5G for a smart, connected world
This Intel mock-up showcased 5G-enabled secure payments for EV-charging.
Wireless 5G makes PC-based VR experiences more real than ever before.
Intel’s “Smart Cities” MWC exhibit showcased the value of 5G everywhere.
The 5G-connected 2-in-1 PC was a big hit at Intel’s MWC-2018 booth.
Six highlights from this year’s event
- 5G at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo—5G technology from Intel’s labs played a key role at Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Intel and Korea Telecom deployed the world’s largest 5G array at 10 sites around the Olympics, enabling unique new camera angles of athletes in action, and live 360-degree video feeds beamed to spectators. What’s next, you ask? Intel and NTT DOCOMO revealed 5G will power new experiences at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
- The world’s first demo of a live 5G connection—At the Intel’s MWC booth, people could see and operate the world’s first 5G-connected “concept PC.” What’s more, they could interact with it on the world’s first 5G wireless feed. That 5G New Radio (NR) Wi-Fi spec was finalized by the wireless consortium at the beginning of this year. Although Intel tested 5G NR in the lab and in limited field trials, we showed the live capabilities of 5G to a large audience for the first time at MWC-2018.
- 5G-enabled PCs coming in late 2019—Leading up to MWC, Intel announced agreements with four of the biggest players in the PC industry: Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft. They will merge Intel’s 5G multi-mode modems into a new class of 2-in-1 PCs to support 5G while remaining backward-compatible all the way back to 2G connections. At our booth, Intel showed off a 5G PC prototype running on 8th Generation Intel® Core® processors. The first wave of these devices is expected to arrive in time for the 2019 holiday buying season.
- New Intel® Xeon® system-on-a-chip brings 5G to the edge—Communications OEMs and telcos around the world face growing needs for compute power at the edge. To meet that need, Intel introduced the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 system-on-a-chip (SoC) for mobile edge computing (MEC). Rather than streaming high-intensity workloads to a faraway data center for processing, the new SoC is designed to move the computing much closer to edge-devices, minimizing latency.
- Intel and Spreadtrum to drive 5G phones in China—5G phones will be available in China late next year using Intel® XMM 8000-series modems and Spreadtrum application processors. At MWC, Intel and Spreadtrum jointly revealed plans to collaborate for several years.
- 5G NR Interoperability with Huawei—Intel and Huawei showed interoperability of the 5G New Radio (5G NR) specification between Intel Mobile Trial Platform (MTP) and a Huawei 5G base station based on 3GPP Release 15 specs. Intel and Huawei, along with Deutsche Telekom announced in late January that they had achieved the world’s first multi-vendor 5G NR interoperability, moving the industry an important step closer to full 5G commercialization.
Spotlight on software
- Quanta Cloud Technology announced its QuantaGrid* D52BQ-2U Intel® Select Solution for Network Function Virtualization infrastructure (NFVi), verified to build an optimized NFVi with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) and the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).
- NEC Corp joined with NTT DOCOMO to showcase its use of FlexRAN, Intel’s 5G reference architecture which includes a reference-ready software development kit based on the DPDK.
- Pivot launched its Smart Edge* advanced developer platform designed to support enterprise MEC solutions, and built to operate on Intel technology.
- VMware announced it will provide customers with DPDK network acceleration on Intel® Xeon® processors, Intel poll mode drivers for VMware* vSphere*, improved memory throughput on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, and more.
- Gemalto and Intel demonstrated SafeNet Data Protection On-Demand*, a cloud-based, security-as-a-service platform that offers developers a single gateway to implement software solutions direct to Intel SGX.
- Worldpay and Intel demonstrated Worldpay Within* using Intel SGX secure enclaves to enable and protect payments between connected cars and other IoT devices—examples include electric vehicle (EV) charging, bridge tolls, and more.
5G possibilities are 'beyond exciting'
Intel Sr. VP Aicha Evans speaking at MWC-2018
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