EdgeQ was founded in 2018 by Vinay Ravuri, a former vice president of product management at Qualcomm, with a mission to combine 5G OpenRAN with artificial intelligence and put the combination into a semiconductor chip. The company emerged from stealth when it announced a $38.5 million in a Series A round of funding, to converge 5G connectivity and AI compute onto a system-on-a-chip (SoC).

It has been revealed that EdgeQ plans to disrupt the radio access network (RAN) ecosystem with a platform based on the RISC-V processor architecture, rather than that of ARM.

Paul Jacobs and Matt Grob presence in the EdgeQ advisory board will aid the company as it moves towards delivery of its first product later this year, the company said.

“The advent of 5G comes with changes in the architecture of wireless networks and an exciting expansion in the types of applications and services,” said Jacobs, CEO of XCOM, in a statement issued by EdgeQ. “EdgeQ’s solution, based on the open design of RISC-V processors, enables innovation deeper in the wireless technology stack. This will allow both general performance improvements as well as the design of wireless systems that are tailored to specific use cases.”

“5G opens an uncharted world of novel applications that require unprecedented wireless performance achieved with techniques such as joint processing, massive MIMO, and adaptive beamforming at the base station,” said Grob.

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