Sunday, October 29, 2023

Hawaiki Nui subsea cable system expands its Pacific reach

The Australian Government awarded contracts to Hawaiki Nui Submarine Cable, which is a division of BW Digital, to enhance international connectivity throughout the Pacific region via additional branches.

Hawaiki Nui is a new Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) fibre optic cable linking South-East Asia, Australasia and North America. Construction of the system is due to start in 2024, with an expected cable ready for service (RFS) date in 2026.

The contracts, comprising agreements to supply and install branching units and an indefeasible right of use for capacity on the Hawaiki Nui submarine cable, will be funded by the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP). 

“The contracts between the Australian Government and BW Digital demonstrate our joint commitment to bridge the digital divide and provide secure, high-speed connectivity to Pacific island countries,” said Ludovic Hutier, chief executive officer of BW Digital.

“This agreement also reflects BW Digital’s strategy to build a trusted ecosystem of digital infrastructure servicing the needs of governments, businesses and communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region” he added.

Hawaiki plans transpacific SDM cable with 240 Gbps design capacity

Hawaiki Submarine Cable Limited Partnership (Hawaiki) announced plans for a new spatial division multiplexing (SDM) cable linking South-East Asia, Australasia and North America. 

The Hawaiki Nui system, which will span an estimated 22,000 km, will have a design capacity of 240Tbps and provide end-to-end connectivity between the three main hubs of the Pacific region: Singapore, Sydney and Los Angeles. The company plans to begin construction next year, with an expected cable ready for service (RFS) date in 2025.

Hawaiki has selected PT Mora Telematika Indonesia (Moratelindo) as its strategic partner for Indonesia, where it will have landings in Jakarta and Batam.

In Australia, Hawaiki Nui will serve both international and domestic capacity requirements, linking Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin, while providing them with direct access to Singapore and Los Angeles.

Hawaiki Nui will also be the first international cable to land in the South Island of New Zealand, linking Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill directly to Australia via a new and fully diverse subsea route. In addition, two branches will be built to connect Oahu and Big Island in Hawaii.

  • In 2021, Hawaiki announced the sale of 100 per cent of the shares of the company to BW Digital, an affiliate of Singapore-based global maritime conglomerate BW Group. 

Tech Update: Silicon Building Blocks for Quantum Computing

Infineon is taking a pioneering role in the development of core technologies for quantum computing. Sebastian Luber, Senior Director of Technology and Innovation, explains:

- Infineon's approach to building quantum computers, utilizing three different technologies: superconductors, semiconductors, and ions. 

- The unique properties and applications of these technologies, from amplifying extremely small signals with superconductors, confining single electrons with semiconductors, to capturing ions with ion trap chips.

- The immense potential of quantum computing, especially when combined with quantum sensors to build quantum networks, opening up a whole new range of applications.

Filmed at Infineon's #Oktobertech event in Silicon Valley.

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Tech Update: Opening the Window to Physical AI

Imagine being able to ask AI about what's happening right now in your physical environment. Jaime Lien, Founder & Head of Hardware and Signal Processing from Archetype AI, explains:

- Archetype AI is developing a generative AI foundational model that translates sensor data into a semantic and natural language format. This allows anyone to understand and interact with complex sensor data.

- Their demo showcases how their model can interpret data from a radar sensor developed by Infineon, providing insights about the physical world around it. Users can ask high-level questions and receive responses about detected objects, their locations, and movement patterns.

- The model is multimodal, meaning it can handle data from various sensors like radar, camera, audio, etc. It maps these different modalities to a common embedding space, allowing for data fusion and providing insights that humans can easily understand.

This innovative approach to sensor data interpretation opens up new possibilities for monitoring and alerting systems, making them instantly accessible and available to anyone without any coding or programming knowledge.

Filmed at Infineon's #Oktobertech event in Silicon Valley.

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STL launched a range of Eco-labelled Certified Optical Products

The range of optical products is recognised by US-based Sphera, an ESG performance consulting services company, and verified by Metsims Sustainability Consulting, a global sustainability consulting firm.

These ISO 14024 and EU guidelines compliant Ecolabels granted to STL's products are multi-attribute in nature, which means they cover many distinct environmental parameters such as energy use, chemical use, recycling, and more. 

STL says that when compared to standard products, these Eco-labelled products:

* Utilise ~52% less energy

* Carry ~75% less global warming potential

* Use ~18% more recycled content and ~25% more recycled packaging material and water

* Reuse and recover ~20% more waste

* Enhance the longevity of the network by nearly 13 years.

"As we announce this groundbreaking development today, I couldn't have been prouder. Our Eco-labelled products represent a monumental step forward for our customers' green journeys and put India at the forefront of concrete sustainability action. I'm sure it would create ripple effects of sustainable development in the entire digital networks industry across the world," said Ankit Agarwal, Managing Director, STL.

Qualcomm targets cross-platform device connectivity

Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon Seamless, a cross-platform technology that enables Android, Windows and Snapdragon devices using other operating systems to discover each other and share information to work as one integrated system.

For example:

* Mice and keyboards can work seamlessly across PCs, phones and tablets.

* Files and windows can be dragged and dropped across different types of devices.

* Earbuds can switch intelligently based on the priority of an audio source.

* XR can extend the abilities of smartphones.

SpaceX completes 50th Starlink launch of 2023

On Sunday morning, SpaceX successfully launched 22 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit from  Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California..

This marks the 50st Starlink launch of 2023. And the seventh flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Space Development Agency’s Tranche 0 mission and now six Starlink missions.

Huawei cites 2.4% sales growth through Q3

During the first nine months of 2023, Huawei generated CNY456.6 billion in revenue, with a year-on-year increase of 2.4% and a net profit margin of 16.0%.

"The company's performance is in line with forecast," said Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "I'd like to thank our customers and partners for their ongoing trust and support. Moving forward, we will continue to increase our investment in R&D to make the most of our business portfolio and take the competitiveness of our products and services to new heights. As always, our goal is to create greater value for our customers, partners, and society."