Facebook parent company Meta Platforms and chipmaker AMD announced on Wednesday that they were partnering on a mobile Internet infrastructure program that would reduce base station costs and make broadband more accessible around the world.
Dubbed Evenstar, the program was launched by Meta in early 2020 and promotes a platform called OpenRan that allows mobile network operators to mix and match hardware and software to build base stations, rather than buying everything from one device manufacturer.
That gives operators more flexibility and makes device prices more competitive, said Gilles Garcia, an executive with AMD’s data center and communications group.
“They have a very aggressive cost target because Meta is also trying to cover the uncovered regions and the underdeveloped countries, so they want to make sure that more and more people are connected,” Garcia said.
AMD said its radio chip, Xilinx Zynq UltraScale RFSoC, will be used in the Evenstar radios.
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