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23 Feb 13. E-Band Communications, manufacturer of the world’s highest performance 80 GHz backhaul solutions for 4G/LTE networks, has launched production of a next-generation small cell backhaul wireless system, E-Link Mini. This new low-cost system positions E-Band as one of the first in the industry to offer a commercial millimeter-wave ultra-high capacity backhaul radio for small cells in the exploding LTE market. The E-Link Mini integrates highly efficient adaptive modulation and coding and provides the highest system gain small-cell backhaul radio operating in the 71-86 GHz band. The E-Link Mini uses a single 250 MHz channel to deliver 1,000Mbps capacity. The E-Link Mini incorporates the latest innovations in radio, antenna, and switching technologies into a very small package optimized for mobile/LTE small-cell backhaul. The explosive demand for mobile broadband is forcing the industry toward high-capacity 4G/LTE networks, and small cells have become a critical component of the digital consumption landscape as mobile operators strive to deliver high-quality consumer experiences. E-Band’s innovative E-Link Mini is ideal for wireless carriers seeking to boost their capacity and competitive edge. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwire)

28 Feb 13. Phoenics Electronics announced a new 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1Gb) Smart Network Adapter with bypass technology. The Niagara 804 fully offloads secure network services, packet classification and network protocols processing from the host CPU to handle high speed network traffic up to 2 Gbps line rate per port. The Smart Network Adapter comes in PCI-e form factor and is targeted at Networking and Security Appliances, Servers and Monitoring Systems. The Niagara 804 is based on Cavium’s Octeon II multi-core processors family of CPUs, which integrates 4, 6 and 10 cores, provides high performance integration for Deep Packet inspection and next generation 3G/4G/LTE wireless base station platforms, providing up to 15GHz of compute with a large 2MB L2 cache, DDR3 memory controller, security acceleration for SNOW 3G and KASUMI, TCP/IP packet processing acceleration, and QoS. PowerOptimizer™ technology limits maximum power from 9 to 20 watts from low-end to high-end. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwire)

25 Feb 13. Inmarsat is expanding the availability of mobile tactical Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communications to a broad range of new government users through the innovative exploitation of the capabilities of its L-band satellites. The company announced its plan to launch L-TAC, a new L-band service, which will deliver a ‘UHF-like’ tactical satellite capability for use with existing UHF tactical radios for approved government customers at low cost. UHF tactical satellite capability is in very high demand by government customers because of its suitability to create Beyond-Line-of-Sight Push-to-Talk networks using tactical radios either man-portable or installed in vehicles, helicopters, ships or other mobile platforms. Inmarsat’s L-TAC service complements this existing UHF tactical capacity, providing additional capability when UHF capacity is unavailable. Inmarsat’s powerful Inmarsat-4 constellation of satellites provides this capability across the world, with the additional benefit of supporting small antennas for BLOS communications on the move. To access the service, users require only a small antenna adaptor for their existing tactical radio, which replaces their existing UHF antenna. Inmarsat has partnered with Spectra Group to develop the Slingshot™ adaptor, which is expected to be commercially available in late Q2 2013. Designed with the soldier in mind, Slingshot™ will work with existing tactical military radios and with minimal additional training, will provide Beyond-Line-of-Sight communications without the need for additional infrastructure. Slingshot™ combined with

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