Qualcomm and Hewlett Packard Enterprises to collaborate for 5G innovation

Qualcomm announces the creation of an integrated X100 5G RAN accelerator card as part of a partnership.

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Qualcomm continues to be a leader in the 5G ecosystem, and the recently announced partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprises is expected to give businesses the next generation of distributed 5G units as needs for 5G deployment continue to grow.

The units work through a new Qualcomm X100 5G RAN accelerator card. This collaboration represents the industry’s first fully optimized virtualized distributed unit (vDU) solution with a 60% lower total cost of ownership for operators. Together, companies are committed to improving the user experience by helping ready-made virtualized and open RAN platforms to support the workloads of future high-capacity, low-latency networks.

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“HPE looks forward to working with Qualcomm Technologies to help meet the stringent and ever-changing requirements of 5G,” said Tom Craig, general manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and vice president of communications technology, in a press release. “Our industry-leading HPE-level infrastructure, integrated with Qualcomm Technologies’ innovative technology, will benefit our customers as they expand the deployment of their 5G networks.”

Due to the increasing needs of corporate networks as both employees return to office work and some continue to work remotely, the joint venture hopes to meet the needs of the next generation when it comes to full use of 5G. In addition, the collaboration is expected to simplify deployment and reduce ownership by providing a high-performance open radio access network (O-RAN) with energy-efficient, virtualized and cloud-based 5G solutions. Qualcomm 5G’s expertise combined with HPE’s communications infrastructure hopes to help businesses ensure that virtualized and open RAN platforms are ready to support the high capacity and low latency of future networks that are needed to improve the user experience.

“We look forward to working with HPE to enhance the capabilities and efficiency of 5G virtualized networks,” said Durga Youth, senior vice president and general manager of 5G, Mobile Broadband and Infrastructure at Qualcomm. “Through our collaboration with HPE, we are able to offer consumers an expanded, powerful and reliable 5G experience.”

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The 5G RAN vDU combines the use of a built-in Qualcomm X100 5G RAN accelerator card with Telco’s HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus server to deliver the industry’s first fully optimized vDU. The system is designed to support up to four high-performance accelerator cards, while maintaining energy-efficient 1U servers, which reduces energy consumption. According to a comprehensive joint study by HPE and Qualcomm Technologies, operators will reduce property freedom by up to 60% when deploying 5G.

The built-in Qualcomm X100 5G RAN accelerator card was created specifically for this collaboration and is designed to provide a high-performance, energy-efficient, low-latency solution for the growing 5G needs of many businesses. It is expected that the solution will allow the deployment of native and virtualized 5G networks by unloading server CPUs from processing the 5G baseband, which requires computation, as network operators currently face the challenge of deploying a cost-effective 5G network infrastructure while solving complexities. . next generation networks.

Through this joint venture between Qualcomm and HPE, the two companies are seeking to change the way they design and deploy networks, moving on to the next phase of service delivery.

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