Open source 5G in a box uses 16 core AMD processor

Open source 5G in a box uses 16 core AMD processor

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By Nick Flaherty

UK software defined radio pioneer Lime Microsystems has developed a complete 5G network in a box product for private networks.

The LimeNET box uses an AMD processor and the OpenRAN specifications. The LimeNET platform uses an app for tailored cellular applications from 5G-SA (StandAlone) and NB-IoT to Enterprise applications.

The LimeNET product family is based on the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors, scaling up to 16 cores. The radio solution is implemented using Lime’s Software Defined Radio chipsets and Xilinx FPGAs. The entire driver, APIs and board design will be available as Open Source and published on GitHub.

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“We are excited to collaborate with Lime Microsystems and the LimeNET eco-system to enable innovative and high-performance 5G edge services running on AMD Ryzen and embedded processors, said Kin-Yip Liu, Senior Director of Applications Engineering at AMD.

“LimeNET powered by AMD leading edge processor technology is the next phase in virtualising wireless networks. Our technology will provide the industry with affordable, easy-to-use, maintainable and upgradeable 5G network solution,” said Lime CEO Ebrahim Bushehri

LimeNET is designed and implemented to virtualise RAN functionality and enable decoupling of hardware, software and third-party applications using standard x86 commercial off-the-shelf and software programmable chipsets. There is a vibrant community of developers through the MyriadRF initiative, backed by innovative enterprise customers and partners to provide numerous applications and services for private networks. The LimeNET product offering will be in general availability from October 2021.

This is one of AMD’s first 5G engagements in an area where Intel, one of Lime’s investors through the acquisition of Altera, dominates.

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