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Intel Announces New 5G Chip Offerings

Intel Corp. has announced that it was launching new chips to support 5G networks. The company introduced its new 10-nanometer Intel Atom P5900 system-on-a-chip for wireless base stations and currently expects to be the “leading silicon provider in base stations by 2021, a year earlier than first predicted.” Intel also announced its second-generation Xeon Scalable processors, which it said delivers a 36% performance boost over the prior model, along with a 42% boost in performance per dollar.

“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, 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.”

As a highly integrated 10nm SoC, the Intel Atom P5900 is designed to meet critical 5G network needs including high bandwidth and low latency to deliver what’s required for 5G base stations today and in the future. The product augments Intel’s silicon portfolio for network environments and introduces Intel silicon as the foundation for the wireless base stations market, with 6 million 5G base stations forecasted through 2024. Intel is working with leading providers to deliver this product as part of their future differentiated solutions in market.

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 dollar 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.

Diamond Mesa (codename) is designed to complement Intel’s unmatched portfolio of processors and FPGAs delivering the high performance and low latency required for 5G networks. The product provides a minimum-risk optimisation path for workloads that do not require the full programmability of FPGAs, targeting double the performance efficiency versus the prior generation, they uniquely position Intel as the only provider delivering a full silicon platform foundation for network infrastructure.

The Ethernet 700 series (codenamed “Edgewater Channel”) is Intel’s first 5G-optimized network adapter, offering GPS-based cross-network service synchronization with Hardware-Enhanced Precision Time Protocol (PTP).

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