Juniper Next-Gen MX Routers Geared for 5G Wireless, IoT

Today’s topics include Juniper Networks introducing next-generation MX routers, and SwiftKey coming to Windows 10.

Juniper Networks is claiming that the latest generation of its networking gear will bring programmability and flexibility designed to handle the services that will come with such emerging technologies as 5G wireless and the internet of things.

The company last week introduced the MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform, which includes the new Penta Silicon chip for improved programmability, 5G Control and User Plane Separation software for hardware acceleration to drive performance and scalability, and the MX10008 and MX10016 Universal Chassis, which bring similar capabilities for the vendor’s PTX and QFX product lines.

The enhancements will give enterprises and service providers an agile platform to handle what is coming from 5G networks and the internet of things, Juniper claims.

According to Sally Bament, vice president of marketing at Juniper, 5G will bring significantly greater speed and capacity to networks than 4G, and the IoT will include tens of billions of connected devices within a few years.

SwiftKey, the popular predictive, AI-enabled keyboard for mobile devices, will be part of the next major Windows 10 update, which is expected to arrive sometime in the fall.

Rather than pecking at virtual keys, SwiftKey allows users to "swipe" across a keyboard to complete words. And the more it is used, the smarter it gets. Microsoft acquired SwiftKey in early 2016, and beginning with Windows 10 test build 17692, users can see how the technology works on a desktop operating system.

"SwiftKey gives you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing style—including the words, phrases and emoji that matter to you," stated Microsoft's Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, and Senior Program Manager Brandon LeBlanc.