Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Open Eye Consortium completes 53 Gbps single-mode spec

The Open Eye Consortium (Open Eye MSA) released its 53Gbps single-mode specification to its members, which defines the requirements for fully analog PAM-4 solutions for 50G SFP, 100G DSFP, 100G SFP-DD, 200G QSFP, and 400G QSFP-DD and OSFP single-mode modules.

The Open Eye MSA aims to accelerate the adoption of PAM-4 optical interconnects scaling to 50Gbps, 100Gbps, 200Gbps, and 400Gbps by expanding upon existing standards to enable optical module implementations using less complex, lower cost, lower power, and optimized analog clock and data recovery (CDR) based architectures in addition to existing digital signal processing (DSP) architectures.

Multi-vendor interoperability demonstrations of products based on the new specification will be showcased at CIOE 2019 in Shenzhen, China and ECOC 2019 in Dublin, Ireland in September. Further, the Open Eye MSA has already begun work on defining the multi-mode specification which is targeted for release in Spring 2020.

The Open Eye MSA extends membership to Anritsu, Dust Photonics, Fujitsu Optical Components, HG, Inopticals, Marvell, MultiLane, SAMTEC, and Tektronix.

MACOM and Semtech Corporation initiated the formation of the Open Eye MSA with 28 current members in Promoter and Contributing membership classes.

Promoters include: Applied Optoelectronics Inc., Cambridge Industries Group (CIG), Juniper Networks, Luxshare-ICT, MACOM, Mellanox, Molex, and Semtech Corporation.

Contributors include: Anritsu, Accelink, Cloud Light Technology, ColorChip, Dust Photonics, Fujitsu Optical Components, HG, InnoLight, Inopticals, Keysight Technologies, Marvell, Maxim Integrated, MultiLane, O-Net, Optomind, SAMTEC, Source Photonics, Sumitomo Electric and Tektronix.

http://www.openeye-msa.org

USB4 delivers 40Gbps bi-directionally

The new USB4 spec was officially published by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).

The USB4 architecture is based on the Thunderbolt protocol specification recently contributed by Intel Corporation to the USB Promoter Group. It doubles the maximum aggregate bandwidth of USB and enables multiple simultaneous data and display protocols. It also maintains compatibility with existing USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3 hosts and devices is supported; the resulting connection scales to the best mutual capability of the devices being connected.

Key characteristics of the USB4 solution include:

  • Two-lane operation using existing USB Type-C cables and up to 40Gbps operation over 40Gbps certified cables
  • Multiple data and display protocols that efficiently share the maximum aggregate bandwidth
  • Backward compatibility with USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3

Over 50 companies are actively participating in the final stages of review of the draft specification.

http://www.usb.org

AT&T and American Tower enter long-term agreement

AT&T and American Tower Corporation signed a new long-term agreement that streamlines wireless network deployments on American Tower’s U.S. sites, enhancing AT&T’s deployment of 5G and other next-generation technology across the U.S., including FirstNet, public safety’s dedicated, nationwide communications platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

American Tower's portfolio extends to approximately 171,000 communications sites.

“This comprehensive agreement is expected to drive mutual value and growth through a simplified leasing process designed to drive efficiency and flexibility improvements directly benefitting our speed in deploying the latest technologies,” said JR Wilson, Vice President of Tower Strategy and Roaming, AT&T. “This is essential for executing on both our 5G and FirstNet network builds. It ultimately helps us better serve our customers and first responders nationwide.”

“We look forward to this new phase of our long-standing relationship with AT&T,” said Steve Vondran, President - U.S. Tower Division, American Tower Corporation. “This agreement provides for an extended mutually rewarding strategic relationship, and we’re excited to help AT&T deliver the next generation of wireless technology to consumers, businesses and first responders quickly and efficiently.”


Samsung intros 5G-integrated processor in 8nm

Samsung Electronics introduced its latest mobile processor, the Exynos 980, combining an integrated 5G modem and intelligent processing performance in a single chip. Mass production is expected by the end of this year.

Samsung describes its Exynos 980, which is based on 8-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, as artificial intelligence (AI) mobile processor with an integrated 5G modem.

The modem supports 5G to 2G networks, providing a fast gigabit downlink speed in 4G LTE and up to 2.55 Gbps in sub-6-gigahertz (GHz) 5G.  It also supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which combines 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity to maximize mobile downlink speed of up to 3.55Gbps. In addition, the processor supports Wi-Fi 6.

The chip packs two of the latest high-performance Cortex-A77 CPU cores and four efficient Cortex-A55 cores, enabling it to run multiple apps, intricate UX designs, and high-resolution graphic games.

The neural processing unit (NPU) features elevated performances of up to 2.7 times compared to its predecessor and is built into the Exynos 980 to provide new levels of on-device intelligence. With the NPU readily available on-chip, AI tasks are processed right from the device rather than off-loaded to a server, thereby providing better data privacy and security. The NPU adds enhancements to applications such as secure user authentication, content filtering, mixed reality, intelligent camera, and more.

For advanced photography, the Exynos 980 delivers compelling camera performances with resolution support for up to 108-megapixels (Mp). The advanced image signal processor (ISP) supports up to five individual sensors and is able to process three concurrently for richer multi-camera experiences.

In addition, the Exynos 980’s multi-format codec (MFC) supports encoding and decoding of 4K UHD video at 120 frames per second (fps). HDR10+ support with dynamic mapping also offers more detailed and illuminant colors in video content.

http://www.samsung.com/exynos

Semtech debuts XGSPON chipset

Semtech announced production availability of itsGN7153B combo chip and GN7055B multi-rate burst mode transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for XGSPON Optical Line Terminals (OLTs).

Semtech's GN7153B is a combo chip supporting OLT transmit and receive signals in a fully integrated solution.

On the receive side, the GN7153B supports both XGPON (2.5G) and XGSPON (2.5G/10G) signals, while the transmit data path features Semtech’s 10G EML driver with ClearEdge CDR technology to effectively reset the signal jitter budget. Transmit path optimization can be accomplished through an I2C programmable PLL loop bandwidth control and a variety of jitter filter modes. The EML driver includes eye-shaping features and an Automatic Power Control (APC) loop to deliver best-in-class transmit eye quality. The burst mode receive data path includes a multi-rate 2.5G/10G limiting amplifier with a fast burst mode signal detect function, integrated discharge circuit and reset for short settling time.

Semtech said its high sensitivity burst mode TIA (GN7055B) is designed for XGSPON OLT applications. Using an external reset signal, the burst mode TIA meets the convergence time and burst dynamic range requirements of XGSPON 2.5G and 10G.The device features a fast Automatic Gain Control (AGC) loop to enable high dynamic range in burst mode applications. The GN7055B is offered in die form, supports industrial temperature range and uses a single 3.3V power supply.

“XGSPON will bring a new generation of faster optical broadband services for home and business to the largest sector of the PON market,” said Dr. Timothy Vang, Vice President of Marketing and Applications for Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products Group. “Our chipset contributes to that growth by bringing high performance and low cost.”

http://www.semtech.com/optical

Dell'Oro: WiFi 6 Adoption Boosts Sales of Aruba, Extreme, and Huawei

Mixed results characterized the 2Q 2019 Wireless LAN market, according to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group that questions whether 2Q19 is the pause before the storm.

“Overall Wireless LAN market sales were soft, but not unusual compared to prior years. However, what caught our eye was the slowdown in overall unit shipments,” said Tam Dell’Oro, Founder and CEO at Dell’Oro Group. “The slowdown came from midrange and high-end across many manufacturers. In contrast, sales were robust growing well into the double-digits Y/Y at the lower-end price sensitive segment. WiFi 6 is picking up momentum as several additional vendors began shipping products during the quarter such as Cisco, Extreme Networks, and Fortinet. Select vendors with WiFi 6 already shipping enjoyed a surge in sales such as Aruba Networks, and Huawei,” added Dell’Oro.

Additional highlights from the Wireless LAN 2Q 2019 Quarterly Report:

  • Sales within China outpaced all other regions of the world.
  • Sales to the lower-Education vertical industry bounced back after declining for several quarters, while notable strength was observed in the government and manufacturing sectors.
  • NBASE-T ports rose sharply Q/Q, a trend we forecast to continue.


https://www.delloro.com/news/mixed-results-characterized-2q-2019-wireless-lan-market-a-pause-before-the-storm/

Mellanox intros Active DACs, QSA56 adapters and 400G DR4 transceivers

Mellanox Technologies announced new 400G DR4 500m transceivers and 400G DAC splitters and 100G SFP-DD DAC cables for server/storage interconnects.

The company is also introducing new 200G “active” DAC cables for HDR InfiniBand and 200GbE Ethernet to extend copper cable reach up to four meters.

Lastly, new QSA56 Port Adapters enable single-channel SFP cables and transceivers to be connected to 200G switch or network adapter ports. QSA56 supports cables and transceivers from 0.5m to 10km.

Mellanox is demonstrating these LinkX products as well as showcasing the full line of 100/200/400G cables and transceivers at the China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) September 4th in Shenzhen, China and the European Convention for Optical Communications (ECOC) Sept 21st in Dublin, Ireland.

“We’ve had tremendous adoption of our full line of LinkX 25/50/100G cables and transceivers with web-scale, cloud computing, and OEM customers in China and worldwide,” said, Steen Gundersen, vice president LinkX interconnects, Mellanox Technologies. “We are just at the beginning of the transition to 200G and 400G will soon follow. Customers select Mellanox because of our expertise in high-speed interconnects, our capacity to ship in volume, and the high quality of our products.”

Verimatrix to sell Silicon IP business to Rambus

Verimatrix will sell its Silicon IP and Secure Protocols (SIP) business unit to Rambus for $65 million in cash.

The SIP business unit provides intellectual property components, software toolkits and provisioning solutions to enable semiconductor manufacturers and fabless companies, device manufacturers and security software integrators to meet the critical needs for secure communication and performance acceleration, information protection and user privacy for IoT and network security markets. The business generated $22 million annual revenue.

"We are pleased to announce this exclusivity agreement to sell our Silicon IP and Secure Protocols business unit to Rambus, a premier silicon IP and chip provider,” said Amedeo D'Angelo, Chairman and CEO of Verimatrix. "This transaction ideally fits with our strategy to focus our company as a pure player in software-based security solutions. After completion, we will have the agility to fully address promising growth markets such as Entertainment, Mobile Applications and the Internet of Things. Additionally, the transaction will significantly increase our financial flexibility to seize external growth opportunities and reinforce our commitment to bringing the best value proposition to our customers.”

“The embedded security team at Verimatrix has a well-recognized and long-standing history of providing security at the heart of SoCs,” said Luc Seraphin, president and CEO of Rambus. “Their combination of products and expertise is highly complementary to our existing business and will expand our global reach for our worldwide security customer base.”

AT&T appoints Stankey as president & COO,

AT&T appointed John Stankey as president and chief operating officer of AT&T Inc., reporting to Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. Stankey will also continue serving as CEO of WarnerMedia. Stankey, 56, joined AT&T in 1985 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including corporate strategy and M&A; media and entertainment; operations, IT and technology; consumer mobility, broadband and TV; and enterprise business.

Jeff McElfresh was appointed CEO of AT&T Communications, the company's largest business unit serving 100 million mobile, broadband and pay-TV customers in the U.S. McElfresh, 48, has nearly 25 years of experience with AT&T in a variety of strategic, operational and technology leadership roles. Before being named to lead AT&T Communications, McElfresh was president of AT&T Communications’ Technology and Operations group where he was responsible for the company’s network, technology, cybersecurity, data and labs operations. Prior to that, he served as CEO of AT&T’s Vrio and its DIRECTV Latin America and SKY Brasil businesses; and President of AT&T Mexico and a member of the board of directors and executive committee of Telmex and América Móvil, overseeing AT&T’s since-divested minority interest in the two companies.He replaces John Donovan, who earlier announced his retirement.

“Now is the time to more tightly align our collection of world-class content, scaled consumer relationships, technical know-how and innovative advertising technology,” said Stephenson. “It’s the natural next step in bringing together the distinct and complimentary capabilities of AT&T Communications, WarnerMedia and Xandr to deliver for consumers the benefits of a modern media company. AT&T is alone in the industry in being able to bring together these three great businesses for the launch of innovative consumer offers, relevant advertising and new entertainment services like HBO Max."


Monday, September 2, 2019

Huawei and China Telecom implement 5G Super Uplink

China Telecom Shanghai announced the implementation of a 5G Super Uplink solution featuring TDD/FDD coordination, high-band/low-band complementation, and time/frequency domain aggregation. Super Uplink, which is supported from end to end by Huawei 5G technologies, was first announced by the partners at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The 5G Super Uplink implements the time-frequency domain aggregation of TDD and FDD in the uplink frequency band. This increases uplink spectrum resources of NR, boosts the uplink capability of the 5G network, reduces latency, and improves the utilization rate of the uplink spectrum of 2.1 GHz/1.8 GHz.

The companies said the newly launched Super Uplink solution increases uplink speeds by 20%–100% under good radio conditions, while also delivering a fourfold increase to cell-edge uplink rates.

China Telecom Shanghai plans to expand pre-commercial trials and increase research and development, network construction, and industrial cooperation.

Embracing MEF LSO APIs for Better, Automated Customer Experience



MEF Annual Meeting – July 2019, Shawn Hakl, SVP of Business Products, Verizon, shares his excitement about MEF’s work in standardizing LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) that enable end-to-end orchestration of services across service providers and over multiple network technology domains. He is particularly excited about the potential impact of LSO Sonata API adoption for inter-provider service automation.

“We just came out of a pretty exciting Board Meeting about the progression of LSO standards at MEF. I think people should be really excited about what’s coming. I think there’s a lot more clarity on the use cases and how carriers will adopt this technology and how it will meaningfully impact our customers.”

“Where the network orchestration component comes in is how what was previously done manually or with physical settings in the equipment can now be done through automation. Network orchestration is the technology that will allow us to integrate functions and deliver outcomes through the network. And it allows for interoperability of functions between each other – the interoperability between carriers – and really builds the basis for what our customers are asking for:  a fully automated experience controlled through a software-based implementation.”

“So, what’s exciting about the work with LSO Sonata is that you’ve actually seen multiple carriers implement it…What we all recognize as an industry is that if we continue to have to invest in automation between functions at an individual, piece-by-piece fashion for every function and every NFV it is going to be incredibly inefficient and get in way of the experience.”

“Now, really there is a compelling case for the carriers to standardize the implementation across the board and drive a lot of value for our customers.”

To learn more about MEF LSO Sonata APIs for inter-provider service automation, download this FAQ document:  https://www.mef.net/images/LSO-Sonata-FAQ-August-2019.pdf.

To explore the latest on LSO innovations and engage with industry-leading service and technology experts such as Shawn Hakl, attend MEF19 (http://www.MEF19.com), held 18-22 November 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Broadcom announces PCIe Gen 4.0 switch and retimer

Broadcom's new PCIe Gen 4.0 ExpressFabric switch family, including switches and a retimer, has entered commercial production.

The new PEX88000 switch family ranges from 26 to 98 lanes and ports and is designed for high-throughput and low-latency applications such as deep learning, high performance computing (HPC) and NVMe all-flash arrays.

The PEX88T32 retimer is based on Broadcom's existing PCIe Gen 4.0 SerDes IP that has been used in a wide-variety of Broadcom connectivity and storage solutions, and offers seamless integration with PCIe switches.

"The growth of data center workloads and applications continues to scale at a rapid pace, as machine learning and data inference platforms create new ways to transfer, analyze, optimize, store and use data. The adoption of innovative, next-generation technologies is vital for the creation and sustainability of smarter, optimized data centers," said Jas Tremblay, vice president and general manager of the Data Center Solutions Group at Broadcom. "The PEX88000 family of switches and retimer equip the ecosystem with the critical building blocks needed to scale connectivity using PCIe Gen 4.0 inside data centers, resulting in improved performance, efficiency and throughput."

Since its initial sampling in 2018, the PEX88000 switch family has been tested extensively. The PEX88000 family of switches and retimer are essential to interconnect GPGPUs, compute accelerators, CPUs, SSDs and NICs in data intensive, and latency sensitive applications.

https://www.broadcom.com/products/pcie-switches-bridges/expressfabric/gen4 

Dell'Oro: Worldwide telecom equipment market up 6%

The worldwide telecom equipment market grew 6 percent year-over-year (Y/Y) in the past twelve months, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

The majority of growth was driven by Mobile RAN and Optical Transport sales. Equipment manufacturer revenue in these two technology areas grew 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

The telecom equipment market shifted into a growth phase in 3Q 2018 after three years of decline. As a result, the market’s growth for the trailing four-quarter period ending 2Q 2019 was up significantly from a bottom reached in 2017. Most of the leading vendors gained revenue during this period with the highest percentage increases obtained by Samsung, ZTE, and Ciena.

Although Huawei was placed on the U.S. Entity List in late May, restricting its purchase of U.S. components without a license, the company seems to have avoided any negative impact on sales of telecom equipment. For the trailing four-quarter period (3Q18 through 2Q19), Huawei held the highest share of the telecom equipment market at 28 percent.

Nokia captured the second-highest share in the period due to its strong position in each of the seven technology segments included in the Telecom Equipment Market report. Nokia was a top 4 vendor in each product category.

Huawei updates its 5G progress

Huawei Technologies issued the following update regarding its 5G momentum:

  • 50 commercial contracts signed to date
  • 28 contracts from Europe, 11 from the Middle East, 6 from Asia-Pacific, 4 from the Americas, 1 from Africa
  • 200,000 5G base stations shipped to date
  • As of June 2019, HUAWEI CLOUD and its partners have opened 23 regions with a total of 44 availability zones, and launched over 180 cloud services and 180 solutions.

MEF's LSO Developer Community & Service Automation



MEF Annual Meeting – July/Aug 2019, Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF, discusses the importance of LSO APIs for enabling end-to-end automation of communications services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains. He also provides an overview of MEF's newly introduced LSO Developer Community whose primary purpose is to accelerate the adoption of MEF data models and APIs as defined for each of the reference points in the MEF LSO Reference Architecture (MEF 55).

LSO Developer Community
The LSO Developer Community - composed of software developers and IT staff primarily from MEF member companies - is focused on accelerating production of software development kits (SDKs) to bolster the integration of LSO APIs into service provider networks. MEF is looking for more industry professionals to participate in the process of developing and deploying SDKs for LSO Sonata, LSO Presto, and LSO Legato. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Community Manager at community_manager@mef.net

LSO Sonata APIs for Inter-Provider Service Automation
LSO Sonata APIs relate to the interface reference point within MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture that supports business-to-business interactions between service providers. The full suite of planned LSO Sonata APIs deals with serviceability (address validation, site queries, product offering qualification), product inventory, quoting, ordering, trouble ticketing, contracts, and billing.

In June 2019, MEF introduced LSO Sonata SDK (Software Development Kit) Release 3, which includes a set of deliverables that enable market adoption of LSO Sonata APIs for serviceability (address validation, site queries, and product offering qualification), product inventory, quoting, and ordering. The SDK includes published and draft standards listed below covering business requirements, use cases, and attributes that serve as the basis for the associated APIs and data models. Available on the MEF public GitHub (https://github.com/MEF-GIT/MEF-LSO-So...), the SDK also includes Swagger data models, product payload specifications composed of MEF 3.0 services, and other artifacts that enable a developer to rapidly build out these Sonata LSO APIs within their business systems.

• Ethernet Ordering Technical Standard: Business Requirements and Use Cases (MEF 57.1)
• Address, Service Site, and Product Offering Qualification Management: Requirements and Use Cases (MEF 79 Draft Standard)
• Quote Management: Requirements and Use Cases (MEF 80 Draft Standard)
• Product Inventory Management: Requirements and Use Cases (MEF 81 Draft Standard)

To learn more about MEF LSO Sonata APIs, download this FAQ document:  https://www.mef.net/images/LSO-Sonata... 

To explore the latest on LSO innovations and engage with industry-leading service and technology experts, attend MEF19 (http://www.MEF19.com), held 18-22 November 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

KPN deactivates ISDN in Netherlands

KPN officially deactivated its ISDN service on 01-September-2019.

ISDN, which offers two high-quality 64 kbps channels over a single connection; was first introduced in the Netherlands in the early 1990s.

Other providers also offer ISDN services based on KPN’s (Wholesale) network. KPN is offering a grace period for these telecom providers to migrate customers to another service. KPN expects all lines to be phased out in the first quarter of 2020, after which ISDN will no longer be available as a service.

https://overons.kpn/en/news/2019/the-end-of-isdn


U.S. and Poland sign 5G Pact

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed a 5G cooperation pact that call for all network equipment vendors to be given a “rigorous evaluation”, including whether they are controlled by a foreign government, and be subject to “independent judicial review”.  Huawei is not mentioned by name.

The Trump administration is pushing U.S. allies to impose a ban on Huawei.

ZTE’s Sergio Parolari elected 3GPP RAN2 Vice Chairman

Sergio Parolari has been elected Vice Chairman of 3GPP RAN2.

As a key contributor in 3GPP for 17 years, Sergio Parolari has been a regular RAN2 delegate since January 2010. Sergio has been active in many LTE and NR topics, including carrier aggregation, dual connectivity, machine-type communications, proximity services, NB-IoT and 5G NR. Moreover, he is the rapporteur of the 5G Stage 2 specification TS37.340 on “Multi-connectivity”.

At 3GPP, besides holding the Vice Chairman positions in RAN2 and RAN3, ZTE is the main driver of various technical standards, such as NOMA, 2-Step RACH, CoMP, ATSSS and 5G slicing enhancement. Meanwhile, ZTE is also holding positions of chief editor of a number of technical standards, such as multiple connectivity, NG-RAN data transmission and NR electromagnetic compatibility.

“Congratulations to Sergio Parolari! By means of the joint efforts of the industry, we hope that 3GPP will continue to develop high-quality global standards for 5G NR and future mobile communications.” said Wang Xinhui, ZTE Vice President and Director of Wireless Standardization and Industrial Relationship. “ZTE is honored to work with the rest of 3GPP community to contribute to the success of the wireless industry."


ZTE, now one of the world’s major network equipment suppliers, recently reported 2017 operating revenue of RMB 108.82 billion, 7.49% higher than a year earlier, but n

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