These are specialized solutions for network infrastructure
In just a few weeks, Intel will release Meteor Lake processors, which, among other things, will be the company’s first-born, produced using the Intel 4 technical process. However, another company beat Intel itself and was the first to present its chips created using the same technical process. They were Ericsson RAN Compute.
Ericsson announced new RAN Compute
These, of course, are not classic CPUs, but specialized solutions for network infrastructure, but the very fact that Ericsson has surpassed Intel is quite interesting. However, for Intel’s IDM 2.0 strategy, within which the processor giant also wants to become a semiconductor manufacturing giant, this is rather a plus.
It doesn’t make much sense to say anything about RAN Compute chips from a technical point of view, but it’s still worth noting that, according to the company itself, the high-performance RAN Processor 6672 and Radio Processor 6372 processors provide four times greater performance compared to the previous generation and can support up to six 4G and 5G modes in one device. In addition, the new chips consume 30–60% less energy, which is likely due in large part to the new technical process.