Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Verizon debuts mobile edge cloud with Microsoft Azure

Verizon is now offering an on-premises, private edge compute solution in collaboration with Microsoft Azure.

Verizon 5G Edge with Microsoft Azure Stack Edge is a cloud computing platform that brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network at the customer premises providing enterprises with increased efficiencies, higher levels of security, and the low lag and high bandwidth needed for applications involving computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning. 

“Our partnership with Microsoft brings 5G Edge to enterprises, dropping latency at the edge, helping critical, performance-impacting applications respond more quickly and efficiently,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer of Verizon Business. “5G is ushering in next-generation business applications, from core connectivity to real-time edge compute and new applications and solutions that take advantage of AI transforming nearly every industry.”

“Business innovation demands powerful technology solutions and central to this is the intersection between the network and edge” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president Azure for Operators at Microsoft. “Through our partnership with Verizon, we are providing customers with powerful compute and storage service capabilities at the edge of customers’ networks, enabling robust application experiences with increased security.” 


Verizon Business teams with AWS on mobile edge computing

Verizon Business and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be expanding their 5G collaboration to deliver private mobile edge computing (MEC) to enterprise customers in the U.S. 

The solution will fully integrate Verizon’s Private 5G networks and Private Edge platform with AWS Outposts, a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools to virtually any datacenter, co-location space, or on-premises facility for a truly consistent hybrid experience.  The platform supports unified connectivity, compute and storage, without having the need for the customer to own extensive networking and IT infrastructure. The new, fully managed private MEC solution will support a wide range of industrial manufacturing applications, such as autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), predictive maintenance, quality assurance, and near real-time monitoring and hazard alerts. Verizon’s Private 5G Edge platform will give customers a reliable, secure, high bandwidth, low latency connection to AWS services, APIs, and tools running on AWS Outposts. Additionally, two smaller AWS Outposts — 1U and 2U form factors — will give customers options to deploy AWS on-premises in space-constrained locations.

The companies said their solution will enable real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, predictive maintenance, robotics, factory automation, etc. Corning will be the first company to leverage this private MEC solution.

“Verizon’s 5G is the platform for 21st century innovation and customers are looking to rapidly innovate, improve performance, and create new revenue streams,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business. “Developers are already creating new latency-dependent solutions that run on the Verizon/AWS public MEC service launched last year. Our private MEC offering will unlock that same potential for enterprise customers who need to maintain a secure, closed environment in factories, warehouses and other facilities.”

Verizon brings 5G Edge to Microsoft Azure

Verizon is integrating its on-site 5G Edge network with Microsoft's Azure edge services to enable ultra-low latency services for enterprises.The companies said their collaboration brings a mobile edge computing platform designed to enable developers to build applications for mobile end-users and wireless edge devices with ultra-low latency.“We have built a network that provides real-world, 5G-enabled solutions TODAY,” said Rima Qureshi, EVP and Chief...

AWS Wavelength Zones open in Boston & San Francisco

Amazon announced that the first two AWS Wavelength Zones are now open, one in Boston and the other in San Francisco. The new zones will allow developers who want to build apps to service Verizon Wireless customers in those metropolitan areas. AWS Wavelength Zones, which were first announced at AWS re:Invent 2019,  allow 5G operators to embed AWS hardware and software in their datacenters. The goal is to allow developers to build and deliver...

Semtech ships its 50G PAM4 CDR chipset

Semtech’s newest Tri-Edge clock and data recovery (CDR) chipset, which targets data center interconnectivity over multi-mode fiber, has entered into full production status.

The Semtech GN2538 is a dual-channel 50G PAM4 CDR with integrated VCSEL drivers and the GN2539 is a dual-channel 50G PAM4 CDR with integrated linear transimpedence amplifiers (TIAs). This chipset is the latest addition to the proven Tri-Edge CDR platform, and the low power and ease of implementation of the GN2538 and GN2539 will allow major data centers to upgrade their intra-data center interconnects and enhance overall performance.

The laser driver integrated in the GN2538 includes proprietary VCSEL compensation to enable a wide range of VCSEL options with fully adaptive input equalization and easy startup to streamline system bring up. The integrated linear TIA in the GN2559 provides superior receiver performance with reliable adaptation and includes configurable output de-emphasis enabling robust and compliant electrical interfaces.

“Our customers have fully tested the solutions confirming interoperability with 100G ports of commercial Ethernet switches used in major data centers. The integration offered by the analog PAM4 GN2538 and GN2539 chipset enables reduced cost, and delivers the highly desired low power and low latency performance that meets the needs of high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and Cloud data center networks. This chipset is also fully compliant to the 50G per lane multi-mode fiber Open Eye MSA specification,” said Julius Yam, market manager, Data Center Products in Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products Group.


AT&T Connected Climate Initiative sets an ambitious target

AT&T has set a target of helping businesses to eliminate 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.

AT&T said it will work with Microsoft, Equinix, Duke Energy, research universities, and a range of other organizations to deliver broadband-enabled climate solutions at global scale. 

The company says smart IoT and edge-computing technologies for the manufacturing, agriculture and commercial sectors can contribute to emission reductions.

“As businesses embrace climate change as a priority, our connectivity solutions can help them make progress to reach their goals,” said Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business. “AT&T has a track record of delivering sustainability results within our own large-scale operations and for our business customers across industries. The time is now to expand our impact by developing and deploying more capabilities and solutions that enable companies to reduce their environmental footprint. This is a collective imperative across all business that also benefits the planet and society as a whole.”


Ericsson introduces 5G street radios

Ericsson expanded its portfolio of 5G radios with three new offerings geared toward urban environments:

  • Street Radio 4402: Designed to turn a streetlight into a low- or mid-band 5G site in 15 minutes, these compact radios are an industry-unique collaboration with Ubicquia, boosting 4G and 5G experience with zero footprint;
  • AIR 4435: The world’s smallest 4T4R street antenna-integrated radio is designed for minimum footprint and easy installations, adding excellent mid-band capacity to macro coverage gaps;
  • Street Macro 6705: A complete mmWave base station with integrated RAN Compute is an industry-leading end-to-end solution with low visual impact

Ericsson Street Solutions also include transport solutions for any 5G street site, with wired and wireless backhaul and fronthaul solutions.


ProLabs offers QSFP-DD ZR & Open ZR+ 400G transceivers

ProLabs launched industry standard-compliant QSFP-DD ZR & Open ZR+ 400G pluggable transceivers for next-generation data center interconnections:

  • MSA and TAA Compliant 400GBase-ZR QSFP-DD Transceiver (SMF, Coherent, LC, DOM, ZR)
  • MSA and TAA Compliant 400GBase-ZR QSFP-DD Transceiver (SMF, Coherent, LC, DOM, ZR)

The transceivers achieve extended reaches of up to 120km (400G QSFP-DD ZR) or 100G-400G data rates beyond 500km (400G QSFP-DD Open ZR+) distances by leveraging coherent technology with amplification.

"Simplifying 400G DCI infrastructure requirements is a key milestone for cloud data centers & service providers moving to cutting-edge data rates," said Ray Hagen, Product Manager at ProLabs. "QSFP-DD ZR & Open ZR+ coherent solutions improve port economy by offering high network density with low power consumption, paving the way for simplified adoption of 400G data rates."


SkyWater and Carillon target satellite-to-satellite laser links

SkyWater Technology was chosen by Carillon Technologies to produce solid-state Holographic Optical Beam Steering (HOBS) chips for satellite and other free-space optical communications (FSOC) applications. The goal is to create lightweight, low-cost satellite-to-satellite laser communication links.

HOBS technology, which was invented and is being developed for Automotive LIDAR applications by Carillon partner Lumotive, aims to replace large, heavy and expensive moving mirrors with solid-state chips. 

In partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Project’s Agency (DARPA), Carillon is onshoring HOBS technology, standing up a complete design, manufacturing, packaging and test supply chain in the United States.

“Identifying technologies from the commercial world – technologies invariably manufactured offshore – and bringing them home so they can contribute to our Nation’s defense while creating high-paying American jobs is a key element of Carillon’s mission,” said Dr. John D. Evans, Carillon CEO. “SkyWater’s position as the only U.S.-owned and U.S.-operated pure play, DoD-accredited Trusted supplier makes them a natural partner for developing secure access to advanced technologies.”

Dr. Evans added, “Our collaboration with SkyWater will enable us to more rapidly adapt and transition commercial HOBS technology to the government, prime contractors, and U.S.-based space companies. SkyWater’s Trusted status, combined with its custom technology development services and agile production within a single operation, makes them the ideal partner for our programs.”



CrowdStrike's Q2 revenue rises 70% yoy to $338 million

CrowdStrike reported revenue of $337.7 million for its second fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2021, a 70% increase, compared to $199.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2021. Subscription revenue was $315.8 million, a 71% increase, compared to $184.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2021. Non-GAAP income from operations was $35.3 million, compared to $7.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2021.

Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) increased 70% year-over-year and grew to $1.34 billion as of July 31, 2021, of which $150.6 million was net new ARR added in the quarter.

"CrowdStrike delivered an outstanding second quarter with rapid subscription revenue growth and record net new ARR generated in the quarter. We saw strength in multiple areas of the business, added $151 million in net new ARR and grew ending ARR 70% year-over-year to exceed $1.34 billion. The success of our platform strategy and our growing brand leadership have led to a groundswell of customers turning to CrowdStrike as their trusted security platform of record. We believe that our extensible Falcon platform, purpose-built to leverage the power of the cloud, collecting data once and reusing it many times, is a fundamental cornerstone to building a durable growth business over the long-term," said George Kurtz, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief executive officer. 

Mediacom will offer CBRS Fixed Wireless Access

 Mediacom Communications, the fifth-largest cable operator in the U.S. providing services to 1.5 million homes and businesses across 22 states, is preparing to launch Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) high-speed internet service. 

Mediacom is leveraging Ericsson 4G and 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) solutions.

Ericsson said its RAN solutions allow Mediacom to offer FWA high-speed internet services up to nine miles from each tower location.

"This technology will be a game-changer for the new communities that Mediacom is trying to reach," said Per Wahlen, Vice President and Head of Business Development for Ericsson North America. "Connecting rural America has been a significant national challenge over the past decade, and our Ericsson solutions will quickly extend the reach of Mediacom's broadband services and close the digital divide in numerous underserved rural areas."

CommScope optimizes GPON with passive modules

CommScope introduced its Coexistence portfolio for global service providers upgrading their existing PON networks.

The CEx elements are part of CommScope’s  portfolio of passive optical devices and are specially designed for seamless integration into CommScope’s inside and outside plant fiber connectivity solutions. These modules integrate into the network near the optical line terminals (OLTs), enabling existing PON services to coexist with XGS-PON, NG-PON2, RF video, and optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR), as well as other current and future technologies. With the future in mind, an included GPON port passband allows for upgrades to 25/50G services.

CEx elements are available in four configurations (CEx 1, CEx 2, CEx 3, and CEx4), two housing styles (NG4 and LGX), and two connector types (LC/APC and SC/APC)—offering multiple configurations to suit a range of applications. The CEx portfolio is complemented by CommScope’s dedicated fiber expertise in field deployments and network service—including the design, planning, and implementation of passive optical devices. 

“Our new CEx portfolio is a revolutionary solution for our GPON customers looking to achieve higher data rates and deliver new enterprise, mobile backhaul, and residential services without adding additional fiber,” said James DeCoe, vice president, Network Connectivity, CommScope. “Our coexistence elements offer a clear path to upgrading to future PON services without changing the outside plant infrastructure, and we offer the corresponding expertise to simplify network-wide planning and deployment.”


NETGEAR ships 5G WiFi 6 Mobile Router

NETGEAR announced the availability of an unlocked Nighthawk M5 5G WiFi 6 Mobile Router.

The device, which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 Mobile Platform, can stay connected for up to 13 hours on a single charge of the 5040mAh battery, or it can be plugged into the wall for all-day use.

The Nighthawk M5 offers a 1Gbps Ethernet port which can be used to connect to a home WiFi mesh system, such as NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6, to provide gigabit speed throughout a home. It can also be set up as a reliable backup if a wired Internet connection is interrupted or unavailable.

"The new Nighthawk M5 combines 5G and WiFi 6 to deliver faster speeds, better coverage and more secure mobile access than currently available solutions, which is critical at a time when the world continues to work, learn and play remotely,” said David Henry, president & GM of Connected Home Products and Services at NETGEAR. “The benefits of an unlocked mobile router like the Nighthawk M5 will help improve the way we all connect to the Internet, wherever we are.”

North America MSRP is $699.99. This unlocked device is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

Monday, August 30, 2021

ADTRAN + ADVA merger targets fiber broadband opportunities

ADTRAN and ADVA announced a merger focused on end-to-end fiber networking solutions for communications service provider, enterprise and government customers. 

The deal combines ADTRAN’s market presence in fiber access, fiber extension and subscriber connectivity solutions with ADVA’s position in metro wavelength division multiplexing, data center interconnect, business ethernet and network synchronization solutions. The new company, which will retain the ADTRAN name, has last twelve month's (LTM) revenue of $1.2 billion and combined LTM EBITDA of $183 million. 

On an investor call, company executives cited a number of drivers for the merger, including

  • The unprecedented investment cycle in fiber broadband in the U.S. and Europe, including the metro aggregation network upgrades that will be necessary to support FTTH buildouts
  • On-going technology transition cycles including the adoption of open, disaggregated architecture, SaaS, 100/400G in metro, 10G in access and Wi-Fi 6 on premise.
  • The shift from Chinese vendors to trusted suppliers, especially in Europe.

Some additional points:

  • The new company will operate as ADTRAN Holdings, Inc.
  • The global headquarters will be in Huntsville, Alabama with European headquarters in Munich, Germany.
  • The new management team: ADTRAN’s Chairman and CEO, Tom Stanton, will serve in the same capacity following the close of the transaction. ADVA’s CEO, Brian Protiva, will transition into the role of Executive Vice Chairman. ADTRAN’s CFO, Mike Foliano, will remain in his current role and ADVA’s CTO, Christoph Glingener, will serve in the same capacity for the combined entity.
  • The Board of Directors of the combined company will comprise 9 directors, 6 of whom will be directors
  • designated by ADTRAN and 3 of whom will be directors designated by ADVA.
  • The combined company will be dual-listed on the NASDAQ and Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

"We are in the early stages of an unprecedented investment cycle in fiber connectivity, especially in the U.S. and Europe, fueled by the demand for last-mile fiber access and middle-mile transport to provide high-speed connectivity to homes, businesses and future 5G infrastructure,” said ADTRAN Chairman and CEO Thomas Stanton. “By joining forces, our combined firm’s portfolio will better position us to capitalize on this highly compelling global opportunity. We expect the transaction will create significant long-term value for both companies’ stakeholders by increasing our scale and improving our ability to serve as a trusted supplier for customers worldwide.”

“The business combination is an outstanding opportunity to leverage the complementary nature of our customers and product portfolios and the compatibility of our companies’ businesses and culture,” said ADVA CEO Brian Protiva. “We are excited to join forces and create a world-class team with exceptional technology expertise and customer focus. Our shared vision and passion for innovative networking solutions will benefit our customers through an enhanced value proposition, including a fully integrated end-to-end architecture for enterprise, access and metro core markets.”

Under the deal, each ADVA share will be exchanged for 0.8244 shares of common stock in the new holding company. The offer is equivalent to €14.98 per ADVA share based on ADTRAN’s 3-month VWAP as of August 27, 2021, representing a premium of 22% to ADVA’s 3-month VWAP for the same time period, an equity value of €789 million, and an enterprise value of €759 million for an implied multiple of 1.3x LTM Revenue. ADTRAN shares will be exchanged for shares in the new holding company on a one-for-one basis. At the closing, ADTRAN shareholders will own approximately 54% of the equity of the combined company and ADVA shareholders will own approximately 46%, assuming a tender of 100% of ADVA shares.


  • In 2012, ADTRAN acquired Nokia Siemens Networks' fixed line Broadband Access business (BBA), and associated professional services and network management solutions, for an undisclosed sum. Approximately 400 people, including engineering, R&D, sales and professional services employees, transferred to ADTRAN globally. The BBA product set acquired included IP DSLAMs designed for the international market as well as optical access products. The biggest customer at the time was Deutsche Telekom, Bezeq, Sunrise Telecom, etc.

ADTRAN's Combo PON been adopted by more than 100 operators

 ADTRAN's Combo PON technology, which launched in June 2020, has been adopted by more than 100 operators worldwide, including every type of service provider—from altnets, RDOF recipients, multinational Tier 1 operators and cable operators.Combo PON makes upgrading to symmetrical 10G PON services simple by seamlessly supporting the installed base of GPON subscribers while blanketing the entire FTTH network with the higher speed and capacity of...

Openreach activates first customer on ADTRAN’s GPON

Openreach has activated its first live subscriber with the ADTRAN SDX series fibre access platform and the Mosaic Cloud network automation platform.This announcement comes as Openreach continues its record build rates for its Full Fibre broadband programme. With Openreach engineers now delivering faster, more reliable connectivity to 42,000 homes and businesses every week.  ADTRAN said its SD-Access portfolio will be instrumental in expanding...

Deutsche Telekom activates its Access 4.0 FTTH/B platform

Deutsche Telekom confirmed the commercial activation of its new Access 4.0 platform, a network service activation and management system based on open, disaggregated, and microservices technologies.The first customer started using an FTTH line in Stuttgart via the new 4.0 platform just before Christmas. "Deutsche Telekom is reaching an important milestone in its transformation into a software-based telecommunications provider," explains Walter...

Deutsche Telekom updates network expansion

 Deutsche Telekom said its 5G and FTTH rollouts are moving according to plan.

Two key metrics on the network expansion achieved so far in 2021:

  • 430,000 FTTH fixed lines enabled. This required 30,000 km of fiber. In July alone, more than 85,000 connections were made.
  • 5G population coverage increased to over 85 percent. A total of 55,000 antennas are now transmitting with 5G in Telekom's mobile network.  5G on the ultra-fast 3.6 GHz frequency band is now available in more than 60 cities.

In a briefing in Bonn, Srini Gopalan, member of the Telekom Board of Management responsible for business in Germany, and Walter Goldenits, Telekom's Head of Technology in Germany, also confirmed that reconstruction in the flooded areas is progressing. Telekom is deploying fiber optics for reconstruction in 17 parts of communities that were severely affected by the floods and will connect around 35,000 households directly to its fiber network.

Srini Gopalan: "With our modern fiber infrastructure, we offer our customers exactly what they expect from us: the best connectivity in the best networks. That's why we're not slowing down in our rollout, but continuing to ramp up our machinery. Our ambition is to be the leader in both fixed and mobile communications. To this end, we are investing over EUR 2 billion a year in fiber roll-out. More than any of our competitors."

"In communities with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants, the digital infrastructure is often not as well developed as in the big cities. That is why we want to implement at least eight million fiber connections in rural areas by 2030. Fiber rollout is a highly complex local business. That is why open dialog with local authorities and their decision-makers is so important to us. That is also one reason why we are increasingly shifting responsibilities and decision-making authority from Bonn to the regions," says Srini Gopalan.

"For us, 5G is an 'and technology', not an 'or technology'. Our 5G approach is all about speed and latency. So is urban and rural 5G. We combine frequency bands. And we use the technologies in such a way that our customers have the highest added value," explains Walter Goldenits.

"We are currently operating stand-alone sites in four German cities and are very satisfied with the tests. This technology will unleash the full potential of virtual and augmented reality, mobile gaming and industrial networking. However, various development steps are still necessary before the switchover is complete, as added value for our customers is our top priority - and this added value lies in providing high-speed coverage over as large an area as possible," continues Walter Goldenits.


South Reach lights up Florida network with Infinera

South Reach Networks (SRN), a Florida-based telecommunications infrastructure provider, has activated service in its southeast U.S. long-haul and metro networks using Infinera’s GX Series Compact Modular Platform. 

SRN’s new, low-latency fiber optic network spanning over 400 miles along the coast of Florida network offers new high-speed Ethernet and Wavelength services to connect data centers, service providers, and enterprise customers.

“South Reach Networks is one of the first to offer such robust options for lit services from Miami to Jacksonville, and to provide new diverse fiber services to the growing communities in the Central East Coast that historically had limited fiber options for these types of services,” said Kevin Rocks, EVP Sales and Marketing for South Reach Networks. “Deploying industry-leading solutions like Infinera’s GX G30 platform across our network infrastructure enables us to offer customers 10G, 100G, and 400G Ethernet and Wavelength services today while also positioning our network to seamlessly expand to 800G in the future.”

“Infinera’s GX G30 platform is an ideal solution for innovative network operators to quickly, easily, and cost-effectively launch the latest high-speed services to a diverse set of customers,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera. “Infinera is delighted to partner with South Reach Networks to bring these types of differentiated services to a broader set of customers.” 



ZTE's 1H2021 rise 12% YoY driven by consumer business

ZTE reported operating revenue of RMB 53.07 billion (approximately US$8.2 billion)for the first half of 2021, 12.4% higher than a year earlier. During the period, net profit attributable to holders of ordinary shares of the listed company reached RMB 4.08 billion, an increase of 119.6%, and net profit after extraordinary items attributable to holders of ordinary shares of the listed company amounted to RMB 2.11billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 134.2%. Basic earnings per share was RMB 0.88. 

ZTE notes that it achieved double-digit growth in both its domestic and international revenue for the first half of 2021. 

In domestic market, ZTE's operating revenue was RMB 35.95 billion, a year-on-year increase of 13.2%, accounting for 67.7% of the total operating revenue. In international market, the company's operating revenue t rose 10.8% to RMB 17.12 billion, covering 32.3% of the total operating revenue.

  • Some additional highlights for 1H2021:
  • Operating revenue from the carriers' networks amounted to RMB 35.05 billion
  • Operating revenue of its government and corporate business increased by 17.7% to RMB 5.67 billion, with server and storage products services doubling on a year-on-year basis in domestic market. 
  • In consumer services, ZTE achieved revenue of RMB 12.35 billion, a year-on-year increase of 66.6%, with revenue of its residential terminal services and mobile devices services rising over 90% and  40% respectively. 
  • In the first half of 2021, the company’s R&D spending amounted to RMB 8.86 billion, which was 16.7% as a percentage of operating revenue.


CommScope intros modular Fiber Optic Splice Closure

CommScope introduced its modular Fiber Optic Splice Closure (FOSC). The new dome splice closure is designed to speed fiber installation and facilitate the servicing and extensibility of these connections as operators build their networks of the future. The closure allows cables to enter the chassis at several points—with no need to take apart and re-install the entire closure. With the FOSC Modular Splice Closure operators can select a single closure to cover a range of network technologies, topologies, cable types, and installation requirements for their feeder and distribution.

“Our FOSC Modular Splice Closure is a breakthrough in versatility for fiber closures that will help accelerate the deployment of tomorrow’s high-speed broadband networks,” said James DeCoe, vice president, Network Connectivity, CommScope. “With its general availability, operators will be able to simplify their cable installations and have the peace of mind that their connections will continue to be protected as they evolve their networks.”


Renesas completes acquisition of Dialog Semi

Renesas Electronics completed its previously announced acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor Plc.  Renesas will fund the cash consideration payable to Dialog shareholders of approximately EUR 4.8 billion (approximately 624.0 billion yen at an exchange rate of 130 yen to the Euro) through a combination of debt, cash on hand and the proceeds of an equity offering of approximately 222.6 billion yen 

Dialog, which is based in Reading, UK, is provider of highly-integrated and power-efficient mixed-signal ICs used in IoT, consumer electronics and high-growth segments of automotive and industrial end-markets. Dialog brings a wide range of product offerings including battery and power management, power conversion, configurable mixed-signal (CMIC), LED drivers, custom mixed-signal ICs (ASICs), and automotive power management ICs (PMICs), wireless charging technology, and more. Dialog also offers broad and differentiated BLE, WiFi and audio system-on-chips (SoCs) that deliver advanced connectivity for a wide range of applications; from smart home/building automation, wearables, to connected medical. All these systems complement and expand Renesas’ leadership portfolio in delivering comprehensive solutions to improve performance and efficiency in high-computing electronic systems. Dialog was founded in 1981 and has 2,300 employees.

“Today represents an important milestone for Renesas. This transaction builds on our long-term strategy to offer a complete set of solutions with more leading-edge analog and mixed signal products that deliver value and innovation to the customers,” said Hidetoshi Shibata, President & CEO of Renesas. 


Renesas to acquire Integrated Device Technology for $6.7 billion

Renesas Electronics Corporation of Japan has agreed to acquire Integrated Device Technology (IDT, NASDAQ: IDTI) for approximately US$6.7 billion (approximately 733.0 billion yen at an exchange rate of 110 yen to the dollar), combing two recognized leaders in embedded processors and analog mixed-signal semiconductors. IDT shares are to be acquired at a price of US$49.00 per share. IDT, which is based in San Jose, California, is a leading supplier...

Renesas Electronics Corporation agreed to acquire Intersil for US$22.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate equity value of approximately US$3.2 billion (approximately 321.9 billion yen at an exchange rate of 100 yen to the dollar). Renesas supplies microcontroller (MCU) and system-on-chip (SoC) products and technologies.  Intersil specializes in power management and precision analog capabilities. The acquisition is also expected...

DE-CIX opens Internet Exchange in Phoenix

DE-CIX is adding Phoenix, Arizona as its fifth IX in the U.S. DE-CIX Phoenix will be available at leading data centers throughout the market.

“Phoenix is the new urban technology center of the western U.S. As a core hub for data centers, connectivity is robust, with over 60 long-haul, metro fiber telecom, broadband, and wireless networks traversing the market,” comments Ivo A. Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International. “DE-CIX’s expansion to Phoenix increases our relevance in the North American market, bringing data and interconnection services closer to the users as our locations are now spanning from East to West. We continue to cement our position as the largest carrier and data center neutral interconnection ecosystem in North America and the world.”

  • DE-CIX New York, launched in 2014, is now the leading neutral IX provider in the New York/New Jersey market, with over 260 networks. 
  • DE-CIX Dallas, launched in 2016, is the market’s leading neutral IX, with over 100 networks connected. 
  • DE-CIX Chicago, launched in 2020, is accessible from over 13 data center locations, making it the most distributed IX in that market. 
  • DE-CIX Richmond, announced in 2020, with support from the RVA-IX, is set to become the market’s largest IX. 


Zayo appoints Ginna Raahauge as CIO

Zayo announced the appointment of Ginna Raahauge as Chief Information Officer (CIO), reporting directly to Zayo’s CEO, Steve Smith.

Raahauge brings more than 28 years of experience as a CIO and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for global organizations from pre-IPO to Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, Raahauge served as an executive in solution and sales engineering for Amazon Web Services (AWS), leading teams who work with start-ups to enterprises, covering everything from infrastructure through to application development. She previously served as CTO and SVP of strategy, architecture and mergers and acquisitions for Catholic Health Initiatives.

Raahauge currently serves as a technology advisory board member for Greylock Partners and previously served on the advisory board of Sutter Hill Ventures. She is also the co-founder of an angel investment firm, specializing in bringing capital to demographics that have historically been ignored.


Kaloom appoints Marc Tremblay as Chief Sales Officer

Kaloom has appointed Marc Tremblay as Chief Sales Officer.

Tremblay most recently led sales teams at Pivotal (later acquired by VMware), generating significant business results and customer satisfaction during the four years he was there. Prior to that Tremblay concluded a successful 30-year career with IBM that saw him lead numerous teams across multiple industries culminating with his role as Vice-President, Communications Sector where his team grew the business 300 percent over four years. In addition, Tremblay has served on numerous Board of Directors including Averna Technologies, Golf Qu├ębec and Groupe Conseil OSI where he also served as President.


Saturday, August 28, 2021

OIF begins work on 112G-Extra Short Reach (XSR)+ project

 OIF has initiated work on a new Common Electrical I/O (CEI) 112G Extra Short Reach (XSR)+ project that will allow lower power, multi-source 112Gbps (optimized for 106.25Gbps) electrical I/O interface to be developed with advanced PCB and substrate technology. The project will also support an open ecosystem based on Near Package Optics (NPO) architecture. OIF members are proposing that an “XSR+” type interface is used to add reach for NPO applications over the existing XSR interface to enable a multi-vendor open ecosystem without adding significant power.

During OIF’s Q3 2021 Technical and MA&E Committees Meeting, held virtually August 2-6, two projects under the Physical and Link Layer (PLL) newly formed Management track were also initiated. The first project will transition ownership and maintenance of the Common Management Interface Specification (CMIS) from the Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD) Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) to OIF. 

The second project will focus on CMIS extensions for co-packaging implementations.

“Our quarterly meetings provide a critical platform for our members to discuss and debate interoperability challenges and industry standards that help OIF continue its mission to accelerate industry innovation,” explained David Stauffer, OIF Physical & Link Layer WG Chair and Kandou. “The new CEI-112G-XSR+ project will help strengthen an open ecosystem for NPO demonstrating OIF’s leadership in next-generation channel definition. Another significant new activity that addresses industry interoperability and standards is OIF’s new Management track. Due to the complementary/synergistic nature of the work with the OIF co-packaged optics, NPO, CEI and coherent optics projects, OIF will take over the ongoing CMIS revisions as well as further enhancements and CMIS extensions under this track.”

In addition, Rob Stone of Facebook was appointed to the OIF Board of Directors, filling an open position. Stone will serve the term for this position that goes through September 2022.