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Intel, Ubiquisys team up to create intelligent small cells

Posted: 01 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intelligent basestation? 3G? LTE? small cells? computing platforms?

Ubiquisys and Intel Corp. have signed a strategic agreement to jointly create intelligent basestation (BTS) computing platforms powered by Intel processor architecture. The companies claim this new family of intelligent small cells (small base stations) will pack greater processing power and will thus bring a cloud of IP-enabled "compute engines" closer to mobile users.

Ubiquisys is collaborating with Intel on the development of a range of dual-mode 3G/LTE small cells, all featuring Ubiquisys application software and Intel processor architecture. Both parties plan to showcase the potential of this technology in late 2011 and the resulting reference designs will be made available to equipment manufacturers in 2012.

Demand for mobile data is rising inexorably, and small cells installed in enterprises, public spaces and metro locations will provide the capacity boost required. This major proliferation of small cells creates new opportunities and challenges for service providers.

Intelligent small cells with powerful computing platforms, abundant storage and peer coordination effectively create a distributed pool of compute resources. This is an opportunity for service providers to transform the mobile data experience since media and user applications can be served much closer to the point of use. It also creates new opportunities for serving data-intensive local content locally, for example interactive mapping services or video advertising. Location-triggered applications can be similarly augmented, especially for video services.

With scalability from the Intel Atom processor to the Intel Xeon Processor, and flexible software programming model and tool chains, the Intel platform is ideally suited to provide the significant amount of processing power required, with substantial headroom for value added services.

"This is the future of small cellsnot just miniature base stations but powerful computing platforms bringing the IP cloud as close as possible to mobile users and machines," said Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys.

"Intel recognizes that intelligent small cells are a key network planning asset for service providers," said Rose Schooler, general manager of Intel's Communications Infrastructure Division. "By extending powerful cloud computing platforms closer to mobile devices, we are enabling a richer, more personal user experience."

- Jean-Pierre Joosting
??EE Times

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