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The Smallest Modem for the IoT

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The Smallest Modem for the IoT

Intel reveals what it claims is the smallest standalone 3G modem in the world-- the XMM 6255, a chip around 300m2 in size designed for networked sensors, wearable devices and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

It features a SMART I UE2p transceiver, an Intel design combining transmitter and receiver functionality with an integrated power amplifier and power management on a single chip.

Intel says the design not only allows for a smaller modem, but also protects the radio from overheating, voltage peaks and damage from tough conditions. It also simplifies the design and minimises production costs.

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Gowex Goes Bankrupt Following Cooked Books

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Gowex Goes Bankrupt Following Cooked Books

Spanish free wifi provider Gowex files for bankruptcy and CEO Jenaro Garcia Martin resigns following allegations of falsified accounts-- allegations later confirmed by no other than the CEO himself.

Initially the company refuted the report by investment firm Gotham City Research, and even threatened legal action. But just a day later Garcia Martin admitted he has been cooking the books for "at least" the last 4 years.

"Mr Garcia Martin, CEO and Chairman, has told several board members that the accounts of the company, for at least the last four years, were unfaithful and that he was responsible for this misrepresentation. The board ... has accepted his resignation," a company statement published on the Spanish MAB stock exchange reads.

Such a sorry state of affairs is a far cry from the Gowex known as a Spanish success story, whose founder and CEO was described by Spain's marketing association as "a magician who converted wifi into water" last May.

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Qualcomm Bets on WiGig With Wilocity Buy

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Qualcomm Bets on WiGig With Wilocity Buy

Qualcomm moves forward in WiGig 60GHz wireless technology (aka 802.11ad wifi) adoption with the acquisition of pioneer Wilocity and the announcement of a mobile SoC reference design featuring the technology.

"WiGig will play an important role in Qualcomm's strategy to address consumers' increasingly sophisticated smartphone, tablet and computing requirements," the company says. It does not reveal how much it paid for Wilocity, but its pricetag was reportedly set at around $300 million.

Wilocity is one of the founding members of the 802.11ad working group, and already sells WiGig solutions to Dell and Cisco.

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Cisco: Wifi Traffic To Exceed Wired by 2018

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Cisco: Wifi Traffic To Exceed Wired by 2018

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index report wifi traffic is to exceed wired traffic by 2018 as global IP traffic across fixed and mobile connections grows nearly 3-fold over the 2013-2018 forecast period.

Spurring such growth are growing internet user and device numbers, faster broadband speeds and increased video viewing-- for instance Cisco predicts the FIFA World Cup alone will generate 4.3 exabytes of IP traffic, 3 times the monthly IP traffic generated by host city Brazil.

Following that Cisco expects global IP traffic to reach 132 exabytes per month by 2018, the equivalent of 8.8 billion simultaneous 4K/UHD World Cup final streams.

Non-PC devices are a main IP traffic driver-- 33% of 2013 IP traffic came from non-PC devices, a share forecast to grow to 57% by 2018 through TVs, tablets, smartphones and M2M connections.

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Juniper and Arupa Team Up in Networks

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Juniper and Arupa Team Up in Networks

Juniper and Aruba form a partnership to combine Aruba mobility solutions with Juniper enterprise switches and routers, thus bringing about "ongoing product innovation" to customers.

Aruba will get key Juniper software elements and APIs to create a reference architecture leveraging its WLAN access points, AirWave network management and ClearPass policy management systems alongside Juniper EX series switches and MX series routers.

The deal includes Aruba's current generation 802.11n and next gen 802.11ac products.

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