Software collaboration for energy-efficient private 5G wireless networks

Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT/Embedded Computer Technology (ECT), has announced a collaboration with Truminds Software Systems and Napatech to optimise energy-efficient private wireless networks using Kontron edge servers and Truminds’ TruCore (5G Core Network Technology Solution) optimized for Napatech’s SmartNIC for User Plane Function (UPF) offload. Truminds will be showcasing this joint solution in their booth #5H24 at MWC in Barcelona from 26 to 29 February 2024.

Enterprises in manufacturing/industrial, broadcasting, retail, mining, and healthcare are adopting private 5G wireless networks for reliability and guaranteed coverage. Truminds, a renowned name in specialised engineering solutions, enhances both cost-performance and energy efficiency using Kontron servers designed for edge deployments. Kontron’s ME1310 multi-access edge server, powered by Intel® Xeon® D-2700 processors, addresses the challenges of private networks with its rugged, power-efficient design.

The deployment includes Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs) from Napatech which offload and accelerate the compute-intensive User Plane Function (UPF) using Truminds’ TruCore. Napatech’s SmartNIC solution delivers industry-leading UPF performance, significantly increasing the number of users or devices per server compared to traditional pure software implementations, while minimizing overall costs and improving packet core energy efficiency.
 
Truminds’ TruCore is an industry-proven Release 17 compliant 5G packet core technology solution that offers cloud-native 5G packet core functions including UPF, SMF, AMF, AUSF, UDM and UDSF among others. The joint solution implements a port-to-port “hair-pinned” architecture, ensuring maximum system performance and optimized server CPU utilization.
 
“The combination of Truminds’ proven 5G core network technology solution, Kontron’s mature server technology and Napatech’s innovative SmartNIC cards creates powerful, cost and energy efficient Private 5G Core Network solutions,” said Rakesh Vij, CEO of Truminds Software Systems. “Our core network technology solution has been chosen by several leading OEM vendors across the globe. This collaboration further cements our leadership in providing world-class 5G solutions.”
 
“Through our partner ecosystem, Napatech ensures that our SmartNIC-based UPF offload solution is available to service providers and enterprises via products provided by industry-leading software vendors and server OEMs,” said Charlie Ashton, Senior Director of Business Development, Napatech. “We are delighted to be collaborating with both Kontron and Truminds to deliver industry-leading subscriber capacity and energy efficiency for private wireless networks.”
 
“Our ME1310 multi-access edge server is the ideal platform for hosting reliable, energy efficient private wireless networks,” said Charles Fambrough, Director of Global Sales for Connectivity/Telco/Media Platforms, Kontron. “Our collaboration with Napatech allows us to extend the functionality of this server and offer a version that optimises the performance of business-critical application solutions like Truminds’ TruCore.”
 
Kontron Telecommunications products are available directly from Kontron. For more information on Kontron Telecommunication solutions, please contact Charles.fambrough@us.kontron.com

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