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Intel plans to lead base station silicon market with robust 5G infrastructure

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The company has unveiled a range of chipsets and network adapters to step up its efforts in 5G silicon

US technology giant Intel plans to rollout next generation 5G networks through its new hardware and software launch, media reports said. It has unveiled a range of chipsets and network adapters to step up its efforts in 5G silicon. 

The company’s new Intel Atom P5900 processor is its first System on a Chip (SoC) particularly designed for wireless base stations. According to experts, wireless base stations are vital to 5G deployers. For that reason, Intel is planning to capture the 5G market with Atom P5900, media reports said.

Intel plans to become a leader in the base station silicon market by 2022. The company’s new Atom P5900 will provide high bandwidth and low latency compared to the existing base station silicon market. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and ZTE will deploy Atom P5900 this year. 

Intel has launched a new version of Intel Xeon Scalable processors in addition to Atom P5900. Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Network Platforms Group Dan Rodriguez, told the media, “5G is a massive inflection point, driving data and new data-driven services.”

Intel will use the processor as a tool to capture the majority of market share in the base station silicon market. Until 2015, Intel did not have a significant market presence in wireless base stations, Rodriguez said.

According to Intel, 5G networks necessitate new technologies to meet latency requirements. The company is also expanding its Open Network Edge Services Software toolkit to deploy advanced applications and services. From now, it will support standalone 5GNR and Enhanced Platform Awareness designed to help customers seamlessly deploy microservices, media reports said. 

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