Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Nokia unifies OSS, BSS, and security software under its AVA brand

Nokia’s OSS, BSS, and security software applications will be unified under Nokia’s brand, AVA (Automation, Visualization, Analytics). AVA provides “Intelligence Everywhere” through AI, machine learning, no code configuration, open APIs, multi-cloud orchestration, and digital ecosystems.

Nokia is introducing AVA Open Analytics framework to help CSPs accelerate AI projects, in part by simplifying how data is stored and used. The idea is to move from centralized data “lakes” to a hybrid data mesh architecture that abstracts technical complexity. Nokia expects the framework to be fully commercially available in 2023.

Nokia is also introducing the IGNITE Digital Ecosystem to bring together customers and application partners to accelerate and commercialize innovation of security, automation, and monetization solutions.

Hamdy Farid, Senior Vice President, Business Applications at Nokia, said: “By strengthening our analytics framework and unifying our portfolio under the AVA brand, we are reinforcing our commitment to provide deep intelligence across our security, automation and monetization solutions. We look forward to partnering with our CSP and enterprise customers along with application developers to drive further innovation and create 5G value.”

Credo samples low-power optical DSPs with integrated DML drivers

Credo introduced two high-performance, low-power optical DSPs that come with the integrated directly modulated laser (DML) drivers critical to supporting high-density data center design and optical transport networks.

  • The Seagull 52 can be used as a bitmux or retimer in next generation QSFP28, DSFP, SFP-DD and SFP56 optical transceivers. In bitmux mode, the DSP is configured with two lanes of 25Gbps NRZ on the host side to one 53.125Gbps (26.5625GBd) PAM-4 lane on the line side. In retimer mode, Seagull 52 is configured as one lane of 53.125Gbps PAM-4 to one lane of 53.125Gbps PAM-4. Legacy data rates are supported for backwards compatibility. Seagull 52 supports industrial temperatures of -40°C to +85°C and can be used in 5G wireless front, mid, and back haul, and high-density data centers.
  • The Seagull 202 DSP is a full duplex product that can be used in next generation 4x50Gbps QSFP28 optical transceivers for high density data centers.

Both products include a high-performance DSP engine. The DSP engine enables uncooled direct modulated lasers (DML) to be used in applications requiring industrial temperature, due to the increased non-linearities and signal impairments associated with the channel and optics of the engine. The DSP engine also enables use over an extended range of wavelengths in wavelength division multiplying (WDM) applications. The optical line side transmitters include integrated DML drivers with programmable laser currents to simplify module design. A number of test and debug features enable rapid bring-up, simplified lab and production testing, and reduced time to market.

Sampling is underway.

“The continued global roll out of hyperscale data centers and 5G networks requires more fiber, more towers and more bandwidth with a view to minimizing power,” said Scott Feller, Vice President of Marketing at Credo. “These new additions to Credo’s Seagull product line will allow our hyperscaler and telecom customers to meet relentless capacity demands thanks to the reach distances supported, design flexibility enabled, and industry leading low power dissipation provided.”


Credo debuts 800Gbps and 400Gbps Optical DSP

Credo introduced its new PAM4 Dove 800 Digital Signal Processor family of products with integrated EML, TFLN and silicon photonics modulator drivers.The Dove 800 family includes 800Gbps Dove 800/801/802 for OSFP and QSFP-DD800, and 400Gbps Dove 410/401/401 for QSFP112 optical transceivers. Highlights:100G PAM4 on both the electrical host and optical line side.DSPs on optical line side and electrical host side deliver industry leading sensitivity...

Credo launches 112G PAM4 SerDes IP for TSMC N5 and N4 nodes

Credo introduced its 112G PAM4 SerDes Intellectual Property (IP) family on TSMC’s N5 and N4 process technologies. Credo's IP supports a wide range of demands including long reach plus (LR+), long reach (LR), medium reach (MR), extreme short reach plus (XSR+), and extreme short reach (XSR), – required by applications including compute, switching, AI, machine learning, security, and optical deployments.Credo says uts unique software programmable innovations...

NTT DOCOMO runs Nokia's AI radio frequency capacity planning

NTT DOCOMO is using Nokia's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Radio Frequency (RF) capacity planning software.

The AI RF capacity planning solution is part of Nokia’s Automation Visualization Analytics software offering that delivers “intelligence everywhere.” It was customized based on DOCOMO’s requirements and can predict RF capacity of 4G cells from BTS performance data; and simulate the best candidate locations of 5G cell and RAN hardware to meet required area capacity.

The software supports DOCOMO’s ongoing work to achieve a clearer understanding of where its network is starting to get congested and where to plan network upgrades to prevent capacity bottlenecks.

Yoshitaka Hiramoto, Director of RAN department at NTT DOCOMO, said: “We are striving to create new values and contribute to the resolution of social issues through communication technology to make our customers' lives more convenient and prosperous. To achieve this, efficient network construction is essential, and we expect incorporating Nokia's AI driven RF capacity planning software into our network capacity design work will help us to realize the construction of efficient networks.”

John Lancaster-Lennox, Head of Market Unit Japan at Nokia, said: “Placing a 5G cell in the best location can be just as important as the technology itself. AVA’s AI driven capacity planning software gives DOCOMO a critical tool for better understanding network capacity levels in order to give its customers an even better 5G experience.”


SiFive intros RISC-V processors for automobiles

SiFive introduced three RISC-V processors for automotive manufacturers and their suppliers.

The processors target current and future applications like infotainment, cockpit, connectivity, ADAS, and electrification, as the market transitions to zonal architectures and manufacturers require the energy efficiency, simplicity, security, and software flexibility that RISC-V offers. 

“SiFive is combining the best RISC-V benefits in the only end-to-end portfolio designed to meet automotive needs today and long into the future,” said Patrick Little, CEO and Chairman, SiFive. “We are seeing widespread interest in our new RISC-V automotive solutions and are working closely with several leading semiconductor companies and top-tier suppliers, who are turning to the flexibility of our highest performance cores in areas like safety-critical compute applications. Customers are now able to take advantage of our latest, most powerful cores to bring exciting innovations to consumers.”

“Renesas has been closely collaborating with SiFive to bring the strong benefits of RISC-V to many of our products,” said Takeshi Kataoka, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Automotive Solution Business Unit at Renesas. “RISC-V continues to gain momentum around the world, and we plan to leverage SiFive’s portfolio of automotive RISC-V products in our future automotive SoC solutions to meet the exacting demands of these global customers. Partnering with an innovation leader like SiFive is a logical step that allows us to fuel our growth and meet our customer’s evolving requirements.”


SiFive raises $175 million in Series F funding for RISC-V

SiFive, a start-up specializing in RISC-V processor IP and silicon solutions, raised $175 million in a Series F financing round, valuing the company at over $2.5 billion. SiFive, which is based in San Mateo, California, develops a range of processor cores, accelerators, and SoC IP to create domain-specific architecture that will enable efficient, high-performance computing solutions. The Series F round was led by Coatue Management, a global...

Alphawave IP to acquire OpenFive Business Unit from SiFive for $210m

Alphawave IP Group plc agreed to acquire the entire OpenFive business unit from SiFive for US$210 million in cash.SiFive is the founder and leader of RISC-V computing based in San Mateo, California. OpenFive, a SiFive business unit, has a high-speed connectivity system-on-chip (SoC) IP portfolio and a proven team based in India and Silicon Valley that has been delivering custom silicon solutions for over 15 years.  The acquisition significantly...

Coherent wins DARPA contract for Space-BACN program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contract to Coherent to develop coherent optical transceiver technology for the agency’s Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node (Space-BACN) program. The aim of Space-BACN is to create low-cost, high-speed, reconfigurable, laser-based data links that will enable communications between various government and private-sector low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite constellations.

Under the contract, Coherent is specifically tasked with designing and fabricating coherent optical transceivers for a reconfigurable modem compatible with most existing single-wavelength communications protocols and able to readily adapt to work with new waveforms as they are introduced. The goal is to support multiple optical waveforms at total data rates of up to 100 Gbps on a single wavelength, while simultaneously meeting stringent size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) constraints.

“Advances in digital technology, together with falling launch costs, have made it possible for many groups to launch ‘constellations’ of compact satellites possessing a multitude of capabilities, enabled by high-speed laser communications,” said Dr. Chris Koeppen, Chief Technology Officer. “Beyond just defense applications, these satellite arrays offer tremendous potential for low-cost global communications, sensing, imaging, space exploration, and more.”


II-VI changes name to Coherent

II-VI  (Nasdaq: IIVI) announced a corporate name change to Coherent Corp. (Nasdaq: COHR) and a new brand identity, following the successful completion of II-VI’s acquisition of Coherent, Inc., on July 1, 2022.“We chose the name Coherent because it has the universal meaning of ‘bringing things together,’ and an appeal that we believe will expand our brand recognition and ultimately lead to value creation,” said Dr. Vincent D. Mattera, Jr., Chair...

Viettel picks Infinera Synchronization for 5G rollout across Vietnam

Viettel has selected Infinera’s Optical Timing Channel 2.0 (OTC2.0) solution to prepare its synchronization network for Viettel’s 5G pilot rollout. 

Infinera’s OTC2.0 is a standalone synchronization technology that can be deployed across virtually all DWDM networks from any vendor to ensure timing and synchronization of cell towers is seamless and meets the demanding performance criteria required by 5G applications even in challenging fiber environments. Viettel selected Infinera’s OTC2.0 solution for its superior performance and leading resiliency capabilities.

“Resilient and accurate synchronization performance enables us to fully utilize our most valuable asset, our spectrum,” said Mr. Dao Xuan Tung, Project Leader of Research and Implementation of Time/Phase Synchronization System for 5G Network at Viettel. “Infinera’s OTC2.0 solution will enable us to deploy a comprehensive 5G network and deliver superior solutions to our customers.”

“Synchronization requirements have become more stringent and more important for mobile operators like Viettel as they modernize their networks for 5G transport,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “Infinera’s synchronization capabilities enable both mobile network operators and wholesale carriers to deliver network-based synchronization with industry-leading high performance and resiliency.”


Vietnam's Viettel deploys 5G with Nokia

Viettel and Nokia have broadcasted the first end-to-end 5G network in Ho Chi Minh City. Specifically, Viettel and Nokia have set up 10 5G base stations in the area of Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's biggest city with more than 2,000 km2 area and a population of 13 million. The project sets the basis for a comprehensive evaluation of the band, coverage and application of 5G before commercialization in 2020. Nokia said it deployed...

Dell'Oro: Campus switch sales beat expectations in 2Q

Worldwide Campus Switch sales were up 5% in 2Q 2022, surpassing expectations of a low single-digit growth as vendors were able to circumvent some of the supply challenges, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. On a trailing four-quarter basis, Arista, Juniper, and Ubiquiti gained share outside of China.

“While demand remains strong across the board, the market performance continues to be defined predominantly by the supply environment,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Director at Dell’Oro Group. “When we entered the second quarter, many vendors sent warning signals that the supply situation is expected to further tighten, especially with the multi-week Covid lockdowns in China. Surprisingly, some of the vendors’ efforts to navigate these supply issues started to bear fruits, allowing them to fulfill a higher level of shipments than anticipated. These efforts include multi-sourcing strategies, product re-design to accommodate different components, and use of the brokerage market, among others.

“As supply remains tight, market share shifts may be subject to wild quarterly variations that may not be necessarily reflective of competitive displacements, but rather the timing of shipments. In an attempt to neutralize some of these quarterly variations, we looked at revenue share on a trailing-four quarter basis. In doing so, it appeared there hasn’t been a significant market share movement outside of China, with the exception of Cisco and HPE losing about half a point of revenue share to Arista, Juniper, and Ubiquiti,” added Boujelbene.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2022 Ethernet Switch – Campus Report:

  • Revenue growth surpassed that of shipments, suggesting that average sales prices (ASPs) were up during the quarter, mostly the result of a more favorable product mix. Although supply challenges are causing vendors to raise their list prices, these pricing actions won’t start to significantly impact market results until later in the year due to elongated lead times.
  • Huawei regained the leading revenue position in China, after being displaced by H3C in the prior quarter.
  • 5/5.0 Gbps ports were up 39 percent Y/Y, following the decline last quarter which was mostly due to supply issues. Despite this robust growth, 2.5/5.0 Gbps comprised only 1 percent of the ports shipped during the quarter.


LESSENGERS demos polymer-wired 800G QSFP-DD and 400G QSFP112

At next week's ECOC 2022 exhibition in Basel, Switzerland, LESSENGERS will host a live demonstration of polymer-wired 800G QSFP-DD and 400G QSFP112 optical transceivers without the use of any lens optic. 

LESSENGERS said its direct optical wiring (DOW) technology enables complete passive alignment with high-precision and -density optical coupling without the use of lens optics, providing the most suitable solutions for high-speed data center applications such as 800G/1.6T optical modules, on-board, near packaged or co-packaged optics.

“LESSENGERS will demonstrate a set of 112G and 56G signaling-based products during the show, ECOC 2022 on September 19 – 21 to support our customers in urgent needs and will be adding products in the upcoming quarters to complete its product portfolio,” said Taeyong Kim, CMO at LESSENGERS.

“LESSENGERS’s current business is focused on multimode-based optical interconnect solutions along with customized optical packaging services, however, we will continue to push forward on single-mode-based applications such as silicon photonics,” added Chongcook Kim, CEO at LESSENGERS. “This successful demonstration of DOW technology-based optical transceiver solutions will bring a new era of data center optical interconnects and the development of these technologies will support future requirements for high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

LESSENGERS’s demonstration will be with:

  • 800G QSFP-DD SR8 optical transceiver
  • 400G QSFP112 SR4 optical transceiver
  • 200G QSFP56 SR4 optical transceiver
  • 200G ultra-small sized optical module