Intel Touts Portfolio for 5G Network Infrastructure
February 25, 2020
Unlocking the full potential of 5G requires transforming network infrastructure from core to edge. As the world’s leading network silicon provider, Intel is at the forefront of driving this transformation. Today, the company made a sweeping set of hardware and software announcements, including the launch of the new Intel Atom® P5900, a 10nm system-on-chip (SoC) for wireless base stations, which is a critical early deployment target for 5G networks.
“As the industry makes the transition to 5G, we continue to see network
infrastructure as the most significant opportunity, representing a $25
billion silicon opportunity by 2023,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice
president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group at Intel. “By
offering customers the fastest and most effective path to design,
deliver and deploy 5G solutions across core, edge and access, we are
poised to expand our leading silicon position in this growing market.”
New 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors: As the foundation for data platform infrastructure with over 30 million units sold, Intel Xeon Scalable processors have led the transformation of the network. This year, 50% of core network deployments are transforming to virtualized networks, with the expectation to grow beyond 80% by 2024¹, fueled by 5G. The new 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors launched today deliver an average of 36% more performance and an average of 42% more performance per dollar² than the prior generation Intel® Xeon® Gold and increased value for customers across their cloud, network and edge needs. In addition, Intel Xeon Scalable helps protect the integrity of the data and the platform with hardware-enhanced security and built-in encryption accelerators. In conjunction, Intel introduced 18 updated Select Solutions supporting these new processors across customer-prioritized workloads.
Introducing “Diamond Mesa,” Intel’s first next-generation structured ASIC for 5G network acceleration: “Diamond Mesa” (code name) is designed to complement Intel’s unmatched portfolio of processors and FPGAs delivering the high performance and low latency required for 5G networks. Structured ASICs like Diamond Mesa provide a minimum-risk optimization path for workloads that do not require the full programmability of FPGAs, targeting double the performance efficiency versus the prior generation, and uniquely position Intel as the only provider delivering a full silicon platform foundation for network infrastructure. Diamond Mesa is open to early access customers.
Introducing the Intel® Ethernet 700 Series Network Adapter with hardware-enhanced Precision Time Protocol, the first 5G network-optimized Ethernet NIC: The Ethernet 700 series (code-named “Edgewater Channel”) is Intel’s first 5G-optimized network adapter, offering GPS-based cross-network service synchronization with hardware-enhanced Precision Time Protocol (PTP). Latency requirements across 5G network implementations have challenged existing Ethernet technology, especially in edge servers. Maintaining accurate time synchronization across the network at a cost-effective price point, however, 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 2020’s second quarter.
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