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BATM launches new network technology in partnership with NXP Semiconductors

By Josh White

Date: Monday 17 Jun 2019

BATM launches new network technology in partnership with NXP Semiconductors

(Sharecast News) - Real-time networking and medical laboratory systems provider BATM Advanced Communications has developed a new technology under its long-standing partnership with NXP Semiconductors, to enable a "significant increase" in network traffic without requiring an increase in computing power when licensing its 'NFVTime' product on certain NXP processors built on ARM core technology, it announced on Monday.
The London-listed firm said it represented the completion in delivery of a key milestone under the group's strategic agreement with ARM.

It explained that the new technology, which had been developed by its wholly-owned subsidiary Telco Systems, would allow large enterprises and operators to achieve "significantly superior" performance levels on a cost-effective small-to-medium uCPE solution.

The technology achieved that by enabling all virtual open switching to be conducted by already-existing hardware components, offloading from the CPU load, which improved processor performance and freed valuable processing resources.

Telco Systems' performance tests of the solution compared with standard software-based virtual open switching reportedly demonstrated a three to five-fold increase in virtual network traffic.

Another key achievement was the approximate halving of the latency rate, despite the increase in data being sent.

In addition, by freeing processor resources, more virtual network functions could be run, or higher virtual network function performance could be achieved.

As a result, customers could benefit from "significantly increased performance" without being required to increase computing power that would result in greater device size, power consumption, operational efforts and, as a result, cost.

That would provide a "substantial advantage" in using virtual networks, BATM explained.

It said the "advanced hardware offloading capability", which enhanced the performance of its NFVTime network virtualisation operating system, was integrated with NXP's 'Layerscape' LS2088A and LS1088A multicore processors, which were based on ARM technology.

"The development of this new solution represents another significant step forward in our network function virtualisation strategy and another milestone delivered under our agreement with ARM," said BATM chief executive officer Dr Zvi Marom.

"Through bringing this capability to NFVTime, in partnership with ARM and NXP, a major supplier of ARM technology-based chips, we'll be able to offer customers major performance enhancements compared with competing offers without increasing their costs."

Dr Marom said the company was "confident" that the solution would be well-received by the market.

"As we continue to advance our technology, users of our solutions will be able to gain even more from their networks and optimise performance."

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