xG Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:XGTI)
Interference is a major impediment to reliable and efficient wireless transmissions, and can negatively impact performance and coverage in high-capacity mobile systems. While interference has been an issue in unlicensed spectrum bands for years, mobile carriers are now also experiencing unprecedented levels of interference in their licensed spectrum-based mobile networks, due to skyrocketing demand for mobile data.
XGTI said that it has been awarded a new patent for interference mitigation techniques. This is the second new patent grant announced by XGTI this week. On May 27, the company reported a cognitive radio patent award that enables enhanced interference mitigation for devices in shared spectrum.
The new patent, "OFDM Symbol Diversity Combiner for Burst Interference Mitigation" (USPTO #13/486,331) covers a method of diversity combining that operates on individual OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) symbols, allowing efficient mitigation of burst interference typical to many devices operating on unlicensed bands. More specifically, this invention describes a diversity combiner that operates as a maximal ratio combiner or selection combiner, depending on operation conditions.
This latest XGTI innovation describes advanced techniques for detecting and reducing unwanted transmissions that lead to harmful interference, thus improving system performance.
XGTI has created a broad portfolio of intellectual property that makes wireless networks more intelligent, accessible, affordable and reliable. XGTI's xMax is a patented all-IP cognitive radio technology that enables robust mobile broadband communications for private, consumer and government networks.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW)
After PANW reported its financial results and a favorable settlement with Juniper Networks, brokerage firm Raymond James has upgraded PANW from Outperform to Strong Buy with a price target of $90.00 per share, while Oppenheimer upgraded the company from Perform to Outperform with an $80.00 per share price target
For the third quarter fiscal 2014, PANW posted a record total revenue of $150.7 million, a 49% increase year over year and ahead of analysts' average estimate of $146.2 million, while its non-GAAP net income for the period was $8.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $5.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the third quarter fiscal 2013.
PANW also said that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Juniper Networks resolving patent litigation between the two companies. The settlement amount was much lower than the market expected.
Under the terms of the settlement, PANW will make a one-time payment to Juniper of approximately $175 million, consisting of $75 million in cash, approximately $70 million in shares of common stock and a warrant to purchase approximately $30 million of common stock.
PANW is leading a new era in cybersecurity by protecting thousands of enterprise, government, and service provider networks from cyber threats. Unlike fragmented legacy products, the company's security platform safely enables business operations and delivers protection based on what matters most in today's dynamic computing environments: applications, users, and content.
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