back to article All your base station are belong to us: Intel joins spec race with new 5G chips

Intel will sling out fresh silicon aimed at hardware across the nascent 5G market: including new second-generation Xeon processors and a low-latency Atom P5900 for next-gen mobile base stations. The semiconductor giant, which had been planning to launch its new chips at the now-cancelled Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, …

  1. JetSetJim Silver badge
    Mushroom

    IPR infringement lawsuit from Qualcomm in 3, ... 2, ...

    Good to see another chipset vendor in the field, particularly if the likes of Nok, Ericsson are supporting it (I wonder if they also have a Qualcomm product line in 5G infrastructure to hedge their bets - which may be a rather pricey thing to undertake). Hopefully Intel do 5G infrastructure chipsets better than they did 4G handset chipsets

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      More likely Huawei as they hold a portfolio of 5G patents

      1. JetSetJim Silver badge
        Headmaster

        Indeed they do, but QC have a large portfolio that they can leverage from 4G and earlier for stuff that can equally be applied to 5G (the main difference I've noticed in 5G over 4G is an increase in RF frequencies to allow for higher modulation schemes, plus some changes in the architecture of the RAN to allow for some "edge compute capability" - lower level stuff like RRC/RLC/MAC layers are broadly the same in concept).

        In terms of 5G-specific patents, Samsung seem to be leading the way (if you believe this article, which may be a little out of date). Equally, for the SEPs that are granted, it's not broken down as to where they are applicable. Samsung's are quite likely to be mainly applicable to the handset, and Huawei's possibly having more focus on infrastructure

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not sure Qualcomm has anything in the mobile base station market.

    Intel have released an x86 CPU (Atom p5900 - better than the preceding Atom C-series but nothing that wasn't already available in mainstream Xeons), a range of FPGA's (it will be interesting to see how high they actually clock and availability - while 3.9GHz is ok, it may not ship in quantity based on 10nm issues Intel has already seen with FPGA's) and an Ethernet adapter incorporating PTP.

    And as far as how Intel has done with xDSL/4G custom chips? It sold the business unit so they might have a chance...

  3. big_D Silver badge

    Intapple?

    I thought Intel sold their 4G/5G team to Apple?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Intapple?

      They did.

      This is x86 chips aimed at control plane applications and FPGA's

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