ASUS Collaborates with Silicom and Intel for 5G Open RAN Acceleration
Taipei, Taiwan, June 16, 2021 — ASUS, the leading IT company in servers and workstations that tops the industry in server performance with over 759 benchmark world records on SPEC.org , today announced a joint collaboration with Silicom and Intel® to enable the commercial deployment of 5G Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) at scale and offer network operators the ability to mix and match best-of-breed hardware and software to build 5G environments from the O-RAN to the core.
ASUS, Silicom and Intel: Working together to create ready-made O-RAN solutions
Silicom, an industry-leading provider of high-performance networking and data-infrastructure solutions, is extending its 4G/5G investments into Open RAN solutions and ASUS has been involved at the early development stages of the server design to optimize Silicom’s well-known TimeSync and FEC technologies for the systems.
“Silicom focuses on delivering innovative solutions to the O-RAN market, including 4G and 5G L1 acceleration and TimeSync solutions,” said Oren Benisty, Silicom’s EVP Strategic Sales, “The collaboration with ASUS will give service providers a DU system that is ready for 5G PoCs with both fronthaul and backhaul capabilities".
ASUS servers: World-class R&D delivers dependable solutions and accelerated time-to-market
ASUS demonstrates its world-class R&D capabilities for this 5G O-RAN solution by delivering servers that support a wide range of storage temperatures, enabling optimized performance in a diverse array of operating environments, including outdoor installations. ASUS has more than 5,000 R&D specialists to support a broad range of product offerings from data center to AI and IoT applications, and our R&D is entrusted to conduct in-depth studies and customer usage assessments on the key software and hardware technologies and modules.
In this project, as an Intel long-term strategic alliance partner, ASUS brings proven expertise in innovative server design enabling powerful performance on the latest 3rd Generation Intel Xeon® Scalable processors with Intel Deep Learning Boost technology for integrated AI acceleration, plus benefits from an networking-optimized Intel chipset onboard.
ASUS offers a comprehensive range of application-optimized server systems featuring 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors with innovative technologies, including multi-node (RS720Q-E10), high-performance (RS720-E10 & RS700-E10) and GPU-density (ESC4000-E10) servers. The network-optimized CPUs are deployed in a comprehensive portfolio of 5G and intelligent edge systems, and these ASUS servers leverage the higher bandwidth of PCI Express® 4.0, while featuring multiple networking options to meet telecom-standard requirements. ASUS also provides on-request customer verifications for Silicom’s TimeSync and FEC adapters, offering our customers easily reconfigurable networking options to support virtually any installation. In addition, ASUS delivers enhanced server and infrastructure security by integrating FPGA-based Intel Platform Firm Resilience (PFR) technology as the platform Root-of-Trust solution for firmware resiliency, plus consistent firmware threat detection to guard against and recover from security attacks, plus other hardware-enhanced security capabilities including Intel SGX and encryption acceleration for data privacy and protection.