Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Micron to build megafab in New York

Micron will build a "megafab" in Clay, New York (near Syracuse) to produce lead-edge memory chips in high volume using the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing processes and tools, including extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography

Micron said it will invest $20 billion in the project by 2030 and up to $100 billion over the next 20-plus years. The company is looking to secure support from the recently-passed CHiPS legislation.

Micron’s central New York site could eventually include four 600,000 square foot cleanrooms, accounting for a total of 2.4 million square feet of cleanroom space – the size of approximately 40 U.S. football fields. Site preparation work will start in 2023 with construction beginning in 2024.


ADVA launches network security company

ADVA launched a specialist security company committed to protecting mission-critical communication networks from cyberattacks.

The new Adva Network Security will operated as a separate company, that develops, produces and integrates encryption technology able to withstand increasingly sophisticated threats. With its own IT infrastructure and secure data center facilities in Germany, Adva Network Security will collaborate with national security organizations to ensure end-to-end network protection that meets the highest industry requirements, including safeguarding data against strikes from quantum computers.

ADVA said the new company will complement its own networking technology portfolio, building on ADVA’s unique portfolio of security technologies, including its optical transport solution that was the first on the market to be approved by the German Federal Ministry for Information Security (BSI) for the transmission of up to VS-V classified data, followed by ADVA’s Ethernet encryption solution at the end of 2022. 

Adva Network Security solutions inherit ADVA’s NIST 140-2 certification for various products, ensuring that encryption meets the strict demands of American security authorities. The company is also in the process of achieving FIPS 140-3 certification. What’s more, the company offers high-bandwidth quantum-safe transport, enabling customers to apply future-proof security solutions to their infrastructure and guaranteeing that valuable information cannot be seized and stored today, ready to be deciphered when large-scale quantum computers become readily accessible.

“By creating Adva Network Security, we’re ensuring that networks can deliver new levels of protection to safeguard ever-more sensitive communications such as national security services. We live in a world where the value of information is increasing. At the same time, criminal hackers and unfriendly government actors have unprecedented financial resources at their disposal. Our new independent organization of highly specialized security experts will provide protection for the most sensitive data in motion at every network layer,” said Michael Roth, GM of Adva Network Security.

“By creating Adva Network Security as a separate entity, we’re empowering businesses and governments to confront this most urgent issue. Through our new company, we’re enabling customers to comprehensively address the data vulnerability crisis that threatens every aspect of our lives,” commented Christoph Glingener, CEO of ADVA. “Adva Network Security encryption technology has been tested by the most experienced and competent experts. It secures even the fastest data connections with the lowest latency, protecting communications without compromising the transmission quality.”


UK's Hyperoptic to deploy Nokia’s 800GE-capable routers

Hyperoptic, the UK’s largest exclusively full fiber internet service provider, will deploy Nokia’s 800GE-capable 7750 SR-s routers, which are powered by its FP5 routing silicon.

FP5 allows the delivery of more than three times more capacity in the same space and power envelope as the Nokia FP4 hardware, currently in Hyperoptic’s IP network. The deployment of FP5 is one of the first in Europe. 

Nokia said its system design innovation ensures that both the FP5 and FP4 can concurrently operate at line rate in the same SR-s system for economic, deterministic scaling of capacity along with extending the network life of deployed systems.

Vach Kompella, Vice President, IP Networks Division, Nokia, said: “We’re pleased to expand our relationship with Hyperoptic to help them deliver on two strategic priorities – future-proofed capacity and sustainability. Nokia’s IP routing solutions offer best in class scalability and efficiency, helping Hyperoptic sustainably manage their growth initiatives.”


BT to test Nokia’s FP5 IP routing silicon and 800G interfaces

BT has agreed to test Nokia's next generation FP5 network processing silicon, including its 800G interfaces. FP5 is the new heart of Nokia’s IP service routing platforms capable of supporting high density 800G routing interfaces. FP5 will also enable flow-based encryption capabilities, while promising a 75% reduction in power consumption.BT operates the largest IP network in the UK with peak rates above 25Tbps, powered by Nokia’s 77xx family...

Nokia launches its FP5 network processing silicon

Nokia unveiled its fifth-generation FP5 IP routing silicon capable of powering 800GE routing interfaces in service provider networks. Nokia promises a 75% reduction in power consumption and new embedded line rate, flow-based encryption capabilities.  FP5-based platforms will be available starting in the first half of 2022.Nokia's FP5 is a fully programmable network processor (NPU) for Nokia’s IP service routing platforms. The company says the...

CoreSite offers 100G Metro Inter-site Ethernet

CoreSite announced the release of 100G bandwidth availability for the company’s metro inter-site product. 

CoreSite’s inter-site and inter-market connectivity offers a range of service options and a virtual extension between data center sites, allowing customers to overcome capacity or network access constraints at their original data center and grow within a region or expand to new regions. The new metro inter-site ethernet product enables customers to have high-speed bandwidth options required for connectivity in the same market including one Gbps, 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps.

CoreSite’s interconnection options:

  • Blended IP – single connections for traditional connectivity and fully redundant connections for mission-critical applications
  • Cross connects –  physical cables that allow customers to easily make direct connections to networks, cloud providers and other business partners within CoreSite’s data centers. 
  • Direct connect services to leading public clouds – CoreSite offers 23 “native cloud onramps” or direct connections to leading cloud services such as AWS Direct Connect, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle FastConnect and IBM Cloud Direct Link that enhance security and reliability, improve performance and lower costs.
  • Peering exchanges – The Any2Exchange for internet peering has more than 450 members nationwide and is also among the largest internet exchanges on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountain region. Additionally, the company partners with top internet exchanges, including AMS-IX, DE-CIX, LINX, NYIIX, United IX and BBIX, offering customers interconnection and peering options natively within CoreSite’s data center locations.
  • Open Cloud Exchange (OCX) –  a nationwide software-defined network, enabling private virtual connections for rapid site-to-site and multicloud connectivity.

“The launch of CoreSite’s metro inter-site product demonstrates our commitment to deliver on a product roadmap designed to give a wide range of customers innovative connectivity solutions that increase performance and efficiency while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO),” said Matt Senderhauf, VP of Interconnections Strategy and Product Management at CoreSite. “Over the years, CoreSite has built a robust IT solution nexus that provides enterprises with a variety of secure, reliable interconnection options within an ecosystem of more than 775 networks, cloud and IT service providers residing in our data centers.”

Nextlink rolls out Nokia's XGS-PON in 12 states

Nextlink Internet, a rural-based and rural-focused operator in the U.S., has chosen Nokia's XGS-PON solution to support network growth, connecting 200,000 homes and businesses in rural and exurban communities in its seven existing and five new states.

Nextlink is investing in network expansion, adding Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming and Louisiana to its footprint. The company is also expanding its reach into unserved and underserved areas in the states it already operates, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota.

Nokia’s XGS-PON technology allows Nextlink to deploy 10G broadband speeds with a simple path to 25G. In addition, Nextlink is leveraging Nokia’s ONT Easy Start SaaS to speed up and simplify service provisioning in customer homes coupled with WiFi Beacon residential gateways, which power an outdoor optical network termination (ONT) over CAT5/6 with POE+ eliminating the need for localized power.

Sandy Motley, President Nokia Fixed Networks, said: “We are pleased to grow our partnership with Nextlink. Nextlink is deploying a system uniquely capable of delivering GPON, XGS-PON and 25G PON over a common fiber infrastructure without having to replace hardware. In addition, Nextlink will be offering Nokia’s world-class managed WiFi solution that will ensure its customers have the ultimate broadband experience anywhere in their homes.”


Nokia Bell Labs demos 100G PON over a single wavelength

At Fiber Connect 2022 in Nashville, Nokia Bell Labs showed the first proof-of-concept demonstration of 100G PON. The prototype delivers 100Gbps downstream on a single PON wavelength.  The performance is achieved using digital signal processing as well optimizations of the modulation.Nokia is also introducing the concept of a "flexible PON", where the downstream performance can be adjusted in software based on the quality of the channel.Stefaan...

Mavenir raises $155 million

Mavenir announced a $155 million capital raise for its cloud-native mobile network software. Siris, a leading technology focused private equity firm, will remain the majority equity holder alongside material minority investor Koch Strategic Platforms, a subsidiary of Koch Industries.

The transaction brings total strategic capital raised since July 2022 to $250 million. 

Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir, commented: “With the support of our long-term partners, Siris and KSP, and this additional capital, we are well-positioned to execute on our vision of transforming how the world connects and building the future of networks. With Mavenir’s end-to-end, cloud-native, 5G software platform, we are uniquely positioned to drive the digital transformation of mission-critical mobile networks that is underway. We will continue to lead the 5G transformation by investing in disruptive products to accelerate innovation in mobile networks.”

“Mavenir continues to be an industry leader at the forefront of revolutionizing the mobile network, and this investment will further accelerate the Company’s participation in the massive digital transformation opportunity as the leader in 5G,” said Hubert de Pesquidoux, a Siris Executive Partner and Executive Chairman of Mavenir. “I am confident that this investment will enhance Mavenir’s already exciting trajectory as the leader in 5G transformation.”


NETGEAR debuts 5G mobile hotspot with WiFi6

NETGEAR expanded its line-up of 5G mobile hotspots. 

The NETGEAR Nighthawk M6 Mobile Hotspot Router (MR6150) increases the maximum 5G speed that can be supported and adding 160MHz capability to connect with the latest WiFi 6 client devices. The M6 can hit a maximum combined WiFi speed of up to 3.6Gbps when connecting to 160MHz WiFi 6 devices. 

Additionally, the M6 features an In-Home Performance Mode which boosts WiFi coverage up to 2,000 square-feet when the device is plugged in, and the battery is removed. 

The device has a color touch screen to  monitor data usage, view the WiFi name/password, check mobile signal strength and manage device and network settings. The Gigabit Ethernet and USB-C ports can be used to connect and distribute fast internet speeds to wired devices and external 5G antennas (sold separately) can be connected to the available antenna ports to boost reception in buildings, at remote sites or wherever network coverage is sparse.

The Nighthawk M6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon SDX62 Mobile Platform.


DC BLOX breaks ground on Myrtle Beach Cable Landing Station

DC BLOX has commenced construction on its 15 megawatt  international subsea cable landing station (CLS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, along with a new dark fiber route linking Myrtle Beach with the connectivity hub of the southeast in Atlanta. The CLS is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2023, while the fiber route will be completed in the first quarter 2024.

“We are celebrating the groundbreaking of the new Myrtle Beach cable landing station and the highly anticipated East-West dark fiber route across the Southeast. We thank all of our partners and local government officials who are helping to drive the development of this digital infrastructure across the region,” states Jeff Uphues, CEO of DC BLOX. “The rapid growth we are seeing in cities across the Southeast demand state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to enable local businesses and communities to stay connected, communicate, compete and thrive in the global economy.”

DC BLOX’s nearly 500-mile dark fiber route will be the first, high-capacity East-to-West fiber path from South Carolina through Georgia. It will connect from the Myrtle Beach CLS, through Charleston, Augusta, and Atlanta landing in Lithia Springs, Georgia with eight strategically located network aggregation facilities enabling regional cloud computing, wireless services, local content distribution and broadband access to underserved areas in both South Carolina and Georgia. The CLS facility in Myrtle Beach will be connected to five pre-positioned ocean bore pipes configured for up to five subsea cables originating from other continents. In addition, traditional colocation for communications providers, local enterprises, governments, and customer partner networks will be available.


DC BLOX buys land for data center campus in North Carolina

DC BLOX has acquired land in High Point, North Carolina with plans to construct the first highly secure, Tier III data center in the Carolina Core / Piedmont Triad region which includes High Point, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem.DC BLOX designs, builds and operates highly secure and reliable Tier III-designed data centers in markets that have previously lacked such high-caliber facilities traditionally only offered in major markets. The carrier-neutral...

DC BLOX builds Cable Landing Station in Myrtle Beach

DC BLOX unveiled plans for a new Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to anchor subsea cable systems connecting North America's Southeast region with other continents.DC BLOX’s planned Myrtle Beach CLS is designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane, is engineered to Uptime Institute’s Tier III standards, and will be SOC 2 Type II and NIST 800-171 compliant.“The Southeast is exploding with opportunity and investments in digital...

DC BLOX secures $187M for data centers in southeastern U.S.

DC BLOX, which operates Tier III-designed data centers located in Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and Huntsville, secured $187 million in long-term financing led by Post Road Group and Bain Capital Credit. Proceeds will be used to refinance DC BLOX’s existing credit facilities, add liquidity to DC BLOX’s balance sheet, and provide additional capital to fund continued investments in existing and new data center capacity.“This financing would...

Wind River teams with Tata Consultancy on vRAN

Wind River is collaborating with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for hosting vRAN solutions on Wind River Studio. The aim is to create a full stack, mobile infrastructure solution with TCS deployment and engineering services for use in a 4G-5G vRAN next gen network using Studio as the cloud platform.

“We are pleased to work with Wind River and help our customers harness the power of 5G technology to transform their businesses. Our Cognitive Network Operations platform hosted on Wind River Studio will help telecom network operators leverage AI and ML to monitor network health, predict possible failures, architect a customer-centric network experience, and maintain exceptional service quality,” said Vimal Kumar, vice president and head, Network Solutions and Services, TCS.

“As operators work towards realizing the promise of a digital, cloud-native future, they are searching for flexible and cost-effective solutions that can reduce deployment complexities and ongoing maintenance. Wind River provides mature production-ready offerings based on proven Wind River Studio technology that is live in deployment with operators globally,” said Avijit Sinha, chief product officer, Wind River.

Aptiv to acquire Windriver for $4.3 billion

Aptiv, a leading supplier of automotive parts, agreed to acquire Wind River from TPG Capital, the private equity platform of global alternative asset management firm TPG, for $4.3 billion in cash.Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for the intelligent edge. Used on over two billion edge devices across more than 1,700 customers globally, Wind River’s software enables the secure development, deployment, operations and servicing of...