DataPower announced the availability of firmware release v3.1 for its DataPower XA35 XML Accelerator. The latest version of the product expands the benefits of hardware acceleration to applications that make use of XML schema, XML parsing, XSLT 2. 0 and XPath 2.0. Firmware release v3.1 release allows the XA35 to accelerate not just the XML messages themselves but also the XML schemas associated with the messages. A brand new XML Schema engine improves the performance of XML parsing and schema validation. V3.1 also includes Java object support for J2EE-based XML applications and support for transforming XML into binary messages (via DataGlue option). Also included are multiple enhancements for the user interface including the Control Panel for overall management, wizard-like interface to facilitate XML accelerator creation, logging drill-down, and enhanced troubleshooting tools. The XA35 XML Accelerator is a member of DataPower’s XML-aware networking product family, which includes the XS40 XML Security Gateway, the XI50 XML Integration Appliance and the XG4 XML Chipset for OEMs. DataPower’s firmware release v3.1 for the DataPower XA35 XML Accelerator is available immediately.