Samsung and Xilinx collaborate to provide optimized 5G networking equipment

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Samsung and Xilinx collaborate on new 5G chipsets
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Last week, Samsung and Xilinx announced they joined forces to optimize the functionality of the latter’s new 5G gear. The South Korean conglomerate will utilize the San Jose, California-based firm’s Versal adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP) to improve the signal processing quality of its fifth-generation mobile data network equipment.

Why Samsung and Xilinx Are Working Together

Earlier this year, Samsung revealed the plans to bolster its networking gear revenue by landing more 5G deployment contracts.

The firm has contracts to supply AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint with next-generation equipment and will conduct tests with carriers based in Japan and France. However, Reuters recently noted the corporation lacks the resources to compete with established providers like Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei. But the smartphone maker has seemingly found a solution for the problem via its latest corporate partnership.

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Xilinx, a leading provider of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), has the technology to facilitate Samsung’s networking gear sector pursuits.

The American chipmaker’s Versal ACAP hardware and software stack is capable of executing beamforming techniques, which increase data transfer capacity. Beamforming, the process of simultaneously transmitting multiple high-bandwidth data streams to multiple users of the same spectrum, is crucial to the function of fifth-generation networks.

Traditional FPGAs don’t have the size or capacity to handle 5G throughput without overheating. But Xilinx’s Versal ACAP chips can manage high-bandwidth beamforming loads with minimal power consumption. Moreover, the company’s advanced connectivity components can be configured for low band and millimeter-wave fifth-generation networks, which makes them suitable for widespread deployment.

In a press release, Samsung noted Xilinx’s ACAP devices would be available in the fourth quarter.

How Samsung Will Benefit from Using Xilinx Chips

Thanks to its partnership with Xilinx, Samsung’s networking gear has received a significant signal processing upgrade. As such, the South Korean corporation will likely secure the equipment contracts its pursuing in France and Japan. The firm can also pitch its optimized hardware to U.S.-based regional internet service providers.

In addition, Samsung can pursue 5G equipment deployment opportunities in regions like Australia and New Zealand that have banned certain networking gear manufacturers.

According to Eugene Investments & Securities, Samsung earned 870 billion won ($775 million) from its networking business last year. As the firm has equipment contracts with South Korean carriers, most of that revenue likely came from its domestic market. However, by teaming with Xilinx, the conglomerate can grow that segment of its business by expanding its international footprint.

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