Sequans | December 22, 2021
Sequans Communications S.A. a leading provider of cellular IoT chips and modules for massive and broadband IoT, announced that LTE band 65 support is now available on its Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced platform. In collaboration with EchoStar Mobile, a mobile satellite services provider offering connectivity across Europe through a converged satellite and terrestrial network, Sequans has extended the capabilities of its Cassiopeia LTE platform to include B65, 90 MHz of spectrum that is primarily used for satellite or combined terrestrial/satellite services. The new Sequans/EchoStar Mobile solution comprises the entire modem function, including baseband, RFIC and front-end, enabling EchoStar Mobile to realize its plans to deploy a converged S-band satellite and terrestrial end-to-end network.
"Our collaboration with EchoStar Mobile on Band 65 support is the latest development we've undertaken to enable LTE to satellite communications, and we are excited about the new broadband IoT applications that are now possible using this new technology,EchoStar Mobile is working on some of the world's most exciting communications projects, and we are pleased to contribute our technology in support of their long-term spectrum utilization strategy."
Georges Karam, Sequans CEO
The new Cassiopeia LTE-A prototype with B65 support has passed all 3GPP required conformance tests for the FDD 1920 – 2010 MHz UL / 2110 – 2200 MHz DL frequency range and can be used as an initial design guideline for a wide variety of broadband LTE IoT devices.
This project with EchoStar Mobile was undertaken as part of Sequans "Custom Technology Solutions" initiative where Sequans experts address some of the world's most difficult and exciting communications challenges. In addition to satellite, Sequans has adapted its technology for projects in other markets, including aviation, transportation, public safety, and government. For more information, see CustomTech.
Sequans' Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced platform is compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications. Cassiopeia supports highly flexible dual-carrier aggregation that allows the combination of any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each, contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band. Cassiopeia also supports other Release 10 enhancements such as new MIMO schemes, enhanced inter-cell interference coordination (eICIC) schemes for heterogeneous networks (HetNets), and improvements to LTE broadcast. Cassiopeia features Sequans' advanced receiver technology for improved performance and can support additional optional features, including envelope tracking and secure boot.
Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading developer and supplier of cellular IoT connectivity solutions, providing chips and modules for 5G/4G massive and broadband IoT. For 5G/4G massive IoT applications, Sequans provides a comprehensive product portfolio based on its flagship Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT and Calliope Cat 1 chip platforms, featuring industry-leading low power consumption, a large set of integrated functionalities, and global deployment capability. For 5G/4G broadband IoT applications, Sequans offers a product portfolio based on its Cassiopeia Cat 4/Cat 6 4G and high-end Taurus 5G chip platforms, optimized for low-cost residential, enterprise, and industrial applications. Founded in 2003, Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Taiwan, South Korea, and China.
About EchoStar Mobile
EchoStar Mobile, an Irish company with commercial operations headquartered in the United Kingdom and a data center based in Griesheim, Germany, is a mobile satellite services provider offering connectivity across Europe through a converged satellite and terrestrial network. EchoStar Mobile is a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation.
About EchoStar Corporation
EchoStar Corporation is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.
Bluebird Network | November 23, 2021
Bluebird Network, a communications infrastructure provider with 10,000 route miles of fiber and operator of two data centers, now supports carrier-grade fiber internet, cloud access and data services to the SubTropolis Technology Center (STC) in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bluebird recently established a point of presence in the Hunt Midwest facility to support data-hungry businesses via a partnership with LightEdge Solutions. Continuing to expand their network and communications infrastructure delivery, this development furthers Bluebird’s ability to empower local businesses.
“The digital world spins faster each day and Bluebird is focused on giving businesses the tools and technology to keep up,When an operation has inconsistent internet or can’t evaluate their business in real time, production slows and money is lost. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Trent Anderson, Chief Revenue Officer of Bluebird Network
It’s no secret applications and data housed in the cloud is quickly becoming the way of the future.
“Cloud services are increasingly being pushed closer to the edge,” said Mike McHenry, LightEdge VP of Cloud and Product Architecture. “Having partners like Bluebird that can help our customers with their connectivity needs is a critical component to delivering our services to enterprise customers.”
All new and existing tenants within the SubTropolis can now leverage Bluebird’s world-class fiber. Bluebird also boasts some of the fastest circuit turn-up times in the industry, made even easier by existing infrastructure within the cave.
This build brings a powerful and diverse fiber connection to the Hunt Midwest Meet-Me-Room – an added benefit for carriers and businesses colocating in the LightEdge data center inside the SubTropolis.
“We’ve been pursuing Bluebird for years to connect in here,” said Mike Bell, Senior VP of Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development. “It’s always good to have another carrier in STC allowing people to choose our location and it’s a testament to Bluebird’s network. It’s a win-win for both sides.”
One other benefit of Bluebird building into the SubTropolis is the ability to connect LightEdge customers to other data centers.
Referencing the Bluebird Underground Data Center in Springfield, Missouri, Bell said, “Having two underground locations with a fiber provider, how much safer can you be?”
Bluebird’s Underground Data Center is a facility built 85-feet below ground to N+1 standards at all levels of critical infrastructure. Extending an extra level of redundancy to their existing data center services, the company also owns and operates the Bluebird Quad Cities Data Center in Bettendorf, IA.
Supporting increased productivity and innovation for businesses for over 20 years, Bluebird supplies robust and reliable fiber services necessary to thrive in the next era of digital transformation. The company provides an array of services including dedicated internet, Ethernet solutions, Private Cloud Connections, dark fiber, wavelengths, colocation, and more.
About Bluebird Network
Bluebird Network is a communications infrastructure provider and data center operator. Since 1999, Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, has provided internet and transport services, via its fiber infrastructure, to Carriers and Enterprises in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, and the surrounding states. Bluebird owns two data centers: an underground facility in Springfield, MO, and a facility in the Quad Cities. Bluebird operates over 10,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections with over 74,000 on-net and near-net buildings and 151 Points of Presence (PoP) sites spanning the Midwest, including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield (MO and IL), Tulsa, Peoria, Rockford, Bloomington, Normal and the Quad Cities.
ABB | April 26, 2021
Pushing the limits of advanced IT and networking devices requires advances in component density and functionality. This means building board-level power modules in ever-shrinking, high-density packages for power and electrical engineers. The latest MicroDLynx IITM DC-DC from ABB helps satisfy the power requirements of demanding, data-hungry applications by offering highly accurate voltage control in a compact, 232-mm2 footprint – with a power density of 167 A/in2.
The new MicroDLynx II power modules, the latest addition to ABB's established DLynx II family of DC-DC converters, provide the precision power needed for equipment such as high-speed switches and routers, AI processors, application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), high-current field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processors, and ARM-based processors – all in a small footprint.
Performance and Control
Features of the new MicroDLynx II non-isolated, high-density DC-DC converters – or UJT060 DC-DC converters – include:
• DC input voltage range of 7.5 to 14.4 volts (V).
• Precisely regulated, programmable output voltages of 0.5 to 2 V.
• Ability to link in parallel configurations of up to four units to achieve maximum output currents of 240A.
• Advanced digital controls and monitoring via PMBus 1.3 that creates “black box” fault detection for advanced diagnostics. PMBus commands can be set to record and store a wide range of parameters.
• 88% high-efficiency power conversion from 12V input to 1V output, reducing energy consumption and improving thermal management.
• Minimal power thermal derating from airflow and ambient temperatures.
• Fully tested and IPC9592-qualified modules that can help reduce application time-to-market and design risk while also improving field reliability.
• Low transient and ripple attribute to meet load input voltage requirements.
New Digital Power Insights ProGUI III
ABB has released a new version of its validated Digital Power Insight software tool, in addition to the MicroDLynx II DC-DC converters. The Digital Power Insight software works with ABB's digital devices, such as AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies, digital bus converters, and point-of-load/voltage regulator modules, to allow communication between the power supplies and customer end-use equipment through a PMBus interface. Customers can conveniently find the best product for their application needs and digitally test various options as a result of this.
The updated ProGUI III software version blends previous versions of the Digital Power Insight tool (including the graphical user interface, command-line interface, and initial ProGUI versions) into a single software solution for all ABB Power Conversion digital power supplies and modules, including the latest UJT060 MicroDLynx II.
ABB Power Conversion serves customers in fast-changing, mission-critical environments where information, access, and response times are redefining their markets. They provide integrated, end-to-end utility solutions and services around the power landscape, providing the power quality, reliability, and efficiency required to maximize uptime in the most critical applications.
is a leading global technology company that energizes social and industrial transformation to create a more productive, sustainable future. ABB pushes the limits of technology by adding software to its electrification, robotics, automation, and motion resources to drive success to new heights. ABB's success is driven by over 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries and has a legacy of innovation dating back more than 130 years.