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Marvell has shipped more than 3 million 400G switch ports to date

Marvell has more than doubled its growth year-over-year (YOY) in cloud data center Ethernet switch port shipments, based on 650 Group's quarterly switch report for Q4'21 released last month. 

The company said its share of the overall data center switch market grew from 6% to 10% YOY and specifically within the 50G SerDes segment of switches, deployed by the fast-growing cloud infrastructure market, the company attained a record high of 31% share in Q4'21. 

Notably, Marvell confirmed that it has shipped more than 3 million 400G switch ports to date.

"The continued, and growing, traction of Marvell's Teralynx switch family in tier-1 cloud data centers demonstrates its compelling value proposition for customers requiring the best possible application performance," said Guy Azrad, senior vice president and general manager, Switch Business Unit at Marvell. "Our Teralynx switches are built upon a highly efficient and scalable architecture which delivers the power efficiency and roadmap for 51.2 Tbps and beyond. Further, the Teralynx family is uniquely positioned for integration with Marvell's high-speed electro-optics offerings to bring a complete and better-together, end-to-end cloud solution."

"The Ethernet switch market reached a new all-time high in 4Q'21, exceeding a $9 billion per quarter run-rate for the first time, driven by cloud data centers," said Alan Weckel, founding analyst for 650 Group. "This past quarter, our research found that Marvell's market share reached 31% for 50G SerDes shipments, achieving the highest to date, with growth YoY at 104%."

"Our leading cloud data center customers have been ramping their volume deployments with Marvell's Teralynx switches and our optical modules to optimize their infrastructure," said Osa Mok, chief marketing officer at Innolight Technology. "Marvell brings a comprehensive switch and PAM4 electro-optics platform solution that complements our module capabilities to help our customers meet the bandwidth-intensive requirements of 400G connectivity."

"The surge in cloud infrastructure build-out is driving the demand for low-latency and high-performance networking solutions that can meet the exacting requirements for 400G and beyond connectivity," said Supriyo Dey, VP of Business Development at Eoptolink. "Marvell's cloud-optimized Teralynx switches along with our optical transceivers are addressing the increasing ramp from cloud data customers as they scale to volume deployments."

Marvell to acquire Innovium for data center switching silicon

Marvell Technology agreed to acquire Innovium, a start-up offering switching silicon for cloud and edge data centers, in an all-stock transaction valued at $1.1 billion.Innovium, which is based in San Jose, California, offers high-performance switching silicon solutions for cloud and edge data centers. The company was founded in 2014 and has approximately 230 employees.Marvell, which has an extensive portfolio of Ethernet switch semiconductor solutions,...

Innovium shipped over one million 400G ports in 2020

Innovium, a start-up offering high-performance switching silicon, shipped over one million 400G TERALYNX switch silicon ports in 2020. The company said it is seeing a rapid ramp of 400G connectivity by top cloud customers using its TERALYNX based switches. “2020 was a great year for Innovium. Demand for bandwidth accelerated across all cloud data centers driven by worldwide growth in online businesses, remote everything and digitization...

Interface Masters develops switch with Intel Tofino 2 + AMD EPYC 2

Interface Masters Technologies introduced a network switch based on the Intel Tofino 2 P4-programmable switch fabric (12.8Tb) and a Dual AMD EPYC 2 Milan 64-core offload processors.

“Interface Masters is an OEM hardware solutions provider. Our new Tahoe 2664-ZR1 is entirely designed and manufactured in the USA – our hardware is never compromised and always secure,” says Interface Masters VP Product, Brian Shannon. “AMD’s EPYC 2 Milan CPU is a powerhouse and the Intel Tofino 2 switch supports an incredible out-of-the-box software suite. The switch is manufactured, tested and shipped from San Jose, California – and ready for our customer’s software load.”

Software configurations include white box with ONIE SDK and a complete hardware specific SDK tool set for custom development. Intel Deep Insight, Intel P4 Studio SDE, development tools and software partner solutions are available. Interface Masters also currently offers SONiC, DENT and Stratum support for Intel Tofino 2.

Intel to acquire Barefoot Networks for programmable switch silicon

Intel agreed to acquire Barefoot Networks, a start-up developing programmable Ethernet switch silicon and software for use in the data center. Financial terms were not disclosed. Intel said the acquisition will support its focus on end-to-end cloud networking and infrastructure, enabling it to better compete in the Ethernet switching segment. Barefoot, which is based in San Jose, California, is shipping the second generation of its P4-programmable...

Barefoot's Tofino 2 chip delivers 12.8 Tbps switching for 32x400GE

Barefoot Networks is now sampling its Tofino 2 chip, the second generation of its P4-programmable Tofino Ethernet switch application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) family. Tofino 2 doubles the performance of the first generation Tofino chip, now delivering 12.8 Tbps of packet processing capacity for hyperscale data centers, cloud, enterprise and service provider networks. The device leverages 7nm process technology and is designed for full P4-programmability. Tofino...

POLYN unveils Neuromorphic Analog Signal Processor for "Tiny AI"

POLYN Technology, a start-up based in Caesarea, Israel unveiled its first Neuromorphic Analog Signal Processor (NASP) chip. 

The company says its device embodies the Tiny AI concept.

The NASP chip enables full data processing disaggregation between the sensor node and the cloud. The chip, which is implemented in 55nm CMOS technology, contains several neural networks. Its design proves the NASP “neuron” model as well as the scalability of the technology and efficiency of the chip design automation tools developed by POLYN.

POLYN anticipates the chip will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2023 as its first wearables product, with a fusion of PPG and IMU sensors for the most accurate heart rate measurement along with recognition and tracking of human activity.

“Our first chip is created from trained neural networks by NASP Compiler and synthesis tools that generated Netlist and the silicon engineering files from the software math model simulation. We will continue to refine our technology for creation of new generation chips,” said Yaakov Milstain, COO of POLYN.

“This achievement validates the intensive work of our multinational team,” said Aleksandr Timofeev, CEO and founder of POLYN Technology. “Our chip represents the most advanced technology bridging analog computations and the digital core. It is designed with neuroscience in mind, replicating pre-processing the primary cortical area of the human brain does at the periphery before learning at the center.”

Intel commits to Net-Zero emissions in global operations by 2040

Intel pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its global operations by 2040, to increase the energy efficiency and lower the carbon footprint of Intel products and platforms with specific goals, and to work with customers and industry partners to create solutions that lower the greenhouse gas footprint of the entire technology ecosystem.

To realize this ambitious goal, Intel has set the following interim milestones for 2030:

  • Achieve 100% renewable electricity use across its global operations.
  • Invest approximately $300 million in energy conservation at its facilities to achieve 4 billion cumulative kilowatt hours of energy savings.
  • Build new factories and facilities to meet U.S. Green Building Council LEED program standards, including recently announced investments in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  • Launch a cross-industry R&D initiative to identify greener chemicals with lower global warming potential and to develop new abatement equipment.

“The impact of climate change is an urgent global threat. Protecting our planet demands immediate action and fresh thinking about how the world operates. As one of the world's leading semiconductor design and manufacturing companies, Intel is in a unique position to make a difference not only in our own operations, but in a way that makes it easier for customers, partners and our whole value chain to take meaningful action too,” states Pat Gelsinger, Intel chief executive officer.

Windstream Wholesale undertakes new branding

Windstream Wholesale is undertaking a new brand identity to capitalize on its “fast and flexible” approach to technology leadership and service delivery.

The new brand identity now features a graphical element logo that symbolizes fluidity in motion.

“Windstream Wholesale is leading the industry in so many ways that it’s time our brand fully incorporate our commitment to challenging the status quo and relentlessly pursuing excellence in the service of our customers,” said Buddy Bayer, president of Windstream Enterprise and Wholesale. “Whether it’s delivering Terabits of long-haul wave capacity to a customer in less than five business days, taking the lead in ultra-fast optical transmission, or rapidly expanding our connections to in-demand data centers, Windstream Wholesale has positioned itself to capitalize on the market’s burgeoning demand for bandwidth and cloud services for years to come.”

Virgin Media O2 installs Samsung at multiple 4G/5G sites

Virgin Media O2 has completed the deployment of Samsung gear at multiple live 4G and 5G sites in the U.K. The companies also completed the first 5G data call on Virgin Media O2's commercial 5G network, using the sites.

 Field trials were jointly carried out on the sites—located in Tamworth and the Peak District, England since the start of this year. They followed successful lab tests conducted in October 2021, validating the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G solutions on Virgin Media O2’s commercial network.

Virgin Media O2 also validated use of Samsung’s Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) capabilities, should they be required.

Samsung provided its latest network solutions for trials—including 4G radios, 5G Massive MIMO radios and baseband units. The solutions cover a wide range of Virgin Media O2’s spectrum holdings, from low- to mid-band (800MHz, 2.1GHz and 3.5GHz). Specifically, Samsung delivered its 5G 64T64R Massive MIMO radios for the 3.5GHz spectrum, a major 5G spectrum band for the operator’s network.

"Samsung is excited to extend our network collaboration with Virgin Media O2 in the U.K., advancing from lab trials to now delivering 4G and 5G in commercial networks out in the field,” said Francis BJ Chun, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics U.K. “We look forward to playing a major part of the diversification of the network equipment supply chain in the U.K. market.”

Semtech extends LoRa Edge Platform for global IoT via satellite

Semtech has added multi-band capabilities to its LoRa Edge device-to-Cloud geolocation platform to allow for direct satellite-connected Internet of Things (IoT) applications in supply chain management and logistics with seamless low power geolocation on a global scale.

Key features of LoRa Edge LR1120:

  • Multi-band LoRa capability (sub-GHz, 2.4GHz and licensed S-band for satellite) and multi-technology geolocation using GNSS for outdoor and Wi-Fi for indoor, as well as areas where satellite coverage is poor
  • LoRa Cloud geolocation solver, which transfers the location processing workload from the device to the Cloud, making ‘deploy once’ battery life possible
  • Supported by GPS and BeiDou constellations
  • Hardware crypto engine for increased security

“Semtech’s LoRa is targeting track and trace challenges faced by the logistics industry today with a geolocation IoT platform adapted to global transportation and mass-scale asset management,” said Marc P├ęgulu, vice president of IoT product marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. 

“With the launch of multi-band LoRa support, coupled with LoRa Cloud services, it has never been easier to expand ubiquitous IoT connectivity and geolocation globally.”

Tech Mahindra picks Keysight for O-RAN test lab

Tech Mahindra has selected Keysight Open Radio Architect (KORA) solutions to certify 5G equipment of open radio access network (O-RAN) in a 5G O-RAN test lab facility located in New Jersey, USA.

Keysight will equip Tech Mahindra’s O-RAN lab with several KORA solutions, including RuSIM, DuSIM, CuSIM and CoreSIM. These solutions allow Tech Mahindra to validate the performance of 5G standalone O-RAN systems consisting of O-RAN radio units (O-RUs), centralized units (O-CUs) and distributed units (O-DUs). Keysight offers a wide range of O-RAN test, emulation and optimization solutions that enable vendors of small cells, macro cells and cloud RAN as well as mobile operators, test labs and hyperscale data centers to verify functionality and compliance to standards and system performance prior to live network deployment.

“Keysight is pleased to provide Tech Mahindra with integrated test solutions for rigorous interoperability, performance and security validation under real-world conditions,” said Cao Peng, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s wireless business. “As a result, Tech Mahindra can cost-effectively support a global ecosystem of vendors, enterprises and service providers with a comprehensive range of O-RAN test services.”