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Samsung and AMD Team Up to Develop 5G vRAN Solutions

Source: Samsung Electronics

Seoul, South Korea - Samsung Electronics (KRX: 005930) announced a collaboration with AMD (NASDAQ: AMD).

The two giants aim to transform mobile networks by advancing the 5G virtualized radio access network (vRAN).

Why it matters

The solutions signal a coordinated effort to modernize and optimize mobile networks.

While the collaboration is still in its early stages, its impact is expected to be significant.

The Key Points

  • Tests were conducted at Samsung's lab using AMD's EPYC 8004 processors integrated with Samsung's vRAN software.
  • These tests showed positive results in high capacity and telco-grade performance using Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) bands and Time Division Duplexing (TDD) Massive Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) wide bands.
  • The collaboration also significantly reduced power consumption, a key concern for large-scale network deployments.

The Big Picture

Samsung is expanding its partnerships to build a larger vRAN ecosystem that includes collaborations with various technology providers.

Henrik Jansson, vice president and head of SI Business Group at Samsung Electronics, emphasized that the partnership underscores Samsung's commitment to expanding the vRAN and Open RAN ecosystems.

These ecosystems offer operators comprehensive choices for building high-performance, energy-efficient networks.

Lynn Comp, corporate vice president of technical marketing at AMD, noted that pairing AMD processors with Samsung's vRAN solutions is designed to address critical challenges in the telecom edge and RAN environments.

This synergy delivers balanced performance with exceptional energy efficiency, a necessity in the evolving telecom landscape.

Samsung is proactively expanding its vRAN ecosystem.

This includes collaborations with various technology providers, including those in processors, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers, container platforms (CaaS), xHaul transport, and cloud solutions.

Samsung and AMD plan to accelerate the deployment of vRAN and Open RAN technologies for 5G, hinting at future innovations in next-generation networks.