Huawei “Innovation in China” CE12800 Passes TUV Rheinland Green Product Certification

HONG KONG, April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Internationally renowned independent supplier inspection, testing and certification body, TUV Rheinland Group (TUV Rheinland), recently announced that Huawei’s CE12800 agile switches successfully received TUV Rheinland green product certification. This certification assures that the green performance, including the low power consumption, of Huawei’s CE12800 agile switch series is ahead of the rest of the industry, helping enterprises and operators in building green, energy-saving datacentre networks.

As a world-leading ICT solution provider, Huawei is constantly introducing innovations to satisfy customer needs. CE12808S and CE12804S are new members of its CE12800 agile switch product series, which upholds one core concept: universality for both modules and components. Huawei has also developed a number of innovative energy-saving technologies, including the most efficient power module ever, with real-time power monitoring to adjust energy consumption concurrently based on equipment load. With its solid engineering capability, Huawei has reduced panel air vent intervals to 0.6 mm to increase the air inlet for ventilation by 35%, thus significantly improving equipment cooling performance. The patented front and rear vent design for absolute heat and cool air separation realises customer demand for a high-standard datacentre thermal solution.

Huawei has always pursued excellence in its search for technological innovation and overall manufacturing capability, allowing it to build network products and solutions that meet customer demand with continually improving green, energy-saving technology. To verify the energy-saving characteristics of the CE12800 series, Huawei submitted it to the challenge of TUV Rheinland’s uncompromising tests. During CeBIT, held in Germany, and over the Chinese New Year, Huawei released two new members of the TUV Rheinland green-certified CE12800 series, declaring to the world the importance of “Innovation in China” in the ICT industry.

CONTACT: Simon Hung, Tel: +852-2192-1948, Email: Simon.Hung@tuv.com

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Suntech’s Modules Receive Additional Quality Ranking from the VDE Institute

Suntech’s modules receive the certificate of the enhanced hail test

WUXI, China, April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Suntech announced that its modules received the VDE certification of the enhanced hail test, demonstrating the high quality and durability of Suntech’s modules in extreme weather conditions, testing higher than other modules in the industry. In 2014, Suntech’s modules received the VDE Quality-Tested certification, placing them as one of three brands globally to receive this quality ranking.

The cells of PV modules will have micro-cracks if used in areas that experience frequent hail storms, which is detrimental to module performance and long-term reliability,” said Xiong Haibo, CEO of Suntech. “The ranking highlights that our modules exceed market requirements and demonstrates that Suntech follows the market demand. The certification also indicates that Suntech modules can maintain excellent performance, high-quality and safety standards even in extreme weather conditions. We hope to use this recent certification to lay the foundation for Suntech’s entry into markets that face unfavorable weather conditions yet are eager to adopt solar solutions.”

Established in 1920, the VDE Institute is one of the world’s leading testing and certification institutions. It is well-known globally as an international accredited institution for testing various electro technical equipment and appliances. The VDE’s standards exceed existing industry quality requirements.

“At present, most manufacturers have passed the hail test based on the standard IEC61215, which uses hail of 25mm in diameter to hit the surface of modules, producing about 1.99J of energy during the test. Yet, the VDE test uses hail of 40mm in diameter, the 4th level of hail test in accordance with Swiss standards, which uses hail at a speed of 27.5m/s to hit the modules, producing energy no less than 11.1J, which simulates extreme environmental conditions,” said Dr. Han Qiang, VDE’s General Manager in Shanghai. “The results revealed that Suntech’s modules have nearly no power loss and completely meet the enhanced standard requirements, indicating that they have an excellent ability to withstand hail impact performance even in extreme weather circumstances.”   

For more information on Suntech’s products, please visit: http://www.suntech-power.com/menu/suntech-products.html

About Suntech Power Co., Ltd.

Suntech Power Co., Ltd., a company incorporated in the PRC in January 2001, produces industry-leading solar products for residential, commercial, industrial, and utility applications. Suntech has delivered more than 30 million photovoltaic panels or 8 GWs of installed capacity to more than 1 thousand customers in more than 80 countries. Suntech’s pioneering R&D creates customer-centric innovations that are driving solar to grid parity against fossil fuels. Suntech’s mission is to provide reliable access to nature’s cleanest and most abundant energy source. The company currently has a designed production capacity of 1.6GW for solar cells and two production lines with an aggregate annual designed production capacity of 2.4GW for solar modules.

About VDE 

Based in Germany, VDE is the Association for Electric, Electronic & Information Technologies and is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe with more than 34,000 members. The VDE Institute is a nationally and internationally accredited institution, which tests various electrotechnical equipment, appliances, components and systems to protect the consumer and the general public against unsafe products and to support manufacturers and retailers in improving standards in the market with safe and high quality products.

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Atos moves Edith Cowan University to the Cloud and takes operational responsiveness, engagement and cost efficiency to new heights

SINGAPORE, April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Atos, an international leader in Digital Services, was appointed by Edith Cowan University to migrate the University’s entire central IT infrastructure to the cloud and transform it into a more agile, scalable and on-demand infrastructure. This bold move is the very first undertaken by an Australian tertiary institution. 

This new win will demonstrate the ability of Canopy — the Atos Cloud — to deliver a suite of services around cloud computing, especially enterprise grade Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with new levels of performance, data sovereignty and mass scalability whilst establishing itself as an enabler of digital transformation in Australia as well as the rest of the region.

Under the terms of the 5-year contract, Atos will work closely with Edith Cowan University to achieve seamless transformation from current data centre infrastructure to a dynamic and secure Managed Hybrid Cloud infrastructure to be built in Western Australia. In addition, Atos will ensure new levels of operational flexibility, transparency and cost efficiency that will allow Edith Cowan University to optimise their resources. 

“The advancements in technology and our students’ expectations for a modern, fast and high-performance IT infrastructure to enable their consumption of knowledge are the critical reasons for this shift, in addition to the rising cost of maintaining and upgrading an on-premise data centre,” said Professor Omari, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Edith Cowan University. He added, “While we reviewed the changing landscape of our organization against future expansionary plans, the need for an advanced IT infrastructure and data centre, moving to the cloud became inevitable and we found Atos with its international coverage and expertise to be the right fit.”

“This landmark partnership with Edith Cowan University will not only help to entrench Atos’ position in the Australian market as the go-to provider of cloud and IT services, but also affirms our commitment to Australia,” said Herbie Leung, CEO of Atos in Asia Pacific. “Like businesses globally, universities are also under tremendous pressure to reduce cost, enhance processes and improve services. Atos is well positioned to play a vital role in supporting organizations in Australia to achieve their greatest potential for service, operations and cost savings with our global insights and relevant skills”.

About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2014 pro forma annual revenue of EUR10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.   

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline. For more information: www.atos.net

About Canopy

Canopy, the Atos cloud, powered by EMC and VMware, is the Cloud Service Line of Atos and the European leader in enterprise and government cloud. Offering a one-stop-shop for cloud services focused exclusively on cloud delivery to large public and multinational private sector organizations, Canopy brings substantial benefits to its customers: IT cost reduction and reduced capex expenditure through flexible pricing models plus access to innovative and agile technology that can enable rapid cloud implementation and faster time to market for products and services. Canopy offerings are based on open standards so customers can choose their preferred technology and decide whether to run solutions off- or on-premise to best meet their business needs. Headquartered in London (UK), Canopy currently operates in 9 countries across 3 continents. For more information: www.canopy-cloud.com.

CONTACT:
Rhoda Dinesen
+65-6730-8524
rhoda.dinesen@atos.net  

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RS Components Scoops Trio of Awards for Tektronix Sales and Service

Three awards for top performance on two continents recognise outstanding customer service and drive to keep growing sales

SYDNEY, April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has received three top-performer awards from distribution partner Tektronix, the global test and measurement equipment leader.

The RS team was called to receive the awards during the annual sales meeting at the Tektronix head office in Portland, Oregon, USA. Their first visit to the stage netted one of the Best Performers in Europe awards for recording double-digit sales growth in 2014.

Next, RS won recognition for Service Excellence in Europe, in particular for its calibration services that are highly regarded among customers for ease of access and rapid response.

As the focus moved to other major markets worldwide, RS received its third award as Best Performing Channel Partner in South-East Asia.

“RS is one of our key distributors worldwide, and through these awards we recognise the high levels of service that are delivering tremendous added value for customers,” said Dave Farrell, Regional Vice President for EMEA at Tektronix. “Their commitment and dedication are major factors in the growth we are achieving together.”

“We feel very proud of the results we have achieved with Tektronix, and these awards are the confirmation of a job well done,” said Valerie Ramon, Global Head of Electrical, Test & Measurement, RS Components. “They are also a good indicator of the excellent work both companies are doing in this partnership, and strengthen our position to deliver even greater successes in 2015.”

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-online.com.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components 
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com 
RS Components
www.rs-online.com/
DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

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Backup Exec 15 Delivers Performance and Simplicity for Hybrid Clouds

Introduces first to market VMware vSphere 6 support, seamless cloud integration and simplified licensing

SINGAPORE, April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that Veritas (the planned spinout of Symantec’s Information Management business) is launching the general availability of Backup Exec™ 15, an updated version of the award-winning backup and recovery solution that delivers capabilities to help customers address their core needs while staying ahead of the changing landscape.

“Veritas has made great strides in evolving the Backup Exec platform to meet the needs of our users. In recent years, the hybrid cloud model has created new customer needs for tools that manage information in increasingly complex infrastructures,” said Andy Ng, Technical Sales and Services leader, Asia Pacific and Japan, Veritas.

“This complexity has heightened demand for support of new cloud –enabling capabilities and driven an acceleration of our efforts to deliver capabilities designed to address dynamic, modern infrastructures. We have established a “Hybrid is the Model” motto across all of our product development plans and the Backup Exec 15 improvements are a direct expression of this approach,” he added.

The new features of Backup Exec 15 include:

  • Support for VMware with capabilities that deliver advanced integration with vSphere 6
  • Expanded support for more hybrid-cloud platforms, like AWS Storage Gateway VTL cloud service
  • Faster upgrades and migrations
  • Simplified licensing models through Backup Exec Capacity Edition Light

Backup Exec 15 is available today and the free 60 day trial version can be downloaded from http://www.symantec.com/en/aa/backup-exec/trialware/.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is an information protection expert that helps people, businesses and governments seeking the freedom to unlock the opportunities technology brings — anytime, anywhere. Founded in April 1982, Symantec, a Fortune 500 company, operating one of the largest global data-intelligence networks, has provided leading security, backup and availability solutions for where vital information is stored, accessed and shared. The company’s more than 20,000 employees reside in more than 50 countries. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies are Symantec customers. In fiscal 2014, it recorded revenues of $6.7 billion. To learn more go to www.symantec.com or connect with Symantec at: http://www.symantec.com/social/.

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Symantec Corporation

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NBF Capital Raises AED1 Billion for Pacific Control Systems

DUBAI, UAE, April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NBF Capital, regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority and a fully-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Fujairah PJSC (NBF) (https://nbf.ae/), raised AED1 billion for Pacific Control Systems (PCS) (http://www.pacificcontrols.net), which is pressing ahead with a project to expand cloud services infrastructure across the GCC.

PCS, a global provider of information communication technologies, intends to use the amount which has a tenor of 72 months to finance its expansion and working capital requirements.

PCS has positioned itself as a leader in providing smart city solutions and cloud infrastructure service in the Middle East. The new smart city offerings and cloud-based IT as a service offering for both government and private sector have had huge market acceptance due to the highly secure, end-to-end service delivery packaging by Pacific Controls.

Today, PCS is addressing a market opportunity of over $360 billion in the Middle East alone. The funds raised through the current syndication from NBF will enhance the capacity in data-centre infrastructure, increase cloud services infrastructure and offer automated service portal, etc., for customers in the GCC.

PCS has partnered with Microsoft to deliver these services in the region.

The deal was originally valued at AED750 million but was oversubscribed by 33%, receiving AED1 billion in total commitments. It was underwritten by NBF and Al Khaliji Commercial Bank QSC, as mandated lead arrangers, with NBF also acting as global facility agent for the transaction.

Other participating banks include Al Khaliji France, Dubai Islamic Bank, United Arab Bank, National Bank of Oman, Ajman Bank and Sharjah Islamic Bank. Dubai Islamic Bank also served as the investment agent for the syndication.

The syndication, a combination of conventional and Islamic financing structures, was PCS’ second in the past three years. Its first club deal was facilitated by NBF in 2012, before the formation of NBF Capital. NBF acted as mandated lead arranger, bookrunner and underwriter for the syndication, which amounted to AED265 million.

PCS plays a greater role in the UAE’s ongoing transformation into a knowledge-based economy. The overwhelming interest that was received for the transaction is not just an endorsement of PCS’ prospects, but also a demonstration of the institutional goodwill that can be mustered by NBF Capital on behalf of its clients. PCS was recently recognised as one of the “50 Most Promising Internet of Things Technology Companies”.

For further information, please contact:
Tasneem Raza
Watermelon Communications
Email: tasneem@watermelonme.com

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TICO® Compression Supporters Announce the Launch of the TICO Alliance to Move to 4K/UHD in Live Broadcast Production

— The new TICO® compression technology will ease the challenge of moving 4K/UHD over current SDI infrastructure and IP Networks

LAS VEGAS, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Broadcast equipment manufacturers, OEM providers, broadcasters, electronics brands and technology companies announced today the launch of the TICO Alliance.  TICO is a new lightweight compression technology, which enables 4K/UHD to be transported over legacy SDI infrastructure and modern IP production and contribution networks.  TICO has been developed by intoPIX and work is now ongoing at the SMPTE to publish TICO as Registered Disclosure Document (RDD) for the benefit of the entire broadcast and media industry.

TICO Compression Supporters Announce the Launch of the TICO Alliance to Move to 4K/UHD in Live Production. The growing consortium includes Altera, Artel Video Systems, Embrionix, Image Matters, Imagine Communications, intoPIX, Keisoku Giken, Grass Valley, Macnica, Nevion, Ross Video and Xilinx. TICO is a light disruptive compression developed by intoPIX, allowing 4K/UHD to be transported over existing SDI infrastructure and modern IP networks with few lines of latency and no loss of quality.

TICO Compression Supporters Announce the Launch of the TICO Alliance to Move to 4K/UHD in Live Production. The growing consortium includes Altera, Artel Video Systems, Embrionix, Image Matters, Imagine Communications, intoPIX, Keisoku Giken, Grass Valley, Macnica, Nevion, Ross Video and Xilinx. TICO is a light disruptive compression developed by intoPIX, allowing 4K/UHD to be transported over existing SDI infrastructure and modern IP networks with few lines of latency and no loss of quality.

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The alliance is a coalition of companies united to set the bar for next generation infrastructure by establishing TICO in the new IP-based Live production ecosystem that allows to seamless update and upgrade the existing SDI-based workflows. The group is created to ease 4K/UHD adoption over the current SDI and the new IP-based infrastructures.

The group is formed by leading companies supporting intoPIX’s effort to promote TICO compression for UHD workflows: Altera Corporation, Artel Video Systems, Embrionix, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, Image Matters, Imagine Communications, Keisoku Giken, Macnica Americas, Nevion, Ross Video, Xilinx and will be extended to all new supporters and adopters.

Benefits of TICO compression for UHD, SDI-based and IP-based Broadcast Production
To support transportation of UHDTV streams across the IP network or the existing 3G-SDI infrastructure, a new smart, fast and light compression is needed. 10 GB Ethernet or 3G-SDI networks are widely deployed and operated cost effectively within the Broadcast landscape.

TICO will help Broadcasters to fully benefit from a seamless, integrated and high-quality Ultra-HD ecosystem from end-to-end. With a visually lossless compression up to 4:1, TICO enables the mapping of a single 4K/UHD 2160p60 stream over a single 3G-SDI link. Over 10Gbps Ethernet, it allows the simultaneous transmission of up to 3 streams of 4K/UHD 2160p60.

TICO provides an extremely low latency (limited to just a few pixel lines), preserves video quality across multiple generations of encoding/decoding, fits into the smallest cost effective FPGA devices and runs also efficiently in software.  This technology is designed to enhance live IP systems by increasing efficiency and reducing cost for both HD and 4K/UHD video.

First step toward standardization and adoption
In December 2014, intoPIX announced the creation of a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD) at SMPTE.  This will ease the integration process of all new adopters and supporters of the TICO compression and shares recommendations to map 4K/UHD TICO streams over 3G-SDI or IP Networked infrastructures. The members of the TICO alliance are closely collaborating with intoPIX on the SMPTE RDD draft document.

TICO Alliance Members say:
Altera:
Umar Mughal, Director Broadcast Business Unit: “As the Broadcast industry moves to Ultra HD with higher resolutions, higher frame rates, and better pixels delivering an overall better quality experience to customers, Broadcasters are faced with the challenge of getting more data through the same or limited transportation connections. Our customers are now able to implement TICO to allow them to quickly upgrade their products without needing to change existing infrastructures and meet the needs of the next generation video needs.  There is also added benefit of visually lossless compression to reduce overall ecosystem costs including the reduction of external memory bandwidth needs.”

Artel Video Systems:  Richard Dellacanonica, President: “The transition to 4K/UHD is inevitable and with it comes significant technical challenges related to transporting it uncompressed.  Standard fiber and IP infrastructures designed to handle such large data requirements cost effectively currently do not exist, thus in most cases mezzanine compression will be required.  TICO, with its low overhead, latency, and virtually losses quality, is the ideal compression format for that application and we are pleased to be involved with the consortium.”

Embrionix: ”In our changing market, a variety of formats will be available and used in production environments. Embrionix is pleased to collaborate in the TICO consortium to allow SFP, SFP+ based products to support TICO in addition to other transport formats without the major investment cost of a new infrastructure. The emSFP with TICO codec will enable seamless path to IP and to UHDTV integration.”

Grass Valley, a Belden Brand – Charles Meyer, CTO Production: “Our Company sees the advantage of TICO for live production environments.  The UHDTV roadmap calls for ever increasing data rates.   TICO allows us to provide our customers infrastructure scalability for the next decade while simultaneously reducing latency to imperceptible levels.”

Image Matters – Jean-Francois Nivart CTO: “TICO has a great future!
With a typical compression ratio up to 4:1, TICO fills the gap between improved video quality expectations and actual data transport links!  It perfectly completes the image compression technology range.  The efficient MPEG standards compress images with ratios higher than 30 to 1 to cast them to the end-viewer.  The high quality JPEG 2000 standard is used in DCP and IMF with compression ratio between 8 and 30 to 1 to protect the viewer experience and preserve image quality for future generations. The TICO offers a new and efficient implementation to carry the highest video data throughput on local production and post-production network.  It keeps the quality through Ethernet and SDI. It enables easy implementation on CPU, GPU and FPGA.  Image Matters will be proud to support the TICO with its IM-X product range enabling OEMs for a fast and easy UHD adoption.”

Imagine Communications Steve Reynolds, CTO “Imagine Communications is focused on enabling 4K/UHD for our customers.  We see both 3G SDI and 10GbE as essential parts of that ecosystem and we are fully supportive of the TICO initiative. Collaboration among industry leaders in establishing universal standards is critical as we address the challenges of moving the industry towards live production of 4K/UHD.”

intoPIX, Gael Rouvroy, CTO: “Broadcast industry faces heavy investments to enable the transport of 4K video in a regular way. Using a TICO light-weight video compression, over 10GbE IP Networks or through 3G-SDI mapping is a smart upgrade path to manage UHDTV 4K, higher frame rates and more streams while assuring visual quality and very low hardware complexity and cost.”

Keisoku Giken:  “TICO is the superior technology which will overturn the common sense of the relation between beautiful images and the bandwidth.”

Macnica AmericasMarc Levy, CTO: “TICO compression is a very exciting product, and the answer to transporting UHD live video over the same network infrastructure as HD or 3G live video with minimal impact on the gate count and latency, and no impact on visual quality. We are actively integrating TICO into our SMPTE 2022 High Bit Rate Video transport solution, and expect TICO to become an integral part of high-bit rate video transport for many years to come.”

Nevion: Johnny Dolvik, Chief Product and Development Officer says:  “The move to UHD for content production and distribution, with higher resolution, higher frame rates, and higher dynamic range, represents another large step change of increased bandwidth and processing requirements. At the same time, the industry is trying to do more with less; putting content on new distribution channels while reducing production cost. This is where TICO lightweight compression will come to the rescue, allowing broadcasters and content producers to take advantage of these new exiting formats in live production, engaging audiences in a new way, while still keeping the data rates for UHD signals below 10G. This is important because it will mean we can take full advantage of the commoditization and cost-savings of 3G-SDI uncompressed video links, 10G Ethernet and IP networking.”

Ross Video Troy English, CTO: “TICO offers a great compromise between quality, bit rate and size to implement.  We are actively evaluating it for potential future applications in live production.  Ross Video likes to get on board and encourage interoperable solutions like TICO.”

Xilinx – Aaron Behman,  Director, Broadcast and Pro A/V Segment:  “Xilinx recognizes that demands for faster line rates to support 4K, 8K, higher frame rates and higher dynamic range means that low-latency, lightweight compression offered by TICO provides our customers, broadcast production equipment vendors, the ability to control costs of implementation without sacrificing video quality. By combining TICO with our high speed transceivers to support uncompressed and compressed paths, we can now offer a scalable, future-proof and low-risk way to get products to market quickly.”

About the TICO Alliance at NAB Show 2015
The show is taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 13 through 16. Several demos using TICO are organized by the Alliance supporters including Altera, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, intoPIX, Nevion, Macnica Americas and Xilinx, leveraging 4K/UHD over 10GbE IP Networks or 3G-SDI infrastructure.

At NAB 2015, intoPIX is showing the TICO FPGA IP-cores and implementations combining TICO with the SMPTE 2022 IP transport standard with 3G-SDI mapping with partners such as Altera, Macnica Americas and Xilinx.

Based on the TICO compression technology, intoPIX has released first UHD4K 60P TICO codecs running on FPGA and real-time CPU, designed to address the move of the Broadcast industry towards a fully networked IP ecosystem.  More FPGA & Software product releases are scheduled for release after the show, during Q2 & Q3 of 2015.

More information about the Alliance is available on www.tico-alliance.org
More information on intoPIX TICO is available on intoPIX website www.intopix.com/TICO

Contact:
tico.alliance@intopix.com 
www.tico-alliance.org

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UnionPay International Joins Hands with Chinese E-commerce Firm to Provide Cross-border Payment Convenience

SHANGHAI, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — UnionPay International announced on April 8 it has entered cooperation with DinoDirect Ltd in cross-border online businesses, enabling the latter’s B2C platform DinoDirect, B2B platform Osell and related websites to accept UnionPay cards (card number starting with 62) issued outside the Chinese mainland.

This is the first time UnionPay International has established cooperation with a Chinese cross-border e-commerce company to allow overseas cardholders to pay with UnionPay cards on a Chinese e-commerce platform.

Chinese consumers enjoy buying foreign products at good prices from overseas platforms, more and more overseas individuals and retailers are hoping to get access to items made in China. As one of the largest Chinese cross-border e-commerce platforms, DinoDirect covers more than 200 countries and regions in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America and Central and Eastern Europe.

The cooperation will not only make it more convenient for overseas business owners and individuals to make purchases on cross-border e-commerce websites in China, but also help domestic manufacturers sell products to global consumers and retailers at lower costs and high efficiency, pushing forward the “going-out” process of China’s manufacturing industry.

The next step, UnionPay International also has plans to roll out commercial card products at overseas markets designed for cross-border e-commerce trade to better meet overseas buyers’ demands for making purchases at Chinese merchants.

Overseas business owners and individuals are able to pay with the UnionPay Online Payment (UPOP) and enjoy high security guaranties. As the number of UnionPay cards issued outside the Chinese mainland continues to grow, UnionPay International is stepping up efforts to improve overseas card-using privilege and service systems and is committed to enabling domestic cardholders to enjoy the experience of “shopping the world with one card.

Currently, nearly 40 million UnionPay cards have been issued in 40 countries and regions outside the Chinese mainland and UnionPay card is recognized by more and more cardholders globally.

Now, UnionPay cardholders are able to make purchases directly on 10 million overseas online merchants. UnionPay cards have been accepted by Amazon, eBay, Rakuten, Agoda, Booking and many other well-known online merchants overseas.

Meanwhile, cardholders are also able to buy foreign items including maternal and child products, cosmetics, clothing and food with UnionPay cards through the UnionPay Haigou platform “Shop The World.

For more information: http://www.unionpayintl.com/

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Trina Solar Announces Shipment of 9.9 MW Modules for One of the Largest Solar Farms In Panama

CHANGZHOU, China, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) (“Trina Solar” or the “Company”), a global leader in photovoltaic (“PV”) modules, solutions, and services, today announced that it has been selected by Solarcentury, a project developer and EPC, to supply around 33,000 of its PC14 modules for a 9.9MWp solar farm project in Cocle province, central Panama.

Solarcentury will use the high-powered solar PV modules supplied by Trina Solar to construct the solar farm for ECOSolar, a Latin American solar investment company. Working alongside local solar company Hybrytec, Solarcentury will build the 9.9MWp Divisa Solar system. The system will be one of the largest solar farms in Panama connected to the grid and sold on the spot market once completed.

Ideal for large-scale installations, the PC14 module is one of the industry’s most trusted modules due to its high levels of reliability and performance capabilities, even in challenging environmental conditions. Thanks to its high power footprint, installation time and BOS costs are significantly reduced, helping to achieve maximum cost efficiency. The farm will be capable of producing enough clean solar energy to power around 3,000 homes in the area, which will help meet the country’s growing electricity demands and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 4,850 tons each year.

Zhiguo Zhu, COO and President of Module Business Unit at Trina Solar, said: “We are very pleased to be able to partner with Solarcentury in this project, which will yield benefits for the Panamanian people and for the environment. Over the last few years we have expanded our presence in Latin America and this project marks a major milestone for us. Thanks to its good climate, the region is well suited to solar PV generation, and has abundant space. With an increasing demand for electricity in the area, the solar farm will diversify the energy mix and thus drive an efficient and clean supply of energy. We believe Panama and Latin America hold high potential for the solar sector and this project demonstrates Trina Solar’s continued progress as a leading provider of solar PV modules in the region.”

Matthew Boulton, COO at Solarcentury said: “Trina Solar is a new partner for Solarcentury and as a leading global brand, it was an obvious choice as part of establishing Solarcentury in new countries. Trina Solar was able to support the tight timelines required to fulfil the project and provided regular communication and support from its UK team.”

About Trina Solar Limited

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL) is a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions and services. Founded in 1997 as a PV system integrator, Trina Solar today drives smart energy together with installers, distributors, utilities and developers worldwide. The company’s industry-shaping position is based on innovation excellence, superior product quality, vertically integrated capabilities and environmental stewardship. For more information, please visit www.trinasolar.com.

About Solarcentury

Solarcentury is one of the most respected solar companies in the world. Founded in 1998, we have been around since the early days of the solar industry and have been part of the evolution that has made PV the attractive investment it is today. We have put solar on a greater variety of sites than any other company in the industry, and have won multiple awards for product innovation.

We work directly with our clients to design and install commercial, industrial and utility scale solar. We also supply our products and services to installers and distributors. All of our customers benefit from our experience in terms of engineering quality, superior yields and sheer breadth of deployment.

We are a big believer in helping solar PV change our world for the better and contribute 5% of our net profits every year to the charity we founded, SolarAid, which aims to eradicate kerosene lamps from Africa by 2020.

And our business is global and growing, with offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Chile, Panama and Mexico.

About ECOSolar:

ECOSolar is a unique solar company active in Latin America with in depth knowledge and experience of the solar sector and the region. As part of Grupo ECOS, ECOSolar manages Solar Investment Vehicles with the ultimate goal to be invested in and become an independent power producer. It is an investor in a series of solar farms and solar companies in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Brazil; and manages a pipeline of investment projects of various GW throughout the region.

Grupo ECOS was founded by Swiss partners committed with Latin America and its geographical focus is particularly in this region. The group handles a triple bottom line approach, as it is aiming for sustainable development, and also social and environmental responsibility.

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Trina Solar Limited

Christensen IR

Teresa Tan, CFO (Changzhou)

Linda Bergkamp

Phone: +1 480 614 3014 (US)

Email: teresa.tan@trinasolar.com

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Yvonne Young

Investor Relations Director

Email: ir@trinasolar.com

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CuriosityStream Deploys Infortrend Storage to Satisfy Its High Speed SVOD Platform Requirements

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CuriosityStream, a subscription video on demand (SVOD) platform that provides ad-free, factual television content on demand via apps and streaming devices, has been experiencing rapid data growth and has therefore chosen Infortrend’s EonStor DS 3060 RAID solutions as the best way to enhance its high speed, scalability, smart space utilization and easy deployment.

Being an SVOD business, CuriosityStream required high read-write speeds and huge capacity to support multiple editors who work simultaneously on multiple video streams. Apart from requiring ample storage, saving the footprint of the physical space was also a major concern. After reviewing almost all video storage players and considering the abovementioned factors, the strong performance (1.3M IOPS), ample storage and high density (60 drives in a 4U chassis) of the EonStor DS 3060 were the best solution for CuriosityStream’s needs.

Another benefit CuriosityStream found with the EonStor DS 3060 was easy integration and deployment. CuriosityStream Server Manager Ray German said: “Since we were able to integrate the solution ourselves with the Apple Xsan system, I can conservatively say we easily saved $50,000 to $100,000 dollars.”

German adds: “I am extremely happy with Infortrend’s EonStor DS 3060 and the support the Infortrend team provided during its implementation. With one device, we were able to quadruple our storage and performance. All I can say is ‘Thank you Infortrend, great product!'”

“With Infortrend’s EonStor DS and ATTO’s Thunderbolt™ Desklink Devices, together we provide an ideal solution for this editing environment. I trust that more and more M&E customers will benefit from this solution,” said Wayne Arvidson, VP of Sales & Marketing at ATTO Technology.

“Infortrend offers a rock solid solution for customers who need large capacity on a tight budget. Their fully redundant architecture, flexible connectivity, scalability and simplistic licensing and support help customers solve problems where other solutions simply can’t compete. This was the case for CuriosityStream’s Ray German. He was faced with the challenge of finding a cost effective solution to support editing multiple 4K video streams. Infortrend came to the rescue. The solution met his budgetary requirements while exceeding performance expectations and he couldn’t be happier,” said Michael Ellison, Vice President of Sales at Virtual Graffiti, an authorized reseller partner of Infotrend.

For more information about EonStor DS 3060, please click here. For the full story about the CuriosityStream case, please click here.

About CuriosityStream

CuriosityStream is the world’s first ad-free, on-demand streaming service for factual videos that inform, educate and entertain. Viewers watch choice documentary programming from around the world starting at $2.99 a month anytime, anywhere across multiple devices. CuriosityStream brings together leading-edge technology and premium content that allows viewers to take virtual journeys through science, technology, civilization and the human spirit. Learn more at CuriosityStream.com and follow us on Twitter @Curiosity_Strm.

About Infortrend

Founded in 1993, Infortrend (TWSE: 2495) is a leading provider of high performance storage solutions focusing on quality, reliability, choice, and value. Fueled by technological expertise, Infortrend storage has been deployed in demanding applications by users across commercial and industrial markets. Core brands include ESVA, EonStor DS, EonStor, and EonNAS. Please visit www.infortrend.com.

About ATTO Technology, Inc.

ATTO Technology, Inc. is a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments. ATTO provides a wide range of solutions to help customers store, manage and deliver their data more efficiently. With a focus toward markets that require higher performance, ATTO manufactures host and RAID adapters, converged network adapters, bridges, switches, RAID storage controllers, and management software. ATTO solutions provide connectivity to all storage interfaces including Fibre Channel, SAS, SATA, iSCSI, FCoE, 10GbE and Thunderbolt. ATTO distributes its products worldwide directly to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), systems integrators, VARs and authorized distributors. Contact ATTO Technology, Inc. world headquarters at: 155 CrossPoint Parkway, Amherst, New York 14068; Phone: +1 716 691 1999; Fax: +1 716 691 9353; Website: http://www.attotech.com/

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