Continuous Computing

Continuous Computing
Continuous Computing
Type Private
Industry Technology
Founded 1998
Headquarters San Diego, CA, USA
Products Embedded operating systems, Communications software, embedded computer products

Founded in 1998, “Continuous Computing” is a privately held company based in San Diego that provides telecom systems made up of telecom platforms and Trillium software, including protocol software stacks for femtocells and 4G wireless / Long Term Evolution (LTE). The company also sells standalone Trillium software products and ATCA hardware components, as well as professional services. Continuous Computing’s Trillium software addresses LTE Femtocells (Home eNodeB) and pico / macro eNodeBs, as well as the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SWG) and Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG).[1]

The company also specializes in deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions for deploying security and traffic management applications and offers DPI System Solutions that are fully integrated and deployment-ready to accelerate rollout of functionality such as traffic management, traffic shaping, security, mobile advertising and mobile network DPI. The company is said to be the first systems vendor to introduce an end-to-end offering that spans the range of LTE network infrastructure from the Home NodeB (Macro / Pico base stations) to the Evolved Packet Core (EPC).[2]



In February 2003, Continuous Computing acquired Trillium Digital Systems' intellectual property, customers and also hired some Trillium engineering, sales and marketing staff from Intel Corporation.[3]

In July 2004, Continuous Computing expanded with the opening of a major software development center in Bangalore, India. The company acquired key products, people, technology and other assets from China-based UP Technologies Ltd. in July 2005.

In October 2007, the company launched "FlexTCA" platforms, targeting the security and wireless core vertical telecom markets. In February 2008, Continuous Computing announced the availability of its upgraded Trillium 3G / 4G Wireless protocol software for comprehensive support of Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) functionality in alignment with 3GPP Release 7 standards. These performance improvements increase the data rates and bandwidth over the air interface in 3G networks.[4]

Continuous Computing also announced in February 2008 their partnership with picoChip Designs Ltd. This partnership was created to speed the development of the on-premise mobile wireless base station technology and offer a time-saving reference design to Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) entering the mobile space. The combination of Continuous’ software and picoChip’s silicon essentially removed a step in the femtocell product development process with a reference design.[5]

In February 2009, Continuous Computing announced its new “Solutions & Services” business practice which offers two solution suites for the wireless and deep packet inspection (DPI) markets. In June 2009 Continuous Computing teamed with Texas Instruments to offer complete HSPA and LTE enterprise and residential femtocells.[6][7]

In July 2009, the company announced value added services (VAS) solutions designed to allow NEPs to accelerate time to market for their enhanced wireless services such as Short Message Service (SMS), Caller ID, roaming, E911, ringback tones and e-mail services.

In May 2011, the company announced they were acquired by RadiSys for $105 million in stock and cash.[8] Once the transaction is completed, Continuous' CEO will take over the same position with RadiSys, while RadiSys CEO Scott Grout moves to the company's board of directors.[8]

Primary Products

Continuous Computing’s Trillium protocol software product line was acquired from Intel in February 2003. NEPs use Trillium to develop network elements for Femtocell, LTE/3G Wireless, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and NGN Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications.[9]

The AdvancedTCA ATCA product family from Continuous Computing combines packet-based, redundant architecture design with NEBS Level 3 engineering and leverages the latest PICMG standards and SAF interfaces. The ATCA components are designed to bring together a common set of platform-level features and include packet processing, switching, and compute blades.[10]

FlexTCA is a Continuous Computing product family that consists of pre-integrated, application-ready ATCA platforms pre-integrated with Essential Services software, SAF-compliant High Availability middleware, Layer 2 High Availability switching software, and a Trillium Protocol Integration toolkit for creating security, traffic shaping, and wireless core solutions.[11]

Continuous Computing’s Professional Services offering covers a wide range of customized services to assist NEPs in building telecommunications infrastructure in the following areas: Femtocells, Load Balancing, LTE, DPI and IMS.


Continuous Computing has approximately 150 customers worldwide with applications including Femtocells and Signaling Gateways to Radio Network Controllers and Mobility Management Entities.

Continuous Computing’s customers include:

Alcatel Shanghai Bell, AppTrigger, Alcatel-Lucent, Anam, Bharti Telesoft, BigBand, BlueSlice, Cisco, C-DOT, Dialogic, Genband, Hitachi, Invigo, Iskratel, IBM, Kodiak, LG-Nortel, Mavenir, Motorola, Midas, NEC, NextWave, Nortel, Qualcomm, RadioFrame, Samsung, Sanyo, Starent, Tachibana Eletech, TruePosition, Turin, UTStarcom


In 2006, Continuous Computing was ranked #1 in the Computers and Related Products category at the 13th Annual AeA High Tech Awards in San Diego, CA. The company was also awarded with the outstanding "Emerging Market Growth" from the Association for Corporate Growth (AGC), San Diego chapter. Continuous Computing ranked #2 in Rising Star category of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in 2002. In 1998, 1999 and 2000, Internet Telephony honored Continuous Computing with Product of the year awards.

Standards Organizations

Continuous Computing is a contributing member of the major standards bodies in the communications industry. Examples include;

  • 3GPP
  • CP-TA
  • European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI)
  • Femto Forum
  • Intel ECA
  • SA Forum


  1. ^ Jonathan Sidener (2009-04-20). "Technology could boost indoor cell reception". 
  2. ^ Cassimir Medford (2009- 02-19). "Startups Welcome Wireless Technology". 
  3. ^ Mike Freeman (2004-12-24). "Phone, data, video integration arriving". 
  4. ^ "Continuous Computing Announces Trillium 3G / 4G Wireless Protocol Software Upgrades". 2008-12-05. 
  5. ^ Jim Barthold (2008-02-11). "Femto glue: Continuous Computing and picoChip partner". 
  6. ^ David Schneider (2009- 04-01). "The Silence of the Cellphones". 
  7. ^ Monica Alleven (2009-02-09). "Continuous Computing Offers Hand to Network Vendors". 
  8. ^ a b Siemers, Erik (May 3, 2011). "RadiSys makes $105M deal, gets new CEO". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Jonathan Sidener (2008-10-15). "ATCA Gained Momentum in 2008 Richard Grigonis". 
  10. ^ Mike Coward. "AdvancedTCA: The Perfect Fit for Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)". 
  11. ^ Rhonda Wickham (2008-09-18). "Continuous Computing Gears Up for 4G". 

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