It is also a highly efficient network that supports ultra-low latency for 5G players. SP Telecom is a joint venture of ST Engineering and SP Group.

“SP Telecom constantly looks for new ways to bring the latest technologies and best-in-class partners together, developing solutions that can generate new and positive changes in the industry,” said Titus Yong, CEO of SP Telecom. “We are well poised to facilitate the rollout of 5G in Singapore, working closely with our technology partners to deliver a reliable, high-performance and seamless network for 5G players and their customers.”

http://www.sptel.com/media-centre/

Mellanox cites supercomputing momentum for HDR 200G Infiniband

Mellanox Technologies reports that HDR 200G InfiniBand continues to gain traction with next generation of supercomputers worldwide due to its highest data throughput, extremely low latency, and smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines.

Mellanox's HDR 200G InfiniBand solutions include its ConnectX-6 adapters, Mellanox Quantum switches, LinkX cables and transceivers and software packages.

“We are proud to have our HDR InfiniBand solutions accelerate supercomputers around the world, enhance research and discoveries, and advancing Exascale programs,” said Gilad Shainer, senior vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “InfiniBand continues to gain market share, and be selected by many research, educational and government institutes, weather and climate facilities, and commercial organizations. The technology advantages of InfiniBand make it the interconnect of choice for compute and storage infrastructures.”

Examples

  • The Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) Frontera supercomputer -- ranked #5 on the June 2019 TOP500 Supercomputers list, Frontera utilizes HDR InfiniBand, and in particular multiple 800-port HDR InfiniBand switches.
  • The new HDR InfiniBand-based Orion supercomputer located at the Mississippi State University High Performance Computing Collaboratory -- ranked #62 on the June 2019 TOP500 list, the 1800-node supercomputer leverages the performance advantages of HDR InfiniBand and its application acceleration engines to provide new levels of application performance and scalability.
  • CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute -- ranked #166 on the TOP500 list.
  • Cygnus -- the first HDR InfiniBand supercomputer in Japan and ranked #264 on the TOP500 list.
  • India's Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Corning: Network Densification = Glassification

Speaking at an Investor Day event in New York, Corning CEO Wendell Weeks said the company expects 6%-8% compound annual sales growth for the 2020 to 2023 period primarily driven by organic growth in Corning's market-access platforms.

According to Corning estimates, about 100x more metro fiber is needed to connect a 5G network with dense small cells than was required to support 3G/4G networks. This is twice as fiber as required for FTTH in the same area.

In hyperscale data centers, a non-blocking optical is required to link compute, storage and networking resources. Corning estimates that the new data center network architecture requires 10 times more optical links. In fact, a single hyperscale data center can require more than one million fiber kilometers in a single campus -- the equivalent to FTTH in the entire Dallas suburbs.

The move to onboard optics in servers and switches will also impact fiber demand. The copackaging of optical transceivers with switch ASICs may lead to new types of fiber. Corning believes it is well-positioned for this transition.

For Corning, Densification = Glassification.

Corning outlined the following priorities and key drivers for the 2020 to 2023 period:
  • Optical Communications to grow approximately twice as fast as the passive optical market, driven by 5G and next-gen hyperscale data centers;
  • Automotive market sales to double by 2023, driven by growth in gasoline particulate filters and the company's new automotive glass solutions business;
  • Mobile Consumer Electronics market sales to continue on a path to doubling, as Corning captures more value per device and wins in new device categories with Corning Gorilla Glass and other innovations; 
  • Life Sciences Vessels market sales to grow at least double the industry rate, driven by cell and gene therapy-related demand; launch of Valor Glass for pharmaceutical packaging has potential to become a multi-billion-dollar franchise;
  • Display to be stable as price declines remain moderate, television screen size continues to increase, and Gen 10.5 plants come on line.
Corning also expects to invest $10 billion to $12 billion in RD&E, capital and mergers and acquisitions. Its primary focus on organic growth will continue.

"We believe that Corning is more resilient than at any point in its history," said Tony Tripeny, executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Our strategic investments are paying off and our relationships with industry-leading customers are creating new opportunities for collaboration and growth. Based on these factors and our record of execution, we are confident in our ability to meet the long-term goals we are setting today."

A webcast of the presentation is online (2 hours 43 minutes):
https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/oeaqhoh6

https://investor.corning.com/investor-relations/default.aspx


Vodafone Spain launches 5G in 15 cities with Huawei

Vodafone España lauched commercial 5G service in 15 cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Málaga, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastián, La Coruña, Vigo, Gijón, Pamplona, Logroño y Santander. This is the first commercial 5G launch in Spain.

Huawei has been a strategic network supplier to Vodafone since at least 2009. In 2014, Huawei was selected to will supply products and services for Vodafone radio access networks in 15 countries including the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, DRC and Ghana. The deployments use Huawei's SingleRAN solutions and beam-forming Active Antenna System.

For its 5G rollout, Vodafone España is using 90 MHz of contiguous spectrum in the 3.7 GHz band.

A premium 5G service tier is priced at EUR50 per month for unlimited data at the maximum rate available to the smartphone.

5G smartphones on offer include the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ 5G, and the Xiaomi Mi MIX3 5G.

In May, Vodafone completed the first international 5G roaming call between Spain and Portugal.

5G roaming to Germany, Italy, and the UK will be available later this summer.

Vodafone is also announcing an exclusive partnership with Hatch, a cloud gaming platform optimized for 5G.

As of June 2019, Huawei says it has secured 46 commercial 5G contracts and shipped over 100,000 5G base stations.

NXP's Ultra-wideband brings location positioning to centimeters

NXP Semiconductors introduced a next-generation Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) ranging technology designed for mobile, automotive, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and industrial.

The new UWB technology enables precision sensing, which creates a new dimension of spatial context for wireless devices.

NXP describes this new generation of UWB as a major evolutionary step from the existing wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Its ability to process contextual information such as the position of the UWB anchor, its movements, and distance to other devices with an unprecedented precision of a few centimeters, enables decision making and management of these devices to take place with high granularity.

NXP UWB enables accurate localization capabilities. Doors and points of entry will open once approaching them. Lights, audio speakers and any other connected devices with sensors will be able to follow consumers from one room to another, and smart connected technology will blend in more intuitively in people’s lives.

“NXP’s UWB sparks exciting new use cases that have never before been possible,” said Kurt Sievers, President at NXP. “The technology not only understands motion and relative positioning outdoors and indoors, but its real-time robust accuracy can change the way we drive efficiency in factories, play interactive games or use AR/AI applications on our phones. We’re excited to share news of our latest developments in this space to bring us into a new era of intuitive on-demand applications.”

Key UWB features:

  • UWB higher bandwidth channel provides greater instantaneous precision than existing wireless technologies in challenging environments, leading to an accuracy of a few centimeters.
  • UWB enables latency-sensitive applications, such as access, gaming, and AR, by an efficient Time-of-Flight calculation.
  • UWB adds a new level of security to car key fobs and can prevent relay attacks by distinguishing the authentic signal from the relayed/spoofed signal.

https://media.nxp.com


Friday, June 14, 2019

Zayo to provide metro dark fiber in Chicago for big customer

Zayo has been selected by a global technology company for metro dark fiber in Chicago. The solution will provide additional high-performance capacity between the company’s data centers.

Zayo said its solution leverages its dense Chicago fiber network that spans more than 1,600 route miles and connects more than 35 data centers. Dark fiber offers substantial levels of bandwidth, a higher level of control and long-term lease terms.

Zayo operates four zColo data centers in the Chicago metro area, with a total footprint of more than 258,000 critical square feet.

Zayo also provides diverse connectivity into 350 Cermak, one of the world’s largest data centers. 350 Cermak is a key carrier hotel in the region and a backbone of the internet. Chicago is one of the top data center markets in the U.S. due to affordability of power, available fiber connectivity and low exposure to natural disasters.

In addition to Zayo’s Chicago metro fiber footprint, Zayo has several major long haul routes that connect into the city, including New York/New Jersey to Chicago via the low-latency Spread Networks by Zayo route, Columbus to Chicago, Minneapolis to Chicago, Omaha to Chicago, Indianapolis to Chicago, St. Louis to Chicago and Toronto to Chicago.

“Zayo’s high fiber count footprint in Chicago enables us to be one of the few providers that can offer customers diverse dark fiber along with access to long haul routes,” said Steve Orlando, senior vice president of Central Region at Zayo. “In this case, our customer continues to require additional bandwidth to accommodate growth, and we look forward to increasing their dark fiber capacity.”

http://www.zayo.com

Intel backs early-stage start-ups in Israel

Intel is launching an incubation program focused on early-stage startup companies in Israel in key segments, including artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems and other data-centric technologies and business models.

The Intel Ignite program, which is based in Tel Aviv, will leverage Intel’s global market access and business and technology leadership to provide early-stage startups with unique advantages on their paths to disrupt the future.

Intel will host 10 to 15 top pre-seed to seed startups through a 20-week program where they will receive hands-on mentorship from Intel and industry experts in a variety of product, business, management and technical areas. Intel is committed to accelerate their growth and scale their ideas for greater impact.

“Intel has always worked in concert with open ecosystems to scale new technologies so they can be transformational for our customers, business and society. This process is fueled by the innovation and passion of the startup community,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “Israel has the deep skill base in AI, autonomous systems and the underlying technologies critical to these inflections that make it a natural choice to launch our Ignite program.”

AT&T sells WarnerMedia offices in NYC for $2.2 billion

WarnerMedia, an operating company of AT&T, completed the sale-leaseback of its premises at 30 Hudson Yards to a consortium for approximately $2.2 billion. The company announced its initial agreement to sell these assets in April 2019.

WarnerMedia’s lease at 30 Hudson Yards runs through early 2034.

AT&T said it will use proceeds from this transaction, along with additional planned sales of non-core assets, to reduce its debt.

CiscoLive!: Innovations in Optics

The cost of optics has come down, but not nearly as fast as silicon, said Bill Gartner, VP/GM of Cisco's Optical Systems & Optics, speaking at this week's CiscoLive! event in San Diego.

For 100G systems, roughly 50% of the bill of materials (BoM) is the optics. At 400G, roughly 70% of the BoM is optics. This has spurred Cisco to take a more active role in developing its own optics for data centers, enterprise networks, and even Service Provide and webscale applications. Beyond cost savings, Gartner said Cisco's investment in optics is at the heart of its Intent-based Networking strategy.

Earlier this year, Cisco acquired Luxtera, a developer of silicon photonic technologies, for $660 million in cash and assumed equity awards. Luxtera, which is based in Carlsbad, California, focuses on silicon photonics process and packaging technologies for building integrated optics capabilities for webscale and enterprise data centers, service provider market segments, and other customers. Luxtera leverages a hybrid integration approach wherein the photonics die forms the base of the transceiver chipset, while the light source and electronics die are attached on top. The company says its ability to integrate all optical components into a single silicon chip enables it to manufacture at wafer scale.

In terms of its supply chain, Cisco currently designs its own optical components and relies on contract manufacturers for the actual production. Gartner said Cisco is constantly evaluating whether it makes sense to bring production in-house. Cisco is currently shipping over 10 million transceivers per year. The portfolio current ranges from spans of under 30 meters to metro distances in the 80km range, and from under 1G up to 400G.

Regarding the use of onboard optics and the COBO initiative back by Microsoft and others, Gartner said that a lot of work is underway. Specifically, Luxtera's expertise in this area was one of the reasons that drove Cisco to acquire the firm. Luxtera is actually doing onboard optics. Gartner said you can think about onboard optics as a stepping stone to the idea of packaging optics and silicon, which is something he thinks will be necessary in the future.



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Broadcom expects slowdown due to geopolitical issues and export restrictions

Broadcom reported revenue of $5,517 million for its second quarter of fiscal year 2019, ended May 5, 2019, a decrease of 4.7 percent from $5,789 million in the previous quarter and an increase of 10.0 percent from $5,014 million in the same quarter last year. Gross margin was $3,089 million, or 56.0 percent of net revenue. Net income, which includes the impact of discontinued operations, was $691 million, or $1.64 per diluted share. This compares with net income of $471 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, in the prior quarter, and net income of $3,733 million, or $8.33 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.

Semiconductor solutions represent 74% of revenue, while infrastructure software represented 26% of sales.

"We executed according to plan in the second quarter with tailwinds from networking offsetting the anticipated headwinds from wireless," said Hock Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom Inc. "We currently see a broad-based slowdown in the demand environment, which we believe is driven by continued geopolitical uncertainties, as well as the effects of export restrictions on one of our largest customers. As a result, our customers are actively reducing their inventory levels, and we are taking a conservative stance for the rest of the year. We remain well-positioned across our various semiconductor and software businesses and are confident this portfolio of franchises will continue to drive sustained long-term revenue growth and increasing free cash flow."

"We achieved record free cash flow of $2.5 billion growing 20% year over year in the second quarter," said Tom Krause, CFO of Broadcom Inc. "Despite the challenging market backdrop and updated revenue outlook, we still expect to grow free cash flow by a double-digit percentage for the year. In addition, we remain focused on completing a total of $8 billion of share repurchases and eliminations in fiscal 2019.

On a conference call Hock Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom said:

A recovery had been expected in 2H19, but the U.S. / China trade tensions, and the Huawei ban in particular, has caused global equipment suppliers to cut back on orders. Global OEM customers are very nervous even though North American and European spending on networking remains robust. In the short term, the Huawei ban will be very impactful to the overall market because there are no other qualified vendors able to step up as OEM suppliers. If the ban remain in place for over 6 months or so, he expacts a re-balancing of market share as other global OEM increase orders with Broadcom to meet market demand.

For 2H19, sales are expected to the $17.5 billion, representing a decline in the high single digits. He noted that Broadcom's fundamentals remain strong, that the high-end networking silicon segment remains strong notwithstanding the Huawei ban. He said the company is well positioned for 5G and that he is pleased with the ramp-up of Wi-Fi 6.

http://investors.broadcom.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=203541&p=irol-IRHome


VMware to acquire Avi Networks for cloud load balancing

VMware agreed to acquire Avi Networks, start-up offering multi-cloud application delivery services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Avi Networks, which is based in Santa Clara, California, delivers multi-cloud application services including a Software Load Balancer, Intelligent Web Application Firewall (iWAF) and Elastic Service Mesh. Avi’s central control plane and distributed data plane deliver application services as a dynamic, multi-cloud fabric which intelligently automates decisions and provides unprecedented application analytics and on-demand elasticity. Avi customers can dispatch services such as load balancing and web application firewall to any application using one centralized interface. Avi technology runs across private and public clouds, and supports applications running on VMs, containers and bare metal. The company claims hundreds of global enterprise deployments, including Fortune 500 companies representing the world’s largest financial services, media, and technology companies.

VMware said it will offer both built-in load balancing capabilities as part of VMware NSX Data Center, and an advanced, standalone ADC. Avi Networks will further enable VMware to bring the public cloud experience to the entire data center—automated, highly scalable, and intrinsically more secure with the ability to deploy applications with a single click.

“VMware is committed to making the data center operate as simply and easily as it does in the public cloud, and the addition of Avi Networks to the growing VMware networking and security portfolio will bring us one step closer to this goal after the acquisition closes,” said Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit, VMware. “This acquisition will further advance our Virtual Cloud Network vision, where a software-defined distributed network architecture spans all infrastructure and ties all pieces together with the automation and programmability found in the public cloud. Combining Avi Networks with VMware NSX will further enable organizations to respond to new opportunities and threats, create new business models, and deliver services to all applications and data, wherever they are located.”

“Unlike existing ADC solutions, Avi Networks’ distributed ADC is designed for modern data center and public cloud deployments, with an architecture that mirrors cloud principles,” said Amit Pandey, chief executive officer, Avi Networks. “Upon close, customers will be able to benefit from a full set of software-defined L2-7 application networking and security services, on-demand elasticity, real time insights, simplified troubleshooting, and developer self-service.”

Avi Networks cites customer momentum

Avi Networks has more than doubled its revenue and number of customers each year for the past three years.

The company says large enterprises are replacing their legacy ADCs (application delivery controllers) with the Avi software platform for both data center and cloud use cases. Avi claims hundreds of global enterprises, including the world’s largest financial services, media, and technology companies, are now using its platform. Instead of managing hundreds of physical or virtual appliances, Avi customers can dispatch services like load balancing and web application firewall to any application using one centralized interface. Avi’s technology effortlessly spans bare-metal servers and private and public clouds, making it a natural choice for hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

“There’s a reason we take so many customers from legacy vendors,” said Avi Networks CEO Amit Pandey. “We remain the only enterprise-grade solution that deploys consistently across all environments. In response, legacy vendors are developing siloed solutions for each environment or attempting to modernize through acquisitions. Meanwhile our architecture and controller technology are years ahead and getting better all the time. It’s no wonder that enterprises are choosing Avi Networks for their business-critical applications.”

Avi Networks also noted that it has also updated its platform with over 250 new features, including advanced controller and process analytics, client log streaming, and the release of Avi SaaS — the world’s first cloud-managed load balancing solution.

Avi pulls in $60 million including an investment from Cisco

Avi Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced $60 million in new funding including investments from Cisco Investments along with DAG Ventures, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Menlo Ventures.

Cisco resells the Avi Vantage Platform in markets around the world, and Avi closely integrates with Cisco ACI, Cisco’s intent-based networking and automation solution for the data center.

Avi Networks offers an application delivery controller (ADC) with a Software Load Balancer, an Intelligent Web Application Firewall, and an Elastic Service Mesh for container-based applications. The company says that as businesses shift their operations to clouds such as Azure and AWS, its intent-based software offers easier management, faster performance, greater elasticity, deeper analytics, and more powerful automation than legacy ADC vendors.

Avi also reports that it has tripled its bookings over the past year, with significant adoption by the Global 2000 and 20% of the Fortune 50.

This latest round brings Avi’s total funding to $115 million.

“Modern applications are driving a new urgency with which enterprises are automating their networks and application delivery systems,” said Amit Pandey, CEO of Avi Networks. “Cisco software and infrastructure are a cornerstone in this transformation. I am thrilled about this strategic investment from Cisco and our continued joint efforts to deliver the elasticity, intelligence, and multi-cloud capabilities that enterprises need.”


  • Avi Networks is headed by Amit Pandey, who joined the company as CEO in 2015. Previously, Pandey spent nearly a decade at NetApp in a wide range of executive positions, and followed that with two successful stints at startups - first as CEO of TerraCotta that was acquired by the European software giant, Software AG and next as CEO of Zenprise that was acquired by Citrix.
  • Avi Networks was co-founded in November 2012 by Umesh Mahajan, who previously was VP/GM of Data Center Switching at Cisco; Murali Basavaiah, who previously was VP Engineering at Cisco for NX-OS Software and Nexus 7000/MDS product; and Ranga Rajagopalan, who previously was Sr. Director of Engineering at Cisco and responsible for NX-OS systems/platform software for the Cisco Nexus 7000.

Germany completes 5G spectrum auction, raising EUR 6.5 billion

After 52 days and 497 rounds of bidding, Germany completed its auction for 2 GHz and 3.6 GHz mobile spectrum. A total of 420 MHz was auctioned off for €6.5 billion. Deutsche Telekom was the largest spender and newcomer Drillisch was also successful in acquiring spectrum.

"The end of the auction fires the starting gun for 5G in Germany. I'm pleased that four companies have acquired spectrum and will compete to expand the network for 5G. The spectrum is to be used not just for the new mobile communication standard, 5G, but also to improve mobile coverage in Germany. It is now up to the companies to put the spectrum to use quickly and to fulfil their coverage obligations," "said Jochen Homann, Bundesnetzagentur President.

Information on the auction and the results of the individual rounds can be viewed at http://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/mobilesbreitband.




IDC: Worldwide Spending on IoT to hit $1.1 trillion in 2023

IDC is predicting booming worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) with spending exceeding $1.0 trillion mark in 2022 and reaching $1.1 trillion in 2023.

A new update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide shows the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for IoT spending over the 2019-2023 forecast period will be 12.6%.

"Spending on IoT deployments continues with good momentum and is expected to be $726 billion worldwide this year," said Carrie MacGillivray, group vice president, Internet of Things, 5G, and Mobility at IDC. "While organizations are investing in hardware, software, and services to support their IoT initiatives, their next challenge is finding solutions that help them to manage, process, and analyze the data being generated from all these connected things."

Highlights:

  • Discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and transportation will account for nearly a third of worldwide spend total in 2023. 
  • The consumer market will be the second largest source of IoT spending in 2019, led by smart home and connected vehicle use cases. With the fastest five-year growth rate across all industries (16.8% CAGR), the consumer market is forecast to overtake discrete manufacturing to become the largest source of IoT spending by 2023.
  • Hardware spending is dominated by module/sensor purchases. 
  • Software will be the fastest growing technology category with a five-year CAGR of 15.3% with a focus on application and analytics software purchases.
  • More than three quarters of all spending on IoT platform software – middleware that provides the device management, connectivity management, data management, visualization, and applications enablement for connecting IoT endpoints – will go toward software packages that integrate and support devices, applications, data schemas, and standards of a single industry. 
  • By the end of the forecast, nearly one-third of IoT software spending will go toward public cloud deployments, compared to less than 20% spent on cloud deployments in 2018.
  • The United States and China will account for roughly half of all IoT spending throughout the forecast, followed by Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan and China). 

AddOn introduces Optical Time Domain Reflectometer tester

AddOn Networks introduced an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) testing solution that detects problems within optical fibers.

AddOn’s EON-NSV-OTDR devices rapidly locate and report any faults in an optical fiber link. The solution can be configured to provide real-time monitoring of jitter and latency. AddOn’s new solution also tests the layer-2 and layer-3 services that may be running over it, and includes custom hardware for the generation of test traffic, loop-back and analysis.

“In our role as a trusted partner in the networking ecosystem, we are constantly seeking out ways to add compelling value to our ever-growing portfolio of optical solutions,” noted AddOn’s CTO Patrick Beard. “Our customers need assurance that their networks are offering stable, secure, uninterrupted connectivity and data security – and our EON-NSV-OTDR solution provides the peace of mind they are seeking.”

http://www.addonnetworks.com

Renesas develops Processing-In-Memory Technology for AI chips

Renesas Electronics has developed an AI accelerator that performs CNN (convolutional neural network) processing at high speeds and low power to move towards the next generation of Renesas embedded AI (e-AI), which will accelerate increased intelligence of endpoint devices.
The company says its first test chip featuring this accelerator has achieved the power efficiency of 8.8 TOPS/W.

Renesas developed the following three technologies for the new AI accelerator: a ternary-valued (-1, 0, 1) SRAM structure PIM technology that can perform large-scale CNN computations; an SRAM circuit to be applied with comparators that can read out memory data at low power; and a technology that prevents calculation errors due to process variations in the manufacturing.

https://www.renesas.com/us/en/about/press-center/news/2019/news20190613.html

ADTRAN’s Eric Joyce Elected to FTTH Council Europe as Board Member

Eric Joyce, ADTRAN Business Development Manager for the EMEA Region, has been elected to the FTTH Council Europe as board member and working committee chair.

Incoming FTTH Council Board President Kees de Waard said, “We are in a period of technology change and the way this process will be managed will be crucial in ensuring that no citizen is left behind. Eric’s leadership as a member of the board and as the Chair of the Market Intelligence Committee will provide the stewardship required to help us advance our goals for the organisation and for Europe.”

ADTRAN EMEA and APAC CTO Ronan Kelly recently completed his second term as FTTH Council President.

In addition to announcing the results of its annual election, the FTTH Council Europe adopted its working programme focused on engaging with EU and national policy makers as a constructive contributor.

SEOWON offers CBRS 4X4 MIMO Outdoor CPE

South Korea-based Seowon introduced a line of LTE CPEs for the 3.5 GHz, Citizens Broadcasting Radio service (CBRS) market. The company has received FCC Part 96 approval for the devices.

Seowan anticipates wide deployments of wireless broadband in fixed wireless access, private LTE, etc.- including an approval of FCC Part 90. Currently, Seowon is performing tests with major telecoms and cooperating with SAS (-Spectrum Access System) suppliers.

Seowon also launched an NB-IoT module, which supports Cat.M, NB-IoT and Sigfox.

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