Meta Platforms Inc, the parent company of Facebook, and AMD, the chipmaker, announced a partnership on Wednesday for a mobile internet infrastructure program that will lower base station costs and make broadband more accessible around the world.
The Evenstar program, which was launched by Meta in early 2020, promotes a platform called OpenRan, which allows cellular network operators to mix and match hardware and software when building base stations rather than buying everything from one manufacturer.
According to Gilles Garcia, an executive with AMD’s data center and communications group, this gives operators more flexibility and makes equipment pricing more competitive.
“Because Meta is also attempting to cover uncovered regions and underdeveloped countries, they have set an extremely aggressive cost objective. As a result, they want to ensure that more individuals are connected “Garcia stated.
The Evenstar radio devices will utilize AMD’s radio chip, the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale RFSoC.