Monday, August 7, 2023

Airtel launches 5G FWA in Delhi and Mumbai

Airtel launched its 5G Xstream AirFiber fixed wireless access (FWA) service for consumers in Delhi and Mumbai.

Xstream AirFiber is a plug-and-play device with in-built Wi-Fi 6 technology that will offer wide indoor coverage and can simultaneously connect up to 64 devices.

The Airtel Xstream AirFiber service is available on 799 plan, which offers up to 100Mbps speed. The plan can be availed for a duration of six months with a one-time refundable security deposit of Rs.2500.

Airtel notes that currently only 34 million homes in India are connected by fiber.

Commenting on the initiative, Shashwat Sharma, Director – Consumer Business Bharti Airtel,said, “India has seen the rapid growth of home broadband but there still remain areas with no access to hi-speed internet at home due to the physical challenges of laying fiber in a country the size of India. While fiber to the home will always define the best experience of Wi-Fi at home, AirFiber helps bridge the experience gap for everyone else. Today, we are delighted to launch Xstream AirFiber for consumers in Delhi and Mumbai with a pan-India rollout planned soon.”

Renesas to acquire Sequans for its IoT chipsets and modules

Tokyo-based Renesas Electronics agreed to acquire Sequans Communications S.A. for approximately US$249 million, including net debt. Under the deal, Renesas will initiate a cash tender offer of $3.03 per Sequans ADS, subject to certain conditions. This offer represents a premium of 42.3% to Sequans’ closing price on August 4th.

Sequans, which was founded in 2003 and is based in Paris, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs and develops chipsets and modules for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Offering products with extensive 5G/4G cellular categories, including 5G NR, Cat 4, Cat 1 and LTE-M/NB-IoT, Sequans provides reliable IoT wireless connectivity without the need for a gateway. 

Renesas said it intends to integrate Sequans’ breadth of cellular connectivity products and IP into its core product lineup, including microcontrollers, microprocessors, analog and mixed signal front ends. The acquisition will allow Renesas to immediately expand its reach to the Wide Area Network (WAN) market space encompassing a broad range of data rates. It will also enhance Renesas’ already rich portfolio of Personal Area Network (PAN) and Local Area Network (LAN) connectivity products.

“We are thrilled to take our partnership with Sequans to the next level,” said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas. “Sequans is a leader in the fast-growing cellular IoT market with wide cellular IoT network coverage. The company’s technology gives Renesas a path to offer broad connectivity capabilities across IoT applications to address the evolving customer needs.”

“We have been working closely with Renesas to serve the growing market demand for massive IoT and broadband IoT customers,” said Georges Karam, Chairman and CEO of Sequans. “As many telecom operators around the world continue to invest in 5G infrastructure and with the expanding deployment of IoT applications, combining with Renesas opens up vast opportunities to usher in a new era of seamless connectivity and digital mobility that can transform a multitude of industries.”

MaxLinear releases storage accelerator OCP adapter card

MaxLinear announced the production-release of an OCP 3.0 storage accelerator adapter card designed to quicken key storage workloads, including database acceleration, storage offload, encryption, compression, and deduplication enablement for maximum data reduction. 

The company says its Panther III OCP card can transfer data up to 12 times faster than without a storage accelerator. The OCP version of the card is available immediately with a PCIe version available in Q3 2023.

“Panther III is unprecedented in its power and scale – offering 3x better performance than its predecessor - and is poised to set a new standard in storage acceleration,” said Mark Moran, Senior Director of Marketing Acceleration Products for MaxLinear. “This OCP release provides a production-ready solution designed for volume applications and allows for fast integration with fully tested and certified boards and a rich software ecosystem package.”

Panther III card opens all tiers of storage media, from NVMe, SSD, HDD and tape, to a groundbreaking bandwidth potential with no CPU or software limitations. 


  • Maximize data reduction: Panther III enables 12:1 data reduction, allowing storage solutions to not only store 1/12th the data, but also allow users to access, process, and transfer data 12 times faster even in slower HDD system.
  • Free capital and optimize storage costs: MaxLinear MaxHash provides independent hash block size and programmable offset to enhance deduplication hit rates, resulting in improved effective storage capacity and $/GB savings.
  • Encryption acceleration: Advanced encryption capabilities eliminate the need for Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) and removes the cost of and need for security routers.
  • Scalable performance and throughput: Ultra-low latency enables 200Gbps throughput (scalable to 3.2Tbps cascaded) delivering high performance data analysis and better workload accuracy.
  • Rich software ecosystem: Software development kit (SDK) contains API, drivers, and source code for easy incorporation with end application software and software-defined storage (SDS).
  • Six 9’s Reliability: Built-in, end-to-end data protection, Real Time Verification (RTV) of all transforms, NVMe protection, and in-line CRCs/parity assures data integrity and eliminates data loss.

Cogent opens POP in Guam’s GTA GNC Data Center

Cogent Communications has established a PoP in the GTA GNC Data Center. 

GTA, the leading telecommunications provider in Guam, operates the territory’s only modern, purpose-built carrier neutral data center with direct connectivity to each of Guam’s cable landing stations and related 12 subsea cable systems. The landing of so many trans-Pacific cable systems on Guam have given the island the moniker of “NAP of the Pacific.” 

“We are thrilled to welcome Cogent to GTA’s GNC Data Center,” said Roland Certeza, President, and CEO of GTA. “The strategic position of our facility is increasingly appealing to carriers in need of an Asia Hub for IP transit, peering, and colocation with content data networks. The trust that major carriers place in our infrastructure is a testament to the quality of our Data Center and the benefits Guam provides with its close proximity to Asia combined with the benefits of US rule of law and banking system. With state-of-the-art facilities and a reliable, secure network, GTA offers carriers an unparalleled value proposition for their connectivity requirements.”

Micron samples CXL 128G and 256G memory expansion modules

Micron Technology is now sampling its new CZ120 CXL memory expansion modules in 128GB and 256GB capacities in the E3.S 2T form factor, which uses PCIe Gen5 x8 interface. 

The CZ120 modules are capable of running up to 36GB/s memory read/write bandwidth and augment standard server systems when incremental memory capacity and bandwidth is required. The CZ120 modules use Compute Express Link™ (CXL™) standards and fully support the CXL 2.0 Type 3 standard. 

Micron says that by leveraging a unique dual-channel memory architecture and its high-volume production DRAM process, the Micron CZ120 delivers higher module capacity and increased bandwidth. Workloads that benefit from more memory capacity include AI training and inference models, SaaS applications, in-memory databases, high-performance computing and general-purpose compute workloads that run on a hypervisor on premise or in the cloud.

“Micron is advancing the adoption of CXL memory with this CZ120 sampling milestone to key customers,” commented Siva Makineni, vice president of the Micron Advanced Memory Systems Group. “We have been developing and testing our CZ120 memory expansion modules utilizing both Intel and AMD platforms capable of supporting the CXL standard. Our product innovation coupled with our collaborative efforts with the CXL ecosystem will enable faster acceptance of this new standard, as we work collectively to meet the ever-growing demands of data centers and their memory-intensive workloads.”

"To accelerate the industry initiative to establish and expand the CXL ecosystem, Intel is collaborating with Micron to test and evaluate their CZ120 memory expansion module on our 4th generation Xeon Scalable processors and Xeon platforms," said Jim Pappas, director of Technology Initiatives at Intel.

“AMD and Micron have had a long and successful history of collaboration. Since the introduction of our EPYC™ processors, we have validated Micron memory on multiple platforms powered by AMD EPYC processors. With the introduction of the CXL standard, we have extended our joint efforts to include the Micron CZ120 memory expansion module. We’ve recently tested our AMD EPYC 9754 processor with the CZ120 modules and are seeing impressive results in TPC-H benchmark performance compared to DRAM only,” said Mahesh Wagh, senior fellow of Server Systems Architecture at AMD.

KIOXIA unveils 30TB data center SSDs

KIOXIA introduced a new line of data center-class solid state drives (SSDs)  boasting capacities up to 30.72 terabytes  (TB) and in both Enterprise and Data Center Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) E3.S and 2.5-inch (U.2) form factors.

Key specs:

  • Random readii performance up to 2,000K IOPS and random writeii performance up to 400K IOPS
  • Low and consistent 99.999th percentile latency of under 250us in standard random read workloadsiii, and under 1.8ms in standard OLTP-style mixed workloadsiv

The new 5th generation data center drives are based on the KIOXIA BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory triple-level cell (TLC) technology, and utilize an in-house developed controller. KIOXIA CD8P Series SSDs are compliant with PCIe 5.0 and NVMe 2.0 specifications as well as the NVMe Management Interface (NVMe-MI) v1.1d, and support Open Compute Project (OCP) Datacenter NVMe SSDv specification (not all requirements).

“We are proud to introduce our latest data center PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD, for general-purpose server and cloud applications,” said Neville Ichhaporia, senior vice president and general manager of the SSD business unit, KIOXIA America, Inc. “The CD8P Series is ready for next-gen PCIe 5.0 servers, delivering a great combination of high performance with low latency in both E3.S and 2.5-inch form factors.”

Edmund Optics opens laser optics factory in Florida

Edmund Optics, which specializes in laser optics coatings, components, and assemblies optimized for high-power laser systems, inaugurated a state-of-the-art 34,000 sq. ft. Laser Optics Center in Oldsmar, Florida.

The new facility is dedicated to manufacturing a wide variety of optical components with high laser damage thresholds from the UV to the far IR. In addition, this facility expands Edmund Optics’ laser optics manufacturing capabilities across laser crystal and glass fabrication, polishing, metrology, inspection, and testing, and is home to approximately 50 employees.

"We are excited to significantly enhance our laser optics manufacturing capabilities and capacity with the new Florida facility," says Marisa Edmund, Chairman and Chief Marketing & Sales Officer for Edmund Optics. "With over 30+ years of regional presence and global design, manufacturing, and applications expertise, we are well-equipped to respond to customer demand for increasingly high-quality laser optics.”

Tareq Amin steps down from Rakuten Mobile

Tareq Amin has stepped down as Rakuten Mobile Representative Director and Co-CEO effective 07-August-2023. On LinkedIn, Amin expressed gratitude to Rakuten employees and leadership, saying he looks forward to new opportunities that lie ahead.

Rakuten Mobile named Kazuhiro Suzuki and Sharad Sriwastawa as co-CEOs going forward.

MaxLinear and Silicon Motion spar over terminated merger

MaxLinear and Silicon Motion each issued press releases accusing the other of bad faith in their merger agreement, which MaxLinear terminated unilaterally on July 26th.

MaxLinear cited multiple grounds for its decision, including that Silicon Motion experienced a material adverse effect and multiple additional contractual failures in the 15 months since the deal was announced.

For its part, Silicon Motion categorically rejected MaxLinear’s assertions and said it will seek damages for the failed deal.

Adtran posts Q2 sales of $327 million

Adtran reported Q2 revenue of $327.4 million, up 90% year-over-year and 1% quarter-over-quarter. Net loss attributable to the company for the second quarter of 2023 was $33.3 million, down 1,655% year-over-year and up 3% quarter-over-quarter. Non-GAAP net income was $0.1 million, down 99% year-over-year and up 102% quarter-over-quarter. 

ADTRAN Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Our Q2 2023 results were in line with our expectations. Although new customer acquisitions remain near an all-time high, we anticipate the second half of 2023 will continue to present challenges due to customers optimizing inventory and the macroeconomic environment. Nevertheless, we continue to believe that we are in the early stage of an unprecedented investment cycle and ADTRAN Holdings is well positioned to be one of the largest beneficiaries.”