Intel 5G Vision: Unleash Network Modernization

5G is about more than just delivering better broadband. It’s also about enabling service providers to deliver a variety of vertical market-specific applications to unlock potential across a wide variety of industries. With that, comes a truly transformed network that’s flexible and server-like while utilizing cloud technologies to unleash new use cases. That could include smart factories, smart ...retail environments, smart stadiums, immersive media, cloud gaming, broadcast-quality video that relies on transformed networks—from edge to cloud. The reason people are talking about edge computing is that it’s all about placing compute and analytics much closer to where data is generated, delivering a better experience. It also enables network providers to ensure they’re delivering experiences with the right economics and the right scale, whether that means low latency, higher reliability, or both. Together, low latency and high reliability are critical to the future of 5G. Consider the industrial market. With 5G, low latency, and high reliability, there’s the opportunity to connect many different robotics across the factory floor, use AI, and use machine learning to improve the performance and output of factories. 5G enhances experiences across industries and delivers amazing technologies to both businesses and consumers alike. It has the power to connect every person, and every thing, across the globe in a very seamless and transparent way. As a result, it will unleash the potential of businesses while also making experiences more relevant and fun for consumers. For example, when you go into a stadium in the future, you’ll be able to interact with that stadium and the event in much different ways. You’ll be able to watch seamless replays on whichever screen you prefer. You may be able to interact with broadcasters. The possibilities are endless. Intel is helping to enable a flexible and scalable 5G network with a top-to-bottom roadmap that delivers network providers the right power, performance, and price point to enable a wide variety of 5G use cases for their unique needs. There’s also a host of unique platform solutions, whether FPGAs to speed up particular 5G algorithms, ethernet to provide the right connectivity, or the right memory to support use cases such as a content distribution network. Wrap all that silicon into the foundation, combine it with the right open-source software, and you’re well on your way to entering the new era of data-centric compute. The data-centric era is about moving, processing, and storing data very quickly. It all leads to a more flexible, agile, and scalable network. Workloads can be deployed at multiple locations, whether it’s in the cloud, at the edge, or on-premise to make business work.

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5G is so much more than just delivering better broadband. It's also about enabling service providers to deliver all sorts of vertical market, specific applications to unlock and unleash the potential across a wide variety of industries. And with that, we expect the network to truly be transformed, be very flexible, be very server-like, and utilize all sorts of cloud technologies to unleash the potential of all these wide variety of use cases.

This could be anything from a smart factory, to a smart retail environment, to even Smart Stadium, and of course, the many flavors of media that could include cloud gaming to even broadcast quality video.

The reason why people are talking to edge computing, it's all about placing computes and analytics much closer to the user. And it's to deliver a better experience for the end customer, but also ensure that the person providing the experience can deliver it with the right economics and the right scale.

So low latency and ultra reliability are really critical to the future of 5G, because 5G is all about unleashing the potential across many different vertical markets.

So you take industrial just for a second, with 5G, and these low latency and ultra reliability, you have the opportunity connect many different robotics across the factory floor, use AI, use machine learning, to build improve the performance and the output of that factory, so you can really enhance that user experience and deliver all sorts of amazing technology to both consumers and businesses alike.

5G has the power to connect, really, every person, everything, across the globe in a very seamless and transparent way, unleashing the potential of businesses, but also making it more fun for us as consumers.

For example, when you go into a stadium in the future, you'll be able to interact with that stadium and the event in much different ways. You'll be able to watch seamless replays on whatever screen you want. You may be able to interact with broadcasters in the future. The possibilities are truly endless.

Intel has got a great product lineup to be able to truly enable a very flexible and scalable 5G network. And the cornerstone of our lineup is, of course, our CPUs. And for that, we have a top to bottom scalable roadmap that delivers our customers the right power, the right performance, and the right price points to enable a wide variety of 5G use cases.

We also have a host of platform level innovations, whether it's FPGAs to speed up particular 5G algorithms, whether it's our ethernet NIC to be able to provide the right overall connectivity, or whether it's optane persistent memory to be able to support use cases such as content distribution network.

You wrap all that silicon in, and you combine it with some of the software we're driving, as part of very big open source efforts, including the Linux Foundation, with programs such as a data plan development kit, which is now becoming the de facto standard for packet processing.

In a data-centric era, it's all about moving, storing, and processing data very, very quickly. And essentially, what we're trying to do is deliver and enable a more flexible, agile, and scalable network, so you can deploy workloads at multiple locations, whether it's in the Cloud, or in the Edge, or on a customer prem, all in the name of delivering the right quality of experience for our customers, as well as enabling them to have the right total cost of ownership and the right scale economies so they can make their business work.

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