Monday, October 24, 2022

Intel Foundry Services forms USMAG Alliance

Intel Foundry Services (IFS) announced a new United States Military, Aerospace and Government( USMAG) Alliance to bring together a trusted design ecosystem with U.S.-based manufacturing to enable assured chip design and production on advanced process technologies and meet the stringent design and production requirements of national security applications. 

The program’s initial members include leading companies like Cadence, Synopsys, Siemens EDA, Intrinsix and Trusted Semiconductor Solutions.

Through the USMAG Alliance, IFS will collaborate with members to enable their readiness to support MAG designs on leading-edge technology nodes. The alliance will ensure that EDA members’ tools are optimized to deliver secure design methodologies and flows and enabled to operate in secure design environments, while meeting the requirements of IFS’ process design kits (PDK). IFS will also work with IP-provider members to deliver design IP blocks that serve MAG specifications for quality and reliability. Finally, IFS will enable the members who provide design services to implement USMAG design projects using IFS reference flows and methodologies. The USMAG Alliance will provide an assured and scalable path for customers to deploy designs that fully achieve the unique requirements of MAG applications.

“Semiconductors enable technologies critical to U.S. national security and economic and global competitiveness. Intel is committed to restoring end-to-end U.S. chipmaking leadership through major investments in both R&D and scale manufacturing here in the United States. As the only U.S.-based foundry with leading-edge process capabilities, IFS is uniquely positioned to lead this effort and galvanize the ecosystem to build a more resilient and secure supply chain for U.S. military, aerospace and government customers,” stated Randhir Thakur, president of Intel Foundry Services.

The new USMAG Alliance builds on IFS’ leadership role in the U.S. Department of Defense Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes - Commercial (RAMP-C) program. The RAMP-C program facilitates the use of a U.S.-based commercial semiconductor foundry ecosystem to fabricate the assured leading-edge custom and integrated circuits and commercial products required for critical Department of Defense systems.

U.S. charges PRC agents with interfering in Huawei case

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging two People’s Republic of China (PRC) intelligence officers with attempting to obstruct a criminal prosecution of a Chinese telecommunications company, believed to be Huawei, according to media sources. One of the defendant also is charged with money laundering based upon a bribe payment of $41,000 in Bitcoin made in furtherance of the scheme.

According to the complaint, the two PRC intelligence officers directed an employee at a U.S. government law enforcement agency to steal confidential information about the criminal prosecution of the telecommunications company. 

The defendants remain at large.

“Today’s complaint underscores the unrelenting efforts of the PRC government to undermine the rule of law,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York. “As alleged, the case involves an effort by PRC intelligence officers to obstruct an ongoing criminal prosecution by making bribes to obtain files from this Office and sharing them with a global telecommunications company that is a charged defendant in an ongoing prosecution. We will always act decisively to counteract criminal acts that target our system of justice.”

Zayo adds PoPs at Texas border

Zayo has expanded its Tier 1 IP network into the key border cities of McAllen and Laredo, Texas with two new 100G IP points of presence (PoPs) and 400G Wavelengths capabilities.

Zayo’s expansive fiber network provides connectivity to over 600 global lit PoPs across the U.S. and Europe. With the new PoPs in McAllen and Laredo, Zayo will extend its Tier 1 network with diverse and protected capabilities to enable improved performance and reliability for end-users connecting between the U.S., Mexico, and broader Latin America.

“This latest investment is a game changer for cross-border business opportunities,” said Bill Long, Chief Product Officer at Zayo. “With these diverse capabilities, our customers have the added protection they need to ensure their networks will be secure, reliable and most importantly, connected in Latin America.”

The new PoPs are the latest investment from Zayo in expanding its network in Latin America and other key commerce and financial hubs across the globe. In September, the company announced plans to expand its Global Low Latency Network with low-latency routes into São Paulo, Brazil.

Overall, Zayo has invested more than $250 million into expanding its fiber footprint across the globe this year, including the completion of its new long haul routes and subsea fiber route as well as increased capacity and improved latency of its existing network footprint. Zayo’s network now spans 16 million fiber miles and 137,000 route miles with over 250 IP PoPs, more than 30Tb of peering capacity, and 1,400 on-net data centers.

ADTRAN expects to exceed Q3 expectations

Adtran reported preliminary Q3 results saying revenues are $340.7 million, preliminary gross margin is 28.8%, preliminary non‑GAAP gross margin is 38.1%, preliminary operating expenses are $142.1 million, preliminary non‑GAAP operating expenses are $109.0 million, preliminary GAAP operating loss is $61.1 million, and preliminary non-GAAP operating income is $20.9 million. 

The GAAP gross margin and operating expenses are inclusive of material purchase accounting adjustments and certain one-time transaction expenses related to the business combination with ADVA Optical Networking SE. 

Adtran’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “In the first quarter of our combination with ADVA, we experienced strong demand in the combined company resulting in revenue and adjusted operating income that is expected to exceed market expectations.”

Final results will be released as planned on November 8, 2022.

OCP: Future Technology Symposium

The OCP's Future Technology Symposium invites authors from academia, startup, industry and venture communities  to submit papers in five technological tracks: Network, High Performance Computing (HPC), Data Center Efficiency, Systems (server, storage, switches) and Power and Other Data Center Sustainable Solutions.

Lesya Dymyd shares highlights from #OCPSummit2022, including posters presented by contributing authors.

More info on the program is here:

OCP: Introducing CXL Memory Pooling

Astera Labs has demonstrated the industry's first CXL memory pooling solution to reduce memory stranding, optimize memory utilization and reduce TCO for cloud servers. 

The demo shows how memory pooling can be deployed today with Leo and CXL 1.1-capable 4th Gen Intel Xeon processors.

Presented by Ahmad Danesh, Sr. Director,  Product Management, Astera Labs.

New CXL 3.0 spec doubles the data rate to 64GTs

The CXL Consortium announced the release of the CXL 3.0 specification, doubling the data rate to 64GTs compared to the 2.0 generation.The idea with CXL is to maintain memory coherency between the CPU memory space and memory on attached devices, allowing resource sharing. “Modern datacenters require heterogenous and composable architectures to support compute intensive workloads for applications such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning...

Marvell to acquire Tanzanite for Compute Express Link (CXL)

Marvell agreed to acquire privately-held Tanzanite Silicon Solutions, a start-up based in Milpitas, California that is developing advanced Compute Express Link (CXL) technologies. Terms of the all-cash transaction were not disclosed. Marvell said the future cloud data center will be built on fully disaggregated architecture utilizing CXL technology, requiring greater high-speed interconnectivity than ever combined with optimized compute, networking,...

OCP: Smarter chassis designs for sustainable data centers

Inspur showcased four Open Compute Project (OCP) certified systems at #OCPSummit2022 with a focus on data center sustainability, such as utilizing renewable energy, recycling, thermal reuse, and the use of liquid-cooling technologies to reduce water consumption.

Here are highlights from Alan Chang, VP, Technical Operations, Inspur.

OCP: Massive power efficiency gains for tape vs HDDs

IBM unveiled its Diamondback Tape Library, a high-density archival storage solution that is physically air-gapped to help protect against ransomware and other cyber threats in hybrid cloud environments.

IBM Diamondback, which can store hundreds of petabytes of data, is designed for both traditional and "new wave" hyperscalers – global enterprises aggregating massive customer data sets. 

In this video, Shawn Brume highlights the platform, including its power efficiency advantage over HDDs in OCP data centers.

OCP: Enfabrica on Rethinking Data Center Fabrics

Openness, efficiency, scalability, and sustainability are key themes at this year's #OCPSummit2022. One of the big challenges ahead is I/O scaling and this perhaps leads to a rethinking of the fabric architecture.

Enfabrica, a Silicon Valley start-up still in stealth-mode, is looking to contribute to the OCP community.

Company founders Roshan Sankar and Shrijeet Mukherjee discuss.