Intel and Ericsson today announced the launch of their open industry initiative, 5G Innovators Initiative (5GI2). The group intends to collaborate with major equipment manufacturers, leading technology companies, industry leaders, and top universities work on the 5G network and distributed edge technologies to accelerate the adoption of 5G wireless and infrastructure innovation.
Fifth generation mobile networks are the proposed next telecommunications standards beyond current 4G/IMT – Advanced standards. Instead of focusing on faster peak Internet connection speeds, 5G intends to attain higher capacity than 4G networks to allow a higher number of mobile broadband users per area unit. The standard is considered to be required for the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) economy where streaming high-definition media, Wi-Fi hotspots and billions of Internet-connected devices and sensors are becoming the norm.
“Industrial companies looking to optimize their assets and operations need connectivity from the edge to the cloud,” said Peter Marx, vice president, advanced concepts, GE Digital.
Intel Xenon processor D1500 wafer
The pilot projects lined up by 5GI2 include step-by-step blueprints of the network, cloud, and 5G connectivity requirements that will cover speed and responsiveness, security, and analytics. The initial members of the group expect these pilots to expand further as other organizations join in.
“This program is totally in line with Ericsson’s already established 5G programs, such as 5G for Sweden and 5G for Europe,” a statement from Ulf Ewaldsson, chief strategy, and technology officer of Ericsson, said. “This collaboration brings together necessary competence from technology providers, industry partners, and academia to find sustainable solutions to digitize and transform other industries.”
Building our 5G future requires a new approach to industry collaboration and development, according to Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of Next Generation Standards, Intel communications, and devices group.
“The 5GI2 initiative combines technological strengths and intellectual capital from each of the participants to build step-by-step blueprints for how early applications of 5G connectivity, IoT and cloud services will bring new forms of value to multiple industries,” he said.
Intel Xenon processor D1500
The group sees 5G networks as enabling advancements such autonomous driving, smart and connected cities, health care and media. It will allow companies to move far larger amounts of data across mobile networks than current technologies do, said Suresh Venkatarayalu, chief technology officer of Honeywell safety and productivity solutions.
“It will help us bring to market new IoT solutions for aircraft, buildings, homes, industrial plants, logistics providers, manufacturers, and retailers,” he said.
Ion Stoica, professor of computer science at UC Berkeley and director of RISELab, said 5G will be a key technology in the research on real-time execution on live data with strong security being done at UC Berkeley’s RISELab at UC Berkeley on building systems to provide.
Intel Ethernet Network Adater XXV710
“In particular, 5G would give us unprecedented flexibility in implementing sophisticated functionality across edge devices, edge clusters, and clouds,” he said.
To realize the potential of 5G, new services to the network edge need to be deployed, according to Sandra Rivera, vice-president of the network platforms group at Intel.
Rivera said her company is introducing a range of new products aimed at accelerating 5G deployment. These include:
- Intel Ethernet Network Adapter XXV710 supports 25 GbE to provide a natural upgrade migration path from 10 GbE for those who need more bandwidth at a lower cost point than 40 GbE. This will be available later in Q1 2017.
- Intel Atom processor C3000 product family enables network edge device vendors to reach a wide range of cost-performance and power-performance points and integrates Intel QuickAssist technology for up to 20 Gbps crypto and compression acceleration. This will be available mid-2017.
- New Networking Series for the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family allows CoSPs to scale up performance beyond the Intel Atom processor C3000 product family while securing and compressing data at the network edge at rates up to 40 Gbps. This will be available mid-2017.
- Next-generation Intel QuickAssist Adapter family can process even larger amounts of data coming from IoT and network edge devices, delivering up to 100 Gbps of crypto, compression, and public key acceleration. This will be available mid-2017.
“We’re seeing the start of this network transformation on a global scale with solutions based on software-defined network (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) in order to deliver the promise of the 5G era,” Rivera said.
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