by Adam Armstrong

Intel Announces New Products & Collaborations To Help Build The 5G Foundation

Today Intel Corporation announced new products and new collaborations that are geared around dealing with the ever growing Internet Of Things (IoT) and its impact on telecommunications, cloud and data center services. This announcement includes an expansion of Intel’s Xeon processor D-1500 product family and new Intel Ethernet controllers. And the collaborations are with industry leaders such as América Móvil, Cisco, SK Telecom, Verizon, and Red Hat. This announcement comes on the heels of Intel’s announcement of a new IoT reference architecture last week.

Virtually all new devices are connected or will be connected some time in the future. These devices can range from cars and homes to light bulbs and toasters. While the IoT devices present many opportunities for businesses and consumers the current networks and storage aren’t up to the task of handling such massive amounts of data that is being generated and communicated. Communication providers can’t expand their current infrastructure fast enough. However, if communication networks for re-architectured with programmability and flexibility built in the true potential of the IoT can be realized.

In order to accelerate the restructuring of networks as well as lay the foundation for future networks, such as 5G, Intel is working closely with industry leaders. Today Intel is announcing its new technologies and new collaborations including:

  • América Móvil, a leading mobile network operator in Latin America, recently selected Intel to be a technology consultant in an effort to evolve its networks to be more flexible, efficient and scalable. Intel will provide support and expertise to América Móvil as it modernizes its infrastructure to accelerate the launch of new services, automate its processes and reduce its network operation costs in Latin America and Europe.
  • New offerings in the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family provide a foundation for extending intelligence from the network core to the edge for improved performance and lower latency. The eight new processors offer high-performance, low-power and twice the maximum memory of previous generations in an integrated system-on-chip, making them well-suited for various networking, cloud storage, enterprise storage and IoT applications that operate in dense, rugged environments. More than 50 networking, cloud storage, enterprise storage and IoT system designs using the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family are in development.
  • The new Intel Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 Family combines proven Ethernet technology with advanced switch resources for use in high-performance communications network applications and dense server platforms. With up to 200 Gbps of high-bandwidth multi-host connectivity and multiple 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports, it delivers exceptional packet processing capability and significantly reduces performance bottlenecks in moving network traffic within and between servers.
  • The new Intel Ethernet Controller X550 family is a low-power, cost-effective 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity solution that can offer a performance boost to data center servers and network appliances.
  • Intel is actively driving a networking ecosystem and has grown the Intel Network Builders program to more than 180 companies. In August, Intel introduced the Intel Network Builders Fast Track to increase the pace of innovation in the networking ecosystem by optimizing hardware and software solutions, supporting technology integration within the ecosystem and driving interoperable solutions.
  • Red Hat is the first ISV to actively contribute to all key focus areas of the Intel Network Builders Fast Track. Red Hat brings strong expertise in commercializing open source technologies and has a long-standing collaboration with Intel to deliver standards-based solutions to the telecommunications industry. Through the expanded collaboration, the two companies will work together on optimizations to deliver carrier-grade solutions based on Red Hat software and Intel technology, jointly develop solution blueprints for communications networking use cases, and perform interoperability testing of their platforms with other ecosystem solutions.

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