Kontron has launched a rugged edge server to simplify the development of wireless networks using more open and virtual radio technologies
The ME1310 edge server uses the latest Intel Xeon D-2700 processor to run software for virtual radio access networks (vRAN) and open RAN. The key is that it also integrates a full level 3 router to avoid the need for a separate device, reducing the air conditioning and heating requirements and cabling, as well as reducing the number of possible failure points, the complexity of deployment and the space required.
The design extends a partnership between Kontron, based in Germany, and 5G vRAN software developer 6WIND in France.
The server has a wide temperature range of -40°C to +65°C for installation around the globe and so can also be used in a wide range of applications outside of oRAN and vRAN, including transportation, industrial automation and defence.
“Extending our relationship with Kontron offers our customers a best of breed 5G Open RAN solution. The 6WIND vCSR provides line rate performance with zero packet loss delivering 20G while using only one CPU core. This leaves the rest of the CPU cores for running the DU application software. 6WIND vCSR makes an efficient use of Kontron’s platform capabilities to deliver an optimized routing and security solution which translates into a better OPEX and CAPEX saving,” said Julien Dahan, CEO of 6WIND.
“Our further partnership with 6WIND gives our combined customers a unique edge differentiation, a full featured L3 Router. Adding the 6WIND vCSR with IPSec capabilities eliminates the need for an external hardware router in deployments requiring this functionality”, said Robert Courteau, EVP of Kontron Americas.
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