Open source 5G in a box uses 16 core AMD processor

UK-defined radio pioneer Lime Microsystems has developed a complete 5G network in a box for private networks.

The LimeNET box uses an AMD processor and the OpenRAN specifications. The LimeNET platform uses an application for custom cellular applications from 5G-SA (StandAlone) and NB-IoT to Enterprise applications.

The LimeNET product family is based on the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors, which scale up to 16 cores. The radio solution is implemented using Lime’s Software Defined Radio chipsets and Xilinx FPGA. The entire driver, API and board design will be available as Open Source and will be published on GitHub.

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“We look forward to working with Lime Microsystems and the LimeNET ecosystem to enable innovative and high-performance 5G end services running AMD Ryzen and embedded processors,” said Kin-Yip Liu, senior director of engineering at AMD.

“LimeNET, powered by AMD’s leading processor technology, is the next phase in the virtualization of wireless networks. Our technology will provide industry with affordable, easy-to-use, maintained and upgradeable 5G networking solutions, ”said Lime CEO Ebrahim Bushehri.

LimeNET is designed and implemented to virtualize RAN functionality and allows third-party hardware, software, and applications to be separated using standard x86 commercially available and software programmable chipsets. There is a lively community of developers through the MyriadRF initiative, supported by innovative corporate clients and partners to provide multiple applications and services for private networks. LimeNET’s product offering will be publicly available from October 2021.

This is one of AMD’s first 5G commitments in an area dominated by Intel, one of Lime’s investors through the acquisition of Altera.

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