AMD will supply chips for Meta’s mobile internet program
Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, has teamed up with chipmaker AMD for a mobile internet infrastructure program that would lower the cost of base stations to ensure affordable broadband for everyone.
Meta Platforms launched the program, called Evenstar, in 2020 and promotes OpenRAN which allows cellular network operators to mix and match hardware and software for building base stations instead of buying everything from them. from a single equipment manufacturer.
This gives operators more flexibility and makes equipment prices more competitive, said Gilles Garcia, an executive in AMD’s data center and communications group.
“They have a very aggressive cost target, as Meta also tries to cover uncovered regions and underdeveloped countries. So they want to make sure that there are more and more people connected,” Garcia said.
AMD said its radio chip, Xilinx Zynq UltraScale RFSoC, will be used in Evenstar radio units.
“The development of Evenstar radios with our integrated radio technology is a significant achievement for AMD,” said Dan Mansur, vice president, Data Center and Communications Group, AMD.
5G radios require solutions that not only address bandwidth, power, and cost savings for large-scale deployment, but must also adapt to evolving 5G standards such as Open RAN as well as new disruptive 5G business models.
AMD said Evenstar RUs powered by Xilinx Zynq RFSoC technology provide operators with greater choice and flexibility when building mobile networks.
AMD posted revenue of $5.9 billion (+71%) in the first quarter of 2022.