Intel Introduces Sapphire Rapids Processors with Integrated vRAN Boost in Xeon EE for 5G

Intel Introduces Sapphire Rapids Processors with Integrated vRAN Boost in Xeon EE for 5G ...

Intel has presented a specialized methodology for accelerating the deployment of 5G and 4G wireless networks – Xeon Sapphire Rapids processors with an integrated vRAN Boost accelerator – at MWC 2023. The innovations, according to the company, are optimized for signal processing and packet processing, balancing, and dynamic power management.

Thanks to advanced telemetry collection and individual core state management ( switching to sleep and back) with a low level of latency, telecom providers may consolidate already deployed 4G / 5G networks.

The new products will include FPGA Agilex 7, eASIC N5X, and network controllers E810 (Columbiaville).

Xeon EE supports AVX512-FP16 hardware acceleration blocks for forward error correction (FEC, Forward Error Correction) and Discrete Fourier Transformation (DFT, Discrete Fourier Transformation), as well as older CPUs that require discrete accelerators such as the ACC100. DPDK and VPP are offered for enhanced performance.

Intel continues to push the idea of using as standard servers as possible to replace dedicated 4G/5G equipment, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and increasing the functionality, flexibility, and scalability of next-generation networks through the transition to software-defined solutions.

Intel has partnered with SK Telecom to develop the Intel Infrastructure Power Manager reference software platform for the core 5G network, which can reduce (up to -30%) the actual power consumption of processors. Finally, Intel demonstrated the operation of 5G UPF (User Plane Function) at a speed of 1 Tbps, which apparently still had accelerators.

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