Broadband Briefs for 2/18/10
• Enablence adds 10 GigE options
By Brian Santo
Enablence Technologies is increasing the bandwidth capabilities of its fiber-optic delivery platforms with the addition of 10 Gigabit Ethernet modules that can be ganged together to provide transport in excess of 10 Gbps.
The new Fabric Modules work with the company’s Magnm Multi Media Aggregation Node and Trident7 Universal Access Platform. These fully redundant, non-blocking modules are optimized for FTTx applications where multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport links are required. They provide a 10X performance increase over the current Magnm and Trident switch modules and can be deployed in any Magnm and Trident already in service, the company said.
Magnm is Enablence’s fully distributed IP/Ethernet-based multi-service access platform purpose-built for broadband access and aggregation. The new Magnm switching module, the F-8208, is available in two versions. One provides two 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, while the other supports four 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. Both support six 1 Gbps Ethernet SFP ports and four 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 ports. All uplinks can be used individually or can be trunked together using standards-based link aggregation to form an even higher-speed virtual link, cost-effectively increasing transport capacity well beyond 10G, the company said.
The Trident7 is an IP/Ethernet-based system that supports all three major FTTH implementation standards: ITU G.984 GPON, IEEE 802.3 GE-PON (EFM PON) and IEEE 802.3 Point-to-Point. The T7-PSM-02 supports three 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. All uplinks can be used individually or can be trunked together.
• AT&T does a Backflip for Android
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week
AT&T today confirmed details for the carrier's first Android smartphone, the Motorola Backflip. Unveiled in January at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the Backflip sports an unorthodox "reverse flip" form factor, with keyboard and unique Backtrack touch panel located behind the screen for navigation of the device.
The Backflip also includes Motoblur, Motorola's proprietary social networking UI. Motoblur allows users to sync Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail, Picasa and other accounts with their contacts. The UI threads status updates, as well as profile photos, through calls, e-mails and their address book.
Additional specs for the phone include a 3.1-inch high-res touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with flash, HSPA 7.2 connectivity and access to AT&T's 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots at no additional cost.
The Backflip will be available in retail stores nationwide and online on March 7. The phone will sell for $99.99 with a two-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. AT&T emphasized its commitment to expanding its device portfolio this week at Mobile World Congress. In addition to adding Android devices, the carrier said that it will offer devices that run the new Microsoft Windows 7 series platform.