Intel, an American multinational corporation and technology company has announced that its silicon chips and software are accelerating 5G wireless networks at the edge. Now, the chipmaker is launching new chips to further improve its position in virtual radio access networks (vRAN) and other 5G wireless technologies. The company has reported that by 2023, 75 percent of data will be created outside of the datacenter, at the edge in factories, hospitals, retail stores, and across cities.
Therefore, developers want to converge various capabilities at the edge, and Intel wants to be there with the right technology. Intel vRAN promises cloud-like agility and automation capabilities that can help optimize the RAN performance and ultimately improve the experience for users. Intel is also expanding its FPGA (field programmable gate array), for highly programmable chips.
The chipmaker is also adding a new FPGA with integrated cryptography acceleration that supports MACSec in wireless applications. This adds another layer of security to vRAN at the fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul levels, that is designed for space-constrained systems on the edge and well-suited for both high-bandwidth 4G and 5G RAN.