An Open and Scalable Future: 5G Infrastructure from Intel and Ericsson

By Alex Passett August 01, 2023



Both companies’ missions center on shaping the future of connections; creating game-changing technologies and services that improve our lives and all that we’re able to do next. The teams at Intel and Ericsson (News - Alert) believe that – since what we do today constructs a foundation for what’s possible tomorrow – delivering positive change via solutions that redefine businesses’ approaches to connectivity and sustainability is the kind of modus operandi unto which they all-out commit.

So that is, admittedly, a lot of change-centric talk. But how is the walk being walked?

One brick in that walk-the-walk foundation, it seems, was just recently laid into place.

As July came to a close, Intel (News - Alert) announced a new strategic collaboration agreement with Ericsson.

The goal?

Ericsson is to utilize Intel’s 18A process and manufacturing technology to make custom chips for the future of 5G infrastructure.

The specifics here are simple, whether or not you’re steeped in the nuts and bolts of IoT (Internet of Things) and Internet Telephony as a whole. Per this new agreement, Intel is expected to manufacture custom 5G SoCs (systems-on-chip) for Ericsson to use for the creation of products for future 5G infrastructure. This also involves the companies then optimizing 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel vRAN Boost for Ericsson’s Cloud RAN solutions. This will help communication services providers (CSPs) increase network capability and energy efficiency with scalable and more flexible options.

Intel, in particular, is full steam ahead here, given projects that this will put Intel in a top process leadership position by 2025.

“As our work together evolves,” said Sachin Katti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Network and Edge Group at Intel, “this significant milestone alongside Ericsson exemplifies our shared vision to innovate and transform the next generation of optimized 5G infrastructure and network connectivity. This truly reinforces the growing confidence from our customers, and we look forward to building a more open, reliable and connected future.”

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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