The WAVE Report
Issue #0142------------------9/27/01

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0142.1 Hot Topics

    SPEC Releases SFS 3.0 Software

    Alcatel's MPLS Interoperability Put to the Test

    Broadcom Announces Availability of All-CMOS Bluetooth

      Radio Device for CDMA and 3G Wireless Phones

0142.2 Story of the Issue

    Wireless Technology Helps Rebuild New York

0142.3 Television

    CN8 Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

1042.4 Semiconductor

    Virage Logic to Deliver Embedded Memory on TSMC 0.10-

      Micron Process


    DELSY Electronic Components AG to License Shellcase’s

      ShellOP Wafer Level Chip Size Packaging Solution

0142.5 Audio and Video

    Sony Unveils Palm-Sized Camcorder

    Interactive Music Entertainment Platform Debuts From


    Screenblast Released

0142.6 Displays

    Gefen Launches Ex-Tend-It DVImate


0142.1 Hot Topics

***SPEC Releases SFS 3.0 Software
September 26)

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.'s Open Systems Group (SPEC/OSG) has released System File Server 3.0 (SFS 3.0), an update to its software for evaluating the speed and request-handling capabilities of NFS (network file server) computers. SPEC SFS 3.0 measures the throughput and response time of NFS fileservers. The benchmark's metric is SPECsfs97_R1. SPEC SFS 3.0 uses the same operation mix as SFS 2.0, but includes changes to rate-regulation and file-selection algorithms to fix problems SPEC discovered in the previous version.

SFS 2.0 was withdrawn by SPEC in June because many of its results could not be compared accurately. In particular, the set of distinct data files called the “working set” accessed by the SFS 2.0 benchmark was often smaller than its designers intended. Also, the distribution of accesses among files was sensitive to the number of load-generating processes specified by the tester.

In addition to correcting problems, SPEC SFS 3.0 includes better validation of servers and clients, reduced client memory requirements, portability to Linux and FreeBSD clients, new submission tools, and revised documentation. Further details about these changes can be found in the SPEC SFS 3.0 User's Guide included with the software.

SPEC SFS 3.0 is available on CD for $900, with a discount price of $450 for universities and other non-profit organizations. Current SPEC SFS 2.0 licensees will receive a free upgrade to SFS 3.0.

SPEC is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers. SPEC's membership includes computer hardware and software vendors, universities, and research facilities worldwide.

***Alcatel's MPLS Interoperability Put to the Test

(September 26)

Alcatel has announced the completion of third-party testing of its Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) edge and core routing platforms. Conducted at George Mason University's Advanced Internet Lab, the tests verified multi-vendor interoperability of the Alcatel 7404 Broadband Access Server (BAS) and the Alcatel 7670 Routing Switch Platform (RSP).

The evaluation focused on the provisioning of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), a key factor to carriers' delivery of next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) services. MPLS label distribution protocol for exchange of label switched path and RFC 2547-based VPNs and Internet Engineering Task Force standards - were also tested.

The Alcatel 7404 BAS, running on software supported by Alcatel's entire BAS portfolio, demonstrated its multi-vendor MPLS functionality as a label edge router. Situating the 7404 BAS at the edge of an MPLS network provides increased quality of service and traffic engineering for IP VPNs.

The MPLS-enabled Alcatel 7670 RSP is a multi-protocol platform designed for the core and edge of next generation multiservice networks. As part of the George Mason University evaluation, the Alcatel 7670 RSP demonstrated its multi-vendor MPLS functionality as a core label switch router in the MPLS based VPN  network scenario where it participated in VPN data routing and switching across the MPLS network.

***Broadcom Announces Availability of All-CMOS Bluetooth Radio Device for CDMA and 3G Wireless Phones

(September 25)

Broadcom Corporation, a provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, has announced availability of the Broadcom BCM2002 radio chip qualified to provide high performance Bluetooth radio capabilities for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and third generation (3G) wireless phones featuring the QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies (QCT) Mobile Station Modem (MSM) series of chipsets.

The Broadcom BCM2002 all-CMOS radio transceiver is a member of Broadcom's Blutonium family of Bluetooth Qualification Board (BQB) version 1.1-qualified system solutions for Bluetooth applications. The BCM2002 is the latest in a product family offering performance in high-interference environments, such as inside cell phones and laptop computers.

Broadcom's BCM2002 radio chip works in conjunction with the Bluetooth baseband and protocol stack to provide Bluetooth functionality for wireless devices. By offering a Bluetooth radio solution that works in coordination with an embedded Bluetooth baseband, Broadcom is enabling a low added bill of materials (BOM) cost for a Bluetooth solution.


 - Spurious emissions performance - the BCM2002 minimizes interference with transmissions taking place in the bands used by mobile phones.

 - Blocking performance - a linear design eliminates radio frequency (RF) filtering to receive reliable signals from other Bluetooth devices.

 - Cell phone integration - the radio design eases integration into the harsh environment within cell phones while maintaining performance and optimizing overall phone performance.

 - Fractional-N frequency generation technology - this enables the BCM2002 to base its operation on a number of different reference frequencies.

The BCM2002 is offered in multiple packaging options, including an ultra-small chip scale package. The Bluetooth version 1.1-qualified radio is available in production quantities. It is also available as a module through selected module companies.

0142.2 Story of the Issue

***Wireless Technology Helps Rebuild New York

By James Sneeringer

On September 11, during the attack on the World Trade Center, it is estimated that over 6,000 people lost their lives--this can never be forgotten. Beyond the human tragedy, though, lies more: the stories of destruction and cooperation, the loss of equipment, records, and resources, and the spirit of unity that responded. While we mourn the lives lost, the story of rebuilding has already begun, and will go on for some time.

One such story the WAVE investigated was that of the Microwave Communications Division of Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment manufacturer based in Melbourne, Florida. The New York Port Authority, owner and one of the main tenants of the World Trade Center, has been a customer of Harris for many years. The prominent broadcast mast atop Tower 1, in fact, was a product of Harris's Broadcast Division. Most notable among the relationships with the Microwave Division is the wireless private networks Harris supplies for communications between the Port Authority and Newark, La Guardia, and Kennedy International Airports.

September 11, 2001

With the collapse of both towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, many companies, including the Port Authority, lost their offices and communications. We spoke with Carleton Smith, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Harris's Microwave Division, for the story of how Harris responded.

Smith stated that following the collapse, the Microwave Division immediately put together a team to find out what equipment they had in inventory. This information was passed on to reps in Washington, DC and New York, who started receiving calls almost immediately from companies affected by the attacks. In many cases Harris contacted other customers awaiting shipments, and requested permission to delay delivery so that the equipment in inventory could remain available for disaster relief. Smith emphasized that in all cases, customers were very cooperative, and that to him this was the most interesting and positive aspect of the situation, given the extremely competitive nature of the telecommunications industry. He also stated that in the interest of time, the Microwave Division had taken extra steps such as shipping to established customers without purchase orders, or recalling trucks to adjust orders as needed.


One of the first companies to contact Harris was the Port Authority, which had set up a temporary office in New Jersey. Harris was able to set up temporary wireless communications within a few days, to preserve the private networks with the airports. As the Port Authority plans its move to a more permanent site in New Jersey, Smith stated that Harris is working closely with them as they go through the site identification process. A major factor in the planning is the longer hop (distance the wireless signal must travel) from the two New York airports to New Jersey, a factor aggravated by a lack of elevation. New antennas will be much closer to the ground than the ones lost from the top of the 1300-foot Towers, increasing the number of obstacles in the path of the signals. As a result, Harris has had to switch from the original 11 GHz radios to 6 GHz radios, which have longer range but less bandwidth per channel.

The second company to contact Harris was cellular service provider Nextel. The World Trade Center Towers had housed two major Verizon switches, with a third in a nearby building. When the towers were destroyed, Nextel lost a major connection between its network and the Verizon network. Smith estimated that almost every Nextel customer in lower Manhattan was affected; we were unable to confirm a number with Nextel. The Microwave Division worked with Nextel to restore communications as quickly as possible by connecting Nextel to Verizon wirelessly, using Harris 18 GHz Microstar radios. Harris also helped Nextel work with an emergency Federal Communications Commission (FCC) group formed to fast track new wireless spectrum licenses.

Other companies Smith mentioned Harris was working with are construction supplier Bechtel and AT&T Wireless, who also lost connection to the Verizon network with the destruction of the switches.


We also asked Smith for his insights into the future of the telecommunications industry. He stated that it was his opinion that over time, the incidents of September 11th would spur growth in the telecom sector, not limit it. Two aspects of the tragedy stood out in his mind: the emphasis on cellular communications during and after the attacks, and a desire for heightened security and durability in communication networks.

Worldwide, he reminded us, the United States does not rank highly in population cell phone use. The emphasis on the use of cell phones on September 11th, he believed, would result in increased demand nationwide for cellular communications. The resulting growth in service providers would spur demand for equipment and engineering.

Smith told us that he expects that demand for wireless private networks will grow as a result of the desire for increased security and durability. He also believes alternate paths (which relate to network durability) will take on new importance to customers. This would be especially true in large, prominent buildings such as the World Trade Center or the Sears Tower - buildings where the network investments are huge due to the number of people inside; buildings that are now also perceived by many as potential targets.

He also stated that in Harris Corporation's work in foreign countries, the increased security of a wireless network was attractive to suppliers. In some cases copper cable would be stolen just a few days after being strung, whereas a wireless tower could be guarded with only one or two people. While most US companies do have fixed wireless components to their networks, Smith believes that component will grow in the future, to create enhanced back-up to wired networks.

As we discussed the effects of the destruction of the Trade Center on wireless communications in New York, Smith pointed out that since the tops of the Towers were so large and flat, they were ideally suited for locating large amounts of telecom equipment. According to Smith, almost every other tall building in New York is pointed at the top. As result, the scarce amount of physical real estate available for locating equipment high over New York will be a limiting factor on the rebuilding process, especially as the prices for available real estate multiply in response to demand. We asked Smith if he thought the Trade Center Towers would be rebuilt. "I don't know," he responded, "but knowing New York, I'd expect to see some tall buildings up there."

0142.3 Television

***CN8 Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

(September 4)

CN8, The Comcast Network, has celebrated its five-year anniversary. The Network was launched on September 3, 1996 to serve the local programming needs of Comcast Cable customers in the tri-state area. Five years and 4 million homes later, CN8 has evolved in a regional cable network offering 11 hours of live news, sports, talk and entertainment programming across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. This year, the network’s reach grew by more than 450,000 viewers.

0142.4 Semiconductor

***Virage Logic to Deliver Embedded Memory on TSMC 0.10-Micron Process

(September 25)

Virage Logic, a provider of embedded memory, has announced the availability of early versions of its Custom-Touch Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) embedded SRAMs in TSMC's 0.10-micron logic process by November 2001. With this release, Virage Logic joins TSMC in calling upon the semiconductor industry to standardize on a single technology platform for system-on-a-chip (SoC) semiconductor manufacturing.

Virage Logic, a TSMC early development partner, receives advance information on TSMC's technology direction, allowing it to deliver early front-end versions of its ASAP SRAM line of compilers. This enables designers to conduct comparisons of area, speed and power between 0.13-micron and 0.10-micron. As a result, designers can simulate and floor plan their 0.10-micron designs with the confidence that Virage Logic will modify the compilers as the design rules mature.

Networking and communication applications are intense embedded memory users. Smaller process geometries make available more silicon for on-chip memory integration. Although Virage Logic is initially making its ASAP SRAMs available on the TSMC 0.10-process, the company will follow with its SRAM-based Self-Test and Repair (STAR) Memory System, as well as its content addressable memories (CAMs). The STAR Memory System and NetCAM compilers are expected to be available in the first and second quarter of 2002, respectively.

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***DELSY Electronic Components AG to License Shellcase’s ShellOP Wafer Level Chip Size Packaging Solution

(September 25)

Shellcase, a developer and provider of Wafer Level Chip Size Packaging (WLCSP), has announced that DELSY Electronic Components AG, a developer of integrated fingerprint sensors, has licensed its ShellOP WLCSP technology. DELSY will outsource its packaging activity to Shellcase until a manufacturing facility is constructed in Germany. Shellcase will continue to serve as second production source for DELSY following the initiation of captive production.

DELSY and Shellcase partnered in early 2000 to design a CMOS sensor packaged in Shellcase’s ShellOP Wafer Level Packaging process, utilizing a fiber optic faceplate. The combination of DELSY’s technology and Shellcase’s packaging creates a cost-effective fingerprint sensor module with added durability, sensitivity and compact sizing. Pre-production of the DELSY sensor has begun and it is anticipated to reach full production by Q4 2001.

DELSY plans to introduce the fiber optic CMOS sensor in IT security, M-commerce, E-commerce, automotive, firearm and access control settings. The CMOS sensor includes functions to determine human body capacitance and blood oxygen level, to provide fraud protection and security. The fiber optic faceplate makes the sensor resistant to weather, electrostatic discharge and mechanical stress making it possible to introduce fingerprint sensors to applications where other technologies failed so far. The sensor has a resolution of 508 dpi or more.

0142.5 Audio and Video

***Sony Unveils Palm-Sized Camcorder

(September 20)

According to CNet, Sony has unveiled a small network digital camcorder, measuring the length of a handheld computer and weighing less than 11 ounces. Called the DCR-IP7E Network Handycam IP (Image Portal), the camcorder will be available in stores across Asia by November for $1,720 (2,999 Singapore dollars).

The unit allows users to surf the Web and send e-mails with video attachments when used with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or Sony's Bluetooth 56kbsp modem adapter. The camcorder can hold up to 50 e-mail messages and addresses. The device accepts JPEG, TIFF and MPEG attachments, which are stored on the Sony Memory Stick when received as e-mail. The camcorder also doubles as a camera to record digital stills.

The Handycam comes with a 2.5-inch liquid-crystal display viewfinder. It has a USB connection for video downloads to PCs, as well as FireWire cables for two-way communications between the camcorder and a TV or PC.

There is no information about the DCR-IP7E on Sony’s site at this point.

***Interactive Music Entertainment Platform Debuts From MusicPlayground

(September 25)

An Internet/Windows PC-based interactive music entertainment system has been introduced by MusicPlayground, a wholly owned subsidiary of Namco Limited of Japan. MusicPlayground offers an interactive music experience for users that have Internet access and a Windows98/Me PC. MusicPlayground makes use of virtual instruments (USB peripherals) that simulate their real world counterparts.

The experience is available in two membership kits that include a V-Pick virtual guitar (or bass) pick, a CD with MusicPlayground Player software, and direct access to the company's online music jukebox of licensed songs. A $59.95 prepaid membership kit allows members to download up to 40 songs for unlimited play over a consecutive 12-month period. A second $19.95 membership kit allows members to download up to 8 songs over a one-month period. Monthly members can renew at will in 30-day increments. In addition, a V-Stix Virtual Drum Kit is available for an additional $19.95.

To begin, members install MusicPlayground's Player software onto their hard drive and plug in their virtual instruments. The MusicPlaygrounds Player software installation will allow the user to select a song to download and play. The song is played by striking the virtual instrument in time with the Rhythm EKG rhythm guide displayed within the MusicPlayground Player. Song lyrics are superimposed on top of visual content. Members can compete with each other by uploading their playing scores.

MusicPlayground has license agreements from BMG Music Publishing, Bug Music, Chrysalis Music Group, Del Sound Music, Ice Nine Music Publishing, Music & Media International, Peer Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, The Famous Music Publishing Companies, The Richmond Organization, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappel Music, and Windswept Pacific.  In addition, MusicPlayground has entered into artist partnership agreements with Roger Daltrey (of The Who) and Nikki Sixx (of Motley Crue). Other artist and publisher agreements are pending.

***Screenblast Released

(September 25)

Screenblast, a broadband creativity platform developed by Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment (SPDE), has been released to offer a digital sandbox for an online community to experience, create and connect. Screenblast unleashes a user's artistic ability with publishing software ranging from browser-based tools to professional grade software to produce their own music, video and animation. Users can pull from Screenblast's studio-quality audio and video asset packs to incorporate drum loops, guitar licks, vocals, or aerial shots into their own projects.

Screenblast's broadband-based service gives users the opportunity to experience branded digital entertainment, produce their own audio, video and animation and connect with others in the online community where they can artistically collaborate and showcase their work to the world. The audience can immerse themselves in five genre-specific channels (action, comedy, drama, sci-fi/horror and music). The original programming serves as the starting point for users to interact, allowing them to not only check out broadband entertainment but also to manipulate the selected content, influence story lines or use the Screenblast tools to add their own elements.

Screenblast's Create Channel moves the audience into the director's chair. Users access end-to-end publishing tools at the service ranging from browser-based MovieCreators and MusicCreators to the Screenblast Creation Suite of multimedia authoring and editing software. Screenblast adds studio-quality audio and video asset packs for users to download and edit into their original creations. Asset packs include elements ranging from aerial views to hip-hop and electronica beats and more.

Users can store their audio, video or animated creations in the 50 Mb of free, private online storage; use the one-click publishing to showcase their work to the world; select multiple template designs and color palettes; or engage in the traditional community features such as chat and bulletin boards.

To access Screenblast, users must have a high-speed connection of 128KB/second or better. Screenblast is both Windows and MAC compatible. Users can upgrade to the complete Screenblast Creation Suite Deluxe for $149 or choose individually from Screenblast ACID, Screenblast Sound Forge, Screenblast Image Editor or Screenblast VideoFactory for $59 or Screenblast SIREN Jukebox for $29.

0142.6 Displays

***Gefen Launches Ex-Tend-It DVImate

(September 25)

Gefen has launched its ex-tend-it DVImate adapter, which comes equipped with two DVI female connectors. The adapter is marketed as a solution for those seeking to convert a DVI cable's male-to-male connector to a male-to-female connector. By changing the orientation to male-to-female, the DVI cable becomes a DVI extension cable, capable of extending digital monitors and projectors short distances without a sizable investment. 

According to Gefen, this is significant because changing the orientation of DVI cables is difficult without losing image quality. Plus, creating a male-to-female DVI cable currently requires an expensive custom-made jig. But with the ex-tend-it DVImate, any DVI cable can function as an extension cable while still transmitting pristine digital imagery.

The DVImate is $39.00 US.


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