Thursday, November 10, 2022

ADVA intros time-sensitive networking for the 5G edge

ADVA introduced time-sensitive networking (TSN) capabilities to its FSP 150-XG418 high-speed packet edge device. 

The upgraded solution, which actively uses technologies that minimize latency and reduce jitter, targets 5G services at scale, including mobile fronthaul, industrial automation and video/audio bridging.

The ADVA FSP 150-XG418 is a MEF 3.0-certified multi-layer 100Gbit/s demarcation device that now features express forwarding for ultra-low latency transport. The compact and temperature-hardened 100Gbit/s solution empowers network operators to mix both fronthaul and backhaul traffic and removes the need for a dedicated gateway for the transport of Ethernet CPRI or eCPRI services. Supported by ADVA’s Ensemble network management system, the FSP 150-XG418 also incorporates high-performance timing capabilities, such as SyncE and G.8275.1 PTP Telecom Profile, and its standards-compliant implementation assures interoperability for ease of integration with multi-vendor networks.

“Low latency is crucial for many emerging use cases from industrial IoT to metaverse applications to AI-powered autonomous driving systems. Our FSP 150-XG418 enables operators to achieve ultra-low values even in highly congested operations at the network edge. Its TSN forwarding features ensure extremely low latency end-to-end, supporting eCPRI connectivity and delivering the performance needed for 5G fronthaul,” said Mike Heffner, GM of Edge Cloud, ADVA. “What’s more, our FSP 150-XG418 offers a major efficiency boost. Now that operators can use the same device for eCPRI and fronthaul traffic, that’s one fewer box in the system.”

Apple details $450M investment in Emergency SOS via satellite for iPhone

Apple confirmed a $450 million investment for critical infrastructure that supports the new Emergency SOS via satellite capability for iPhone 14 models. 

The new service, which will be available to customers in the US and Canada beginning later this month, will allow iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models to connect directly to a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services when outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.

Apple said the majority of the funding goes to Globalstar, a global satellite service headquartered in Covington, Louisiana, with facilities across the US. Apple’s investment provides critical enhancements to Globalstar’s satellite network and ground stations, ensuring iPhone 14 users are able to connect to emergency services when off the grid. At Globalstar, more than 300 employees support the new service.

“Emergency SOS via satellite is a perfect example of how American ingenuity and technology can save lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We are proud this service is enabled by leading US companies, and that our users can explore off-the-grid areas knowing they are still within reach of emergency services if they are in need.”

Philippine's Globe Telecom tests Nokia's WDM optical line system

Globe Telecom, a mobile operator in the Phillippines, conducted a field trial of Nokia's WDM optical line system transmitting a 600 Gbps channel in the C-band and a 400 Gbps channel in the L-band. The trial was successfully demonstrated using one of Globe’s backbone networks between the Tarlac and Cabanatuan segment, located in the Northern Luzon part of the Philippines.

Nokia C+L band solution doubles the capacity of Globe’s existing national backbone network using Nokia’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch platform. By operating 600 Gbps over 100GHz channel spacing in C band and 400 Gbps over 75GHz channel spacing in L band, Globe will be able to scale total network capacity to 54.4T over C+L band. In addition, the existing C band system in the Globe network can be seamlessly updated to C+L band system by adding L band components, which was successfully demonstrated in the live trial as well.

Jonathan Wu, Head of Network Infrastructure Reginal Business Group at Nokia, said: “We are pleased to work with Globe as a highly valued strategic partner. We are very excited to achieve this remarkable milestone together. The successful trial showcases our successful partnership and unwavering commitment to maintaining leadership by delivering latest technologies and solutions to the marketplace.”

Joel Agustin, SVP and Head of Planning and Engineering at Global Telecom, said: “We are very pleased with the results of the field trial. By leveraging Nokia’s industry leading C+L and coherent transport solutions, we’ll be able to expand and upgrade our network as we look to provide our customers with lightning-fast connections, higher level of security and greater flexibility. The minimum of three independent connections over separate backbone networks will allow us to accommodate the ever-increasing capacity demand between major cities. This is truly a network built not just for today, but for tomorrow as well, by offering our customers – from small businesses to hyperscalers – end-to-end solutions across the Philippines.”

Dell'Oro: Fixed wireless access equipment market continues growth

Total Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) revenues, including both RAN equipment and CPE revenue, remain on track to advance 35 percent in 2022, driven largely by subscriber growth in North America, according to a new Fixed Wireless Access Infrastructure and CPE advanced research report from Dell'Oro Group.

“Fixed Wireless Access has become a key component to bridging the digital divide and connecting rural and underserved markets globally,” said Jeff Heynen, Vice President and analyst with the Dell’Oro Group. “What we are also seeing is that FWA can effectively compete with existing fixed broadband technologies, especially with the advent of 5G and other higher-throughput, non-3GPP technologies,” added Heynen.

Additional highlights from the Fixed Wireless Access Infrastructure and CPE Advanced Research Report:

  • Global FWA revenues are projected to surpass $5 B by 2026, reflecting sustained investment and subscriber growth in both 3GPP- and non-3GPP-based network deployments.
  • The North American market remains the most dynamic in terms of deployed FWA technology options, with CBRS and other sub-6GHz options growing alongside 5G NR and 60GHz options.
  • Long-term subscriber growth is expected to occur in emerging markets in Southeast Asia and MEA, due to upgrades to existing LTE networks and a need to connect subscribers economically.
  • The Satellite Broadband market will also be a key enabler of broadband connectivity in emerging markets, thanks to LEOS-based providers including Starlink, OneWeb, and Project Kuiper.

Ayar Labs lands $15m DoD project for Optical I/O

Ayar Labs was awarded a $15 million multi-year prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) in support of Project KANAGAWA (the Co-Packaged Analog-Drive High-Bandwidth Optical Input/Output Project).

This project will promote the next-level development of Ayar Labs’ optical interconnects to lead its transition into the Defense Department’s advanced packaging ecosystem.

During the first phase of Project KANAGAWA (Task A), Ayar Labs will deliver its optical I/O chiplets and lasers at data rate bandwidth levels exceeding 2 Tbps and energy losses below 5pJ/bit. In phase two of the project, running parallel to Task A, Ayar Labs will collaborate with Intel, Lockheed Martin and Qorvo to develop and demonstrate co-packaged optical I/O solutions built on TeraPHY™ optical I/O chiplets and SuperNova™ multi-wavelength lasers, with the goal of advancing the supply chain ecosystem for domestic manufacturing of Ayar Labs’ optical I/O solution.

“We look forward to working closely with Ayar Labs as part of Project KANAGAWA to benchmark its optical I/O chiplets and lasers toward the transition of this technology into large-scale defense applications,” said Dr. Joshua Hawke, Chief Engineer of RF & Optoelectronics, NSWC Crane, Radar Technologies Division and Execution Lead of the OUSD(R&E) Trusted & Assured Microelectronics program.

“Project KANAGAWA comes at an important time for both our nation and Ayar Labs as we look to mature U.S.-based manufacturing for our optical I/O solutions,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs. “We are excited to partner with the DoD, Intel, Lockheed Martin and Qorvo to not only strengthen our nation’s security by establishing domestic production of our optical I/O chiplets but also introduce next-generation defense architectures and systems.”

Lockheed Martin integrates Ayar Labs' optical I/O chipsets

Lockheed Martin is partnering with Ayar Labs in developing multi-chip package (MCP) solutions which place high-density, high-efficiency optical I/O chiplets in the same microelectronics package as the RF processing devices. The collaboration will integrate the Ayar Labs TeraPHY optical I/O chiplets and SuperNova light source in new sensory platforms that could be used across Department of Defense (DoD) applications to capture, digitize, transport,...

Ayar Labs adds to its team

Ayar Labs announced the hiring of Lakshmikant (LK) Bhupathi, Vice President of Products, Strategy and Ecosystem, and Scott Clark, Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations.

Bhupathi joins Ayar Labs following twenty years with Marvell Semiconductor (NASDAQ: MRVL) in a variety of design, technical marketing and product roles, including a position as Vice President, Product Management / Marketing at high performance networking company Aquantia (acquired by Marvell), as well as driving CXL and Ethernet NIC product strategy and roadmap for Marvell’s next-generation cloud and enterprise datacenter applications. Bhupathi also served as the President and Marketing Chair for the NBASE-T alliance (since merged with the Ethernet Alliance).

Clark comes to Ayar Labs with extensive manufacturing, supply chain and operations senior leadership experience, most recently as Vice President of Supply Chain at Corsair Gaming (NASDAQ: CRSR). Clark has spent the past two decades leading global supply chain management, procurement, operations and manufacturing transformations for public and private companies, including work in the optical market and an extended period living and working in Asia, through positions at Allied Telesis in Japan, Stratalight Communications, which was acquired by OpNext, Arecont Vision, AOptix Technologies and Tascent, a spinoff of AOptix.

“As Ayar Labs moves aggressively into the production of our core optical I/O technology, we’re turning our attention to scaling commercial efforts and expanding our product line both horizontally and vertically,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs. “LK and Scott play a critical role in helping position us for the next exciting phase of growth as we lead not just the technical development but also the production of optical I/O.”

Ayar Labs lands $130m for In-Package Optical I/O

Ayar Labs, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, secured $130 million in additional financing for its optical I/O solution. With the new investment, Ayar Labs said it is ramping production and securing supply chain partners, as signaled by previously announced multi-year strategic collaborations with Lumentum and Macom, both leaders in optical and photonic products, as well as GlobalFoundries on its new GF Fotonix platform. The company...

SiTime's new precision oscillator sets benchmark in timing performance

SiTime introduced a new oscillator that raises the bar on timing performance in data centers and 5G infrastructure.

Highlights of the SiT5503 Super-TCXO

  • 1 to 60 MHz any-frequency output
  • ±5 ppb stability over operating temperature
  • -40 to 95°C temperature range
  • ±0.3 ppb/°C stability over temperature slope
  • 2 seconds to final stability over temperature
  • 0.5 ppb/day daily aging
  • 110 mW power consumption at 2.5V
  • 7.0 mm x 5.0 mm package

“Today’s 5G and edge network applications require precision timing solutions designed to operate reliably in demanding environments,” said Piyush Sevalia, EVP marketing, SiTime. “With the SiTime SiT5503 MEMS Super-TCXO, system designers now have a compelling solution. They can replace large, power-hungry quartz OCXOs with the SiT5503, and meet the operators’ holdover requirements, even in the presence of severe environmental stressors.”