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Intel targets connected home with Lantiq acquisition

Intel has agreed to buy Lantiq Semiconductor, a German-based supplier of broadband access and home networking semiconductors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition will expand Intel's opportunities in the growing market dubbed the Internet of Things (IoT), where everyday items - from heart monitors to automobiles - are connected to the cloud via embedded electronic devices.

PhoeniX Software raises funds for photonic design

PhoeniX Software, a provider of software design tools for photonics, electronics and nanotechnologies, has secured an investment from the Twente Technology Fund.

The company plans to use the investment to accelerate its growth in the field of integrated photonics, where it offers circuit design and simulation tools for a range of materials systems (including silicon photonics, indium phosphide, TriPleX and others).

With the investment, PhoeniX Software has said that it will be able to include extra features and capabilities in its OptoDesigner software.

CommScope buys TE's broadband network unit for $3B

Confirming rumours of a deal, TE Connectivity has agreed to sell its broadband network business unit to CommScope for $3.0 billion (€2.64 billion).

The networks business, one of the company’s four divisions, includes TE's telecom, enterprise networks and wireless operations.

Together these businesses generated $1.9 billion of revenue in fiscal 2014, consisting of $1.1 billion from the telecom business, $627 million from enterprise, and $164 million from wireless.

Google scales up its gigabit ambition

Five years since Google said it would build a gigabit-speed network in one US city as an experiment, the search engine giant is ready to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks on a much grander scale.

Google has announced that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham.

The company also says it will continue to explore bringing FTTH to five further metro areas, namely Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose. Updates are expected later this year.

Baltic Highway opens for business

A new fibre-optic network could provide the fastest route for data travelling between Eastern and Western Europe.

Officially launched on 21 January, the Baltic Highway is billed as an alternative high-capacity route for connecting Northern Europe’s new mega data centres to Western Europe.

The 3000-km-long network connects Tallinn in Estonia with Frankfurt in Germany via Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania), Warsaw (Poland) and Berlin (Germany). Onward connections to Saint Petersburg in Russia via 100G and Belarus via 10G links are also possible.

VLC Photonics simplifies photonic chip design

Optical design house VLC Photonics has launched what it describes a ‘standard design service’ for companies developing photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The company will offer fixed prices that are determined by the chip area alone, independently of the chip’s desired functionality.

MENA-SCS deploys Infinera DTN-X platform across Egypt

Infinera announced that its DTN-X optical transport platform has been deployed across the trans-Egypt terrestrial segment of the Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable System (MENA-SCS), providing multi-terabit capacity and offering network services to customers today.

Picometrix wins orders for 100G coherent receivers

Picometrix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Photonix, has received significant orders from two of its customers to supply 100G coherent optical reciever products.

The first order, from a contract that is renegotatied on a semi-annual basis, is for Picometrix to supply its high-speed coherent optical receiver, the CR-100D, to a major Asian-based OEM telecom systems vendor.

Partners Group funds Seabras-1 cable linking US and Brazil

The first direct undersea fibre-optic cable between New York, US, and Sấo Paulo, Brazil, called Seabras-1, is now fully funded thanks to equity investment by the Partners Group, a private investment fund.

In related news, Tata Communications has agreed to buy "substantial capacity" on the submarine cable system.

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