With respect to RAN Compute, Ericsson Networks has unveiled a “enhanced portfolio” that utilizes Intel’s 4 process node technology.
Built on the Intel 4 Node, Ericsson’s New RAN Compute Chips Are Designed to Improve Global Networking Capabilities
In case you are not aware, Ericsson Networks is well-known for enabling communication service providers (CSPs) to benefit from the technological improvements in radio access. The RAN Compute portfolio has been upgraded with a specific focus on the ever-increasing mobile traffic, which is predicted to expand three times by 2028. Furthermore, as 5G becomes more widely accepted as the norm, there is an increased requirement for “power” to truly serve this audience. For this reason, Ericsson’s new RAN Compute solutions may prove to be advantageous.
AI and 5G Advanced RAN Compute
In summary, Ericsson aims to “maximize RAN compute capabilities with optimized performance for the least hardware and energy footprint” through the delivery of four distinct products. Aiming for distinct applications, these comprise the outdoor (Radio Processor 6372 & Radio Processor 6355) and indoor (RAN Processor 6672 & RAN Processor 6655) models. The employment of the Intel 4 process in the new Ericsson silicon is an intriguing feature. The photos released by Ericsson hint that the power of IFS was employed in this instance.
The interesting thing about Intel 4 is that, up until now, only Team Blue’s future Meteor Lake CPU range was anticipated to make use of it. However, it appears that the technique will advance custom ASIC networking significantly. In comparison to the previous generation, the Ericsson RAN Processor 6672 and Radio Processor 6372 will now handle all 4G and 5G modes in a single device, offering four times more capacity and two times greater energy efficiency. Furthermore, as compared to industry benchmarks, the new RAN compute solutions use 30 to 60 percent less power.
Global networking dynamics should be further enhanced by Ericsson’s new RAN Processor and Radio Processors, and the adoption of the Intel 4 process is unquestionably a positive move.