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SolidRun and Virtium Charge Toward 5G Future

By Ken Briodagh

5G infrastructure is being installed, slowly but steadily, and many industries are looking into whether 5G will make sense for their operations. According to a recent announcement, SolidRun, a developer and manufacturer of edge computing solutions, and Virtium, recent IoT Time Podcast guest and provider of SSD and memory solutions, are collaborating to enable those solutions and provide the IoT with building blocks for creating new technologies for the network edge that will benefit from 5G.

The two companies reportedly will 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, to design 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,” said Atai Ziv, CEO, 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,” said Jacques Issa, SVP, Strategic Marketing, Virtium. “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.”

The companies said in the release that they expect the speed and widespread coverage promised by 5G to revolutionize many industries, including manufacturing, logistics, farming/agriculture, communications, industrial automation, healthcare, and energy.

To design the systems needed to proliferate 5G across the entire ecosystem, the partners said, hardware must be optimized for reliable transfer of data at incredibly fast rates and be protected against data loss from power failure or security breaches. These systems also must operate at low power, fit within form factor constraints, and be resilient to harsh environmental factors, they acknowledged.

Together, the two companies said they are ready to support a wide range of edge computing applications for indoor and outdoor deployment with 5G.


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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