New Product Recap: September 2011

Here's a handy guide to some of the product announcements from last month

October 7, 2011

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New Product Recap: September 2011

In this feature, we look back at a selection of new telecom products and services announced during the last month, with perhaps a little overlap into the later part of the preceding month.

Products are classified into a small number of fairly broad categories. Click on each category name to go to the corresponding page of new product information:

Also, for reference, you can click here to see our list of previous long-form features and New Product Recaps.

— Tim Hills is a freelance telecommunications writer and journalist. He's a regular author of Light Reading reports.

Next Page: Broadband/Cable Access & Applications

Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN)
Total Access 5000 enhancement
The company has doubled the capacity of the Total Access 5000 for active-Ethernet and GPON applications to support 5376 GPON subscribers and 504 active-Ethernet subscribers per chassis. Complementing the enhanced platform is a new family of universal ONTs which bring auto-sensing support for both active Ethernet and GPON, simplifying deployments with a single ONT for both technologies, the company says.

Air 4610/1 and Air 4640/1
These wireless video access points (APs) are designed to give clear and simple user feedback via two LED lights that indicate whether or not the product is connected and HD video is streaming. Offering a choice of Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet connections, the 802.11n wireless APs enable IP gateways to be wirelessly connected to set-top boxes or connected TVs. They also enable IP gateways to act as wireless repeaters so that additional TVs, PCs, iPads or gaming devices can be connected to a wireless network and used to stream multiple HD video channels around the home, without pixilation or interference. They feature remote management software compliant with TR-111 and TR-069 standards. Even greater range can be achieved by using the company's AirTouch technology, which allows customers to self-install a mesh network in the home, including handling all network security and SSID settings.

10 and Air 7310
The HD hybrid set-top boxes are based on a Broadcom BCM7231 chipset, and offer 3D/HD hybrid IP plus cable, satellite or terrestrial TV, PVR, PLTV, Flash video and graphics, OpenGL 2.0 capabilities and a browser with a customizable UI. Implemented on an all-IP, open standards, and browser-based software stack, the product family features the next-generation user interface, offering twice the speed of the current generation of STBs, according to the company.

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)
VDSL2 vector linecard
This is billed as the first VDSL2 linecard for DSLAMs that incorporates vectoring capabilities -- using the G.vector (or G.993.5) standard that reduces copper-pair crosstalk. The linecards (with 48 line ports) can be housed in existing VDSL2 DSLAM chassis and come in two formats: board-level vectoring, with all the capabilities housed on a single linecard; and system-level vectoring that, with the use of a dedicated vectoring processor board, enables the higher-speed capabilities across multiple line cards and nodes. In the latter, up to four line cards (192 ports) will be supported by a single vectoring processor board; this will be doubled to eight linecards (384 ports) in 2012.

Anevia SAS
Flamingo XL
This is a modular and high-density IPTV headend for hospitality and corporate markets. It captures live TV and radio content from satellite, cable, digital terrestrial and analog sources before streaming it over IP networks to set-top boxes, PCs or other IP-connected devices. It is based upon a modular 4U rack hardware platform that allows hospitality and corporate video service providers to deliver a mix of channels from various sources over internal IP networks. The solution is designed to simplify IPTV headend configurations and reduce costs related to system infrastructure and energy consumption. Video input cards are available for satellite, cable, digital terrestrial and analog sources. It can host up to 40 hot-swappable cards per unit with two tuners each for a total of up to 400 streamed channels. CAM cards are also available for third-party CAS/DRM systems. Additional software-based options include a mosaic menu generator, rescrambling and Web radio broadcasting.

ViaMotion 3.0
The update to multiscreen over-the-top (OTT) video-server software provides a complete multiscreen OTT video solution which includes a range of carrier-grade software products for telecom carriers, broadcast services providers, and content owners wanting to stream to multiple devices including PCs, tablets, mobile phones, set-top boxes and connected TVs. To secure premium content, it includes support for digital rights management (DRM) and live video scrambling. ViaMotion also features stream adaptation profiles which can support multiple devices from a single source to increase the number of streams while lowering infrastructure and operational costs, the company says. Additional features include transcapsulation on the fly and storage optimization.

Antik Technology
Juice Media Server Family
The new product family enables live content streaming even for OTT operators and service providers with unstable and slower networks, the company says. The solution offers features such as streaming, load balancing, content replication among several pieces of hardware, and timezone shifting.

Appear TV
Broadcast video encoding and transcoding modules
These are for the DC1000/DC1100, SC2000/SC2100 and MC3000/MC3100 chassis. The high-density broadcast-quality encoding (HD/SD SDI Encoder) device is an MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (also know as Part 10 or H.264) encoder solution able to encode digital video data in all common distribution profiles from SD to HD. Input is SDI/HDSDI with embedded audio. The encoder comes in three variants: Quad SD Encoder, Dual HD/Quad SD Encoder, and Dual SD/HD Encoder with AES input option. The high-performance rate and format conversion (SD/HD Transcoder) device is able to transcode digital video data in all common distribution profiles from SD to HD. The transcoder module is able to transcode AVC to MPEG-2, MPEG-2 to MPEG-2, MPEG-2 to AVC, and AVC to AVC. It supports transcoding of 4 SD channels or 2 HD channels. The module is SW upgradeable from 4 SD to 2 HD. The transcoder operates in three different encoder rate control modes: constant bit rate (CBR), capped variable bit rate (CVBR), as well as statistical multiplexing (in future release).

End-To-End DVB-T/T2 Solutions
A new DVB-T2 gateway and a new DVB-T2 modulator have been added to the company's range of centralized and regional headends. Integrating DVB-T2 gateway functionality with existing ASI and IP output cards removes the need for separate units performing the T2MI package generation. Each ASI or IP output module supports the generation of multiple T2MI streams, making it one of the most compact and integrated solutions on the market, the company says. The DVB-T/T2 modulation functionality is available throughout the headend range as a plug-in module. The module supports 2 DVB-T2 or 4 DVB-T outputs per module, all carriers are fully agile, and the module supports multiplexing with PSI/SI regeneration, transparent pass-through and advanced functionality such as MISO and SFN and multiple PLP operation.

Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM)
BCM4528 FBC Multi Demodulator SoC
This satellite set-top box (STB) solution uses full-band-capture (FBC) technology to digitize the entire 950-2150MHz spectrum, replacing multiple discrete tuners with one FBC chip. Advantages, the company says, include:

  • Bandwidth deployment flexibility -- any demodulator can tune to any frequency removing wideband block-tuner restrictions for a more efficient distribution of video streams and IP services.

  • Reduced power consumption -- satellite systems realize more than 50 per cent reduction in power savings

  • Faster channel change

  • Lower complexity -- over 65 percent reduction in the number of connections between front-end and back-end devices

  • Lower system cost -- replaces up to eight satellite chips resulting in lower bill-of-materials (BOM)

HD Cross-Platform Global Digital TV Transport Adapter (DTA) SoC family
The new highly integrated 40nm DTA product line comprises:

  • BCM7542 HD DTA SoC -- targets ISDB_T broadcasting countries including Japan and S. American.

  • BCM7552 HD SoC -- targets DVB deployed countries including Europe, Southeast Asia and South America

  • BCM7582 HD DTA SoC -- targets global cable broadcasting markets and features advanced security

  • BCM7592 dual mode HD DTA SoC -- supports DVB-C, DVB-T and ISDB-T dual mode HD broadcasting, targeting China, India and developing countries

EchoStar Europe
The Android-based IP universal set-top box (STB) supports the industry's leading conditional access, digital rights management and middleware solutions and has ultra-low power operation to meet European energy efficiency requirements, according to the company. It provides the interface between the Internet or IP network and a consumer's TV screen, and is intended for over-the-top (OTT) entertainment providers, digital TV operators deploying hybrid IP solutions, and telco, broadband or IPTV operators. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and a WebKit-based browser are included. Multicodec support includes MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264 AVC, WM-9/VC-1, VP6, AAC and MP3 standards. Connectivity interfaces include high-quality HDMI Ethernet 10/100, S/PDIF and USB 2.0, with further options for powerline and wireless networking to the 802.11n standard.

Edgeware AB
Convoy VDN
This system for wholesale and retail video delivery is the first to use the company's Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-DVN) framework. D-VDN connects the cloud and the subscriber, independently of the underlying network infrastructure, and, according to the company, allowing operators to monetize this connection. The Convoy software suite allows operators to implement advanced video services to subscribers, ensuring the high QoE, while providing integrated wholesale CDN video delivery and management capabilities. QoE can be offered as a differentiated service back to the content provider to create new revenue-generating opportunities, thus allowing operators to tap revenues that were once reserved for CDN providers.

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)
Linear multiscreen TV system
This enables high-quality and cost-effective processing of hundreds of channels into thousands of adaptive streaming profiles, the company says. It combines the SPR1200 Multiscreen Stream Processor -- a hardware approach to multiscreen compression -- with the NPR1200 Multiscreen Network Processor -- a dense software-based adaptive streaming segmentation and encryption processor designed to track dynamic updates in adaptive streaming formats and DRM systems associated with the needs of delivery to different types of devices, as well as supporting an array of deployment architectures and formats.

Finisar Corp. (Nasdaq: FNSR)
GPON Stick
As an alternative to deploying a GPON ONT in a bulky box as has been previously required, the device provides complete GPON ONT functionality in a compact SFP package for the first time, according to the company. An efficient size, lower power consumption, and standard-compliant pluggability enable telecom service providers and equipment vendors to support new applications, including wireless backhaul and business services.

NDS Ltd.
VideoGuard Connect
This next-generation DRM solution for multiplatform pay-TV provides end-to-end protection of an operator's service, utilizing the unique security capabilities of each individual platform. It is designed to help TV operators to seamlessly extend their pay-TV services to connected media devices, the company says. It enables the secure ingestion, delivery and consumption of premium content over both managed and OTT networks while maintaining subscription privileges across devices. Platform operators can deploy linear channels, on-demand content and download services on the most popular devices, delivered over the open Internet utilizing content delivery optimization technologies from the company.

Opera Software ASA
Opera TV Store
This is an HTML5-based store solution for easy implementation into connected TVs by OEMs and easily reached by developers and content providers, the company says. In addition, it supports SVG, Canvas, CE-HTML and OIPF based applications. It can run on other suitable connected devices, such as set-top boxes and Blu-ray players, and can support applications such as movie trailer apps, video-on-demand apps, games, news apps, vodcast and podcast apps.

Sigma Designs Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGM)
This HomePlug AV chipset delivers HD-quality video across electrical wiring inside the home. The company says that the new solution works over 70 per cent more outlets and runs 31 per cent faster over surge protectors compared to others, while adhering to the new EuP 2013 energy-conservation guidelines. It supports TR-069 and is fully interoperable with the IEEE's newly approved 1901 Draft Standard and future products designed to the standard.

snom technology AG
snom UC
These IP desktop phones are designed for unified communications (UC) and are also qualified for use with Microsoft Lync Server 2010. The new product line includes the 821 UC edition and the 300 UC edition, both of which work with Lync Server 2010 and are currently the only phones on the market compatible with both Microsoft Lync and other SIP based PBXs, the company says. The UC edition also includes the new UC600, a purpose-built USB desktop phone that provides operation with the Lync soft client.

SysMedia Ltd
This content management system allows media companies to create and control an IP-delivered connected TV service that either operates standalone or complements existing broadcast-delivered content. It builds the structure, integrates with external XML sources for automatic content updates and provides for manual intervention. Sitting alongside existing infrastructure -- including website and transaction management systems -- it allows new services to be delivered without disruption, the company says. Core to the system is SiteWriter, which provides flexible delivery to HTML-based platforms and adds platform-specific code to handle output variations. The system can also deliver to platforms that do not natively use HTML, including MHEG-5, OpenTV and iOS, using third-party applications that interpret the site description language.

Transmode Systems AB
The company is extending its current range of DWDM SFP and XFP based optics options for WDM-PON with the introduction of a low-cost injection-locked self-tuning SFP with the required central-office seeding light source and also a low-cost fixed wavelength 1Gbit/s DWDM SFP. According to the company, these new options significantly reduce the cost of WDM optics in access devices and greatly simplify network deployments, removing the need for WDM knowledge when deploying access devices. The use of the C-band within the iWDM-PON solution keeps the access and metro networks on the same standard wavelength grid. This enables wavelengths to go all-optical to any location in the access, metro or core networks as it avoids the need for wavelength conversion as traffic moves from one network to the other. Also capacity can be upgraded on a per-customer basis, without affecting other customers on the network.

TVG650 and TVG610
These are an MPEG-4 contribution encoder and decoder, respectively. They are high-end, flexible solutions, handling the encoding and decoding of MPEG- 4, 4:2:2, 10-bit video, and supporting output on ASI and IP/Ethernet. They combine easily with other products from the company to provide a robust satellite or telco contribution solution -- in particular with the CP525 cMUX Remultiplexer for intelligent processing, multiplexing and scrambling of MPEG-2 transport streams, and with the TNS541 Seamless TS Monitoring Switch for intelligent 1+1 redundancy switch-over between two MPEG-2 transport streams.

Next Page: Carrier Transport & Optical Networking

ADVA Optical Networking
FSP 3000 100G Metro solution
This provides 100Gbit/s data transport across distances of up to 500km and is fully integrated into the company's FSP 3000. It increases the capacity of DWDM networks while lowering cost and reducing space and power consumption, according to the company, and uses non-coherent 4x28G technology. The FSP 3000 is a scalable WDM system designed for service providers and large enterprises that require a flexible, cost-effective system that will multiplex, transport and protect high-speed data, storage, voice and video applications.

BTI Systems Inc.
Dynamic Optical Layer
This upgrade to BTI 7000 Series packet-optical-networking family combines ROADM, reach extension, and end-to-end service and path-centric management capabilities. Features and capabilities include:

  • Zero channel turn-up -- Network commissioning without adding wavelengths instant in-service

  • Service activation in seconds -- Integration with proNX Service Manager for end point selection and activation across the network

  • Gridless channel support -- Any wavelength, alien wavelengths, 40G, 100G and beyond with any grid spacing

  • Any-wavelength anywhere -- Supports full-40-wavelength (400Gbit/s) system capacity and any-wavelength-anywhere add/drop access, automated network equalization, and per-channel performance monitoring metrics

  • Touchless power balancing -- Automated system measures span losses, adjusts input power and amplifier dynamic range, adjusts output launch power, continuously adjusts per-channel equalization and compensates for channel and line variations.

Capella Intelligent Subsystems (trading name of Capella Photonics Inc. ) br />CR-EX
This 1x20 total wavelength management solution with integrated monitoring has wide passbands, high extinction ratio, low cross talk and insertion loss for all 21 ports. The company says that consistently high-quality optical performance on all ports enables complete ROADM architecture flexibility, while maximizing the number of cascaded nodes, and minimizing amplification costs. It fits in the same footprint as the earlier CR50 and CR100 and supports either fixed-attenuation or constant-power mode, allowing the DWDM equipment manufacturer to select the best network control solution for their application. There is an optional integrated optical-channel power monitor (OCPM), eliminating the need for standalone optical monitoring.

Finisar Corp. (Nasdaq: FNSR)
10Gbit/s DWDM 80km SFP+ Optical Transceiver
Designed as an alternative replacement for DWDM XFP transceivers, the new SFP+ transceiver delivers the same performance with lower power consumption and a smaller footprint, the company says. Key features include internal dual CDRs for enhanced jitter performance, limiting electrical interface APD receiver, and an XFI compliant interface. Error-free operation at 10.7Gbit/s over 80km of single-mode fiber has been demonstrated.

1x20 WSS with Flexgrid
This high-port-count wavelength-selective switch (WSS) is designed to enable telecom carriers to migrate to higher data rates (400Gbit/s and beyond), interconnect more fiber directions at each node, and offer colorless, directionless and contentionless (CDC) ROADM operation. According to the company, its proprietary Flexgrid technology enhances the WSS by enabling carriers to dynamically change channel spacing to precisely match required signal bandwidth with minimal wasted optical spectrum.

40Gbit/s Multi-Rate Serial CFP-FR Optical Module
Designed for 40G client-side network applications, the CFP-FR module is billed as a world first and has an MSA pluggable form factor and a power consumption below 8W. The CFP-FR is also plug-in compatible with SR4 and LR4 CFP modules.

Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY)
100Gbit/s Coherent Transceiver
This is a commercialized design for a 100Gbit/s coherent transceiver as defined in the OIF 100GLH-ME-01.0 specifications for 100Gbit/s digital coherent transmission systems. The company says that the product will be formally available from April 2012.

GL Communications Inc.
STM-1 Mux
This multiplexes and demultiplexes 63 E1 signals to and from an optical STM-1 stream. It is designed for applications in metro and access networks for the efficient transport of traditional TDM and emerging data traffic, and forms a 1U standard 19-inch platform. Applications include SDH TDM point-to-point network transmission and switching. It can be used in various network topologies such as point-to-point, chain, ring, hub and mesh networks. The device can be managed either through the embedded DCC channel within the STM-1 signal, or through the local RJ-45 management interface on the equipment panel. When multiple 63 E1 over STM-1 multiplexers are stacked together, an RS-485 bus may be used to link the units to form a single managed object. There are also alarm indication lights and a LCD screen on the panel for operation monitoring.

T1 E1 Single or Dual Multiport Repeaters
These generate multiple identical T1 E1 outputs for each T1 E1 input, thus increasing the range and number of T1 E1 signals. Additional applications beyond straightforward signal multiplication and range extension include: (a) Testing and loading of multiple T1/ E1 interfaces simultaneously; and (b) Broadcast applications and traffic generation and simulation. A single bantam version provides ten identical outputs from a single T1 E1 input. The single RJ45 version provides twelve identical outputs from a single T1 E1 input, and the dual version provides four outputs for each of the two inputs.

Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN)
This multiterabit packet-optical transport (P-OTN) network platform is billed as the first to be based on 500Gbit/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The company says that the platform is purpose-built to integrate switching with DWDM without trade-offs in capacity. It will deliver 5Tbit/s of non-blocking OTN switching in a single bay, and in subsequent releases will be upgradeable to resilient multibay configurations providing 100Tbit/s of non-blocking OTN and MPLS switching. According to the company, the DTN-X would consume 33 percent less space and 50 percent less power than alternatives in a typical configuration.

JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU)
QSFP+ Modules for 40G Transmission
These quad small-form-factor-pluggable-plus (QSFP+) transceiver modules are for 40G optical transmissions of up to 10km in enterprise, local area (LAN) and storage area networks (SAN). The company says that they are smaller and provide lower power dissipation compared to older solutions. There are two types: (a) The QSFP+ long-reach module generates and modulates four different wavelengths of light at 10G speeds and combines them into a single optical fiber for client-side network transmission. It can receive the four light channels and reconstruct the 40G signal, providing full transceiver capability at 40G for distances up to 10km. (b) The QSFP+ short reach module. It uses VCSEL technology to generate four different optical signals, each modulated at 10G and transmitted over ribbon fiber. The module is can receive this incoming light and reconstruct the 40G data stream to provide a full transceiver solution. It is designed to supports both 40GE and OTU3 protocols.

MEL Inc.
This low-energy-consumption DWDM SFP transceiver (TRx) reduces energy consumption by holding a tuned wavelength through mechanically locking the wavelength. As a result, the MLT SFP TRx consumes half the power of existing EML-based transceivers and one-third of that of the new tunable transceivers, according to the company. The transceiver can be tuned to a desired wavelength via an electromechanical tuner by typing in a wavelength number on the panel of the tuner. Although the wavelength is mechanically locked to the end of the transceiver's life, if necessary, the wavelength can be retuned to different wavelengths repeatedly to support for any network performance or operational adjustment. It supports data rates to 10Gbit/s, and has a tuning range of 40 wavelengths with 100GHz spacing in C-band or L-band.

NeoPhotonics Corp. (NYSE: NPTN)
SFP+ Transceivers
The addition of 40 and 80km versions to the SFP+ transceiver product suite enhances the existing portfolio of 6G SFP+ transceivers for Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and 10G SFP+ transceivers for 10G Ethernet and OC-192/STM-64 Sonet/SDH Transport, the company says. They also address the green transition in networking toward lower-power and smaller-footprint modules. The SFP+ MSA allows for a maximum of 1.5W power consumption per module without clock and data recovery (CDR), whereas the older XFP MSA allowed 3.5W, or more than double the power, for an equivalent transceiver module. SFP+ transceivers without integrated CDR are designed to support 10G Ethernet transport and comply with IEEE 802.3-2005 and 802.3-2008. Transceivers with integrated CDR are designed to support OC-192/STM-64 SONET/SDH and comply with the ITU-T Recommendation G.709 for Optical Transport Network (OTN) at the OTU2 line rate. All of these transceivers are designed to meet Telcordia GR-468 CORE qualification requirements and cover the extended operating temperature range of -5 to +85C (E-Temp). Both RoHS5 and RoHS6 versions are available.

Oclaro Inc. (Nasdaq: OCLR)
Zero-chirp full-band tunable XFP (TXFP)
Provides full 300-pin-equivalent performance in a small, pluggable, MSA footprint with low power consumption. There are various configurations, including APD or PiN Rx options.

Opnext Inc. (Nasdaq: OPXT)
The 100Gbit/s DWDM MSA transponder module is a fully-integrated optical transponder that enables network equipment vendors to build 100Gbit/s metro, regional, long-haul, ultra-long-haul and submarine transport solutions, the company says, and, using soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FEC), the module improves reach, minimizing or eliminating the need for regeneration points, simplifies network deployment rules and reduces operating costs. It is suitable for transport systems designed around 10Gbit/s engineering rules with inline dispersion-compensation modules (DCMs) as well as newer systems without DCMs, and is built on coherent detection technology to tolerate linear fiber plant impairments such as chromatic dispersion (CD) and polarization mode dispersion (PMD). It can apply digital signal processing to remove channel impairments so that the new transponder modules will work in existing fiber plant designed for 10Gbit/s and, in some cases, even for 2.5Gbit/s, without any changes except for the transponder itself.

Tunable XFP Transceiver
This transceiver, developed in collaboration with Hitachi's Central Research Laboratory (CRL), is a hybrid design that combines the tunable laser and InP-MZ (Mach Zehnder) chips to offer superior optical shutter functionality, according to the company. The transceiver delivers system performance to address mode-hopping for optimized wavelength stability in a variety of DWDM applications. In addition, the tunable XFP design can flexibly support negative-chirp or zero-chirp DWDM applications to replace DWDM-XFP or 300-pin tunable transponders. The automatic wavelength tuning is designed to deliver stable wavelength control while supporting a wavelength range of 1529 to 1567nm.

Transmode Systems AB
100G Metro solution
This uses standard PM-QPSK optics with coherent detection to provide 100Gbit/s on a single wavelength and up to ten times the capacity of today's 10G systems -- significantly more than some alternative non-standard modulation formats, the company says. It also introduces stackable capabilities to the TM-Series which provides a pay-as-you-grow approach to 100G infrastructure. It includes a new 100G plug-in unit that is fully integrated with the TM-Series. This unit has a common host board and application-specific plug-in daughter-boards on the client side that can configure the unit as a transponder, muxponder or regenerator. This simplifies network design, ordering, deployment and spare-part management and also allows easy upgrades to additional configurations in future.

Next Page: Components & Devices

AFL Telecommunications
FuseConnect MPO
This fusion-spliced, field-terminated connector is designed to Fiber Optic Connector Intermateability Standard (FOCIS), Type MPO, FOCIS-5, TIA-604-5-C, and performs as an equivalent to the standard factory terminated MPO/MTP assemblies. Able to utilize either ribbon or loose-tube cable, the connector helps to minimize the complexity involved in the termination of a multifiber connection, allowing for a reliable and repeatable termination in field applications, according to the company. The connector has just six components, including a factory prepolished ferrule. Suitable for use in RF-overlay FTTP networks, CATV backbone networks, outside plant and MDU FTTP cabling, the connector can also be used for connector restoration, data center installations and patch-cord customizations.

Altera Corp. (Nasdaq: ALTR)
Stratix V GT
These 28bit/s-enabled FPGAs are billed as the world's first. The devices support backplane, optical module and chip-to-chip applications through four 28Gbit/s transceivers, 32 full-duplex, 12.5Gbit/s transceivers, and up to 4x72bit DIMM DDR3 memory interfaces supporting 2133Mbit/s. The 28Gbit/s transceivers meet the CEI-28G specification while consuming only 200mW per channel. The FPGAs are optimized specifically for use in the latest generation of 40G/100G applications and beyond used in communications systems, high-end test equipment and military communications systems. The devices include a high level of integration with up to 622K logic elements (LEs), 512 18x18 multipliers, hardened PCI Express (PCIe), 10GbE and Interlaken intellectual property blocks, and support the latest high-speed serial protocols.

Avago Technologies Pte.
This is a variable-gain amplifier (VGA) module for base transceiver station (BTS) applications. The small-footprint module replaces existing discrete solutions, providing significant board space savings and shortening design cycle time, the company says. Operating in a broad frequency band from 1450 to 2750 MHz, the module addresses cellular BTS automatic gain control (AGC) and temperature-compensation circuitry applications. Available in a 6.0 x 6.0 x 1.0mm package, the module offers a current consumption of 383mA. The module's input is fully matched to 50ohm and output match can be tuned for optimal performance at a particular frequency band within the operation range, minimizing the need for external matching components.

Corning Cable Systems LLC (CCS)
Pretium EDGE Solutions
These offer improvements to optical cabling for data centers. Improvements include:

  • Harness and Jumper -- (i) Introduction of the Reverse Polarity Uniboot jumper and harness enables quick and easy polarity management in the field without any tooling requirements. (ii) Terminated with MTP Connectors on both ends and Corning ClearCurve multimode cable, the new 12-fiber, 40G jumper meets IEEE 802.3ba 40/100G total connector loss requirements of 1.5 dB for OM3 and 1.0 for OM4 at 40G. (iii) Improved harness staggering provides better cable management into electronics.

  • Cable -- (i) Reduction in cable leg outer diameter allows for easier routing for 40/100G networks. (ii) Addition of hybrid LC-to-MTP trunks expands design options.

  • Housing -- (i) Introduction of the EDGE-02U supplies a housing option for 288 fibers. (ii) New mounting bracket allows EDGE housings to be mounted in 23-inch racks.

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)
BMR462-SIP (BMR4622002) and BMR463-SIP (BMR4632002)
These vertical-mount regulators for space-critical applications belong to the company's 3E digital point-of-load (POL) voltage regulators. The new 12A BMR462-SIP (BMR4622002) and 20A BMR463-SIP (BMR4632002) complement the recently announced 40A BMR464-SIP (BMR4642002) and offer board designers the choice of the most appropriate module for their configuration. The voltage regulators can be configured and monitored via the standard PMBus communication protocol and the graphical user interface allows designers to optimize power management in high-board-density applications.

PKU4619 and PKU4710
These sixteenth-brick-format DC-DC converters are designed to power 60-65W applications, primarily for telecom and datacom systems and equipment, but are also suitable for use in power industrial, process control, test and many other applications. Offering an input voltage range of 36-75V, the high-efficiency PKU4619 and PKU4710 provide outputs of 2.5V/25A and 3.3V/20A, delivering output power of 62.5W and 66W, respectively. They are suitable for applications such as mini-base-stations and provide customers with a simple solution when upgrading 50W boards to 60W, or even slightly more, according to the company.

Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY)
8-bit, 4-channel DAC
Designed for next-generation optical transport systems, the device uses 40nm CMOS technology and offers a sampling rate range of 55-65Gsample/s/channel, small footprint and low power (0.75W/channel). It can support long-haul optical transport systems providing data links of 100Gbit/s and higher over a single wavelength, and provides ultrafast sampling rates, high resolution, low noise and wide bandwidth signal generation for OTU4 signals.

Hillcrest Labs
Freespace MotionEngine
This is an embedded software platform that provides an integrated solution to enable MEMS inertial and magnetic sensors to work effectively and consistently in mass production, the company says. It provides a sensor-agnostic solution for motion control devices using accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers (compasses) in a variety of configurations. Key functions are sensor fusion, calibration, 3-D device motion, gestures, and cursor control, which are implemented with sensors from a variety of MEMS suppliers. This latest release is a modular software solution that can run on an embedded microcontroller or host processor, which provides greater implementation flexibility than its predecessor, the company says. For remote controls and game controllers, this enables the MotionEngine to run on the controller, on a USB dongle, or directly on a TV or set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC). Motion data processed by the MotionEngine is delivered using a standards-based API and is compatible with USB, Bluetooth, RF4CE and other RF protocols.

Inphi Corp.
IN112510 and IN012525
These 100GbE CMOS Gearbox (GB) and CMOS Clock Data Recovery (CDR) chipsets are billed as the industry's first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) CMOS PHY solutions that support the IEEE 802.3ba standard and target next-generation high-density 100G linecards. The IN112510 is a single-chip, low-power PHY for 10:4 gearbox applications for 100GbE and OTU4 high-density 100G linecards with 25-28Gbit/s electrical interfaces. Other features include:

  • Supports 100G BASE-LR4/ER4 and OTU4 28Gbit/s operation for OTL4.4

  • Optimized for extremely low latency

  • Programmable transmit and adaptive receive equalization on all SerDes interfaces with fine granularity and control which allow performance to surpass IEEE CAUI, CEI-11G SR and CEI-28G VSR specifications

The iPHY IN012525 is a low-power CDR for 100GbE and OTU4 next-generation 100G modules. Features include: (a) supports 100G BASE-LR4/ER4 and OTU4 28Gbit/s operation; (b) programmable transmit and adaptive receive equalization on all SerDes interfaces; (c) Self-test modes that allow diagnostic monitoring of channel and system parameters.

This transimpedance amplifier (TIA)/limiting amplifier (LIA) for 100GbE receivers is interoperable with the company's iPHY 100GbE CMOS SerDes solutions, and offers the low power, high sensitivity and high overload. capability. Together, the IN2841TA and iPHY CMOS SerDes create a platform solution for 100GbE CFP and CFP2 modules, the company says.

JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU)
Future self-aware-networks optical-product portfolio
Planned for release in the second half of 2012, the portfolio will comprise:

  • Twin Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) -- Two independent 1x20 WSS's integrated into a compact form factor to support the route-and-select architecture

  • Dual Multi-Cast Switch -- An integrated pair of new devices for Self Aware networks that implement colorless, directionless and contentionless wavelength routing in a single, compact and cost-effective package. It will support up to 8 degrees of optical switching and 16 transceiver ports

  • Optical Channel Monitor -- A high-speed and high-resolution channel monitor that has multiple inputs and a scanning filter

  • Hybrid Raman-Erbium Amplifier

  • EDFA Array -- Several EDFAs integrated into a compact form factor will provide amplification within flexible multiplexing and demultiplexing modules.

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc.
MAOM-003104 and MAOM-003106
These are modulator driver amplifiers for 100G DP-QPSK applications. The MAOM-003104 is a quad-channel driver in a 25x40x6.5mm package with GPPO connectors. The MAOM-003106 is a dual-channel driver in a 10x10x2.3mm surface-mount package. Both offer ultra-low jitter, and have an output voltage up to 8Vpp and a gain of more than 30dB. Rise and fall times are better than 11ps, with data rates up to 32Gbit/s.

Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD)
This 1.25Gbit/s transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for CO-side OLTs can be used with the company's M02028 continuous-mode 1.25Gbit/s TIA for subscriber-side optical networking units (ONUs), creating an end-to-end solution for GEPON applications. According to the company, the new TIA includes a unique burst-mode receiver average-power-monitor-output feature that enables the device to report upstream ONU burst-mode optical transmit power with fast settling time, eliminating the need for adding complex and expensive external circuitry to OLT modules for performing this function. Key performance attributes include an optical sensitivity exceeding -34dBm, -6dBm overload and a burst-to-burst dynamic range of greater than 25 dB with a 200ns burst settling time.

The 32-port crosspoint switch is nonblocking and its reconfigurable input/outputs (I/Os) enable designers to customize a system's matrix size for the given application, including 1x31, 16x16, 24x8 and other variations depending on whether the design is a switch requiring the same number of inputs as outputs, a fan-out buffer requiring a majority of outputs or a multiplexer/selector requiring a majority of inputs. The device targets SDI applications and those operating at other data frequencies up to 3.2Gbit/s, and features very low power consumption (70mW per channel) for a solution of its size, according to the company.

This 100Gbit/s demux receiver chip is specifically designed to meet the low-cost and low-power requirements of 100G metro transport, and is optimized for optical metro transport applications such as metro dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) networks with link lengths of up to 800km, and point-to-point (PtP) links of up to 80km used for data -enter connectivity. Optical modules utilizing the MP1100Q solution can be realized in the compact form-factor, pluggable (CFP) module format.

Oclaro Inc. (Nasdaq: OCLR)
The 100Gbit/s coherent receiver is for transmission networks that employ PM-QPSK modulation, and is designed to comply with the OIF Implementation Agreement OIF-DPC-RX-01.0. The receiver is also available in a reduced form factor. It uses indium phosphide (InP) technology to implement the optical hybrid phase mixers with integrated waveguide photodetectors, and employs high levels of functional integration on InP to minimize cost and to enable high volume manufacture, the company says. The electrical outputs of the balanced waveguide photodetectors are coupled to a pair of dual-input linear TIAs. The coherent receiver has several electrical control features to optimize the performance of the TIAs, such as bandwidth control and manual gain adjustment. The 32Gbaud output from the receiver is coupled to the input of the following ADC/DSP IC.

High-Power 980nm Pump Lasers
There are two models:

  • A 500mW uncooled pump in a SFF 10-pin butterfly package that can also be used in existing 14-pin slots. The company says that, with 500mW of kink-free power, the laser delivers the lowest power consumption of any such pump solution in the industry. The pump operates across the entire -5 to 75C temperature range, is wavelength stabilized, qualified to Telcordia GR-468-CORE, and is RoHS 6/6 compliant.

  • An industry-first 2 x 600mW dual-chip pump in a single package. This is designed for dual-stage and mid-stage access amplifiers, ROADM on blade and amplifier-based linecards. It offers a smaller form factor by delivering a 1 x 14-pin package that replaces two discrete pumps. The pump has two dynamically independent co-packaged lasers that are individually addressable and stabilized, delivers negligible crosstalk and offers the full functionality of traditional 14-pin pumps. Besides the form-factor reduction, the pump also lowers the total module power consumption versus that of two discrete pumps.

Polatis Inc.
This enhancement to the company's optical matrix switch adds a programmable shutter to the software features of the ultra-low-loss device. This allows users to introduce repeatable, precisely timed disconnections on multiple fiber paths through the optical switch with individually programmable shutter intervals between 10 and 10,000ms.

Red-C Optical Networks Ltd.
Optical amplifiers for ROADM networks
These include a variety of high density EDFA packages for integration in ROADM line cards, as well as a new four-pump hybrid Raman-EDFA module enabling dynamic path reconfiguration. High-density modules are available containing two, four, or eight EDFAs, which can be integrated on a ROADM line card. Although packaged together in a single module, each EDFA within the module can support full WDM operation including transient suppression, and can be controlled completely separately from the other EDFAs in the module. The new hybrid Raman-EDFA model provides integration of a distributed Raman pre-amplifier and a variable-gain EDFA in a single compact module. The integrated control circuitry operates in an advanced AGC mode so that the combined Raman and EDFA gain is accurately measured and controlled, including fast transient suppression. The module operation and interface are similar to those of a traditional variable gain EDFA, and therefore requires no special system adaptations, the company says.

Next Page: Mobile Devices & Software

Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE)
Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0
Flash Media Server 4.5 allows media publishers to extend their mobile reach via Flash-enabled devices to include the delivery of video content to Apple's iPad and iPhone devices. Flash Access 3.0 is a content protection and monetization solution and will enable content owners to deliver on-demand content with massive scale and strict studio-level security across a broad range of devices, following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3, the company says. Other features of Flash Media Server 4.5 include: (a) integrated content protection to simplify deployment and reduces infrastructure cost; and (b) on-demand stream packaging to eliminate the need to prepare and protect assets ahead of time.

Documentum Mobile app for iPad
This offers users increased mobility for form-factor appropriate use-cases and is compatible with Documentum 6.6 and 6.7 versions, according to the company. It extends the Documentum platform to improve information worker productivity with fast access to information including business documents and rich media. It provides a simple iOS native interface to perform common tasks such as browsing the repository, searching and previewing information, downloading content, gaining offline access, and collaborating and approving workflow tasks from anywhere. It uses a set of RESTful services on top of the Documentum platform to offer mobility without compromising security and information governance policies.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
This LTE TDD wireless broadband router is billed by the company as the world's first to support TDD. It supports both LTE TDD and FDD, offers a download speed of up to 100 Mbit/s and provides access to up to 32 Wi-Fi devices as well as desktop computers through an Ethernet cable. It is suitable as a home entertainment and information exchange hub, providing multiple devices simultaneous high-speed Internet access, high-definition video downloads and real-time video viewing and transmission. It is also suitable for SOHOs and small businesses through its connectivity options to VoIP telephone and fax, printers and other office equipment.

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)
Windows Phone 7.5 Update
The company says that the new release offers hundreds of new features and experiences designed to build on the phone's intuitive, people-first foundation -- multitasking, more integrated apps, primo mobile Web browsing, and powerful and personalized tools, like integrated social networking and conversation threads.

Motorola Mobility LLC
XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade
This upgrade is available for the Verizon Wireless LTE network. The company says that customers should expect average download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbit/s and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbit/s in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas. When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, the XOOM automatically connects to the Verizon Wireless 3G network.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC)
These are LTE versions of the company's GALAXY S II smartphone and GALAXY Tab 8.9 tablet.

Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE)
Tablet S and Tablet P
These are Android devices. The Tablet S device is optimized for rich-media entertainment on its 9.4-inch touch-screen display. It has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, Wi-Fi and an asymmetric design for comfortable holding. It weighs 1.33lb. The Tablet P device is for both mobile communication and entertainment. It has a folding design, two 5.5-inch displays and a weight of about 0.83lb. It features the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor and is both Wi-Fi compatible and 4G capable.

ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)
MF 190
This datacard (dongle) can establish an Internet connection within 15s without the need to install software or manage the connection, according to the company. In addition, with the MF 190’s Web UI, users can manage the device as well as online services such as messaging and contact lists. Operators can customize the UI to enable online upgrading and promotions.

Next Page: Switching, Routing & Network Platforms

6WINDGate software enhancement
This provides optimized support for the Intel Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK). On a dual-Intel Xeon processor E5645 platform with a clock speed of 3.33GHz, running the Intel DPDK, the 6WINDGate delivers over 16 million packets per second, per core of IP forwarding performance, thereby forwarding 10 Gbit/s of network traffic in each core (64-byte packets). This performance scales linearly with the number of cores configured to run 6WINDGate until the maximum bandwidth of the hardware platform is reached. Processor cores not used to run 6WINDGate are available to run value-added application software or virtual machines (VMs), resulting in a highly efficient and flexible system for advanced networking equipment, the company says.

Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN)
MEF-compliant access gateways
These high-performance Ethernet solutions include:

  • NetVanta 868 Carrier Ethernet Access Gateway, optimized for large enterprises. Extends 100-400Mbit/s Ethernet services to a variety of vertical markets whose locations continue to wait for fiber installation

  • NetVanta 850 Carrier Ethernet Access Gateway optimized for infrastructure backhaul. Extends 50-100Mbit/s Ethernet backhaul services to both cell site and DSLAM backhaul

  • Total Access 1424S-CE Carrier Ethernet Access Gateway, optimized for remote offices. Extends both 10 and 100Mbit/s Ethernet services to branch offices.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)
ASR 901, ASR 903 and ASR 9001 Series
These aggregation services routers complement the ASR 9000 Series to offer service providers a complete system for high-speed business, residential and mobile services, the company says. The new routers are targeted at mobile networks, especially IPv6 networks. The ASR 901 cell site router is a high-capacity, low-power router for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile cell sites; the ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router is a compact, fully redundant Ethernet access device for business, residential and mobile applications; and the ASR 9001 small edge router is a smaller version of the ASR 9000 Series edge router for smaller deployments.

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)
SSR 8000
The family of smart services routers (SSR) provides operators with a simple, smart and scalable solution for converged networks, the company says. As a consolidated platform for both fixed and mobile network applications, it enables network convergence so subscribers can access services from any device or location. The platform runs the Ericsson IP Operating System, a resilient, modular operating system, and offers a low-carbon footprint, high system efficiency and QoE, and a highly scalable architecture. The SSR 8020 is a 16Tbit/system with 400Gbit/s full-duplex slots combined with high density (for example, up to 800 x 1 or 200 x 10Gbit/s ports). The family comprises the SSR 8020 (20 slots), SSR 8010 (10 slots) and the 8006 (6 slots).

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)
MX 3D Universal Edge Routers
These now have a capacity upgrade to 3.8Tbit/s. It applies to all MX Series services routers, including the MobileNext open mobile core for next-generation wireless networks. It is available as an in-service switch-fabric upgrade to existing MX Series chassis.

vGW Virtual Gateway version 5.0 security enhancement
This provides increased protection, scalability and compliance features for virtualized workloads. vGW 5.0 now integrates monitoring, firewall, intrusion detection and compliance capabilities with new layers of defenses including antivirus protection, hypervisor compliance monitoring, and large-scale virtualization security management capabilities, making it a universal threat management (UTM) solution for cloud computing, according to the company. The antivirus engine provides optional on-demand scanning so that administrators can scan VMs offline at optimal off-peak times when network resource use is low. The vGW 5.0 virtualization-specific approach to AV offers numerous scanning options.

Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: MLNX)
ConnectX-3 10/40GbE adapters for VMware ESXi 5.0
This enhancement-adding multiple physical function (MPF) capabilities is now available, allowing users to achieve higher efficiency by running more jobs per second over their existing data-center infrastructure, according to the company. MPF allows each port of the ConnectX-3 10/40GbE adapter to present itself as multiple, individual physical NICs and to assign different bandwidth and priority to each physical NIC for different traffic types or functionality such as management, storage, VMotion, networking, etc. With up to four virtual NICs per port, MPF delivers flexible allocation of bandwidth and eliminates the need to dedicate a real NIC for each traffic type. This capability reduces space, power and overall complexity by up to four times, while maintaining a simplified management model and overall data-center reliability.

This ultra-dense low-latency 64-port 10GbE switch has a top-of-rack 1U form factor, and delivers up to 1.28 Tbit/s of switching bandwidth, high port density and a low 1.8W per port power consumption, making it very suitable for users aiming to reduce data center bandwidth bottlenecks, space and energy, according to the company. Features include Data Center Bridging and management support of IPv6, with the ability to extend Layer 2 and Layer 3 features through future software upgrades. It supports reversed airflow, thus adding flexibility for data centers with different thermal designs, and has redundant fans and PSUs for higher availability. There are enhanced chassis management capabilities supporting Web UI, industry-standard CLI, and it is supported by the company's Unified Fabric Manager (UFM), which provides extensive end-to-end fabric orchestration and monitoring capabilities for virtualizing and scaling data centers.

Net Optics Inc.
Phantom HD
This high-throughput aggregation appliance enables businesses with remote offices to lower their IT costs while increasing security of their virtualized networks, according to the company. By allowing raw packets of data to be transported from several locations to one central aggregation point, it enables networks to process higher data bandwidths more cost-efficiently, while improved visibility adds a security benefit at 10Gbit/s wire speed.

RAD Data Communications Ltd.
EtherAccess Ethernet and legacy TDM service aggregation platform
This is a flexible, high-capacity Ethernet and legacy TDM service aggregation platform, suitable for wholesale, mobile, business, and cloud services. It comprises: (a) high-capacity pre-aggregator supporting thousands of multiclass service flows and TDM circuits; (b) 10GbE NTU; and (c) modular all-in-one Carrier Ethernet demarcation device. The platforms provides traffic management, performance monitoring, timing synchronization, and demarcation for Carrier Ethernet connectivity. Supporting carrier-to-carrier interfaces, the solution scales to thousands of multi-class service flows in the access, backhaul/middle-mile, or edge segments of carrier networks.

Silver Peak Systems Inc.
This enhancement to the virtual WAN optimization appliance allows it to support up to 256,000 simultaneous user sessions and to run on most common hypervisor platforms. The company says that the appliance supports 1 Gbit/s of WAN throughput, twenty times more than any other virtual WAN optimization product. It is designed for all data center initiatives -- from replication between data centers to centralized file services for hundreds of remote locations. The platform support for the VRX-8 now extends beyond VMware VSphere to include support for most common hypervisors, such as Citrix XenServer and KVM.

Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA)
SmartCore 9200 Series
The content-aware IP edge router is designed for both mobile and wireline networks, and is described as smart, simple, scalable and adaptable.

  • Smart -- It integrates intelligence onto each linecard and distributes processing across all linecards. The platform enables application and content awareness without sacrificing speed, and provides visibility for network analytics and traffic management

  • Simple -- It consolidates network functions onto a resilient all-IP architecture, simplifying troubleshooting, diagnostics and management of Layers 3-7 to optimize networks

  • Scalable -- It scales logically and physically on multiple form factors. It can handle 1 Tbit/s per slot, 11 Tbit/s of capacity in a single chassis, and 33 Tbit/s in a bay

  • Adaptable -- It helps operators identify and adapt to high-bandwidth and high-priority applications, and to add new applications and services.

Next Page: Telecom Software & Service Provider IT

Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL)
Dell Cloud
This provides a multi-tenant environment for running virtual systems and is a joint offering with VMware. It is based on the VMware vCloud Datacenter Services and provides an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) choice for customer organizations, hosting and outsourcing firms, system integrators and service providers. The offer gives automation, multilevel security and availability in order to manage on-demand capacity and workload scalability, or as a platform to respond to changing business needs more rapidly, the company says.

Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) 5.0
The company says that this free VMware vCenter plug-in provides the storage industry's first end-to-end integration with VMware vCenter that simplifies management of virtualized storage with the ability to map virtual machines to storage and to self-service storage provisioning across EMC Symmetrix VMAX and VNX families of storage platforms from VMware vCenter with full support for VMware vSphere 5. Storage administrators can now granularly control availability of storage platforms and storage pools on those platforms that can be self-provisioned by VMware administrators directly from vCenter -- accelerating and simplifying operations.

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)
Network Integrated Wi-Fi solution
This enables seamless connection of smart phones to operator-controlled Wi-Fi access -- without requiring a specific software client in the device and without any user interaction, according to the company, and increases the overall network capacity, especially in congested areas. The solution authenticates SIM-based devices in the Home Location Register (HLR) and connects traffic from the Wi-Fi access network, through the mobile packet network and up to the mobile operator's service environment. As the smartphone user is recognized by the network, the subscription profile is maintained also when connected via Wi-Fi. This provides users with to the same services as when connected to the mobile network.

Genband Inc.
This is a unified operation, administration, maintenance and provisioning system for the company's portfolio of network elements. By creating a single, integrated management system for all applications, it provides operators one interface and one aggregated OSS connection and user experience that is efficient and intuitive, the company says, and handles all FCAPS (fault, configuration, accounting, performance, security) aspects of the portfolio. It is an integral part of the GENiUS unified IP platform, adding further simplification and cost reduction, and comprises:

  • GENView Manager -- faults, performance, security and system configuration management

  • GENView Billing -- advanced storage, forwarding, correlation, aggregation transformation and analytic capabilities

  • GENView Provisioning and Portals -- provisioning tools and Web-based portals for service provider, large enterprise, SMB, end user and endpoint provisioning

  • GENView Assurance -- tools for quality assurance, including subscriber diagnostics, ticketing, workforce management and metric.

Meru Networks Inc.
New E(z)RF Network Management Suite and SA2000 Network Management Appliance
This for 802.11n virtualized wireless networking. The upgraded network management applications include the E(z)RF Network Manager 2.3, which provides centralized management of large enterprise installations and now scales to support hundreds of WLAN controllers and thousands of access points. The Service Assurance Manager 1.2 and Spectrum Analyzer 1.1 create virtual clients from idle access points, thereby enabling proactive, cost-effective network testing and validation, according to the company. These applications streamline network analysis, testing and troubleshooting, and enable management of very large networks from a single Web-based management console. The new SA2000 Services appliance supports twice the database capacity while fitting into a 50 percent smaller footprint.

Openet Telecom Ltd.
Intelligent Video Management Solution
According to the company, this incorporates video management into a holistic network policy. The solution differentiates between sources of video content, including content from over-the-top (OTT) providers, assesses delivery optimization based on subscriber plans and network needs, and enables operators to create new partner business models with content providers. It can dynamically set longer or shorter buffers for high-priority video services. Additionally, the solution can immediately detect device type and capabilities, such as whether a phone can deliver high-definition content. This enables operators to use policy to deliver the best content relative to both the user and to the network, for a more consistent quality of experience.

Policy Manager 4.0
The updated PCRF software features:

  • An enhanced rules engine -- (i) with an advanced interface that incorporates conditional logic with a rich policy rules environment that best applies robust logic to policy control; (ii) with a dynamically populated interface for ease of configuration; and (iii) with greater support for subscriber and service monetization and control through enhanced dynamic assignment of usage and QoS attributes.

  • Improved configuration interfaces -- (i) preconfigured to support a large range of enforcement devices; (ii) support for operator agility and interoperability goals; and (iii) flexibility to swap out enforcement points, reducing vendor lock-in.

  • Enhanced Rx interface extends application support, including 4G IMS -- (i) incorporates IMS voice (VoIP), as well as video and online gaming service support (for example, Skype and Netflix); and (ii) extends support for application requested policy update.

PerfTech Inc.
Bulletin System Version 3.1 and Bulletin System MX product line
Enhancements in Version 3.1 of the in-browser communications software include: (a) a new power-safe file system; (b) advanced capabilities to customize bulletin content and to target bulletin recipients; and (c) triple the previous performance and capacity, according to the company. The Bulletin Director family now supports up to 2 million subscribers per stackable 1RU device. The Bulletin System MX line offers very large Internet providers a scalable approach to meet complex network-architectures. MX licensing is tied to a simple user count for the manager component of the system, rather than an aggregation of individual prepackaged licenses for subcomponents. Component Bulletin Directors, designed to see redundant IPs, are now sized by the IP traffic throughput rather than unique subscriber counts.

Radware Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDWR)
Attack Mitigation System (AMS)
Designed for online businesses, large enterprises, carriers, data centers and managed service providers, AMS is built on the company's DefensePro network security appliance, AppWall Web application firewall and APSolute Vision application and network security management dashboard. Intended to provide strong defense against multivulnerability malware campaigns, it consolidates multiple attack detection techniques with mitigation technologies, such as signature detection and network and application behavioral analysis (NABA), to handle malicious application traffic through application-level challenge/response techniques.

WildPackets Inc.
Compass Live beta release
This dashboard for analyzing wired and wireless networks has, according to the company, the unique ability to display key network statistics in real time, as well as to perform post-incident network analysis across days or even weeks from WireShark (pcap) and OmniPeek (pkt) packet trace files. In real-time mode, it can capture from multiple wired and wireless adapters simultaneously, and display network activity. Additionally, wired and wireless packet-trace files can be aggregated into the system to display and correlate traffic across multiple network segments. It can generate HTML reports per real-time monitoring capture, per file, or per project, based on the network statistics.

ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)
ZSmart-iNOC and ZSmart-xMAN
These are upgrades to the ZSmart BSS/OSS. Besides traditional BSS/OSS functions, ZSmart-iNOC focuses on improving efficiency for field engineers, and integrating a wide range of resources to provide support for field engineers. The handheld terminal function enables field engineers to scan materials, process electronic work orders, remotely locate problems, trace geographical locations, query mini-knowledge-bases and remotely take pictures/sign in. ZSmart-xMAN is a full lifecycle solution for FTTx networks. It covers the assurance and fulfillment domains of an eTOM (enhanced Telecoms Operations Map) and involves product lifecycle management in SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), which provides an open and intelligent business operation platform for operators.

Next Page: Test & Measurement

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A)
This compact tunable laser module for the 816x Series lightwave measurement platform is said by the company to set a new mark in tunable laser performance with a 200nm/s sweep speed and increased acceleration, and is combined with the dynamic accuracy specifications needed for measuring dense-wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) components. The ability to perform dynamically specified sweeps in both directions enhances the repetition rate to 2Hz for real-time use in adjustment and calibration procedures. Complementing the module is the new N7700A-102 fast spectral loss engine, which synchronizes the laser with N7744A or N7745A powermeters to produce power and loss spectra in a convenient graphical display. The wavelength resolution and 50-60dB dynamic range surpass comparable measurements by an optical spectrum analyzer, with repetition rates better than 2Hz for filter component adjustment and calibration. There is also a new N7700A software suite.

PXA signal analyzer enhancements
This now supports up to 900MHz of intermediate-frequency bandwidth, enabling it to act as a broadband down converter for analysis of wideband communications and radar signals in aerospace and defense applications. Acting as a broadband down converter, the PXA translates the desired microwave or millimeter wave signal down to an IF frequency and then supplies it to an Agilent Infiniium 9000 or 90000 Series oscilloscope running 89600 VSA software where it is digitized and analyzed, respectively. The PXA's wideband IF output extends the 89600 VSA's analysis bandwidth to 900MHz for input signals with frequencies from 3.6 to 50GHz. A second enhancement is an option for 160MHz wideband signal analysis, billed as an industry first, and suitable for 802.11ac work, for which there is the new Signal Studio software for 802.11ac signal creation.

The MIPI M-PHY compliance test software package for transmitter validation is billed by the company as the industry's first. It is designed to run on the company's Infiniium 90000 Series oscilloscopes, and provides a wide range of tests to meet the physical-layer requirements of the MIPI Alliance's M-PHY Specification v1.00 and M-PHY Conformance Test Suite v0.65. The software supports M-PHY speeds of up to 5.8 Gbit/s and will enable R&D design teams to address their startup debug and validation needs.

W1716 Digital Pre-Distortion Builder (DPD) software new release
The software creates an interactive RF/baseband platform for 4G modeling by linking the user's baseband DPD algorithms with wideband test equipment, standard references and RF EDA software. The enhanced W1716 DPD software is linked with the company's PXI Modular instruments to enable a wideband stimulus/response platform for interactive DPD modeling. Some features are: (a) advanced, 4G-ready DPD algorithms for both PA modeling and predistortion; (b) a step-by-step DPD modeling graphical user interface; (c) optional, standards-based reference libraries for LTE-Advanced, 802.11ac, WCDMA, OFDM, and other waveforms, as well as crest factor reduction; (d) A calibrated stimulus/response measurement platform with up to 250MHz of bandwidth (using the M9392A PXI microwave vector signal analyzer), expandable to 800MHz (using the M9362A-D01 PXIe microwave quad downconverter).

Anritsu Corp.
MP2100A BERTWave series software
The new software, according to the company, creates a single-instrument solution that cuts the cost of testing active optical cables (AOC) and direct attach cables (DAC) in half. The Jitter Analysis Software can separately measure each type of jitter, such as TJ, DJ, RJ, DDJ and DDPWS, while the Transmission Analysis Software supports analysis of S21 transmission characteristics and waveform simulation. Installing both software packages in the MP2100A adds high-speed post-simulation waveform analysis to the standard BER, eye-pattern and eye-mask measurements of the MP2100A.

EXFO (Nasdaq: EXFO; Toronto: EXF)
10G and 40G Multichannel Testing
The company has added multichannel testing capabilities to its FTB/IQS-8120NGE/8130NGE Power Blazer Next-Generation Multiservice Test Modules and FTB/IQS-8140 Transport Blazer 40/43 Gigabit Sonet/SDH/OTN Test Modules, allowing labs and network equipment manufacturers to test all channels simultaneously, accelerating testing time and improving the efficiency of their development environments, the company says. The added functionalities are available through a software option for existing FTB/IQS-8120NGE/8130NGE Power Blazer and FTB/IQS-8140 Transport Blazer modules, and require no additional hardware.

Enhancement to FTB-200 and FTB-500 field-testing platforms
This adds one-way delay measurement to the portable Ethernet backhaul test offering. The company says that this is the only portable Ethernet backhaul test unit to perform true one-way delay measurement, using any of the available reference clock. One-way latency measurement enables the accurate validation of delay-sensitive applications such as backhaul synchronization, transactional services or voice-over-IP (VoIP); it also acts as a quality of service (QoS) assurance alternative to traditional round-trip delay measurements, which can often fail to identify performance issues in asymmetrical networks.

Finisar Corp. (Nasdaq: FNSR)
WaveShaper 1000S/X and 4000S/X
These optical-system testers offer an extended wavelength range covering both the C- and the L-band of the optical communications window in a single instrument. They are designed for system testing of reconfigurable optical networks as well as for laser pulse shaping in metrology and medical systems. In addition, the new version 2.0 of the WaveManager Application Suite software package supports a range of new functions including an accurate prediction of a filter shape and emulation of a comb of laser channels.

GL Communications Inc.
IPNetSim IPN600 Series
These IP WAN network simulators provide advanced multilink emulation and up to 10Gbit/s rates. They simulate impairments commonly found in IP networks, such as bandwidth constriction, congestion, packet jitter, packet delay, packet bit errors, packet loss and other conditions. The two models in the series (IPN601 1Gbit/s model and IPN610 10Gbit/s model) offer 1 or 10Gbit/s multirate capability with four 1 or 10Gbit/s SFP+ ports, supporting both 10Gbit/s SFP+ and 1Gbit/s SFP. With a capacity of up to 4 or 40 Gbit/s, the series can simulate two separate full-duplex links of up to 4 or 10 Gbit/s.

This enhanced OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 analysis and emulation card is a PCI-Express card for the protocol analysis and emulation of ATM, PoS, RAW, and Ethernet traffic. It supports full-duplex capture, real-time protocol analysis and emulation of ATM, PoS, RAW, and Ethernet traffic over optical lines. Also it provides a Linux and Windows SDKs for OEM integration. The software has been enhanced with the capability of synchronous multiboard wire-speed capture and transmission of packets or cells to or from files. The card also supports 2 Gbytes of DDR2 RAM, a GigE and a USB 2.0 interface.

The protocol simulator/tester for SIP-ISUP simulation over IP can also simulate SIP signaling with encapsulated ITU/ANSI/ETSI ISUP messages, and supports a wide range protocols including TDM, IP, and Wireless infrastructure protocols. Features and capabilities include: (a)simulates signaling gateway, softswitch as UAC, UAS, in the network; (b) handles retransmissions and remote retransmissions; (c) supports both UDP and TCP; (d) generates and processes SIP-I valid and invalid messages; (e) forms a fully integrated, complete test environment for SIP-I; (f) supports customization of call flow and messages.

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA)
This next-generation higher-speed Ethernet test solution offers two 40/100Gbit/s Ethernet (GE) interfaces in a single-slot configuration, with enhanced capabilities for routing, switching, and application-layer testing. It can handle up to 24 HSE 100GE test ports or up to 48 40GE QSFP+ ports in a single Ixia 12-slot chassis. Each interface card offers two 40/100 GE dual-speed CFP MSA-compatible ports or up to four 40 GE QSFP+ interfaces. It generates linerate traffic to measure routing and switch-forwarding performance, and simulates Internet-scale routing environments. Layer 1 testing is provided through extensive bit-error-rate testing (BERT). The solution also includes test capabilities for PCS-lane technology, and a CXP interface is planned for release in the first quarter of 2012.

This OTN test solution for 40 and 100Gbit/s OTU3/4 rates conforms to ITU-T Recommendation G.709/Y.1331 and provides Layer 1-3 testing. It operates with the company's IxNetwork application, covering Layer 2-3 protocols such as IP, Carrier Ethernet, MPLS, and MPLS-TP over OTN at full 40G OTU3 and 100G OTU4 line rates. It extends the existing Ixia K2 HSE 40GE and 100GE CFP MSA-compatible load modules, providing realistic network protocol emulation and data path traffic for OTU3/4 capable devices.

Yenista Optics SA
This variable back-reflector module for OSCIS platform provides a controllable back reflection of up to 55dB over the 1250-1650nm wavelength range. It can be integrated with other test instruments such as light sources, optical switches and variable attenuators as part of the multi-channel OSICS platform. The modules can be controlled either manually or via the GPIB and RS-232 interfaces. The company points out that back reflection or return loss is an intrinsic parameter in all optical systems that occurs as a result of Rayleigh scattering in optical fibers and the mismatch of refractive indices within optical components. Poor or open connectors are also significant contributors. Managing return loss and testing components and systems under a range of operating conditions is an important part of system design and validation.

Next Page: Wireless Infrastructure

Corning Cable Systems LLC (CCS)
Evolant Solutions for Wireless Networks
The fiber-fed remote radio technology comprises:

  • OptiSheath MF2 MultiPort Terminal -- placed at the top of the tower or on the rooftop to form the foundation of the solution

  • Remote Radio Fiber Optic Cable Assembly -- a preconnectorized assembly with a connector for the radio interface on one end and the terminal on the other

  • Remote Radio Distribution Terminal -- combines optical and power connectivity into one terminal

  • Wireless Consolidation Terminal -- allows wireless backhaul providers to manage fiber drops to the base-station equipment at the cell site

  • Cell Site Drop Assembly -- a preconnectorized cable assembly that makes that final link from the demarcation cabinet to an individual operator.

Nokia Networks
Liquid Net
This wireless broadband solution builds on the company’s earlier Liquid Radio architecture. It adds Liquid Core and Liquid Transport functionality to the network, and these can be implemented either separately in multi-vendor environments or in concert across an operator’s entire network. It allows an operator to set up its network to self-adapt to meet capacity and coverage requirements based on demand. The new approach also aims to improve the quality of broadband services worldwide. It frees unused capacity and allocates it instantly across the whole network wherever and whenever it is needed, the company says, and uses automated, self-adapting broadband optimization to deliver services and content to ensure the best customer experience by always being aware of the network’s operational status and the services being consumed. In addition, it channels traffic in the transport network along the path of lowest cost between operator sites.

Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd.
Multihop Communication System for Smart Communities
This 920MHz frequency band wireless system is billed as the first to be available for the band in Japan when it is scheduled to be opened by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in July 2012. The 920MHz band offers high signal propagation and considerable promise for wireless multihop communication technologies ideally suited for use in smart communities, smart houses and smart meters, according to the company.

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL)
FlexWave Prism IRU (Indoor Remote Unit)
This distributed-antenna system (DAS) is designed for mobile coverage and capacity in enterprises, college campuses, and urban/suburban macro networks, and uses rack-mountable, indoor remote units and works with coax cable direct to service antennas. Features and capabilities include support for 2G/3G/4G services with SISO or MIMO implementations, digital simulcast, a 26dB optical budget, digital fiber transport and high-power amplifiers.

ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)
4-path TD-LTE Remote Radio Unit (RRU)
The company says that this is the first such device that operates at a bandwidth of 40MHz and transmits with a power of 80, supporting 2x20MHz TD-LTE carriers and 80W (20W x 4 paths) of transmission power, and increasing edge frequency efficiency by more than 30 percent. It also can be configured into two 2 x 20W 2T2R RRUs through software configuration, providing a low-cost TD-LTE networking solution.

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