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News Fast energy-saving microchip for 5G radio networks The Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) has introduced the second iteration of its power-optimized Tomahawk microchip. The little axe is described as “very fast, energy-saving and resilient”. According to cfaed, an institute of the Dresden Technical University, the device is designed to interconnect heterogeneous components. Applications could be in the car-to-x context, as well as in the Internet of Things. The Tomahawk 2 prototype aims at what the Dresden scientists call the “tactile internet”. It can transfer large quantities of data in real-time and enable innovative application - for example, it enables cars to automatically react to changes in road conditions, because the vehicles could be connected through sensors. This description hints to potential applications in a car-to-car communications environment. Other potential application fields are telemedicine and e-learning, or augmented reality applications such as Google Glass. “This is the next step of the digital revolution”, said Gerhard Fettweis, professor and holder of the Vodafone chair at TU Dresden. He added that he believes the technology represented by the Tomahawk chip can be implemented from 2020. A requirement for its deployment is the availability of very powerful mobile networks. In the development of 5G mobile networks, the Dresden university will closely collaborate with the London Kings College and the University of Surrey. www.cfaed.org Axell Wireless installs DAS system at World Trade Center Axell Wireless is supplying the public safety communications system for the new World Trade Center complex in New York City, including One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the U.S. at 1776 feet and the fourth tallest in the world. The deployment is the largest public safety system installed by Axell and will cover One World Trade Center, implemented by TechMer and Axell Wireless. It will also cover the surrounding buildings including the World Trade Center HUB, Pavilion, Vehicle Security Center Roadway (shopping malls and transportation center for the complex), Museum and Memorial, implemented by Pinnacle Wireless and Axell Wireless. The integrated public safety system includes Axell Wireless’ optical master unit (OMU) fiber head end units, directional couplers, VHF filters and distribution amplifier packages covering 88 channels for UHF, VHF, and 800 MHz frequency bands. The high-speed system involved laying over 5 miles of high-capacity optical fiber to create the largest public safety system in the USA. www.axellwireless.com IoT to drive growth for German sensor industry A positive overall industry outlook for the sensor and measuring industry has been published by Berlin-based Association for Sensors and Measurements (AMA). Across the industry, R&D investment is expected to grow further. And so will the headcount. A survey among the 480 AMA member companies reveals an average sales growth of 3%. For the year ahead, they expect an even better result of 7% on average. Investment into research and development averaged at 10%. Overall investments are expected to increase by 8%. The main growth driver for sensors is the internet of things (IoT) and its specific manifestation in the German manufacturing industry, dubbed ‘Industrie 4.0” www.ama-sensorik.de/en Big data analytics needed as mobile traffic goes parabolic Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) main use of collecting subscriber and network data is to be able to produce valuable insights on customer experience, customer behavior and network performance. But there is so much more operators can do to make accurate business decisions that generate more revenue, fight competition, and build on customer quality of experience (QoE). Research analyst, Sabir Rafiq comments, “MNOs and Communication Service Providers (CSPs) are actively looking into Big Data and Analytical solutions. They need tools that can impact their businesses and find new ways to reduce costs, improve efficiency of the networks, increase and generate new revenue streams, and increase QoE.” Rafiq continues, “Big Data Analytics are no longer the exclusive province of IT Software, as leading telecom vendors such as Astellia, Ericsson, Nokia Solutions and Networks, and Huawei have stepped up. Software vendors, including Citrix and Guavus, offer big data and analytical solutions to help telecoms collect and analyze data effectively.” Key aspects of a successful mobile big data analytics offering include the ability to easily identify the key data sets, hook them efficiently and retain relevancy. The most successful implementations will start with a clear understanding of the project goals and will be tailored to individual needs. It is imperative that Telcos and Telecom providers understand that it is not one-size-fits-all but they take a more customer-defined and resultsdriven approach. www.abiresearch.com www.microwave-eetimes.com Microwave Engineering Europe March-April 2014 7


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