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Posted by inet on 2006-03-12   

The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs recently overhauled their backup infrastructure, deploying a disk-to-disk system to slash backup times from two days to just three hours.
Tod Caflisch, the Spurs' IT director, tells Byte and Switch that the seeds of the storage revamp were sown back in 2002, when the team moved into its new home, the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The organization, he says, took on a 25-year lease for the arena, which hosts a number of concerts

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

Micron Technology Inc. on Wednesday said it has acquired Lexar Media Inc. in a stock-for-stock merger that's expected to strengthen Micron's flash memory business.

Under the deal, Micron, based in Boise, Idaho, would issue 0.5625 share for each share of Lexar common stock. Based on Micron's Tuesday closing price, the deal was worth $688 million, according to the Reuters news agency. The merger is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter, pending approval by regulators and Lexar stockholders.

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-10       Article Source : TechWeb News

The goal of 100 Gigabits per second is within reach but not ready for commercial deployment, according to Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs, which reported Wednesday that it has successfully tested the super high speed data transmission.
Bell Labs scientists, in a paper presented to the Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition, reported what they said was the first notice of optical transport of electronically multiplexed 107Gbps.

"We feel 100 Gigabit Ethernet is a particularly important technology as carriers look

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-09       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Revenues from broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) sales grew dramatically in 2005, driven by an expanding market as enterprises deployed broadband for company connectivity and service providers offered triple-play bundles.

According to a new report from Infonetics Research, worldwide broadband CPE revenues grew 123% last year, to reach $4.9 billion, while shipments rose 64% to 115 million units. The growth curve is likely to continue for the near future, with Infonetics predicting that revenues will reach $6.5 billion by 2009. Digital subscriber

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-09   

NetApp, which is about to unveil its long-awaited GX operating system, warned this week that it could be years before the new technology converges with its existing 7G OS.
GX, which will include elements of the Spinnaker technology NetApp acquired more than two years ago, will be demo'd at the vendor's analyst day next week, before initial deployment on NetApp's FAS 3000 devices.

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Semiconductor and Systems Conference in Dana Point, California, this week,

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-07       Article Source : EE Times

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Nine months after analysts wondered if the AT&T logo would go away, the revamped SBC Communications/AT&T on Sunday (March 5) made a $67 billion stock offer for BellSouth Corp.

If approved, the deal will bring back a significant portion of the national footprint of the pre-divestiture AT&T, at least in the southern portion of the United States.

When SBC recently completed its acquisition of AT&T, the company surprised most market analysts by shifting to the name

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-07       Article Source : Small Business Pipeline

Raritan announced this week CommandCenter NOC (CC-NOC), a management appliance that monitors, notifies, and reports on key aspects of an organization's IT health.

Featuring a dashboard that is accessed through an Internet browser, the CC-NOC appliance delivers information on network and systems performance, hardware and software assets, as well as security vulnerabilities. The appliance integrates IT monitoring and management capabilities with remote access to IT equipment through Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM) and serial-over-IP solutions. This allows organizations to pinpoint potential problems and

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-06       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — NEC Corporation has developed a signal-reshaping chip that it plans to deploy in a 40 Gbit/s wavelength division multiplexing transmission system it is readying.

The company will outline details of the device at next week’s Optical Fibre Communications (OFC) conference in Anaheim, California.

NEC researchers say the LSI could double the maximum length of error-free 40 Gbit/s WDM long-haul transmission compared with conventional systems, due to its ability to compensate for signal distortion resulting from optical fibre impairments.

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-05       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Search engine giant Google Inc. is switching its internal servers from microprocessors made by Intel Corp. to chips from rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), according to wire reports.

The reports, which cited Morgan Stanley as its source, said that Google has more than 200,000 internal servers worldwide. The search engine company has started to buy AMD’s 64-bit Opteron processors for almost all new purchases, according to the reports, which cited Morgan Stanley analyst Mark Edelstone.
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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-04       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has filed a subpoena to obtain documents from Skype as part of the chip maker’s suit against Intel Corp., according to reports.

Skype, EBay Inc.'s Internet-phone unit, recently signed a deal with Intel. Chip maker Intel is working with Skype to add features to Skype's internet telephony software, but the features are restricted to Intel dual core processors. The collaboration has started with 10-way conference calling and Skype plans to add video calling

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-03       Article Source : TechWeb News

Cable and DSL broadband providers in Philadelphia are breathing easier Thursday after the city announced its final Wi-Fi contract with EarthLink that seeks to keep retail prices under $20 a month for individual customers. Verizon Communications, which had resisted the citywide wireless broadband deployment, currently offers DSL at $14.95 a month, for instance.

The agreement will create a huge 135-square-mile hotspot covering the entire city supplied largely by 700 discounted T-1 links.

"We must prepare our citizens and businesses to

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-03   

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics said Thursday (March 2) it will join with Avaya Inc. in joint development and marketing of IP telephony products for the global market.
Under the agreement, the partners will collaborate on the delivery of enhanced IP convergence and mobility products. The solutions will combine Samsung’s mobile technologies with Avaya’s IP telephony expertise, Samsung said. Samsung said the alliance would offer customers more choices in IP-based network solutions for the voice, video and data convergence markets.

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

Rapidly-growing IP PBX revenue is on the way to eclipsing traditional circuit TDM switching, and even as VoIP is increasingly adopted, the enterprise telephony market will continue to grow to $11.6 billion in 2009, according to a new report.

Infonetics Research said worldwide TDM (time division multiplexing) used in traditional circuit switching is expected to drop 88 percent while IP PBX revenue should jump 82 percent in the 2004 to 2009 timeframe. The report is scheduled for release Tuesday, Infonetics Research said.

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-02       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — IBM Corp. has announced the availability of a 90-nm version of its floating-point unit (FPU) for its PowerPC processor line.
The product, dubbed the 440 Power Core Floating Point Unit, is designed to provide high-performance, low-power consumption for embedded applications in the PowerPC RISC processor line. This includes graphics generation for printing and medical imaging, pattern matching for data mining, and risk analysis for financial services.

"There is a significant demand for floating point performance in

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

Mercury Computer Systems will utilize Texas Instruments components to produce an advanced mezzanine card (AMC) for WiMAX base stations, the companies said Monday.

The module is an important piece of TI's WiMAX/802.16e infrastructure product set, which the companies expect will be eventually used for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and other advanced networking features.

"Combining TI DSPs and an FPGA on the same AMC module provides the best of both worlds SMQ-8211-SMQ customers can benefit from partitioning their application to

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