Samsung Electronics and AMD, a chip maker based in the United States, have formed a technological alliance to develop 5G virtualized RAN (vRAN) for network transformation. The alliance intends to give operators more options for building high-capacity, energy-efficient networks and modernizing them with unrivaled flexibility and optimized performance. Samsung will continue to collaborate with AMD to accelerate vRAN and Open RAN for 5G networks and to generate new innovation for next-generation networks.
AMD and Samsung completed numerous rounds of testing in Samsung’s lab to validate high-capacity and telco-grade performance using frequency division duplexing (FDD) bands and time-division duplexing (TDD) massive MIMO wide-bands while considerably decreasing power consumption. Under this collaboration, Samsung employed its adaptable vRAN software in conjunction with the latest AMD EPYC 8004 CPUs, which are aimed at telecom and intelligent edge applications.
The combination of EPYC 8004 CPUs with Samsung’s vRAN technologies resulted in optimized cell capacity per server as well as good power efficiency. The firm has made considerable progress with its vRAN ecosystem, growing engagement with industry-leading vendors across a variety of technologies such as CPUs, COTS servers, container platforms (CaaS), xHaul transport, and cloud solutions. Samsung has demonstrated substantial commercial network competence for Tier 1 operators in North America, Asia, and Europe. Samsung moves the industry forward with its market-leading product portfolio, which includes vRAN 3.0, Open RAN, and core, as well as private network solutions and AI-powered automation tools, via continuous research and development.
Henrik Jansson, Vice President and Head of SI Business Group, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, stated, “This technical collaboration demonstrates Samsung’s commitment to delivering network flexibility and high performance for service providers by building a larger vRAN and open RAN ecosystem. Samsung has been at the forefront of unleashing the full potential of 5G vRAN technology to meet rising demands, and we look forward to collaborating with industry leaders like AMD to provide operators with the capabilities to transform their networks.”
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