Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Intel's Pat Gelsinger shows Co-Package Optics connector

In a keynote address at the Intel Innovation event in San Jose, California, Pat Gelsinger demonstrated a pluggable co-package photonics solution -- a detachable, optical-in-package connector.  Intel describes it as a a high-yielding, glass-based solution with a pluggable connector that simplifies manufacturing and lowers costs, opening possibilities for new system and chip package architectures in the future.

Gelsinger also previewed future high-volume system-in-package capabilities that will enable pluggable co-package photonics for a variety of applications.

Some other highlights:

  • UCIe: there are now over 80 member companies in the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) initiative, include rival foundries TSMC and Samsung. Intel will serve as a systems foundry, combining wafer manufacturing, packaging, software and the chiplet ecosystem.
  • Data Center GPUs: Intel revealed major milestones across its line of data center GPUs, in addition to pricing and availability for the first Intel Arc GPUs for gaming.
  • CPUs: 13th Gen Intel Core processors were introduced. The newest flagship Intel Core i9-13900K promises up to 15% better single-threaded performance and up to 41% better multi-threaded performance gen-over-gen.

“In the next decade, we will see the continued digitization of everything. Five foundational technology superpowers — compute, connectivity, infrastructure, AI and sensing — will profoundly shape how we experience the world,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. “Developers, both software and hardware focused, will build this future. They are the true magicians that advance what’s possible. Fostering this open ecosystem is at the center of our transformation and the developer community is essential to our success.”

Tarana pushes its FWA platform to 1.6 Gbps aggregate links

Tarana previewed an upcoming software update and an expansion into the the 6 GHz unlicensed band in the U.S. and Canada that will enable its ngFWA platform to cross into gigabit performance.

The next release of Tarana's G1 radio platform will support operation in the 6 GHz unlicensed channels. A software update will add "G1x2" mode, doubling the current 80MHz bandwidth of the G1 platform to 160MHz, organized as four independent 40MHz carriers — in either 5 or 6 GHz or both — to deliver up to 1.6 Gbps in aggregate for each G1 link. 1 in 6 GHz and G1x2 mode for both 5 and 6 GHz are expected to be generally available in mid 2023.  Operation in G1x2 mode will also be an option available for currently shipping 5 GHz G1 BNs and RNs, with accommodations required for the new rate/reach metrics involved.

The capabilities were demonstrated at Tarana's Digital Multiply launch event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. 

“The gap between fiber economics and wireless performance has led many to believe that the world’s digital divide problem is economically unsolvable. Today we further revealed the trajectory of ngFWA technology and it clearly shows non-line-of-sight wireless, in both licensed and unlicensed bands, can deliver high performance 'end-game' broadband to homes and businesses alike. It’s another impressive case of technology and innovation creating all-new possibilities,” said Basil Alwan, Tarana's CEO.

Tarana, which is headquartered in Milpitas, California, notes that its G1 ngFWA platform has been embraced by more than 190 ISPs in 8 countries in its first year of commercial shipments. G1 base nodes sold to date are expected to cover 20 million households and will have the capacity to serve as many as 1 million subscribers when fully deployed in the coming months — an unprecedented inaugural achievement.


Nextlink picks Tarana for fixed wireless broadband

Nextlink Internet, a rural-focused provider of high-speed internet and phone services in 11 states, has selected Tarana's G1 fixed wireless platform to compete in local markets with fiber providers.The deployment will focus on under- and unserved communities and rural regions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. The team expects to expand service to hundreds of rural counties...

Tarana raises $170M for fixed wireless in unlicensed spectrum

Tarana Wireless, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, announced $170 million in new funding at a $1 billion valuation. The round was co-led by Axon Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Prime Movers Lab. Also participating were Michigan State Pension Fund, I Squared Capital, and two other large, industry-leading institutional investors.Tarana also announced that after commercial launch in late 2021 of its G1 platform, the company is on track to deliver...

Smart Way Comm. to deploy Tarana's gigabit fixed wireless in Ohio

Smart Way Communications and Tarana announced today their joint plan for the first deployment of Tarana’s unique Gigabit 1 (G1) next-generation fixed wireless platform in Ohio. The first phase of installation, which is set to occur over the next 9 weeks, will serve the Dover and New Philadelphia area of Ohio’s Tuscarawas County, covering 12,000 households in 12 square miles.Smart Way will leverage a combination of currently-owned and newly-acquired...

CoreSite to acquire data center in Miami

CoreSite announced its intention to acquire a purpose-built 103,000-square-foot data center (MI2) located at 2100 NW 84th Avenue in Doral, Florida. CoreSite also owns and operates a 43,000-square-foot data center (MI1) in downtown Miami located at 2115 NW 22nd Street.

The MI2 Miami data center is a freestanding facility in America’s Gateway Park built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with a 185-mph-gust-rated roof. As part of the integration process, CoreSite will be connecting MI2 to the company’s MI1 data center.

“Miami serves as a key conduit for businesses to manage and grow operations in both North and South America. This expansion in the CoreSite Miami data center campus will provide the hybrid IT solution enterprises turn to for secure and scalable connectivity to South America from the U.S,” said Juan Font, President and CEO of CoreSite and SVP of U.S. Tower. “We are excited to build on our proven record of operational excellence in the greater Miami area where we have been operating since 2006, offering optimal customer experience, critical security and business continuity support and access to cloud and network providers.”


American Tower completes $10B acquisition of CoreSite

American Tower completed its previously announced acquisition of CoreSite Realty Corporation. Tom Bartlett, American Tower’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are thrilled to welcome CoreSite’s exceptional team to American Tower and are ready to work together to create long-term shareholder value. As 5G deployments and wireless and wireline convergence accelerate, we expect to leverage CoreSite’s highly interconnected data center facilities...

Vantage opens 2nd Kuala Lumpur data center, 3rd under construction

Vantage Data Centers is on-schedule to activate the second data center (KUL12) on its Cyberjaya campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition, the company is constructing a third facility (KUL13) on the growing campus to meet customer demand in the region.

“Vantage is actively investing in new developments in Malaysia to serve growing customer demand and support the country’s aspiration to become a digital economic hub,” said Brian Groen, president of Vantage’s APAC business. “We are excited to open the doors to this additional data center while continuing our expansion and investment in greater Kuala Lumpur.”

Located on a four-acre campus in the Malaysia Digital Districts, KUL12 is a four-story data center with a variety of sustainability features, including the use of a closed-loop chilling system that requires virtually no water for cooling. The project was completed in approximately 1 million working hours without any lost-time injuries since breaking ground in May 2021. KUL12 and the flagship KUL11 facility provide a combined 10MW of IT capacity across 194,000 square feet of space.

Vantage is also constructing KUL13, a third facility on the Cyberjaya campus. KUL13 will offer an additional 5MW of capacity to hyperscale customers and local enterprises and will open its doors to customers in the first half of 2023.

Kioxia announces first 2TB microSDXC card

Kioxia announced the industry's first 2 TB microSDXC memory card working prototypes. 

The KIOXIA 2TB microSDXC UHS-I memory card is based on the company's BiCS FLASHTM 3D flash memory and an in-house designed controller.

The SD Association’s SDXC specification has supported memory cards up to 2TB for more than a decade – but 2TB cards have not been successfully manufactured until now.

Mass production of the KIOXIA 2TB microSDXC memory cards is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Nokia appoints Shaun McCarthy as president of N. America sales

Nokia has appointed Shaun McCarthy as President of North America Sales, reporting directly to Chief Customer Experience Officer Ricky Corker.

McCarthy joins Nokia from Cisco where he was vice president of worldwide sales for the Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group. At Cisco, he was instrumental in building a world-class sales team, leading multiple strategic M&A activities, and incubating new solutions with lighthouse customers. He has also served in several leadership roles at a number of Silicon Valley companies, including Palo Alto Networks, Brocade, and Vyatta.