SolidRun, Virtium speed up edge platforms for 5G applications

SolidRun, Virtium speed up edge platforms for 5G applications

SolidRun and Virtium have partnered to provide the industry with essential building blocks for creating new technologies for the network edge that fully benefit from 5G. SolidRun develops and manufactures high-performance edge computing solutions while Virtium provides industrial-grade solid-state drive (SSD) and memory solutions.

The two companies are working together to leverage SolidRun’s CEx7 16-core LX2160A Computer-on-Module and ClearFog CX LX2K network computing platform, and Virtium’s StorFly M.2 SATA industrial-grade SSDs, DDR4 memory modules and StorKit SSD software, for next generation edge-computing solutions that emphasize speed, connectivity, efficiency and data security across 5G networks.

“We see many industries looking to the near-zero latency of 5G as being the key to unlocking the true potential of Industrial IoT, but to benefit from these speeds, having the right hardware is critical,” explains Atai Ziv, CEO at SolidRun. “We saw an opportunity to create a variety of solutions ranging from computer on modules and carrier boards to rack-mount Arm servers that will expedite the proliferation of 5G across the entire ecosystem. Additionally, we’re teaming up with key industry players, like Virtium, to ensure that our systems are paired with storage solutions that won’t bottleneck data processing speeds or compromise data security.”

“5G’s unprecedented bandwidth will dramatically increase the demand for industrial-grade solid-state storage throughout the network infrastructure – especially at the edge, where low latency, high endurance and rock-solid security are imperative,” adds Virtium Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing Jacques Issa. “Collaborating with SolidRun as we have to develop complete solutions – edge-computing platforms with already-qualified SSDs, integrated software and memory – will help meet that demand and unleash the power and promise of 5G at the network edge.”

5G is expected to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to new levels and significantly boost the role data plays in society. According to a recent Ericsson Mobility Report, 190 million 5G subscriptions are expected by the end of 2020 and forecasted to grow to 2.8 billion in 2025, representing approximately 30 percent of total mobile subscriptions.

To design the systems needed to proliferate 5G across the entire ecosystem, hardware solutions that create, route or consume data at 5G speeds must be optimized for reliable transfer of data at incredibly fast rates, be protected against data loss from power failure, and offer a new level of security. These systems must also operate at low power and fit within form factor constraints all while still maintaining extraordinary resilience to severe environmental factors like heat, shock and vibration. SolidRun and Virtium are each well known for these value propositions and together the companies note are, able to support a wide range of edge computing applications for indoor and outdoor deployment.

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