Facebook parent company Meta and AMD have announced that they are working together on a mobile internet infrastructure program designed to reduce base station costs for mobile networks.
Launched by Meta in early 2020, the Evenstar program focuses on creating general-purpose radio access network (RAN) reference designs for 4G and 5G networks in the Open RAN ecosystem.
While Remote Radio Units (RRUs) were traditionally sold as a package, Meta and its program partners decided to decouple the RRU hardware, distribution unit and control unit software so that operators of mobile networks can more flexibly deploy solutions to bring Internet access to even more people.
Although AMD was not initially part of the program, its acquisition of Xilinix, which closed in February, will now offer the chipmaker the opportunity to work alongside Meta under the Evenstar program.
Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC
The partnership between the two companies is already bearing fruit as AMD announced that its RFSoC Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ has enabled the development of several Evenstar radio units to help build a global 4G/5G mobile network infrastructure.
Evenstar RUs with the Xilinx Zynq RFSoC architecture provide the flexibility to meet a wide range of requirements for the Evenstar program, including 4G/5G, mmWave, and sub-6GHz using the same base hardware. This leverages the platform to address a wide variety of radio configurations and emerging standards so radio vendors can respond quickly to new market opportunities.
AMD Vice President of Data Center and Communications Group Dan Mansure provided further insight into the company’s commitment to the Evenstar program in a press release, saying:
“Developing Evenstar radios with our adaptive radio technology inside is a significant achievement for AMD. We are proud to be an ecosystem partner with Meta Connectivity and look forward to continuing our collaborative designs for Evenstar to deliver flexible, scalable and efficient wireless solutions.
We’ll likely hear more from Meta and AMD as new devices are created to help build the infrastructure needed for the Evenstar program.