Samsung Networks, Intel And Ericsson Driving 5G Network Transformation Effort | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Samsung Networks, Intel And Ericsson Driving 5G Network Transformation Effort

Intel kicked things off with an event it dubbed Edge of Wonderful, during which the company described the ongoing evolution of 5G networks and the possibilities for powering critical edge computing applications. As part of the bigger picture discussion, Intel also unveiled a number of specific new products targeted at enabling some of these new capabilities. The latest addition to its Agilex line of FPGA chips accelerates cryptography for keeping data encrypted over 5G networks, and a new Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) network card, part of the company’s Ethernet 800 Series, is designed for timing sensitive network applications.

Intel also announced several software-based offerings, including a new software architecture, called the Intel Network Platform, to help service providers and network equipment makers leverage the full capabilities of the company’s various silicon and software components. Consisting of software drivers, building blocks, blueprints and reference architectures, the Intel Network Platform is designed to make the transition to a more software-defined network infrastructure easier to achieve. Intel Smart Edge is a new combination of two existing software components (one of which was previously called OpenNESS) that’s designed to ease the creation of software for applications like private networks and edge computing. Though it’s essentially a suite of developer tools, the goal is to jump start the kinds of advanced applications for 5G that we were originally promised—e.g., smart factories, new cloud-based services, etc.—but which have been slow to arrive.

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