EdgeQ closes investment for 5G+AI Base Station-on-a-Chip

EdgeQ closes investment for 5G+AI Base Station-on-a-Chip

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

EdgeQ Inc, a leader in 5G wireless infrastructure, has announced a $75 million investment round of funding as well as the appointment of Lattice Semiconductor CEO and President, Jim Anderson, to the company’s Board of Directors. EdgeQ will use the funding to ramp production of its award-winning 5G+AI “Base Station-on-a-Chip” to meet customer demand and to develop its next generation chip.

EdgeQ has developed the first “Base station-on-a-Chip,” giving operators, cloud service providers and enterprises the revolutionary ability to build, configure, and deploy public and private networks that are simple, scalable, and affordable. This approach to wireless infrastructure unifies both 4G and 5G onto a single chip that can elastically scale in performance and features via software upgrades. EdgeQ is the only company offering multi-mode 4G+5G convergence along with a production grade 4G+5G PHY layer for O-RAN Distributed Unit (DU) and small cells.

The massively integrated 4G+5G+AI “Base Station-on-a-Chip” uniquely leverages both RISC-V and ARM architectures to compact at an unprecedented small scale an entire rack of complex and high-performance base station communications equipment into a tiny and power efficient envelop. The platform comes feature complete, including a production-grade Physical Layer (PHY) software that governs all the essential protocols and features of 4G/5G.

The $75 million funding consists of both institutional and strategic investors, including Phaistos Investment Fund, Strategic Development Fund (SDF) the investment arm of the United Arab Emirates Tawazun Council, Singapore-based global investor EDBI, IRONGREY, ST Engineering, Yaletown, ClearSky, and other existing investors.

“We are here to motivate new and existing players, innovating to deploy private 5G networks and O-RAN networks in simplistic, affordable terms,” said Vinay Ravuri, CEO and co-founder of EdgeQ. “By removing the friction and price premium that traditionally accompanies cellular deployment, we have envisioned a new backbone that is simple, intuitive, and open. And this “Base Station-on-a-Chip” disruption is available now.”

The fabric of wireless infrastructure rests on access to silicon innovation that is designed expressively for a rich cross section of transformative applications, ranging from industrial 4.0 automation to digital education to autonomous vehicles to satellite communications and beyond. With the latest investment round, EdgeQ will be the first to address the fast growing, multi-billion dollar 5G infrastructure TAM with a single chip that converges connectivity and compute at the edge.

“EdgeQ is built on strong fundamentals that appeals to investors, technologists, and customers. Particularly in the 5G wireless space, EdgeQ possesses the rare blend of ability and aptitude to execute on a compelling vision that will profoundly reshape how the industry conceives and consumes 5G,” said Jim Anderson, CEO and President of Lattice Semiconductor.

Recently awarded the coveted “CTO Choice Award” at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2023, the EdgeQ converged 4G+5G+AI platform enables operators and enterprises to deploy systems at scale, implement wholesale upgrades without ripping and replacing their current network configuration, and frees the market from vendor lock-in. It is available now, and customer deployments are expected this year.

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