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Intel targets 5G infrastructure with new SoC

January 08, 2019 / Diana Goovaerts

Intel set its sights on gains in the 5G infrastructure market, announcing a new system on chip (SoC) designed specifically for next generation mobile base stations. During a briefing with journalists, Navin Shenoy, EVP of Intel’s Data Center Group (pictured), said: “Computing is really what 5G is all about. There are new use cases 5G will enable that require computing to move closer to the edge, and no one is suited better than Intel to address these opportunities.” The new chip, codenamed Snow Ridge, will be manufactured using Intel’s 10nm process. An early iteration of the silicon demonstrated at the briefing revealed it will offer 100Gb/s data rates and be able to serve multiple applications simultaneously, with the ability to prioritise data traffic for latency-sensitive applications. Shenoy explained the move essentially repurposes Intel’s existing data centre technology, albeit in a smaller and more rugged form factor, to “move the servers clos...