Intel announces industry’s broadest silicon portfolio for 5G network acceleration
February 26, 2020

Ericsson, Nokia and ZTE Choose Intel’s 10nm Base Station SoC

With a key mission of transforming network infrastructure from core to edge to unlock the full potential of 5G, Intel have made a sweeping set of hardware and software announcements. Key elements include the launch of the new Intel Atom P5900, a 10nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) for wireless base stations, a critical early deployment target for 5G networks. Intel announced a number of firsts today including the first Intel architecture SoC for wireless base stations with the launch of the all-new Intel Atom P5900, the introduction of the first structured ASIC for 5G network acceleration and the first 5G network-optimized ethernet-NIC offering GPS based cross network service synchronization. Additionally, with the expansion of Intel’s 2nd-gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor line-up the company continues to deliver workload-optimized performance, integrated AI acceleration, and hardened security at the platform level.

Intel Atom P5900 platform

With the launch of the Intel Atom P5900 Intel is now extending Intel architecture from the core to access and all the way to the furthest edge of the network.  As a highly integrated SoC, the Intel Atom P5900 delivers what’s required for 5G base stations today and in the future including a highly efficient virtualized computing environment, ultra-low latency, accelerated throughput, and precise load balancing. The product augments Intel’s rich silicon portfolio for network environments and introduces Intel silicon as the foundation for the network base station market.  A market which Intel expects to have 40% share by 2021, a year ahead of previous prediction.   Ericsson, Nokia and ZTE will begin deploying optimized 5G baseband and radio solutions based on the platform starting this year.

2nd-gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors

As the foundation for data platform infrastructure with over 30 million units sold – Xeon Scalable processors have led the transformation of the core network with 50% of global environments virtualized today and growing by 2023. With the new 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors launched today delivering up to 36% more performance than the prior generation and increased value for our customers across their cloud, network and edge needs – Xeon Scalable extends its multi-decade heritage as the industry’s leading data platform foundation. In conjunction, Intel introduced 17 updated Select Solutions supporting these new processors across customer prioritized workloads.

Diamond Mesa Structured ASIC

Diamond Mesa is designed to complement Intel’s unmatched portfolio of network processors delivering the high performance and low latency required for 5G networks. Structured ASICs like Diamond Mesa balance the configurability and fast time-to-market of FPGAs with the power-efficient, purpose-built performance of custom ASICs and uniquely position Intel as the only provider delivering a full silicon platform foundation for network infrastructure.  Diamond Mesa is open for early access customers and will ship in 2021.

700 Series Network Adapter with Hardware-Enhanced Precision Time Protocol

The Ethernet 700 series is Intel’s first 5G optimized network adapter with Hardware-Enhanced Precision Time Protocol (PTP). Latency requirements across 5G network implementations have challenged existing Ethernet technology especially in edge servers.   Yet maintaining accurate time synchronization across the network at a cost-effective price point is one avenue to help address application latency.   The Ethernet 700 series adapter increases the timing precision required for 5G networks through a combination of hardware and software enhancements.  Edgewater Channel is sampling now and will enter production in Q2 2020.

“As the industry makes the transition to 5G, we continue to see network infrastructure as the most significant opportunity representing at $25B silicon opportunity by 2023.” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Data Platforms Group.  “By offering customers the fastest and most effective path to design, deliver and deploy 5G solutions, across core, edge and access, we see ourselves well positioned to expand our industry leading silicon position in this growing market.”

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at:
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