Tuesday, December 27, 2011

AUTOS: Top Technologies Of 2011

from http://automotive.speedtv.com:

>>Focusing back on individual items, here are nine of the top car-tech items and stories of 2011:

The Cadillac User Experience is a major advancement in touch-screen interfaces with several industry firsts. (Photo: Cadillac)
Cadillac User Experience (CUE) -- Better than an iPad. Love it or hate it, over the next several years we're going to see even more instrument-panel real estate dedicated to screen-based systems, especially touch screens. While MyFord Touch made a plunge last year, it's been followed in close succession by a host of other interfaces that aim to do most of what the Ford system can do, but with a little more simplicity, such as Chrysler's UConnect Touch, the General Motors system known as IntelliLink (Buick) and MyLink (Chevy). But none of them quite matches up to GM's upcoming system for Cadillac models, called CUE (Cadillac User Experience).

Samsung eyes 15 pct rise in handset sales next yr - report

from Yahoo/Reuters:

>>South Korea's Samsung Electronics aims to raise its global handset sales by 15 percent next year by boosting its smartphone sales, putting it in a closer race with bigger rival Nokia, a local newspaper said on Tuesday.


Samsung, the world's No.2 handset vendor, targets sales of 374 million handsets next year, up from 325 million units the company projected for this year, Korea Economic Daily reported citing industry officials.

Out of the 374 million handsets, Samsung aims to sell 150 million units of smartphones next year, the report said.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top 10 Influential: Australian data centres, Cloud expansion

from www.computerworld.com.au:

>>That didn’t stop service providers taking advantage of the trend to host data in the Cloud overseas, such as fibre wholesaler Vocus (ASX:VOC). The company moved to position itself as a key capacity provider for US companies this year by selling Cloud services to Australian customers via South East Asia. In November, it established a point of presence (PoP) at the Equinix data centre in Singapore.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tech consortium moves to accelerate FIX Protocol messaging

from www.finextra.com:

>>A group of leading IT infrastructure vendors today unveiled specialist teaming efforts to deliver a new level of high performance solutions to the global electronic trading community.

Led by OnX Enterprise Solutions, the group's charter members at the infrastructure level are: Intel, Dell, Arista Networks, Solarflare, Equinix, Grey Spark Partners and Edge Technology Group - testing FIX engines from Rapid Addition and B2BITS EPAM Systems Company.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

inContact Selects Platform Equinix to Extend its Cloud-based Call Center Solutions

inContact deploys in Equinix IBX data centers in Frankfurt and Munich to expand its high-speed European infrastructure

London December 15, 2011 Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that award-winning global call center service provider inContact has chosen to expand its offering in Europe with Platform Equinix™. United States-based inContact will service its fast-growing EMEA customer base through Equinix’s global footprint and the high density and low-latency networks available in its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.

inContact will deploy identical implementations in Equinix’s Frankfurt and Munich IBX data centers that thereby exceed the levels of availability and resilience required by customers. The move follows a recently announced global distribution agreement between inContact and unified communications leader Siemens Enterprise Communications, which meant inContact needed to expand rapidly in Europe with no impact to performance. To support this growth, inContact needed a data center partner able to provide infrastructure throughout Europe capable of enabling high application performance, while scaling with inContact as it expands into new global markets.

“In Equinix, we have a trusted data centre partner with best-in-class, resilient data centre facilities and strategic geographical reach in EMEA, which enables us to deliver the highest quality of on-demand services to our European customers via the cloud,” said Mike Perry, inContact VP of International Operations, “Platform Equinix provides us with a strong foundation from which we can deliver our services and ensure customer satisfaction, as well as an exceptional ecosystem of potential customers and partners to enable further growth. We look forward to a productive and profitable long-term relationship with Equinix, as we continue to expand globally.”

“Organisations are increasingly looking to the cloud for business-critical infrastructure platforms and software applications, and cloud-based contact center solutions are one of the fastest growing areas,” said Dick Theunissen, CMO, Equinix EMEA. “The fact that a market leader like inContact selected Equinix for such a latency-sensitive platform is testament to the high application performance and the quality of user experience that can be delivered through the Platform Equinix ecosystem in Europe.”

JSE selects Fixnetix as UK PoP and network provider

from www.automatedtrader.net:

>>The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and Fixnetix have announced that the exchange has chosen Fixnetix as the provider of the JSE's point of presence (PoP) in the UK.

Initially, access to the JSE's Equity Market Customer Testing Service and real time data services will be available via the JSE PoP provided by Fixnetix in the Equinix datacentre, LD4, in Slough. The UK PoP will be extended to include trading of JSE equities and this agreement could be expanded to include access to other JSE markets.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Haptic code entry to replace PIN codes at ATMs?

from www.ubergizmo.com:

>>The first approach, called PhoneLock, features alphanumeric icons on a smartphone touchscreen are replaced with a set of up to 10 different tactile cues known as tactons. The tactons are placed in a circular grid that is divided into several radial segments so that when the user moves their finger over a segment the vibrate motor in the device will vibrate in a specific pattern depending on which tacton is there. The user has feels the different segments until they find the right one in a sequence they have remembered and then press an icon at the centre of the circle to enter it.

The second method, SpinLock, gives users a circular wheel that works like the dial of an old-fashioned combination safe – but instead of running their fingers around it to the appropriate number, users spin it until they feel the correct number of clicks in a sequence before running it in the other direction.

Deutsche Börse starts offering co-location clients 10 Gigabits connections

from www.finextra.com:

>>Deutsche Börse AG has been offering trading and market data via dedicated 10 Gigabit/s connections to its clients at the Equinix data centre in Frankfurt since Monday.


"Since moving our trading systems to the Equinix data centre, we have been able to further improve the service we offer our clients. The new high-speed access for our co-location service means they can take advantage of the very latest technology," said Matthias Kluber, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks and Infrastructure at Deutsche Börse. "The lower latency will further increase liquidity in our markets and the new technology will also create capacity for further growth."

Monday, December 12, 2011

ISE- Exegy ticker plant

from www.waterstechnology.com:

>>SE has installed the Exegy ticker plant at its primary datacenter in Equinix's NY4 facility in Secaucus, NJ, as well as its disaster recovery datacenter

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Equinix Data Center 6 (DC6)

from www.henselphelps.com:

>>The 148,700 SF Equinix Data Center 6 Project (DC6) includes 59,400 SF of collocation area on the secure Ashburn campus. Built in a mere 8 months, this 15 MW, critical load, mission-critical data center was constructed to Tier III requirements.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Jamba Juice on growth, JambaGo

from http://nrn.com:

>>Jamba Inc. chief executive James White said he is ready to grow the Jamba Juice smoothie chain into a global brand — starting with local elementary and secondary schools.

By next week, the 752-unit chain will have opened about 30 pilot locations of a new platform called JambaGo, designed as a licensed outlet that could go into self-service venues. White spoke with Nation’s Restaurant News on Wednesday at an investor conference in Santa Monica, Calif.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ethernet Executive Council Q&A: Equinix

from www.lightreading.com:

>>Take, for example, our Ashburn campus. There are any number of SaaS providers there. Many use Amazon. Previously, you uploaded content to the Internet and had to pay an ISP even though you were physically in the same location as Amazon. A large number of Amazon customers were perfectly comfortable with the idea of having certain assets in the cloud, but they did not want to use the Internet for uploads and downloads. They were looking for a direct connection that bypasses the Internet.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lithium Technologies Earns ISO Certification for Pure Software-as-a-Service Social Business Solution


EMERYVILLE, Calif. & LONDON, Dec 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Lithium Technologies, the leader in Social Customer Solutions, today announced that it has earned International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for information security, further affirming its rigorous adherence to security best practices in all phases of product development and customer deployment of its social business software for customers worldwide.

With its pure software-as-a-service delivery model, Lithium provides customers worldwide with new features and enhancements monthly without lengthy upgrade cycles or service disruption. ISO certification gives Lithium customers even more assurance that they are partnering with the leading social business software provider.

"It's clear that not all SaaS providers are created equal and some fail to live up to the stringent requirements for privacy, security and performance that today's global brands require," said Lithium Chief Information Officer Misha Logvinov.

"It is imperative for brands to engage their social customers whenever and wherever they are, and we empower them to do just that -- confidently and securely -- with the agility and flexibility that only a SaaS solution can provide. Clearly, not all social business providers can say this," Logvinov said.

European Datacenter Gives Customers Competitive Edge

Lithium also announced that its state-of-the-art European datacenter is delivering significant performance enhancements, achieving a more than 50% improvement in service delivery to customers in Europe.

Strategically located in Amsterdam for proximity to European customers, Lithium's European datacenter features fully redundant power systems, multiple levels of physical security and network connectivity to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and numerous other providers.

The datacenter, which is managed by Equinix, has been in operation since late 2010 and currently runs the Lithium Social Customer Suite for more than 25 regional enterprises -- including some of the largest global brands such as Symantec.

"We have seen our customer engagement metrics skyrocket since deploying Lithium's social community platform out of the Amsterdam datacenter," said Tony Weiss, Symantec Corp.'s Norton Forums Global Community Manager. "Our security and privacy protocols have been easily met and, more importantly, our customer support costs have come down."

Chris Sharp, General Manager, Content and Digital Media, for Equinix said: "Within the Equinix ecosystem of over 4,000 different digitally-driven businesses, Lithium is able to leverage the interconnection capabilities within to connect its customers to more than 475 content and digital media providers, including the top five social networks. This gives Lithium -- and their customers - a huge advantage over the competition."

Rigorous Data Security

Lithium's certification on the ISO/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 27001:2005 for information security management is further evidence of its rigorous adherence to best practices for ensuring customer data security and privacy. Lithium institutes multiple layers of security at the application, network, host and physical levels. Its datacenters -- including the new Amsterdam facility -- are equipped with CCTV systems and digital recorders, manned by security guards on a 24x7 basis and require multiple forms of authentication including biometrics to access the facilities.

In addition to the new ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification, Lithium is also SAS 70 (SSAE 16) certified. The datacenters are independently SAS 70 (SSAE 16) certified, ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certified and PCI DSS section 9 certified. Lithium is also US-EU Safe Harbor and US-Swiss Safe Harbor self-certified and has been awarded TRUSTe's Privacy Seal.

About Lithium Technologies

We help great companies build brand nations for their most engaged customers. With Lithium, clients such as Best Buy, AT&T, Research In Motion Limited (RIM), Univision, and PayPal turn their customers' passion into marketing, product development, sales, and customer service assets. For more information, visit http://www.lithium.com , or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and our own nation -- the Lithosphere. Lithium is privately held with headquarters in Emeryville, California.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Equinix plotting massive Ashburn data complex

from www.bizjournals.com:

>>Equinix of Foster City, Calif., has applied to Loudoun County to expand its network of nine existing data facilities. It wants to develop an 87-acre site by Gloucester and Loudoun County parkways to make room for up to 1.1 million square feet of data center and office space, according to Loudoun County public documents.

Robotics may impact future surgery

from www.jhunewsletter.com:

>>In a new paper published online last month in The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, a system is presented for minimally invasive surgery performed with Haptic feedback and visual feedback aids for surgeons. Haptics refers to the sense of touch, specifically the perception of objects as such. In the new work, the case of prostate cancer is examined, due to rising concerns over the effectiveness of robot assisted surgery for this application.

The paper was written jointly by researchers at Hopkins and Robotics and ElectroMechanical Systems, Intelligent Automation, Inc., located in Rockville, MD.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cable&Wireless Worldwide Leverages Platform Equinix to Expand into Hong Kong and Tokyo

Strengthens its global network infrastructure for enterprise customers in Asia

HONG KONG, CHINA — December 1, 2011 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that Cable&Wireless Worldwide has strengthened its market reach to Hong Kong and Tokyo with Platform Equinix ™. By establishing network points-of-presence in Equinix’s Hong Kong and Tokyo International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers, Cable&Wireless Worldwide can now directly offer its network services to multinational corporations in Asia Pacific. C&W Worldwide already leverages Platform Equinix in Chicago, London, New York, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Washington DC and Zurich.

C&W Worldwide delivers a range of high quality managed voice, data and IP-based services and applications to large enterprises, connecting businesses all over the world. By leveraging Platform Equinix, C&W Worldwide can expand its network coverage for existing customers and access new ones located in Equinix’s data centers. In addition, Equinix’s customer base of multinational enterprises in Hong Kong and Tokyo can now access a full range of services from C&W Worldwide and connect directly to its network for secure and cost-efficient global connectivity.

“As a leader in mission critical communications, we provide our enterprise customers with premium network connectivity and services,” said Mr Gavin Tait, Director, Network Planning and Implementation, Asia, for Cable&Wireless Worldwide. “Extending our relationship with Equinix in Hong Kong and Tokyo represents our continued commitment to expanding our next-generation network capabilities to service multinational companies as they expand and grow their businesses in Asia. Platform Equinix also gives us access to a rich ecosystem of customers, which provides us with immediate opportunities to grow, while continuing to optimise our customers’ experience.”

“Our extensive relationship with Cable&Wireless Worldwide is testament to the value of our global platform for enabling network service providers to easily expand their service reach to access new revenue opportunities,” said Andrew Oon, business development director, networks & content, Equinix Asia-Pacific. “Cable&Wireless Worldwide is a valuable addition to our carrier-neutral platform, which offers Equinix customers a broad choice of best-in-class network providers to meet their telecommunications needs.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

EU Claims Breakthrough In Robotic Neurosurgery

from www.rttnews.com:

>>The ROBOCAST project has developed a new type of robot that gives two important advantages to surgeons: 13 degrees (types) of movement, compared to the four available to human hands during minimally invasive surgery, and "haptic feedback" the physical cues which allow surgeons to assess tissue and perceive the amount of force applied during surgery.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The onscreen keyboard has haptic feedback

>>The Note is a multitouch smartphone. It’s very responsive and the navigation, intuitive. The S Pen is also meant to make it stand apart from other smartphones. I don't find myself using it much, though it probably will appeal to others. I also find the S Pen a bit hard to take out from its cocoon. The onscreen keyboard has haptic feedback, which works just fine.

Samsung says expects to top 2011 smartphone sales target

from Yahoo:

>SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics expects to beat its 2011 smartphone sales target thanks to brisk sales of its Galaxy smartphones, a mobile executive said on Monday.

"We are pinning high hopes...on achieving sales higher than our previous plan," the executive said at a press conference, without disclosing its expected sales figure.

DealHub introduces proximity hosting for eFX

DealHub (Option Computers Ltd) announced today that its ultra-low latency eFX trading solutions are now available as hosted services at Equinix datacentres in London and New York, co-located with key FX Market participants.

DealHub is already hosting live trading services for a number of customers in London, with further eCommerce solutions due to be launched in New York for both Tier 1 and regional banks in the coming weeks.

"For our customers, speed equals profit and their agility is critical to winning new business," said Peter Kriskinans, CEO, Dealhub. "We can now offer our full suite of ultra-low latency, flexible trading capabilities in a fast-to-market, fully hosted solution that rivals the very best bespoke tier one services. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for ambitious organisations to level the playing field with their larger competitors - with minimal integration required and no up-front capital cost."

DealHub services are hosted in Equinix's LD4 (London) and NY4 (New York) datacentres, co-located with many of the FX industry's leading participants and execution venues. Direct cross-connects from these participants and venues to DealHub services guarantee the fastest possible pricing and execution. DealHub's dedicated high-speed London to New York connection minimises inter-region latency and committed plans to replicate services in Asia will ensure global, ultra-high speed connectivity for all Dealhub customers.

Reliability and security are key concerns for banks looking at hosted solutions; Dealhub's live-live redundancy in each datacentre and inter-region disaster recovery, coupled with Equinix's best-in-class data centre services, ensure that customers can host their mission-critical trading systems with absolute confidence.

The investment in high performance hosting facilities also enables DealHub to offer its full range of pre and post trade services in a fully managed environment. This includes market leading straight-through-processing and archive services, as well as real-time business intelligence. Given the current focus on preparing for new regulations in 2012, DealHub is seeing strong demand for its regulatory reporting solutions, offerioffering smart routing to CCPs and SDRs via a single connection to the hosted environment.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wells Fargo Starts Equinix (EQIX) at Outperform

from www.streetinsider.com:

>Wells Fargo initiates coverage on Equinix with an Outperform. PT range $123-$131.

Wells analyst says, "In our opinion, the network-neutral data center space represents a safe, derivative play on the continued growth of IP and Internet traffic. Near term, we think retail pricing is relatively stable and that demand trends remain strong. As a result, we think EQIX has the potential to exceed EBITDA estimates in 2012. Additionally, expansion initiatives and its continued ability to scale margins could provide a catalyst to EQIX shares longer term. Lastly, the potential to reallocate cash to shareholders and achieve positive FCF in 2013 should create an opportunity for multiple expansion. Introducing 2011E EBITDA/share est of $15.14 and 2012E of $17.54."

Equinix Is Preferred Choice For Sanofi’s Data Center Operations In Asia-Pacific

Sanofi now able to deliver business critical applications and drive higher levels of collaboration and service

Singapore — November 22, 2011 Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, has joined Platform Equinix™, consolidating its data center operations in Asia-Pacific from six data centers into just one. Sanofi will deploy its most critical applications from Equinix’s International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center, supporting business operations from a private cloud to provide a stable operating environment with higher levels of collaboration and performance.

Equinix in Asia-Pacific was selected for its secure, high-connectivity, high-availability and power-dense data center environment. The 10GB dark fiber connectivity and high power density of up to 8kVA allows Sanofi to deploy a full range of software and business critical applications to its offices from a single location within Asia-Pacific. The ability to provide employees with fast access to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), email servers and financial applications has given Sanofi the technological boost needed to drive a consistent level of service to customers and partners within the region and across the globe.

Charles Guiocheau, head of APAC-J Regional Service Delivery at Sanofi, said, “Our business strategy to consolidate operations within a two-month timeframe meant that we had very specific requirements for power, connectivity, security and availability. Equinix was the only provider in Asia-Pacific that could meet our stringent requirements. The team’s willingness and flexibility made it extremely easy for us to start operations in the short timeframe. The high level of connectivity provided in Equinix’s IBX data centers was a key reason behind our choice of provider. This allowed our servers in Asia-Pacific to connect to other global Sanofi servers, providing the option for increased business flexibility and on-demand scalability when required.”

“We are pleased to have Sanofi join Platform Equinix and help the company to accelerate business collaboration while maintaining a competitive edge in the healthcare industry. This clearly demonstrates our capabilities to provide a high level of professional service and connectivity to customers across a wide range of industry verticals,” said Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific. “Sanofi can further benefit with access to Equinix Marketplace, which allows businesses to create custom profiles, search for and discover new service providers and partners. Buyers like Sanofi can reduce time-to-market when integrating with new partners and distributing healthcare solutions, further cutting costs while improving the performance and efficiency of their digital supply chains.”

Equinix has 11 data centers across five key markets in Asia Pacific, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Shanghai. The company services more than 880 customers in the region, including enterprise customers such as Kodak, IKEA, Polycom and Nokia.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Oppenheimer (OPY) Analysts Raise Equinix (EQIX) EPS Estimates

from http://localizedusa.com:

>>Equities research analysts at Oppenheimer (NYSE: OPY) raised their earnings per share (EPS) estimates on shares of Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX) in a research note issued to investors on Friday. They currently have a “market perform” rating on the company’s shares.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cell phones soon will produce more-nuanced vibrations

from CNN:

>>Cell-phone addicts can be so attuned to their digital companions that they are able to feel the difference between a short vibration –signaling, say, a text message - and a longer one for a phone call.

Starting next year, they will have a new class of vibrations to get familiar with.

Apple, for example, began letting iPhone users with the latest version of its software assign customized vibrations to different contacts.

Other smartphone makers are preparing to deploy the latest hardware technology from Immersion, a San Jose, California, company that researches and licenses electronic vibration tools, company vice-president Dennis Sheehan said in an interview at a conference here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gartner's Q3 2011 smartphone figures

from Engadget:

>>Samsung became the No. 1 smartphone manufacturer worldwide as sales to end users tripled year over year to reach 24 million; sell in was high as the channel built inventory. Samsung was the No. 1 smartphone manufacturer for the first time, ahead of Nokia in Western Europe and Asia. Gartner attributes this to the strong performance of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones, which now cover a broad range of prices, and a weaker competitive market.

GARP Research initiates coverage on Immersion Corp.

from www.streetinsider.com:

>>UPDATE - GARP Research initiates coverage on Immersion Corp. with a Buy rating.

GARP analyst, Rob Furlong, said, "Shares have been cut in half since mid-2011, largely because of delayed design wins for the company’s latest technology. We think an announcement is imminent, but more importantly, revenue should grow at double-digit rates regardless. We expect continued adoption of current products to push 25%+ revenue growth over the next few years, which could produce 55¢ of EPS by 2014."

Samsung Exhibit II 4G

from www.pcworld.com:


Physically, the Exhibit II 4G feels like a lighter, slightly smaller version of the Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile's first Galaxy S phone). The phone itself is 4.5 by 2.35 by 0.45 inches, and it weighs 4 ounces. The four face buttons are capacitive, not hardware, and since the phone doesn't have haptic feedback they don't always feel quite as responsive as I'd like.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

HiWave’s BMRs and Audium Amplifier IC Drive Audio in Revo K2

>CAMBRIDGE, England -- HiWave Technologies (LSE:HIW), the provider of electronic and transducer solutions for audio and haptic touch, today announced that Revo has adopted its BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) speaker technology and ultra efficient Audium amplifier ICs in its new K2 digital radios, which begin shipping worldwide today.

Friday, November 11, 2011

MyFord touch

An old comment from www.nytimes.com:

>>Still, the screen can be a distraction. While it has some benefits, like a crystal-clear view from the rear-facing camera, it lacks tactile feedback. So when you reach down to tap on a music selection you must take your eyes off the road or you’ll touch the incorrect tiny button. Some form of haptic or vibrating feedback, a feature many touch-screen smartphones have adopted, would help.


from Seeking Alpha:

>Equinix (EQIX +6.3%) pops after JP Morgan initiates the stock with an Overweight, saying the company is at the intersection of several big trends in the data center industry. Demand for the company's data center solutions is being spurred by several large trends including enterprises moving more content to both private and public clouds and more users accessing the Internet from mobile and smart phones.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Analysts Begin Coverage on Equinix

from http://localizedusa.com:

>Equities research analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) initiated coverage on shares of Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX) in a research note issued to investors on Friday. They set an “overweight” rating and a $120.00 price target on the stock.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Equinix Continues Expansion in Asia-Pacific with Opening of Second IBX Data Center in Hong Kong

The US$63 million (HK$491M) investment is a response to demand from the financial services and cloud services sectors

HONG KONG — November 9, 2011 — Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced the opening of the first phase of its second International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Hong Kong. The new IBX data center, called HK2, was built to meet the increasing demand for premium colocation and interconnection data center services, particularly from financial services organizations and cloud service providers operating in the city. HK2 represents an investment of US$63 million and extends Platform Equinix™ to a total of 99 data centers, across 38 strategic markets around the world.

Located near the existing HK1 IBX data center in the western part of the New Territories region, the first phase of HK2, an investment of US$20 million (HK$156M), will provide 450 cabinet equivalents, expanding to 1,450 at full build-out. With direct fiber connection to HK1, the HK2 IBX data center builds on Equinix’s existing rich network density, providing customers with a wide range of connectivity options. Major networks operating within HK2 include PCCW and Wharf T&T.

“Commercial growth and the continuation of Hong Kong’s dominance as a financial hub in Asia are key drivers of demand for data center services in the local market,” said Alex Tam, managing director, Equinix Greater China. “Data centers are an essential part of the city’s infrastructure and the opening of HK2 ensures the supply of data center availability needed to support the sustainable growth of traditional pillar industries such as financial services and trading.”

The HK2 facility will also meet an increase in demand for data center capacity driven by the appetite for cloud computing in the market. With its world leading broadband penetration and excellent international connectivity, coupled with good policy governance, Hong Kong is rapidly becoming a desired location for cloud service providers. HK2 will offer cloud service providers access to multiple networks, which is critical to enhance application performance and ensure redundancy. BrightHost, a leading supplier of high-capacity cloud infrastructure and web hosting solutions, deployed its cloud offering within Equinix’s HK1 data center earlier this year to meet its blue-chip customers’ requirement for a presence in Asia.

In addition to having access to a carrier neutral, dense network environment, businesses deployed in HK2 will be able to enjoy close proximity and access to a vast ecosystem of partners and potential customers, enabling them to maximize business opportunities within the data center.

The HK2 IBX data center offers a variety of premium data center services including colocation, interconnection and peering and direct cross connect between networks. Customers will also have access to the Equinix Marketplace, giving them the ability to discover new partners and locate services where they are required.

“Hong Kong is a key location for regional and global businesses that are keen to expand operations and build business ecosystems in this important financial market. Our global reach also means that customers looking to enter new markets can do so confidently, knowing they will receive the same level of service. Growing our global platform allows us to meet customers’ on going needs for premium, well-connected, data center services,” added Tam.

HK2 is the third new IBX data center to be opened by Equinix in the Asia-Pacific region this year as part of its plans to expand Platform Equinix in the region. Earlier this year the company opened IBX data centres in Sydney (SY3) and Tokyo (TY3) – the third Equinix IBX data centres in both cities.


Data Center Related Stocks Deliver Positive Earnings Surprises

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>Most data center related companies have already reported Q3 earnings, with each one but Internap (INAP) showing a positive stock price one-day change after the announcement:

NYSE Euronext plans site near rivals

from FT:


>NYSE Euronext is to open an access point to its trading venue at the site of its European rivals, in a bid to draw more customers to its network.

The bourse will open an access point at a data centre west of London run by Equinix, the US group, and home of Chi-X Europe, Europe’s largest pan-European trading venue. The visually unremarkable Slough site has become one of Europe’s most sought-after locations to conduct trading because it sits on the telecommunications pathways between London and New York, but is also close to Europe’s financial centre.

Nyse Technologies expands SFTI network in UK

Nyse Technologies, the commercial technology unit of Nyse Euronext (NYX), has strategically chosen to extend its global trading network, the Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) to the Equinix London LD4 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre campus in Slough.


Utilising a newly built SFTI access centre at Equinix's LD4 site, customers of both companies will benefit from direct connectivity to financial markets and market participants, including NYSE Euronext's European markets as well as a range of market data and post-trade services delivered over the SFTI backbone.

With this new installation, NYSE Technologies has grown the number of SFTI access centres within Equinix facilities to five - New York, Chicago, Singapore, Frankfurt, and now LD4 in London. NYSE Technologies' presence in LD4 lays the foundation for financial services customers within the data centre to access the full suite of low-latency trading solutions available in other NYSE Technologies Global Liquidity Centres around the world.

"Connecting to the Equinix LD4 campus further strengthens the reach and connectivity of the SFTI global trading network," said Don Brook, Head of Infrastructure, NYSE Technologies. "Equinix has built a strong community of trading firms in the LD4 campus, including a number of existing SFTI customers that will benefit from even greater market access, reduced connectivity costs and enhanced performance through this new access centre."

"Equinix is delighted to welcome NYSE Technologies SFTI trading network into the LD4 data center," said Russell Poole, Managing Director, Equinix UK. "The addition of the access PoP in LD4 further expands the number of SFTI access points into five of Equinix's top 16 global financial centers and enables our 650+ financial services customers to take advantage of a single point of connectivity to NYSE Technologies' high-quality, low-latency trading network."

Created for the financial services community in 2002, the SFTI network has been significantly upgraded and expanded throughout Europe and Asia. SFTI is built to facilitate large quantities of electronic quotes, trades and market data traffic while ensuring reliable, ultra-low latency access to NYSE Euronext'xt's markets, other global trading venues and firms, including more than 1,300 market participants. This new access centre will continue to build on NYSE Technologies strategy to expand its network of Global Liquidity Centres in key locations around the world.


Magento Hosting Provider, MageMojo Expands to New Datacenter

The fastest magento hosting provider in the US, MageMojo (http://magemojo.com) announced today that is has completed it's expansion into a new Equinix datacenter in Pittsburgh, PA. This move has greatly expanded MageMojo's network and has quadrupled it's power and rack capacity to make room for their rapid growth.

The Equinix datacenter is a carrier neutral facility and has direct connections to many of the Tier 1 internet providers around the world. This move brings together MageMojo's own IP space with the network blend of Tier 1 internet carriers including; Level3, Global Crossing, Qwest, Cogent, Verizon and Sprint.

Co-founder Eric Hileman says "Colocating inside a carrier neutral facility like Equinix allows us to put our equipment less than 50 feet from the Tier 1 internet carriers. This provides a unique advantage of lower latency network connectivity over our competitors who chose to colocate their equipment in a manner that requires them to backhaul long distances into carrier neutral facilities. We've combined that lower latency with route optimization software from Cisco, to always find the best route from all our carriers. The end result is that we're able to provide some of the lowest latency routes around the world which means faster page load times for our customers. Our expansion into this new datacenter and the many optimization techniques that we use on our servers, make us the fastest Magento hosting provider."

Eric Hileman's claim that MageMojo is the "fastest Magento hosting provider" have recently been confirmed by independent tests at http://www.magespeedtest.com. Magento commerce sites that are hosting with MageMojo are showing transaction speeds of .09 seconds per transaction, truly making MageMojo the fastest Magento web host in the US.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rackspace/Equinix Partnership A Win-Win Move

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>On Monday, Rackspace (RAX) reported Q3 numbers that exceeded analyst consensus.

Before its conference call, the company also announced Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition, an OpenStack-powered cloud backed by its managed services and operational support. The service targets customers looking to build medium-to-large scale private clouds, who can so rely on Rackspace's Reference Architecture and take advantage of the company's experience about the logical and physical architecture of a reproducible OpenStack deployment. The initial design is based on tested OpenStack configurations and hardware from Dell (DELL) and Cisco (CSCO), and obviously on Rackspace's Fanatical Support.


from the RAX c.c. (Seeking Alpha transcripts):

>>James Breen – William Blair

Okay, thanks and just one follow up Equinix actually, especially saying that they’re providing you Rackspace Cloud, the private edition services, can you talk about just that overall environment for infrastructure and how you guys are thinking about going forward in terms of leasing space or owning your own space and how the environment may have changed in the last couple of quarters, thanks.

A. Lanham Napier

Yeah, sure. Well, there is a couple of different nuances in your questionnaire. Let’s start I guess, which is the infrastructure environment in general. Our intention consistent with the prepared remarks is that we will be leasing space, but the reason we want to do that is it just better aligns the timing of the expense with the investment with the revenue we have received that from a basically it turns into a variable nature instead of a fixed nature that is all up front for us. Nothing has changed in the market place to make us deviate from that plan that is core to our strategy going forward, if you look at the infrastructure expansion, we’ve had over the last call it year and a half, vast majority it has been within this recent model.

We believe it’s very effective, we’ve been able to deliver great results to our customers in it specifically with what’s happening with the Equinix, in our press release we are pretty excited about the Rackspace Cloud private edition, for us this is a first step for us to take Fanatical support outside of our data centers, which is consistent with our long-term vision of managing and running open stacked powered clouds anywhere, basically if a customer wants to deploy an environment just for themselves inside an Equinix data center, we want to be able to provide Fanatical Support for them.

So we see it real simply is that there are two primary layers in our business, the infrastructure layer and a service layer in this Rackspace cloud private edition based on the open stack technology, the customer would be purchasing the infrastructure, paying Equinix rent for that data center infrastructure, and then they would be paying us the service fee to manage it remotely on top of that infrastructure.

So this is a business model innovation for us, which has minimal capital involved in all of the profit margin of our service layer. So we like this innovation, we are just getting started with it, there will be a lot more work to do, but we believe this is a good solid first step.

Ford Improves MyFord Touch LCD

From www.technobuffalo.com:

>>Ford had an old version of MyFord Touch setup next to the new version and I got a chance to compare the two. The new version is far superior in every way. It’s much faster, especially in navigation, which featured an enhanced framerate. Aesthetically, the new version is much more intuitive. Ford managed to whittle down unnecessary controls for the sake of simplicity and safety, and they did a fantastic job. However, when asked if the company will employ haptic feedback technology in future versions of MyFord Touch user interface, Ford deemed it “gimmicky” and not necessary for the average user. The Cadillac Cue system is rife with haptic feedback.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Immersion Earnings: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>Last week, Immersion Corporation (IMMR) reported Q3 2011 earnings.

Total revenues for Q3 2011 were $6.5 million, unchanged from Q3 2010, and less than the consensus estimate of $7.52 million. Net loss for the quarter was $(1.4) million, or $(0.05) per share, less than analysts' expectations of a ($0.02) loss. The company also lowered yearly guidance, and now expects 2011 revenues to be in the range of $29.5 to $30.5 million, with a net loss of $(1.0) to $(2.0) million.

Longsight ready to expand into Equinix CH3 data center

The Longsight Group is proud to announce the addition of a new data center to support growth, performance, and high reliability of services for our hosted clients. As service and storage use continued to expand, we explored new space in top-tier data centers. Equinix has long had a top reputation in the data center industry. Our conversations with Equinix all pointed to the CH3 facility in Chicago as their premier facility, a building that has never suffered power downtime in its existence.

Servers don’t like to lose power, and we’ve made substantial investments to date to ensure that our systems would never lose power via separate A and B power feeds. Our investment at Equinix CH3 includes four 208v power feeds to each rack in an A/B configuration. Equinix CH3 provides N+1 redundancy with full UPS systems and backup generators if utility power fails.

Two additional points made our decision to choose Equinix straightforward: 1) A 24x7 security team, every door leading to our cage secured with biometric hand readers, interlocking doors (“mantraps”), and scanning of all equipment entering and leaving the building, and 2) The ability to purchase bandwidth from a huge array of providers instead of being forced to purchase bandwidth from the data center owner. Equinix is a carrier-neutral data center, and we have chosen Internap, a provider of aggregated bandwidth services for our connectivity.


Visteon Products Shine on Fisker Karma Hybrid Electric Vehicle

from Visteon's P/R:

>>The Karma incorporates Visteon's advanced infotainment platform that allows technologies to be quickly added and customized for any market. The system provides state-of-the-art onboard navigation, AM/FM/satellite radio, USB/iPod® connectivity, and Bluetooth® wireless technology audio streaming and hands-free phone functionality. Visteon designed the user interface for all major vehicle infotainment and climate controls, accessed through a 10.2-inch haptic touch screen display that eliminates the need for mechanical dials and buttons, reducing materials and production tooling.

Equinix Awarded 2011 Frost & Sullivan Australia Excellence Award

Datacentre Service Provider of the Year Award acknowledges market leading growth and innovation

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA— October 28, 2011 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, today announced that it has been awarded the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Australia Excellence Award for datacenter services provider of the year. The Frost & Sullivan Awards are presented to companies that, based on Frost & Sullivan’s research, have demonstrated market-leading revenue growth and business innovation.

The award follows the opening of Equinix’s third Sydney International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centre, known as SY3. Built at a cost of US$65M, and located in south Sydney, SY3 provides 1,000 cabinet equivalents of capacity, expanding to 3,000 with subsequent phases. The new IBX has significantly increased the company’s Sydney capacity and ability to meet high demand for premium colocation and interconnection data centre services.

“Equinix is thrilled to be the recipient of this significant accolade from Frost & Sullivan,” commented Equinix’s Todd Handcock, chief marketing officer and VP for marketing and strategy in APAC. “This award validates our Platform Equinix strategy to provide industry-leading global infrastructure to help businesses accelerate their growth.”

“The fact this award also recognizes innovation is timely given Equinix has just launched the Marketplace, an initiative that allows customers to easily buy and sell digital services. The Marketplace is an online directory of service providers that allows the 4,000 companies on Platform Equinix to identify suppliers, partners and customers. Never before has a datacenter provider made it so simple for its customers to do business together,” added Handcock.

Arun Chandrasekaran, Research Director, ICT Practice at Frost & Sullivan commented: “Equinix has differentiated itself in the data centre industry by providing industry leading availability combined with stringent security and low latency. Equinix data centres offer direct access to multiple carrier backbones, thereby delivering high performance to customers.”

“Equinix’s strong commitment to high availability, security and low latency, makes it an attractive partner for customers such as financial services organisations, cloud computing service providers, content providers and telecommunications services providers, offering the stringent performance parameters they require to host their mission critical infrastructure. Equinix is therefore very well positioned to benefit from the growth of content delivery and cloud computing in Australia in the years to come.”

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jamba debuts at The Fort in just five days

from http://lifestyle.inquirer.net:

>>The good news is that this renowned smoothie debuts at The Fort on 11-11-11, in just five days. Brought in by one of the largest food chains in the country, The Max’s Group of Companies, Jamba Juice has made our country its first site in Southeast Asia. Sharon Fuentebella, managing director of Jumba Juice Philippines, personally toured our group and introduced us to the super-delicious drink. She is a real team leader, applauding loudest when a half-Pinoy staffer, Kimmie Molino, who has worked with Jamba Juice for 17 years, was given a special employee award by Jamba Juice CEO James White.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Equinix Opens Second Hong Kong Datacenter

from www.waterstechnology.com:

>>Datacenter and hosting provider Equinix will this week unveil its second datacenter in Hong Kong, a US$63 million facility that will ultimately deliver space for 1450 server cabinets, in response to increasing demand for hosted services...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

HTC takes the lead in the US smart phone market

from www.canalys.com:

>>With phenomenal year-on-year and sequential growth of 252% and 60% respectively, Samsung shipped 27.3 million smart phones under its own brand to capture a 23% share, becoming the number one vendor in APAC, Western Europe and Latin America, ahead of Nokia, Apple and RIM respectively. With well-regarded products, such as the Galaxy S II, and significant marketing campaigns, the vendor registered the second highest quarterly shipment total in the market’s history, behind only Nokia’s Q4 2010 performance. In addition, Samsung shipped an estimated 500,000 units worldwide under the Google and T-Mobile brands.

Data Center Related Stocks Rebound In October

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>In spite of its reputation as a famously bad month for stocks (mostly linked with the 1929 crash), October 2011 saw most stocks rebound nicely, although it ended on a negative tone.

Both the Dow Jones industrial and the Standard & Poor's 500 index reported some of their strongest performances recently (best month since October 2002 and since December 1991, respectively).

Data center related stocks are also mostly positive in the month, with the only exception of 21Vianet Group (VNET), the Chinese colocation player that has recently been in a negative trend following a much hyped IPO at $15.

Equinix Delivers A Solid Q3 And Fixes Ambitious But Achievable Targets

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>Last week Equinix reported solid Q3 results, slightly increased full year revenue guidance and hinted at ambitious long term targets, with revenues expected to be greater than $3 billion by 2015.

Let's go through some of the highlights:

Monday, October 31, 2011

The London Internet Exchange Announces Further Investment in New PoPs

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) today revealed that its successful network expansion to three new PoPs, in a shared-risk agreement with Equinix, Interxion and TelecityGroup, has resulted in further investment into these PoPs.

LINX made the significant investment in the new PoPs in 2008 and all three sites have now achieved a break-even run rate. As a result LINX is making further investment into these PoPs as it rolls out its new primary LAN based on Juniper routers.

“The last few years have been difficult for many companies and the economy as a whole. Achieving a break-even run rate proves that we made the right investment back in 2008 and it means we can continue to develop the network,” said John Souter, CEO of LINX. “I would like to thank our data centre partners, Equinix, Interxion and TeleCity Group for their help and support in this success story.”

“By partnering with LINX we have built successful sites and this means we are able to deliver even greater value to our clients,” said Greg McCulloch, UK Managing Director of Interxion, the European leaders in colocation, data centres, connectivity and managed services.

LINX's partner Equinix connects businesses globally through its platform of high performance data centres, containing dynamic ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks. John Souter said “I am confident that Equinix are also pleased they entered into this agreement, and agree that the risk sharing has paid off”.

The rapid growth of the LINX network, at a time when others were scaling back their infrastructure investments now means that further investment in these PoPs is assured. Adriaan Oosthoek, Managing Director of TeleCity Group, one of Europe's industry-leading provider of premium carrier-neutral data centres said “we are delighted that the 2008 LINX PoP is now so successful that they are bringing the new network to us in Powergate”.


Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 29, 2011

eye-surgery robot

from Engadget:

>>High precision movements

The surgeon's movements are scaled-down, for example so that each centimeter of motion on the joystick is translated into a movement of only one millimeter at the tip of the instrument. "This greatly increases the precision of the movements", says Meenink.
Haptic feedback The master also provides haptic feedback. Ophthalmologists currently work entirely by sight – the forces used in the operation are usually too small to be felt. However Meenink's robot can 'measure' these tiny forces, which are then amplified and transmitted to the joysticks. This allows surgeons to feel the effects of their actions, which also contributes to the precision of the procedure.

Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Experiences Slower Growth as Smartphone Purchases Soften in the Third Quarter, According to IDC

from Engadget:

>> The worldwide mobile phone market grew 12.8% year over year in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11), as smartphone growth declined in key mature markets. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 393.7 million units in 3Q11 compared to 348.9 million units in the third quarter of 2010. However, the 12.8% growth was higher than IDC's forecast of 9.3% for the quarter and stronger than the 9.8% growth in 2Q11.


"Smartphone centricity continues to be the hallmark of the mobile phone market," says Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team. "Two years ago, smartphones comprised just a small portion of overall shipments among the leading vendors. Today, that proportion has grown considerably, thanks in large part to LG, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson making Android smartphones a priority. At the same time, the growing presence of companies focused exclusively on the smartphone market - Apple, HTC, and RIM - also demonstrate the impact that smartphones have had on the mobile phone market as a whole."


Nokia reversed a global market share on a sequential basis last quarter thanks to stronger feature phone sales in key regions as well as the clearing of inventory backlogs in traditional strongholds, namely China and Europe, which led to a sharp year-over-year shipment and share decline last quarter. Nokia's smartphone fortunes could improve in quarters to come now that it has introduced the Nokia Lumia devices, powered by Windows Phone 7, to markets where its brand is still relatively strong and in areas where the company has lost share over the past two years.

Samsung registered double-digit growth compared to the third quarter a year ago and also outpaced the market. The company's growth was again driven by smartphone sales, such as the Galaxy S2. Smartphone sales were notably higher in emerging markets including China. Samsung outpaced the feature phone market as well in terms of growth. The vendor didn't close the market share gap on Nokia for the top mobile phone position, but it remains within striking distance.

LG Electronics maintained its position as the number 3 mobile vendor worldwide for the twelfth quarter in a row, but continued soft demand for both its feature phones and smartphones led to volume levels not seen since 2Q 2007. With only a few new devices launched and an aging feature phone portfolio, LG's warnings of lower year-over-year shipment volume appears to have come to fruition. By the end of the year, LG's grasp on the number 3 position may be loosened as Apple's aggressive smartphone campaign takes hold in 4Q 2011.

Friday, October 28, 2011

BATS Europe Completes Successful Data Centre Migration to Equinix

LONDON & KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- BATS Europe today announced it has successfully completed the migration of its matching engine and infrastructure to Equinix's London LD4 International Business Exchange(TM) (IBX(R)) data centre campus and will launch a new Binary Order Entry protocol from the LD4 campus on the 4th of November.

Binary Order Entry offers a new optional order entry method for participants to interact with the BATS Europe platform that further reduces latency. The full suite of BATS Europe order types will be available using Binary Order Entry, as well as the standard FIX protocol format.

"We are very pleased that the data centre migration was quite seamless and many customers are taking advantage of the LD4 campus's significant scale to optimise their infrastructure," said Mark Hemsley, CEO of BATS Europe. "With the migration now complete, we aim to provide premier one-stop access to liquidity with the highest levels of resilience and the lowest possible latency through continuous technological upgrades and new offerings such as Binary Order Entry."

"With the successful migration of its innovative trading platform to Equinix's LD4 data centre campus, BATS Europe can continue to grow its market share within the world's leading multi-asset financial services ecosystem," said Russell Poole, General Manager, Equinix UK. "Equinix understands the challenges that modern day exchanges face in launching competitive platforms. With more than 20 percent of the total European equities trade count originating from the LD4 campus, Equinix is uniquely positioned to support the rapid liquidity growth of BATS Europe's trading platform and maximise opportunities for trading participants across crowded financial markets."


Samsung Beats Apple as No. 1 Smartphone Vendor

from Blooomberg:

>>Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Apple Inc. (AAPL) in the last quarter to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor amid a widening technology and legal battle between the two companies.

Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones in the last quarter, taking 23.8 percent of the market, Milton Keynes, U.K.- based Strategy Analytics said in an e-mailed statement today. Apple’s 17.1 million shipments, comprising 14.6 percent of the market, pushed the Cupertino, California-based company to second place. Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) maintained its third position, according to the statement.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Internap Earnings Preview

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>Internap (INAP) will be reporting Q3 2011 results on Thursday, October 27, after the market close.

Historically, the company doesn't issue guidance, and analysts' consensus is for revenues of about $61.7 million, a small increase from Q2, with EPS forecasts ranging from a loss of $0.01 to a profit of $0.01.

Piper Jaffray raised their price target on shares of Equinix

from http://localizedusa.com:

>>Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC) raised their price target on shares of Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX) to $131.00 in a research issued note to investors on Thursday.

Coffee & Snack Shops Will Add High-Margin and Healthy Items to Their Menus to Aid Growth

from www.prweb.com:

>>The Coffee and Snack Shops industry will resume its long-term growth trend beginning in 2012, when revenue is anticipated to jump 4.9% to $27.8 billion, according to IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry research. Major operators like Jamba Juice, Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts Coffee will benefit as the economy improves, unemployment rates decline and consumers begin to spend money again on luxuries like eating out.

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from www.myfoxtwincities.com:

>>BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Mall of America on Wednesday announced the future openings of six new stores, two restaurants and a Jamba Juice. Most of the new tenants will open for business in early to mid-November.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SIX Swiss Exchange to Offer Co-Location Services for New X-stream INET Trading Platform with Equinix

from www.highfrequencytraders.com:

>>SIX Swiss Exchange will offer co-location services for its new equities trading platform X-stream INET together with Equinix, a provider of global data center services. Connection to the new platform, scheduled for launch in the first half of 2012, will be provided in Equinix’s Zurich International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, and will offer market participants significantly enhanced trading capacity and reduced latency.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Digital Realty Trust Earnings Preview

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>Digital Realty Trust (DLR) will be reporting Q3 2011 earnings next Thursday, October 27, before market open.

In Q2 2011 the company reported FFO of $1.02 per diluted share and unit, an increase of 34.2% from $0.76 per diluted share and unit in Q2 2010, and total operating revenues of $267.9 million.

Digital Realty has a history of increasing FFO since its IPO, with a 19,9% compounded annual growth reached from 2005 to 2010, as shown in the attached spreadsheet. For 2011, the company recently guided for FFO to range between $3.99 and $4.05 per diluted share and unit, an increase of $0.02 at the mid point from the previous forecast.

Semtech Expands the 4D-Touch™ Platform With Multi-Touch Support to Enhance the User Experience

CAMARILLO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq:SMTC - News), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced the, the SX8674/75/76/77/78 multi-touch resistive touchscreen controllers which bring pinch and stretch gesture recognition to the Semtech 4D-Touch™ platform. Semtech is the first to provide standard resistive panels with proximity sensing and Multi-touch support giving manufactures the opportunity to upgrade their existing platforms with the popular zoom-in/zoom-out gesture in picture viewer, internet browsing, and gaming applications.

The SX867X family is part of Semtech’s 4D-Touch platform of ultra low power controllers that are packed with innovative features such as long-distance proximity detection and advanced haptics driver support in an extremely tiny footprint. They also feature robust ±15kV ESD protection making them ideal for a wide variety of applications such as mobile phone, tablet, DSC, handheld GPS, IP phones, printers, automotive center consoles and POS terminals.

4D-Touch devices also feature a highly accurate 12-bit analog-to-digital converter for coordinates and touch pressure measurement with current consumption as little as 0.4uA at standby. They can enter a low power state between conversions to reduce power consumption, making them ideal for portable applications. Unlike other touchscreen controllers the SX867X devices do not require expensive matrix type resistive panel for multi-touch operation. The proprietary touch-sensing circuitry in the SX867X devices is capable of supporting various common multi-touch gestures such as pinch, stretch and rotation on any 4-wire analog resistive touch screen.

SX867X devices also support a proximity detection distance of more than 5 cm using any standard 4/5-wire resistive panel, enabling various power-saving features such as automatic backlight dimming or system wake-up when the hand approaches the panel. Unlike traditional IR solutions that require additional, costly components for proximity detection, this new generation of resistive touch screen controllers enables proximity detection with zero external components.

A haptics motor driver is incorporated on-chip for controlling linear resonant actuator (LRA) and eccentric rotating mass (ERM) micro motors (up to 250mA) while providing acknowledgement to touch events, thus emulating the tactile feedback similar to mechanical keys which enhances the overall user experience. Immersion Corp. has certified the SX8677 and SX8678 as optimal motor drivers for its TouchSense 3000® software suite of haptic waveforms available to all customers via an Immersion license. Semtech’s pin-compatible SX865X controllers have the same features except multi-touch gesture recognition allowing manufacturers to develop multiple versions of a product using the same board design.

“Multi-touch gesture support is a very popular way to improve the user experience of many consumer electronic devices, and the SX867X devices allow manufacturers to deliver that functionality along with proximity detection and haptics control in a single tiny footprint,” said Sam Massih, Product Line Director, Consumer Analog Products for Semtech. “Coupled that with the ultra low power consumption and robust on-chip ESD protection, these complete touch sensing devices will enable OEMs to enhance the user experience in their next generation consumer products without adding any significant cost to the enabling electronics or panels.”

The SX8674/75/76/77/78 which are all offered in space-saving 2.07mm x 2.07mm 19-WLCSP as well as 4mm x 4mm 20-QFN packages while the touch only version SX8651 and SX8653 come in a small 1.46mm x 1.96mm 12- WLCSP and 3mm x 3mmm 12-DFN (4mm x 3mm 14-DFN for SX8653). Semtech guarantees all of these devices to operate over the extended (-40°C to +85°C) temperature range.


Automotive: A/V Module

MP3 Player: Touchscreen Controller

Cell Phone/Smart Phone: Touchscreen Controller

Digital Camera: Touchscreen Controller

Notebook PC, Tablet PC, Netbook PC: Touchscreen Controller

Laser Printer: Touchscreen Controller


Monday, October 24, 2011

Morgan Stanley Lowered Its 2011, 2012 EPS Estimates For Equinix

from www.fnno.com:

>Morgan Stanley lowered its 2011 and 2012 EPS estimates for Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) and maintained its equal-weight rating on the stock.

The bank sees 2011 EPS of $1.85, down from $1.92 per share, and 2012 EPS of $2.50, down from $2.62 per share.

Eurex migrates to new data centre

from www.finextra.com:

>>The international derivatives exchange Eurex has completed the re-location of its active matching engines into a new single data centre.

With this step, Eurex achieved a further milestone of its technology roadmap. The active Eurex trading and clearing infrastructure is now located in the International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre of the international IT company Equinix Inc., a global provider of data centre services. Eurex and Equinix have already been offering the co-location solution Proximity Services since 2006.

As part of the migration, Eurex upgraded and replaced all of the matching engines with the latest high-performance hardware. As consequence, all Eurex members benefit from an increased throughput of the Eurex system.

Since Deutsche Börse had already moved the Xetra cash market in July 2011 the migration of the Eurex system enables Deutsche Börse Group to offer its clients co-location services for derivatives and cash markets from a single location. Clients also benefit from the fact that as one of the largest global providers of data centre services, Equinix bundles a large number of exchange-related service providers, including data vendors, under one roof. Moreover, through the linkage of many telecommunication providers, Eurex participants can choose the access to the Equinix data centre that is the most cost-effective for them.

Equinix Marketplace Seeks to Connect Customers

From Data Center Knowledge:

>>Equinix says its marketplace will allow its tenants to offer new services, and enlarge their digital supply chain to improve application performance, reduce cost and generate revenue.


“For many companies and industries, data centers are not just warehouses for storing large amounts of information – they have become high performance business-exchanges where organizations connect with their ecosystem of partners, suppliers and customers in the digital supply chain,” said Jarrett Appleby, chief marketing officer for Equinix.

Equinix business exchange plays proximity card

from GigaOM:

>>It may seem counterintuitive, but in the cloud computing era, location does matter, at least when it comes to where data is stored and processed.


That’s the thinking behind the new Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX). Equinix, the big data center services provider, built the online marketplace to help its data center customers–which include SaaS companies, managed service providers and financial services outfits–expand into new markets and tap into an existing battery of potential partners that already use those data centers, according to Jarrett Appleby, chief marketing officer.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Global tablet PC shipments reach 18.7 million units

from http://www.digitimes.com:

>>Global tablet PC shipments, affected by the weakening worldwide economy after August and high inventory levels from some tablet PC brand vendors, reached 18.7 million units in the third quarter, an increase of only 27.5% sequentially, far less than the strong sequential growth of 60.9% they achieved in the second quarter, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst James Wong.


As a result, shipments of non-iPad tablet PCs only grew 10.1% sequentially in the quarter.

Nokia N9 review

from Engadget:

>We'd be foolish not to mention the delightful virtual keyboard at this point -- it offers unobtrusive (and defeatable) audible and tactile feedback, plus automatic word completion, when enabled.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Samsung smartphone sales beat Apple in Q3 tip insiders

from www.slashgear.com:

>>Samsung has reportedly overtaken Apple in smartphone shipments this past quarter, with inside sources claiming the Korean firm pushed out more than 20m of the devices in Q3 2011.


According to Strategy Analytics’ numbers, however, Samsung hit the 12m smartphones point in Q1 2011, and then exceeded 19m in Q2.

AlgoSpan Speeds Up London to Frankfurt-Stockholm Trade Routes

from www.wallstreetandtech.com:

>>The upgrade, which improves the low-latency routes on its market access platform (AlgoNet, provides faster access to Equinix FR2 International Business Exchange data center in Frankfurt and Nasdaq OMX’s data center in Stockholm from its network hub at Interxion LON1 in London. Nasdaq OMX Nordic markets include Copenhagen, Helsinki, Iceland, Riga, Stockholm, Tallin and Vilnius. The decision to improve connectivity to Frankfurt and Stockholm allows AlgoSpan to continue to meet the demands of customers needing to access venues such as NASDAQ OMX, Deutsche Borse’s cash equity market Xetra and the German derivatives market Eurex, in addition to other AlgoNet markets across Europe.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cadillac Unveils 'Intuitive' Vehicle Infotainment

from www.designnews.com:

>>GM engineers at the rollout said that CUE was in development for three years, in part because it broke ground by using technologies that were previously not employed in autos. Capacitive touch, in particular, has not been used in vehicles until now because of questions over its ability to serve in "automotive grade" units.

"We had to develop a touch screen that would work in Michigan in winter and Phoenix in summer," Bly told Design News. "Others have not pursued the technology in the past, but we decided to take on the challenge." Bly added that GM's success with automotive-grade capacitive touchscreens was largely due to a cooperative effort with an unnamed supplier. Bly said that GM would reveal the name of the supplier next spring.

30 million Galaxy S devices sold

from http://androidandme.com:

>>Announced in a press release today, Samsung has outed just how many Galaxy S devices have been sold around the globe. Samsung already sold some 20 million original Galaxy S phones. Numbers for the Galaxy S II are equally impressive at 10 million, or one phone a second since launch. That’s a grand total of 30 million Galaxy S devices sold. With full US availability and the holiday season right around the corner, that number will rise very quickly.

(this device alone might mean about $3 million in royalties for Immersion so far).