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Telco Systems teams with ARM

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Network function virtualization (NFV) and related software-defined networking software is on its way to the edge following the formation of a strategic alliance announced this week between Telco System and Arm, the manufacturer of processors used in everything from Internet of Things (IoT) devices to smartphones.

New chip architectures are important to the development of NFV and devices such as universal customer premise equipment (uCPE), which allows customers to connect to the network on commodity hardware, because of the requirements for high power efficiency at edge of the network. Arm chips have grown in importance because of their reputation for power efficiency, which makes them especially suitable to IoT and edge networking devices. 

Under the terms of the alliance, Telco Systems is committing over the next several years to commercialize several existing prototypes of uCPE devices based on NXP and Marvell system-on-chips (SoCs) as well as service-ready uCPE and NFV Edge solutions. Arm is making an unspecified investment in Telco Systems to fund those efforts.

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