Nokia partners with Intel to drive innovation in chip technology for 5G NR and cloud infrastructure

Nokia Delivers Multiple Innovative 5G AirScale Radio Access Solutions Built with Intel Chip Technology

Nokia continues to advance its 5G chip strategy, expanding the deployment of ReefShark chipsets to improve the performance of 5G networks around the world and reduce power consumption.

Nokia and Intel will continue to collaborate on custom ASIC solutions for the 5G wireless product portfolio “powered by ReefShark.”

Nokia will use second-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors in its AirFrame cloud data center solution.

Espoo, Finland, March 5, 2020 – Nokia today announced that it is partnering with Intel to drive innovation in its 5G wireless portfolio and technology. The two parties have worked closely together on the new Intel® Atom® P5900 processor, which integrates computing, connectivity and acceleration technologies. In addition, the co-developed custom silicon solution is already used in Nokia’s AirScale radio access products as part of its “ReefShark-powered” 5G portfolio, available globally. Through the extensive use of ReefShark in its AirScale portfolio, Nokia is significantly improving the performance and reducing power consumption of its 5G network products. In addition, Nokia will continue to use the latest Intel Xeon general-purpose processors in the AirFrame cloud data center solution.

The collaboration between the two parties underscores Nokia’s continued commitment to developing its 5G portfolio, enhancing AirScale and further enhancing the performance of ReefShark chipsets. The ReefShark chipset adopts the latest chip design technology and manufacturing process to achieve strong data throughput and lower energy consumption, which can provide strong support for Nokia’s 5G AirScale network solution. Currently, Nokia is working with several partners to jointly provide support for the ReefShark chipset. ReefShark chipset has been widely used in many base station equipment.

To take advantage of a common architecture from cloud to edge, Nokia and Intel will further collaborate to apply the latest Intel Xeon processor technology in Nokia’s cloud infrastructure. Nokia’s AirFrame data center solution for edge and core features new 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with integrated AI acceleration. In addition, the processor is also used in Nokia’s AirScale all-cloud vRAN and 5G core network solutions to meet the technical requirements of 5G. Nokia’s AirScale Cloud RAN enables the virtualization of radio functions to deliver the ultra-low latency and high data rates required for mission-critical operations, and the flexibility to simultaneously achieve scalability, agility, and high operational efficiency. to meet demand.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “This partnership reflects both parties’ long-term commitment to ensure that the 5G portfolio is supported by best-in-class technology. 5G networks will need to support billions of devices and machines, powered by This surge in network capacity and scale means that existing infrastructure and equipment must be rapidly transformed and upgraded to enable rapid deployment of 5G networks through the adoption of new technologies and processes.”

“Technological innovation from the core to the edge is critical to unlocking the full potential of 5G,” said Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Network Platforms Group. “Through this partnership with Nokia and our broad portfolio, ASICs performance, we have fully demonstrated the value that a consistent, high-performance architecture can deliver across an intelligent 5G network.”

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