Intel Frontrunning on the Edge Computing

Intel, a Semiconductor manufacturing giant, which is known for its innovation in cloud computing, data center, IoT, and PC solutions, is relentlessly powering the smart and connected digital world. The company is also leading the market of a new frontier in computing, called the Edge. Recently, the tech giant has doubled down on 5G and edge computing and unveiled a series of chipsets and network adapters with the hopes of that will pave the way toward market dominance in 5G silicon. The chipmaker divulged its Atom P5900 CPU, which is based on the company’s 10-nanometer manufacturing process.

Last month, Intel in partnership with Udacity, a for-profit educational organization, jointly announced their new Intel® Edge AI for IoT Developers Nanodegree program. This is designed to train the developer community in deep learning and computer vision. Intel is stealthily heading towards the edge with strategic moves by making acquisitions and bringing advancements to its products.

In October 2019, the company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Smart Edge™ software business from Pivot Technology Solutions Inc. for a total amount of US$27 million. Smart Edge is a cloud-native, scalable and secure platform for multi-access edge computing (MEC). With Smart Edge, enterprises and communications service providers can enable cloud-like services closer to the user on the customer-premise or network edge.

According to Intel, the expansion of computing in the network and at the edge is an important growth opportunity for Intel. The company expected to reach an estimated US$65 billion silicon addressable market by 2023.

Moreover, in March, Intel introduced an update to its 2nd Xeon Scalable Platform, bringing higher core counts, larger cache sizes, and higher processor frequency to the table. Simultaneously, the company also announced a new 10nm SoC for wireless base stations and several other hardware and software offerings in 5G network infrastructure. Prior to this, in February, Intel unveiled its 700 series network adapters, which feature hardware-accelerated precision time protocols designed with 5G and other applications that require extremely low latency and timing. Reportedly, the company is aiming the new adapter at RAN, industrial and financial services markets.

Vice President of Intel’s network platforms group, Dan Rodriquez, said, “As 5G evolves we expect new use cases to emerge that can encompass lengthier time-sensitive solutions from across the spectrum as part of a cost-effective solution.”

With the 5G spectrum, edge computing delivers a number of opportunities in the field of retail, banking, media, security, and manufacturing. AT&T, by using general-purpose servers based on Intel® processors, plans to virtualize three-quarters of its network, replacing fixed-function network appliances with virtualized network functions. Intel typifies the edge as data-centric workload placements outside of the data center against down to the specific smartphone and end device. With the expanding world of computers, Intel is also transforming its business lineup by shifting focus on edge computing and the power of 5G.