Ericsson signs to use Intel’s 18A process and manufacturing technology

Tech giants Intel and Ericsson have announced a collaboration agreement that aims to utilize Intel’s cutting-edge 18A process and manufacturing technology.
Ericsson Cloud RANThis partnership announced today seeks to deliver highly differentiated 5G solutions and pave the way for future innovations in the telecom industry.

Under the agreement, Intel will leverage its manufacturing capabilities to produce custom 5G SoCs (system-on-chip) for Ericsson. These tailor-made chips will be utilized in Ericsson’s 5G infrastructure, ensuring the development of 5G networking products to meet the demands of next-generation networks.

The collaboration does not stop at SoCs, as the two companies will also work together to optimize 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel vRAN Boost for Ericsson’s Cloud RAN solutions. This optimization will allow communication service providers to enhance network capacity, improve energy efficiency, and achieve greater flexibility and scalability, thus ensuring a seamless 5G experience for end-users.

“As our work together evolves, this is a significant milestone with Ericsson to partner broadly on their next-generation optimized 5G infrastructure,” Sachin Katti, Senior Vice President, and General Manager of the Network and Edge group at Intel, said.

Intel’s 18A process node holds a critical position in the company’s ambitious roadmap, featuring advanced technologies such as the RibbonFET transistor architecture and PowerVia backside power delivery. By incorporating these innovations, Intel aims to regain its position as a process technology leader in 2025, empowering its customers with groundbreaking offerings for the market.

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President, and Head of Networks at Ericsson spoke about the long-standing relationship between Ericsson and Intel and expressed their satisfaction in expanding the partnership.

Moreover, this collaboration aligns with Ericsson’s ongoing commitment to accelerate industry-scale open RAN with standard Intel Xeon-based platforms. The goal is to drive fully programmable, open software-defined networks powered by cloud-native technologies. This approach will bring unparalleled agility, automation, and performance to the evolving 5G landscape.

As the deployment of 5G networks continues worldwide, this partnership between Intel and Ericsson marks a significant step forward in realizing the full potential of 5G technology. By working together and synchronizing network specifications, the companies aim to ensure global standards and deliver a more open and scalable future for the telecom industry.

With the promise of enhanced 5G infrastructure and industry-scale open RAN, the collaborative efforts of Intel and Ericsson have the potential to revolutionize the way we experience and utilize 5G technology, driving us towards a more connected and innovative world.


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