Next Generation RAN Architectures for 5G Readiness – Intel Chip Chat – Episode 650

 
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In this Intel Chip Chat audio podcast with Allyson Klein: Cristina Rodriguez is the Vice President of Intel’s Data Center Group and General Manager of the Wireless Access Network Division. She sits down with Allyson Klein in this episode of Chip Chat to talk about the transformation of the radio access network to support commercial 5G deployments around the globe.

5G services demand a new architectural approach for radio access networks. Communication service providers are not taking a one-size-fits-all approach to this transformation. Instead they are evaluating a mix of approaches, including traditional distributed, fully or centralized virtualization, integrated, micro cells and more. This pragmatic view positions CommSPs to leverage existing investments while introducing cloud architectural concepts. Similarly Intel takes a holistic solution view of each deployment that draws on a broad portfolio of high performance CPUs, SOCs with network acceleration, eASIC, FPGAs, software, storage and more.

Cristina details the new “Snow Ridge” 10-nm SOC that extends Intel architecture into 5G wireless access base stations for control and packet processing and will establish new performance per watt leadership. Ericsson is already planning to deploy Snow Ridge in its portfolio of solutions. She also highlights some of the recent innovations in FlexRAN to bring cloud innovation to the radio access network in the form of SDN, NFV, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), network slicing and more. She also touches on the momentum and maturity in ecosystem solutions intended to accelerate adoption across the market.

Rodriguez also shares some of the new 5G use cases in industrial, retail, entertainment and other industries that are making the previously impossible, possible. These use cases are made possible by transformed networks, and her team’s work in RAN will play a key role in this end-to-end transformation.

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