August 8, 2022
Facebook parent Meta asked to partner with AMD for mobile infrastructure program

Facebook parent, Meta Platforms and chip maker AMD said Wednesday they are partnering for a mobile Internet infrastructure program that will reduce base station costs to make broadband more accessible around the world.

The program, called Evenstar, was launched by Meta in early 2020 and promotes a platform called OpenRAN that makes it possible for cellular network operators to combine hardware and software to build base stations, rather than buying it all from a single equipment manufacturer. makes.

This gives operators more flexibility and makes equipment pricing more competitive, said Gilles Garcia, an executive in AMD’s data center and communications group.

“They have a very aggressive target for cost,” Garcia said, because META is also trying to cover open areas and underdeveloped countries. So they want to make sure that as many people as possible are connected. “

AMD said its radio chip, the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale RFSoC, will be used in the Evenstar radio units.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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