Facebook’s parent company Meta and AMD have announced that they are working together on a mobile internet infrastructure program designed to bring down the costs of base stations for mobile networks.

Launched by Meta back in the beginning of 2020, the Evenstar program is focused on building general-purpose radio access network (RAN) reference designs for both 4G and 5G networks in the Open RAN ecosystem.

While remote radio units (RRU) have traditionally been sold as a package, Meta and its partners on the program decided to decouple the RRU hardware, distribution unit and control unit software so that mobile network operators could more flexibly deploy solutions to bring internet access to even more people.

Although AMD was not originally part of the program, its acquisition of Xilinix which closed back in February will now provide the chipmaker with an opportunity to work alongside Meta as part of the Evenstar program.

Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC

The partnership between the two companies is already bearing fruit as AMD has announced that its Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC has enabled the development of multiple Evenstar radio units to help build out 4G/5G global mobile network infrastructure.

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Source:: TechRadar – All the latest technology news


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