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IDT Drops $250M on GigPeak
News Analysis  | 
2/14/2017  |  1 comment
With the acquisition, the company gets itself into the optical interconnect market, complementing its electrical and RF interconnect products.
Just Dirty
Brianiac  | 
2/14/2017  |  3 comments
The test/assurance crowd is missing in action when it comes to testing orchestration software – but whose fault is that?
IBM, Ericsson Unveil 28GHz 5G Antenna
News Analysis  | 
2/9/2017  |  5 comments
The new antenna, made with a silicon-based process, signifies progress toward gigabit base stations and gateways in a 5G band favored by AT&T and Verizon.
Intel Creates Jobs From Inside the Oval Office
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2/9/2017  |  4 comments
Intel CEO Brian Kzranich visited the White House to announce his company would drop $7B to fill out the dormant shell of Fab 42, creating 3,000 jobs, and giving the new Prez something to crow about.
Fluke Debuts Cat 8 Tester
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Having a tester available is a prerequisite for the use of the new cabling type, likely to be first used to support new 25G and 40G connectivity in data centers.
25G Plugfest a Success; 25G Spec Published
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1/30/2017  |  Post a comment
A variety of 25G and 50G devices, switches, cables, interconnect and testers proved largely interoperable. Other companies looking to build 25G/50G product have a stable spec now available.
Toshiba to Split Off Memory Chip Ops
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2017  |  1 comment
Facing a $1B hit from a US acquisition gone awry, Toshiba is looking to set up its memory operation as a standalone unit to raise cash.
'Troubled' Intel Rakes in the Dough
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1/27/2017  |  Post a comment
The chip company reported record quarterly and annual revenue, despite being in the middle of a major transformation it embarked upon in 2016 in response to the slow dissolution of its bread-and-butter enterprise business.
Ixia Boasts 400GbE Demo First
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1/26/2017  |  Post a comment
The test company claims to be the first to demonstrate a particular implementation of 400G technology designed for use in data centers.
Qualcomm Pooh-Poohs Apple Lawsuits
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1/26/2017  |  Post a comment
During Qualcomm's Q1 analyst call, company execs quickly got the particulars of the quarterly report out of the way in order to respond to Apple's legal onslaught against it, which included not one but two new lawsuits filed in China.
S/W Test Startup Hits Vencap Jackpot
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Tricentis, which specializes in automating software test in DevOps environments, pulls in $165 million in its Series B round.
Next Plugfest Gets G.fast Closer to Market
Brianiac  | 
1/13/2017  |  10 comments
The next G.fast plugfest will lead into the certification process for commercial products, which some service providers will start deploying shortly thereafter -- in just a few months' time.
AT&T: Security Needs to Be at Machine Speed
News Analysis  | 
1/11/2017  |  3 comments
The response to cyber attacks has to be faster and more efficient, according to AT&T's top security poobah.
Obama's Tech Advisors Craft Response to China's Semiconductor Ambitions
News Analysis  | 
1/8/2017  |  8 comments
The panel of top technologists advises pushing back against China's 'market distorting' policies while funding basic R&D; coordinating 'moonshots; and encouraging cooperation among companies, academia and government.
M&A Prospects in T&M 2017
Brianiac  | 
1/5/2017  |  4 comments
Will test and measurement companies get infected with the M&A frenzy we've seen in other sectors?
A Changing of the CEO at Allot
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1/3/2017  |  Post a comment
The security specialist hired a CEO with experience in leading companies back toward profitability.
Memory Chips in Data Centers: Something's Gotta Give
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12/27/2016  |  2 comments
One of the last frontiers for eking out performance improvements in data centers is memory chips. New memory ICs are on the way, but will they make it on time? Maybe not.
NeoPhotonics Sells 10G Line to APAT
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2016  |  Post a comment
The optical component vendor is selling off its lagging 10G lines to focus on the next generation of faster networking products, even as the company is experiencing lower yields on those new products.
Samsung Considers Spinoff of Foundry
News Analysis  | 
12/16/2016  |  4 comments
With one of its largest customers taking its business elsewhere, Samsung is forced to consider a spinoff of its manufacturing operations. The move has the potential to create a major hiccup in leading edge semiconductor supply.
Ixia's for Sale. Who Might Buy?
News Analysis  | 
12/16/2016  |  4 comments
The test and network security specialist is trolling for offers to see if a deal might be out there. The segment is ripe for consolidation, though. If it's not Ixia, it's likely to be somebody else.
Another Hack Announced by Yahoo
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12/15/2016  |  9 comments
The company, about to be acquired by Verizon, reveals another hack, this one of as many as a billion accounts, dating back to 2013.
Ulevitch to Head Cisco's Security Operations
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2016  |  1 comment
The founder of OpenDNS, bought by Cisco in 2015, will take over operational responsibility for one of Cisco's fastest-growing businesses.
Qualcomm Challenges Intel With New ARM Chip
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12/8/2016  |  Post a comment
Qualcomm is extending further from its base in the wireless world to square off directly against Intel in the data center market with a new ARM-based processor, due in volume next year.
Tiny Switch Has Big Implications for 5G
News Analysis  | 
12/8/2016  |  1 comment
The basic switch hasn't changed in 50 years, but a spinout from GE has a new MEMS switch that is likely to make a lot of 5G infrastructure a lot less complex and probably less expensive.
Proficio Pulls in $12M in Venture Capital
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12/7/2016  |  Post a comment
The company, which provides managed security services, is looking to expand around the world.
Mellanox Adds to Net Security – It's Sorta Complicated
News Analysis  | 
12/6/2016  |  Post a comment
The company has introduced software to work with its fast network processors that makes it easier to do deep packet inspection for security purposes.
Cable Nodes Becoming a Choke Point
News Analysis  | 
12/5/2016  |  8 comments
Some of the biggest cable companies are itching to perform essentially three upgrades at once, but the technology just isn't there. Yet.
How to Speak Knowledgeably About the AI Threat
Brianiac  | 
11/24/2016  |  2 comments
Should we be worried about artificial intelligence? Maybe. But it sure makes for good reading, viewing and game playing.
ARM's Race: Who Will Buy Applied Micro's Compute Unit?
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11/23/2016  |  Post a comment
Macom hasn't even consumed Applied Micro yet and already it's in the process of selling the latter's Compute unit, which makes X-Gene ARM processors. The question is, who might need it?
Tencent, Alibaba Pour $$ Into Barefoot
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11/23/2016  |  Post a comment
Two more of the most demanding data center customers in the world put money in the programmable switch startup.
Macom Buys Applied Micro for $770M
News Analysis  | 
11/21/2016  |  Post a comment
Why split the proceeds of a promising new data center interconnect product with Applied Micro when Applied Micro was so cheap?
For Marvell, TCB Might = M&A
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2016  |  Post a comment
Like Elvis, Marvell's new CEO says he's just taking care of business, but even he allows that TCB looks like preparation for a sale.
It's a Bug Hunt: Qualcomm Offering $15K Bounties
News Analysis  | 
11/18/2016  |  3 comments
With smartphones becoming increasingly inviting targets for hackers, Qualcomm is offering juicy bounties to white hats that identify vulnerabilities in its Snapdragon line of processors.
Siemens Bolsters Mfg. Ops With Mentor Buy
News Analysis  | 
11/14/2016  |  1 comment
The deal is a manifestation of the integration of the manufacturing process from chip design all the way through system development and beyond.
EE, Vodafone Share Top Marks in UK Wireless
News Analysis  | 
11/11/2016  |  Post a comment
For the first time ever, three UK wireless providers all provide wireless service rated as 'good' overall.
UNH-IOL Sets Testbeds for Industrial Ethernet Applications
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11/10/2016  |  Post a comment
More applications have stricter demands on Ethernet, which is still being modified to meet those demands. UNH-IOL set up separate consortia to test time-sensitive Ethernet for automotive, industrial IoT and AV applications.
Assurance Gets Marquee Treatment at MEF16
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11/10/2016  |  Post a comment
Assurance companies, including Spirent, Accedian and Viavi, were among the proof of concept (PoC) stars at MEF16 this week.
Lattice Purchased by Somebody for $1.3B
News Analysis  | 
11/3/2016  |  Post a comment
A little known capital company has scooped up FPGA vendor Lattice Semiconductor for $1.3 billion.
Marvell to Divest Businesses, Lay Off 900
News Analysis  | 
11/3/2016  |  1 comment
Marvell Technology Group is divesting unspecified non-strategic businesses, reducing R&D spending and laying off 17% of its workforce -- 900 employees.
Intel Proposes 'Unified' Security, Opens DXL
News Analysis  | 
11/3/2016  |  3 comments
Intel Security has announced what it's calling an enhanced unified defense architecture. So what does that mean?
Neener, Neener, Google Won't Stop Moonshots
News Analysis  | 
10/27/2016  |  6 comments
Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat and Google CEO Sundar Pichai vowed that the company's investments in machine learning, cloud and broadband are worthwhile, as are its latest forays into hardware like the new Pixel phone and Google Home device.
Level 3, CenturyLink on Verge of Merger
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10/27/2016  |  2 comments
CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications are negotiating a merger; if the two agree to a deal, it could be consummated as early as next week.
Pro Sports a Growth Market for Intel
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2016  |  1 comment
New Intel Sports Group will be responsible for developing partnerships with major sports leagues to use Intel technologies to create new immersive experiences for fans.
Hybrid CDNs Now Available to All, Courtesy of Cedexis & Varnish Software
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Cedexis and Varnish Software are aiming to help content owners create customized delivery networks by stitching together public clouds and CDNs in whatever combination makes the most sense for their business needs.
Aquantia Throws Data Centers a Copper Lifeline
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2016  |  1 comment
Aquantia is creating a 100Gbit/s all-electrical technology to deliver low latency for networking applications, notably data centers.
Marvell ICs Ease Data Center Path to 25G
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2016  |  Post a comment
Marvell Technology has announced a set of Ethernet switches and transceivers designed to help data center operators move to 25 Gigabit Ethernet.
That Was Quick: AT&T to Buy Time Warner for $85B
News Analysis  | 
10/21/2016  |  3 comments
Late Friday, AT&T and Time Warner were reported to have entered an agreement in principle for the former to take over the latter for $85 billion.
Attacks Have Major Internet Sites on the Ropes
News Analysis  | 
10/21/2016  |  23 comments
An attack on the DNS service Dyn is making it tough to reach Twitter, Spotify, HBO Now, Reddit and other popular Internet sites and services.
Xilinx Vows to Maintain TTM Lead
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2016  |  1 comment
Xilinx announced sales of $579 million in the second quarter of its fiscal 2017, up 10% from the second quarter of the prior fiscal year. Second quarter net income was $164 million.
Q3 Shows Intel in Full Transition
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2016  |  Post a comment
Data center poised to overtake client computing revenue for the chip giant.
Liberty Global Buys Another Polish MSO
News Analysis  | 
10/18/2016  |  Post a comment
Liberty Global said it has laid out roughly $760 million in cash to buy the third-largest cable operator in Poland.
Interop Demo Pushes G.fast Forward
News Analysis  | 
10/18/2016  |  Post a comment
UNH-IOL is hosting the first major interoperability demo for G.fast this week at BBWF, with vendors including Calix and Huawei.
Amazon Unlimited, Alexa, AI & How to Cut Off Google at Its Knees
Brianiac  | 
10/14/2016  |  14 comments
You might think Amazon's Unlimited is just another me-too streaming music service. You'd be wrong. If successful, it will be a critical tool to help slice off a fat, juicy chunk of Google's $75 billion ad business.
Broadcom Samples 64-Port 100G Switch Chips
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2016  |  Post a comment
Broadcom announced immediate availability of its new family of 50G/100G Ethernet switches for use in data centers and in high performance computing (HPC) applications.
Comcast Prepping National IoT Network
News Analysis  | 
10/6/2016  |  2 comments
Comcast is preparing two smart city trials to begin before the end of this month, with plans to expand to another 28 within the next two years. The networks will rely on LoRaWAN wireless technology from Semtech.
GOP Fails to Block Transfer of Net-Naming Operation
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2016  |  Post a comment
The task of assigning Internet addresses officially passed from US government control to the private sector over the weekend, after one last hail-Mary legal maneuver by opponents to prevent the transfer was batted down.
Welcome to Testapedia!
Brianiac  | 
9/30/2016  |  3 comments
Light Reading is proud to bring you our latest community site, Testapedia, the go-to hub for test and measurement (T&M) professionals and their customers.
Hitron Intros Handheld Spectrum Analyzer
News Analysis  | 
9/28/2016  |  Post a comment
DOCSIS CPE specialist Hitron Americans Technologies has introduced a handheld spectrum analysis meter for cable network installers and technicians.
ARM Intros New Coherent Backplane
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2016  |  1 comment
ARM has introduced its third-generation backplane in support of its ARMv8 architecture, designed to provide the performance demanded by next-generation applications, including virtual reality and autonomous vehicles.
Mellanox, Intel & the Data Center Bottleneck
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2016  |  1 comment
Intel and Mellanox are both making gradual progress in their race to unclog a bottleneck that arises when scaling computer networks up to massive numbers of nodes or processors.
Tiny Module Might Accelerate Jump to 100G/400G in Data Centers
News Analysis  | 
9/23/2016  |  2 comments
A novel optics-aligning module promises to make silicon photonics for 100G/400G networking significantly easier to implement, which would be a tremendous boon for data center operators.
ECOC: Satisfying the Need for Speed
News Analysis  | 
9/21/2016  |  3 comments
It's ECOC time again! Here are some of the new devices and technologies being unveiled at the show that all point to near-term future networks running at hundreds of gigabits per second.
Now for Something Completely Different: Interconnect Based on Quantum Dots
News Analysis  | 
9/16/2016  |  1 comment
A new 200Gbit/s optical transceiver from Ranovus is based on quantum dot lasers that can emit multiple wavelengths simultaneously.
Amdocs Aims to Topple Iron-Based Systems Integrators
News Analysis  | 
9/16/2016  |  1 comment
Amdocs says its systems integration partnership with AT&T is only the first big win in a strategy to supplant traditional SIs such as Cisco and Ericsson that, it feels, have been undercut by the virtualization trend.
Avaya Proposes Hypersegments for Security
News Analysis  | 
9/8/2016  |  2 comments
There is a gaping security hole at the network edge that Avaya intends to fill it with some souped-up, hyper-segmentation capabilities.
QoE Represents a T&M Challenge
News Analysis  | 
9/7/2016  |  Post a comment
Achieving QoE is a complicated process that should start with a complete rethink of how a network should be measured, followed by the development of a QoE policy.
48V Data Center Rack Saves $$$
News Analysis  | 
9/1/2016  |  Post a comment
The most mind-numbingly obscure technology you'll hear about this year is going to help data centers keep up with the exploding demand for cloud computing services while saving beaucoup bucks.
T&M Enables, Is Changed By, NFV – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2016  |  3 comments
Just as the move to NFV is transforming operators, it is transforming T&M vendors, who find themselves having to respond to the challenge of virtualization.
Movie Review: Herzog's Lo & Behold Looks at Life in the Connected World
Brianiac  | 
8/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Co-produced by NetScout, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World is a funny, astute, shambolic and unexpectedly emotional investigation into what it means to be connected.
Oh-Oh! 5G Phones Will Lag 5G Networks
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2016  |  4 comments
One of the direct benefits of deploying 5G is supposed to be 5G networks' ability to easily handle that traffic with throughputs of 5 Gbits/s or better. That won't be the case for some time after 5G networks have been deployed, however.
Intel Shipping Silicon Photonic Modules
News Analysis  | 
8/17/2016  |  Post a comment
Intel has been shipping its silicon photonic interconnect modules since June. One of the first customers is Microsoft.
Intel Gives Up ARM Wrestling
News Analysis  | 
8/17/2016  |  4 comments
The narrative about the battle between Intel Corp. and ARM Holdings took an unexpected twist today when Intel announced that it had licensed ARM. LG Electronics Inc. will be one of Intel's first customers.
Intel Working With NEC, AT&T on NFV
News Analysis  | 
8/17/2016  |  1 comment
Intel announced separate collaborative projects with two enormous 5G partners, one with AT&T that involves packet processing optimization, and the other with NEC on C-RAN. Both collaborations are all about NFV.
Intel, Microsoft Set to Make Virtual Reality Real
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2016  |  1 comment
Intel CEO Brian Kzranich opened the Intel Developer Forum '16 with announcements designed to drive VR adoption.
LoRa Alliance Pushes Advantage With App Development Kit
News Analysis  | 
8/12/2016  |  3 comments
Backers of the LoRa communications protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT) have introduced a kit that will enable IoT application developers to prototype their apps more rapidly in a LoRa system.
ADI Buys Linear Tech for $14B
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Analog Devices announced it will acquire Linear Technology for $14.8 billion in a deal motivated largely by a desire to create a bigger supplier of analog circuitry.
Required DDoS Counter-Measure Needs Counter-Counter-Measure
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2016  |  Post a comment
Other companies doing business with the same cloud provider can be potential security vulnerabilities.
By the Numbers: Google's Cloud Advantage
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2016  |  2 comments
Customers of any cloud should cheer any new installation, but for companies that prize consistent cloud latency performance throughout the day, Google's intent to establish almost a dozen new 'cloud regions' should be especially welcome.
Mellanox Capitalizes on 25G Transition
News Analysis  | 
7/21/2016  |  Post a comment
Mellanox turned in its fifth consecutive quarter in which it increased revenue, and during the company's call with analysts, CEO Eyal Waldman explained how new products are likely to help the company extend that run for the next quarter or two.
Google Using AI to Control Data Center Cooling
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2016  |  4 comments
After testing its DeepMind learning systems to manage the cooling equipment in some of its data centers, Google said it intends to turn control of all its data center cooling systems to DeepMind.
Marvell Has Loss for FY2016, Ended in January
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Marvell Technology reported a loss of $811 million on revenue of $2.7 billion for its fiscal 2016. That compares to Marvell's FY2015, when the company made a profit of $435 million on sales of $3.7 billion.
Innovations: Cheap, Submicron Circuit Printing
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo has developed a new means of printing circuitry onto a substrate that it promises is cheaper and easier than any other option available, while also making an order-of-magnitude leap in diminishing line widths to 0.8 micron.
By the Numbers: AWS' Latency Vulnerability
News Analysis  | 
7/14/2016  |  Post a comment
AWS is the leading cloud service, but latency on AWS connections is consistently higher compared to its top rivals. So for some applications, working with Azure or Softlayer might be preferable.
SiC 'Em? GaN Bling? Infineon Drops $850M on Wolfspeed
News Analysis  | 
7/14/2016  |  Post a comment
Infineon builds on its purchase last year of International Rectifier with the acquisition of Cree's Wolfspeed division, which also specializes in compound semiconductors.
UNH-IOL Sets Up SDN Test Consortium
News Analysis  | 
7/12/2016  |  Post a comment
The university-based lab is offering its existing installation of switches and controllers to anyone interested in testing for performance and interoperability, especially use cases, including SDN-WAN, IoT and NFV.
10 Myths About NFV (Mostly) Dispelled
Prime Reading  | 
7/12/2016  |  2 comments
A number of assumptions and myths have sprung up around NFV during the past few years, all of which are worth unpicking.
400G Hits Critical Mass; Deployments Coming
News Analysis  | 
7/7/2016  |  Post a comment
While the number of 400G products is still small, critical mass has been achieved; there is enough commercially available for companies to start developing and deploying initial systems, Heavy Reading reports.
Averna Acquires US-Based Nexjen Systems
News Analysis  | 
7/1/2016  |  Post a comment
Averna has purchased Nexjen Systems from Jenkins Electric, a regional supplier of industrial systems and services based in Charlotte, NC.
Avaya, Inocybe Take Giant Stride in IoT Scaling
News Analysis  | 
6/30/2016  |  Post a comment
Avaya and Inocybe Technologies have demonstrated a system that promises to support as many as 168,000 connected devices. The two companies believe this would be the largest number of devices ever supported on an open, standards-based SDN architecture.
Assurance Test + Big Data Analysis Cure LTE Advanced Networks
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2016  |  Post a comment
Big data analysis is becoming a crucial element in the testing of network systems by solving some baffling problems with previously unheard-of causes.
Beyond Nexus? Google Said to Be Prepping Own Smartphone
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2016  |  4 comments
Google is believed to be planning its own smartphone launch, a move that could strike fear into the hearts of many existing device vendor marketing managers.
Marvell Board Caps Regime Change
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2016  |  Post a comment
The reconfigured board at Marvell is moving rapidly to repopulate management offices while paying dividends and announcing products and activities aimed at assuring investors and customers that the company is fundamentally sound.
Cavium Spending $1.3B on QLogic
News Analysis  | 
6/15/2016  |  1 comment
The acquisition will add QLogic's connectivity and storage products to Cavium's processors to present a broader product portfolio to data center customers.
Innovations: First Programmable Switch Chip Threatens to Roil Multiple Markets
News Analysis  | 
6/15/2016  |  Post a comment
Startup Barefoot Networks has introduced a programmable switch that has the potential to upend the switch IC market, and may have profound effects on data center architecture. It also just happens to double the switching speed record.
Cable Sees NFV Enhancing Network Security
News Analysis  | 
6/10/2016  |  Post a comment
CableLabs' security maven says the organization is looking at SDN and NFV, and how those technologies can potentially mitigate security problems, and be used to put in multiple layers of defense.
By the Numbers: Network Latency in Texas
News Analysis  | 
6/8/2016  |  3 comments
Texas hold 'em? Verizon wireless broadband subscribers in Texas experience 53% longer latencies than do T-Mobile's – 129 milliseconds to 84ms. Sprint and AT&T subs experience latencies at right about the group average of 105ms.
Mellanox Eases Into Network Processor Market
News Analysis  | 
6/7/2016  |  Post a comment
Using processing expertise it picked up in its acquisition of EZchip, Mellanox announced its first set of processors for networking and storage applications.
What Qualifies as 'Test & Measurement'?
Brianiac  | 
6/6/2016  |  3 comments
What is test and measurement? This is most decidedly not just an academic question – it's at the heart of some deeply felt consternation arising from this year's Leading Lights Awards.
Cavium Debuts SoC for Data Center Servers
News Analysis  | 
6/1/2016  |  2 comments
The company just announced its ThunderX2 system on a chip (SoC), which Cavium believes stacks up very favorably against Intel's line of processors for data center and cloud applications, including NFV, big data analysis, network storage and security.
Nothing's Going to Stop 4K
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2016  |  5 comments
Even with confusion about associated HDR technology and an aggravating political spat surrounding the preferred UHD streaming codec, the 4K market is set to grow in leaps and bounds.


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