Thursday, November 12, 2009
November 12, 2009
HARTFORD, Conn. – United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today announced it has reached an agreement to purchase the GE Security business from GE (NYSE: GE) for $1.82 billion. The closing is pending regulatory approvals.
GE Security, part of GE Technology Infrastructure, supplies security and life safety technologies through a broad product portfolio for commercial and residential applications that include fire detection and life safety systems, intrusion alarms, and video surveillance and access control systems. Headquartered in Bradenton, Fla., the business has eight manufacturing facilities and approximately 4,700 employees in 26 countries.
"This acquisition enhances UTC Fire & Security’s status as a leading franchise in the $100 billion global fire safety and electronic security industry," UTC President and Chief Executive Officer Louis Chênevert said. "It strengthens our North America footprint, extends our capabilities and complements our existing fire and security businesses."
"The acquisition also brings additional world class product lines to the UTC portfolio, improves our aftermarket revenue potential and will deliver solid long-term value for UTC shareholders," Chênevert continued. "We expect this transaction will be earnings neutral to UTC in 2010, after restructuring and transaction costs, and anticipate that the cost synergies will make it accretive in 2011 and beyond.”
Headquartered in Connecticut, UTC Fire & Security is a business unit of United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide. More information about UTC Fire & Security can be found at website: www.utcfireandsecurity.com.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Expanding on the success of the Cyclone® FPGA series and extending its transceiver leadership, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) today announced the new Cyclone IV FPGA family. Responding to increased low-cost bandwidth needs driven by the demand for mobile video, voice, and data access, and the hunger for high-quality 3D images, the new Cyclone IV FPGA family adds support for mainstream serial protocols while offering an optimal balance of low cost, low power and a rich supply of logic, memory and DSP capabilities.
“By rivaling the cost of ASSPs and offering unmatched flexibility, Cyclone IV FPGAs are the obvious choice for next-generation designs. The innovative features of the Cyclone IV family make it easy for designers to support multiple protocols, simplify board design and create obsolescence-proof solutions that will outlast ASSPs.”
The Cyclone IV FPGA family offers two variants. Cyclone IV GX devices have up to 150K logic elements (LEs), up to 6.5-Mbits of RAM, up to 360 multipliers, and up to eight integrated 3.125-Gbps transceivers supporting mainstream protocols including Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), SDI, CPRI, V-by-One and Cyclone IV GX has hard IP for PCI Express (PCIe). With low power consumption and packages as small as 11x11 mm, these devices address cost-sensitive, small form-factor applications in the wireless, wireline, broadcast, industrial and consumer markets. Cyclone IV E devices deliver an unprecedented combination of low cost and high functionality, and lower power by up to 25 percent compared to previous generation Cyclone products for power-sensitive applications such as handheld software-defined radio.
"Cyclone IV FPGAs will expand the reach of FPGAs like never before," said Vince Hu, vice president of product and corporate marketing at Altera. "By rivaling the cost of ASSPs and offering unmatched flexibility, Cyclone IV FPGAs are the obvious choice for next-generation designs. The innovative features of the Cyclone IV family make it easy for designers to support multiple protocols, simplify board design and create obsolescence-proof solutions that will outlast ASSPs."
For the Cyclone IV GX devices, Altera focused on reducing the total system cost. By integrating transceivers, Cyclone IV GX FPGAs eliminate external component costs and reduce power consumption up to 30 percent compared to previous generation Cyclone products combined with external transceiver PHYs. This power savings also reduces costs by eliminating the need for heat-dissipation hardware. Cyclone IV GX devices require only two power supplies which significantly simplifies PCB design and reduces board space and cost. With a focus on low cost, Cyclone IV GX smallest device is the industry’s smallest FPGA with transceivers.
Pricing and Availability
Production shipments of the EP4CGX15 and EP4C115E, the first Cyclone IV GX and Cyclone IV E devices respectively, will begin in the first quarter of 2010. Budgetary pricing for the smallest devices, the EP4CE6 and the EP4CGX15, will start as low as $3 and $6 respectively for 250K unit quantities in 2010. The three smallest Cyclone IV GX devices will be supported in the Quartus® II design software version 9.1 with the remaining Cyclone IV devices supported in the Quartus II design software version 9.1 service pack 1. For additional information regarding Altera's Cyclone IV FPGAs, visit www.altera.com/pr/cycloneiv/20091102.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Advanced data virtualization (Part 1)
After attending the recent SNW in Phoenix, and having some time to synthesize and digest, I’m convinced that the storage virtualization products on the market today are a good first step, but are going to have to evolve.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll offer several trends we foresee will occur to realize true storage virtualization. This week’s post will focus on the trend of advanced data virtualization.
Storage virtualization is creating efficiencies by inserting a layer of abstraction between data and storage hardware, and that same concept can be taken further to present a layer of abstraction between data and the method in which data is stored.
RAID is actually a well-known form of data virtualization because the linear sequence of bytes for data are transformed to stripe the data across the array, and include the necessary parity bits. RAID’s data virtualization technique was designed over 20 years ago to improve data reliability and I/O performance, and it is now in the process of failing as we transition from structured data to large quantities of unstructured data.
Dispersal, as we’ve discussed in numerous posts on this blog, is a natural successor for RAID for data virtualization because it can be configured with M of N fault tolerance, which can provide much higher levels of data reliability than RAID. Dispersal essentially packetizes the data (N packets), and only requires a subset (M packets) to bit perfectly recreate the data.
One major change for data virtualization that will occur as Dispersal replaces RAID is that there will no longer be a tight coupling between hardware and the storage of the data packets. This will eliminate the concept of having copies of data on hardware.
Today’s RAID systems stripe data and parity bits across disks within an array within an appliance. When asked “Where is my data?” the answer is typically “On this piece of hardware.” This gives people peace of mind in terms of sensing something that is intangible (since the data is actually virtualized) is actually tangible because it is contained within a physical device.
The shift for people will be from asking “Where is my data?” since it will be virtualized across multiple devices in multiple locations to “Is my data protected?” because the root of the first question is the second. Once people can get comfortable with actually giving up control of actually knowing exactly where their data resides, they will realize the benefits of data virtualization. A future post in this series will discuss how management systems will need to evolve to address Data Protection concerns.
The largest benefit to storing data packets across multiple hardware nodes is increased fault tolerance. RAID basically is structured to provide disk drive fault tolerance – as disk fails, and the other disks can reconstruct the data. Dispersal provides not only disk drive level fault tolerance, but also device drive fault tolerance, and even location fault tolerance. When an entire device fails, the data can be reconstructed from virtualized data packets on other devices, whether centrally located or across multiple sites.
We’ll discuss location fault tolerance in more detail in the next post.
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