Are you feeling the need for speed?
If so, then strap in and get ready to ride the next wave of multi-gigabyte Internet speed that's coming to the region. The Chicago metropolitan area is getting a nitro-boost of Internet power as the area's major players ratchet up their offerings.
News bytes• For the second consecutive year, Des Plaines-based Americaneagle.com has been recognized by global software company Progress as the 2015 Telerik Sitefinity North American Partner of the Year.
To be recognized for the award, a company must show continuous advancement within the partnership and consistent growth within product specializations and certifications. Americaneagle.com took home a trophy, as well as a certificate of honor and digital badge from Progress.
Americaneagle.com has also won multiple Partner of the Quarter awards -- as well as website of the year awards -- for their Telerik Sitefinity work. Telerik, was acquired by Progress in 2014.
• Molex LLC recently debuted its latest technology at a design conference in Santa Clara, California.
Lisle-based Molex displayed its new Impel Plus Backplane Connectors at the DesignCon 2016 Expo. The new connectors include a grounding tail aligners and smaller signal compliant pins. An innovative signal beam design improves insertion loss compared to in-line beams and pushes interface resonance frequency past 30 GHz, according to the company.
The new connectors are ideal for applications in several markets, including telecom and networking (hubs and servers); medical (patient monitoring) and aerospace/defense.
• Richardson Electronics in La Fox signed a global distribution agreement with the Tecate Group, a San Diego, California-based supplier of electronic components and assemblies.
The Tecate Group supplies high quality ultracapacitors, capacitors and electronic assemblies to customers worldwide from its corporate headquarters and distribution center in San Diego, as well as from stocking locations in Asia and Europe.
"The Tecate Group has the ability to develop custom ultracapacitor solutions, with an emphasis on quick-turn, in-house design," said Greg Peloquin, executive vice president of Richardson Electronics' Power & Microwave Technologies group.
Comcast recently began rolling out its new DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabyte technology in key cities. The telecommunications giant began the rollout in its home base of Philadelphia, and is currently expanding to Atlanta and Nashville. Chicago -- along with Detroit and Miami -- will join the DOCSIS 3.1-enabled cities later this year.
What makes the technology unique is that Comcast is using its existing infrastructure to offer the power boost for its Xfinity and Comcast Business Internet customers. The only upgrade customers will need is a compatible modem, according to Jack Sagel, vice president of corporate communications for Comcast Greater Chicago Region based in Schaumburg.
"This is a really exciting development, because we'll be able to use the lines already serving businesses and homes to deliver the new service," Sagel said. "There won't be a need for construction or permitting to reach business and residential customers in our service area. No construction means we won't have to dig up streets or yards."
While Comcast already offers fast Internet services, such as its 2-Gigabyte Gigabit Pro residential service and Business Class services of up to 10 gigabytes, the new DOCSIS 3.1 service marks a major step for ultra high-speed Internet, the company said. Since the new technology uses existing connections, it can make the 3 gig-plus speeds available more widely than fiber optic services, which typically require new construction and specialized installation.
It's all part of Comcast's strategy of staying ahead of the curve for its customers, Sagel said.
"Comcast works to stay ahead of consumer demand," he said. "In fact, Comcast has been doubling its network capacity every 18 months to stay ahead of demand and we've been the speed leader here for more than a decade. We've increased our Internet speeds 16 times in the last 14 years."
Modem and service pricing has not been set yet, but will be announced when the company is closer to the local rollout, Sagel said.
Meanwhile, AT&T said it has expanded its 1 gigabyte Internet service to residential and commercial customers in parts of Pingree Grove, Plano and Sugar Grove. The communities join parts of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elgin, Huntley, Joliet, Manhattan, Mundelein, Norridge, Oswego, Plainfield, Shorewood, Skokie, Volo, and Yorkville that are eligible for the provider's GigaPower network, the provider said in a release.
AT&T GigaPower uses fiber-optic networks to provide speeds up to 1 gig per second.
"This investment in some of the fastest Internet speeds available will help small businesses compete in a modern economy and offers residential customers the high-speed connectivity so many are demanding today," said Paul La Schiazza, president of AT&T Illinois.
AT&T has invested more than $3 billion in its wireless and wired networks in Illinois between 2012 through 2014, the company said, driving a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for its customers.