Cloud Computing and Services

Cloud Computing is a technology which uses internet (or the public Internet) and central servers to provide computation, software, data access and storage. End user does not require any knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. It provides an always available service for the users, provided that the user takes care of the last mile connectivity.

With cloud computing, user can perform routine computer tasks anywhere, at any time, without installing applications on the local computer. All users need a computer connected to the internet (or public Internet as the case may be) and a compatible application (say, a browser) running on the computer.

How Cloud computing works: Cloud means a grid of computing machines that deliver the solution to the customer. Most websites and server-based applications run on particular computers or servers. The applications are stored on these cloud platforms and accessed by the user without knowing specific server configurations.

Types of cloud computing: Based on where the cloud is hosted also referred as Cloud computing Deployment models:

Public Cloud: This is standard computing model. The computing infrastructure can be shared among several people or organizations with similar requirements. The user need not worry about the stability or up-time of a specific machine in the cloud-computing infrastructure and it is transparent to the user. Several public cloud services offered free of charge to Internet users and discussed in the article.

Private Cloud: Computing architecture is dedicated to the customer and is not shared with other organizations and managed internally or by a third-party. A private cloud may be hosted internally or externally. They are expensive and are considered more secure than Public Clouds.  RackSpace cloud computing is among the first to introduce cloud computing, and is widely used by many organizations due to robust and effective security mechanism that comes with their service.

Community Cloud: Community cloud shares infrastructure between several organizations from a specific community with common concerns (security, compliance, jurisdiction, etc.). A Community cloud may be hosted and managed managed internally or by a third-party. The costs are borne by several organizations, thus reducing the running cost significantly and providing better security and resources compared with a Public cloud.

Hybrid Cloud: Hybrid cloud is a combination of two or more clouds (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together, offering the benefits of multiple deployment models. It can also be defined as multiple cloud systems that are connected in a way that allows programs and data to be moved easily from one deployment system to another.

For a complete article on Cloud Computing, please visit TutorialsWeb.com. The contents of the article include Introduction to virtualization, description of cloud computing, differences between virtualization and cloud computing, different types of cloud models, and some prominent cloud service providers including RackSpace, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Cloud Computing and Services

Cloud Computing is a technology which uses internet (or the public Internet) and central servers to provide computation, software, data access and storage. End user does not require any knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. It provides an always available service for the users, provided that the user takes care of the last mile connectivity.

With cloud computing, user can perform routine computer tasks anywhere, at any time, without installing applications on the local computer. All users need a computer connected to the internet (or public Internet as the case may be) and a compatible application (say, a browser) running on the computer.

How Cloud computing works: Cloud means a grid of computing machines that deliver the solution to the customer. Most websites and server-based applications run on particular computers or servers. The applications are stored on these cloud platforms and accessed by the user without knowing specific server configurations.

Types of cloud computing: Based on where the cloud is hosted also referred as Cloud computing Deployment models:

Public Cloud: This is standard computing model. The computing infrastructure can be shared among several people or organizations with similar requirements. The user need not worry about the stability or up-time of a specific machine in the cloud-computing infrastructure and it is transparent to the user. Several public cloud services offered free of charge to Internet users and discussed in the article.

Private Cloud: Computing architecture is dedicated to the customer and is not shared with other organizations and managed internally or by a third-party. A private cloud may be hosted internally or externally. They are expensive and are considered more secure than Public Clouds.  RackSpace cloud computing is among the first to introduce cloud computing, and is widely used by many organizations due to robust and effective security mechanism that comes with their service.

Community Cloud: Community cloud shares infrastructure between several organizations from a specific community with common concerns (security, compliance, jurisdiction, etc.). A Community cloud may be hosted and managed managed internally or by a third-party. The costs are borne by several organizations, thus reducing the running cost significantly and providing better security and resources compared with a Public cloud.

Hybrid Cloud: Hybrid cloud is a combination of two or more clouds (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together, offering the benefits of multiple deployment models. It can also be defined as multiple cloud systems that are connected in a way that allows programs and data to be moved easily from one deployment system to another.

For a complete article on Cloud Computing, please visit TutorialsWeb.com. The contents of the article include Introduction to virtualization, description of cloud computing, differences between virtualization and cloud computing, different types of cloud models, and some prominent cloud service providers including RackSpace, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Broadcom Introduces New Location Architecture with Advanced Multi-Constellation and Indoor Positioning Support

IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  • 10x acquisition performance improvement delivers faster and more accurate position computation
  • Leading 40nm CMOS process reduces power consumption by 50 percent and board area by 44 percent
  • Ability to leverage sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC enables innovative consumer applications
  • Integration on recently announced Broadcom BCM28155 platform brings feature-rich location functionality to Android 4.0 smartphones

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced a new location architecture to provide more responsive outdoor and indoor positioning capabilities for smartphone devices. With proven third-generation multi-constellation support and tight integration with sensor components and Broadcom's industry-leading connectivity sub-system, the new solution opens the door to innovative applications, such as indoor positioning and place-based mobile commerce. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

The architecture features a new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip that significantly reduces time-to-first-fix (TTFF) for outdoor positioning applications, cutting the time smartphone users have to wait when first checking their position. The platform solution also uses data from inertial sensors, Wi-Fi access points (including those based on recently announced 5G WiFi) and future technologies such as Bluetooth beacons to enable ground breaking indoor positioning capabilities, such as "personal shopper" applications that can direct users to specific stores within shopping malls, and even specific shelves within those stores. In addition, platform integration with NFC enables smarter, more secure mobile payments, with users able to specify countries, cities or even stores where digital wallets can be used. 

The Broadcom® BCM4752 GNSS chip provides the industry's most advanced multi-constellation support by simultaneously collecting data from four satellite constellations (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS) and using the best received signals, resulting in faster searches and more accurate real-time navigation. Building on the success of previous GNSS chips, Broadcom's multi-constellation technology, coupled with advanced signal processing, provides faster positioning performance for improved user experience, especially in challenging urban environments where buildings and obstructions can dramatically impact accuracy and time-to-fix.

The new chip and accompanying software benefit from tight integration with Broadcom's InConcert® wireless connectivity sub-system, featuring the most advanced and complete technology offering in the industry. By developing its various connectivity components to operate as a unified system, Broadcom can offer more expansive location features that extend beyond GNSS capabilities.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Enhances performance and reliability:
    • Industry-breakthrough acquisition engine with advanced multipath mitigation techniques provides faster time-to-first-fix performance in challenging environments, as well as a more accurate urban navigation experience.
    • Multi-constellation capability collects data from four satellite constellations (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS) simultaneously and uses the best received signals, resulting in faster signal searches and more accurate real-time navigation.
  • Lowest board space, power consumption and cost:
    • Fabricated in 40nm process, the BCM4752 is the industry's smallest size GNSS chip, accounting for 44 percent less board space in a device.
    • Integration of key components such a low noise amplifier (LNA) enables lowest bill of materials cost.
    • The BCM4752 uses 50 percent less power than previous generations, allowing location-aware applications to remain active for longer periods of time. 
    • New applications such as "geofencing" that provide alerts or services based on location can be completely off-loaded from the smartphone's CPU for ultra-low system power operation.
  • Opens doors to new applications, with a proven software platform capable of:
    • Ground-breaking indoor positioning through integration of Wi-Fi (including 5G WiFi), Bluetooth low energy, NFC and handset inertial sensor data into positioning applications.
    • Industry-leading urban navigation by applying handset inertial sensor readings into the position computation.
    • Best in class assisted GNSS (AGNSS) with both GPS and GLONASS assistance data available worldwide from Broadcom's hosted reference network.

Availability

The BCM4752 is production ready and shipping to early access partners.

For ongoing news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom, read the B-Connected Blog, or visit Facebook or Twitter. And to stay connected, subscribe to Broadcom's RSS Feed.

Quotes:

Scott Pomerantz, Broadcom's Vice President & General Manager, GPS

"The astounding growth of mobile devices is driving new opportunities for inventive applications that make these devices even smarter and more location aware. As the leader in GNSS and wireless connectivity, Broadcom is ideally positioned to drive this next wave of innovation.  As our third generation multi-constellation solution, the BCM4752 and advanced location software bring together GNSS, sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC to make these applications a reality." 

Patrick Connolly, Senior Analyst, Telematics and Navigation, ABI Research

"Demand for GNSS-enabled consumer devices continues to grow strongly with new vertical markets providing new opportunities. As consumers increasingly turn to their mobile devices for advanced navigation assistance, advances to signal processing, multi-constellation support and indoor location and positioning applications and technologies will only propel this demand further."

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, the Connecting everything logo and InConcert® are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU.  Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts

Press

Investors

Susan Vander May

Chris Zegarelli

Senior Manager, Public Relations (MWG)

Director, Investor Relations

408-922-6161

949-926-7567

susanv@broadcom.com

czegarel@broadcom.com

SOURCE Broadcom Corporation; BRCM Mobile & Wireless

Broadcom Extends Fiber Access Portfolio with Acquisition of BroadLight

IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire BroadLight, Inc., a Delaware corporation with an Israel-based subsidiary. BroadLight is a privately held provider of highly integrated networking and fiber access PON (Passive Optical Network) processors. With the addition of BroadLight, Broadcom expands its broadband access portfolio to support customer requirements for rolling out next-generation fiber networks worldwide. 

"The need for increased bandwidth for IPTV services, HDTV broadcasting and high speed Internet access are driving momentum for deploying fiber networks," said Dan Marotta, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "Combining BroadLight's PON solutions with the strength of Broadcom's broadband access portfolio will enable us to offer a complete, end-to-end solution for customers — from OLT at the central office to CPE at the home. BroadLight's strong engineering team and broad IP will complement and extend our ability to deliver next-generation access technologies to customers."

In connection with the acquisition, Broadcom currently expects to pay approximately $195 million, net of cash assumed, to acquire all of the outstanding shares of capital stock and other equity rights of BroadLight. The purchase price will be paid in cash, minus a portion of such purchase price attributable to certain unvested employee stock options that will be paid in Broadcom restricted stock units. Additional consideration of up to $10 million in cash will be reserved for future payment to holders of BroadLight capital stock and other rights upon satisfaction of certain performance goals. Excluding any purchase accounting related adjustments and fair value measurements, Broadcom expects the acquisition of BroadLight to be roughly neutral to earnings per share in 2012. The transaction is expected to close in Broadcom's second quarter of 2012 and remains subject to customary closing conditions.

About BroadLight
BroadLight is a leading provider of highly integrated networking and embedded processors enabling fiber grade quality of service delivery for central office and customer premise equipment. BroadLight's fiber grade architecture powers equipment vendors serving telecommunication operators' fiber access, fixed mobile networks and connected digital homes worldwide.  

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.

Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to the impact of the acquisition on Broadcom's earnings per share, the expected date of closing of the transaction, the strategic fit of BroadLight's technology into Broadcom's business, and the potential benefits of the merger. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important risk factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with the acquisition of BroadLight include, but are not limited to unexpected variations in market growth and demand for GPON and related technologies, the ability of the parties to successfully consummate the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement and related transaction documents, the risks inherent in acquisitions of technologies and businesses, including the timing and successful completion of technology and product development through volume production, integration issues, costs and unanticipated expenditures, changing relationships with customers, suppliers and strategic partners, potential contractual, intellectual property or employment issues and charges resulting from purchase accounting adjustments or fair value measurements.

Broadcom's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, and the Connecting everything logo are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU.  Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Corporate Communication

Karen Kahn

Vice President, Communications

949-926-3139

kkahn@broadcom.com

Investor Relations

Chris Zegarelli

Director, Investor Relations

949-926-7567

czegarel@broadcom.com

SOURCE Broadcom Corporation; BRCM Corporate

Broadcom Introduces New Location Architecture with Advanced Multi-Constellation and Indoor Positioning Support

IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  • 10x acquisition performance improvement delivers faster and more accurate position computation
  • Leading 40nm CMOS process reduces power consumption by 50 percent and board area by 44 percent
  • Ability to leverage sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC enables innovative consumer applications
  • Integration on recently announced Broadcom BCM28155 platform brings feature-rich location functionality to Android 4.0 smartphones

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced a new location architecture to provide more responsive outdoor and indoor positioning capabilities for smartphone devices. With proven third-generation multi-constellation support and tight integration with sensor components and Broadcom's industry-leading connectivity sub-system, the new solution opens the door to innovative applications, such as indoor positioning and place-based mobile commerce. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

The architecture features a new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip that significantly reduces time-to-first-fix (TTFF) for outdoor positioning applications, cutting the time smartphone users have to wait when first checking their position. The platform solution also uses data from inertial sensors, Wi-Fi access points (including those based on recently announced 5G WiFi) and future technologies such as Bluetooth beacons to enable ground breaking indoor positioning capabilities, such as "personal shopper" applications that can direct users to specific stores within shopping malls, and even specific shelves within those stores. In addition, platform integration with NFC enables smarter, more secure mobile payments, with users able to specify countries, cities or even stores where digital wallets can be used. 

The Broadcom® BCM4752 GNSS chip provides the industry's most advanced multi-constellation support by simultaneously collecting data from four satellite constellations (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS) and using the best received signals, resulting in faster searches and more accurate real-time navigation. Building on the success of previous GNSS chips, Broadcom's multi-constellation technology, coupled with advanced signal processing, provides faster positioning performance for improved user experience, especially in challenging urban environments where buildings and obstructions can dramatically impact accuracy and time-to-fix.

The new chip and accompanying software benefit from tight integration with Broadcom's InConcert® wireless connectivity sub-system, featuring the most advanced and complete technology offering in the industry. By developing its various connectivity components to operate as a unified system, Broadcom can offer more expansive location features that extend beyond GNSS capabilities.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Enhances performance and reliability:
    • Industry-breakthrough acquisition engine with advanced multipath mitigation techniques provides faster time-to-first-fix performance in challenging environments, as well as a more accurate urban navigation experience.
    • Multi-constellation capability collects data from four satellite constellations (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS) simultaneously and uses the best received signals, resulting in faster signal searches and more accurate real-time navigation.
  • Lowest board space, power consumption and cost:
    • Fabricated in 40nm process, the BCM4752 is the industry's smallest size GNSS chip, accounting for 44 percent less board space in a device.
    • Integration of key components such a low noise amplifier (LNA) enables lowest bill of materials cost.
    • The BCM4752 uses 50 percent less power than previous generations, allowing location-aware applications to remain active for longer periods of time. 
    • New applications such as "geofencing" that provide alerts or services based on location can be completely off-loaded from the smartphone's CPU for ultra-low system power operation.
  • Opens doors to new applications, with a proven software platform capable of:
    • Ground-breaking indoor positioning through integration of Wi-Fi (including 5G WiFi), Bluetooth low energy, NFC and handset inertial sensor data into positioning applications.
    • Industry-leading urban navigation by applying handset inertial sensor readings into the position computation.
    • Best in class assisted GNSS (AGNSS) with both GPS and GLONASS assistance data available worldwide from Broadcom's hosted reference network.

Availability

The BCM4752 is production ready and shipping to early access partners.

For ongoing news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom, read the B-Connected Blog, or visit Facebook or Twitter. And to stay connected, subscribe to Broadcom's RSS Feed.

Quotes:

Scott Pomerantz, Broadcom's Vice President & General Manager, GPS

"The astounding growth of mobile devices is driving new opportunities for inventive applications that make these devices even smarter and more location aware. As the leader in GNSS and wireless connectivity, Broadcom is ideally positioned to drive this next wave of innovation.  As our third generation multi-constellation solution, the BCM4752 and advanced location software bring together GNSS, sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC to make these applications a reality." 

Patrick Connolly, Senior Analyst, Telematics and Navigation, ABI Research

"Demand for GNSS-enabled consumer devices continues to grow strongly with new vertical markets providing new opportunities. As consumers increasingly turn to their mobile devices for advanced navigation assistance, advances to signal processing, multi-constellation support and indoor location and positioning applications and technologies will only propel this demand further."

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, the Connecting everything logo and InConcert® are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU.  Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts

Press

Investors

Susan Vander May

Chris Zegarelli

Senior Manager, Public Relations (MWG)

Director, Investor Relations

408-922-6161

949-926-7567

susanv@broadcom.com

czegarel@broadcom.com

SOURCE Broadcom Corporation; BRCM Mobile & Wireless