Empowering intelligent infrastructure for 5G and beyond
To address massive mobile data growth and new market opportunities, carriers are accelerating 5G deployment and evolving their Radio Access Networks (RAN) to open and virtualized architectures that offer greater flexibility and efficiency. With increased capabilities, performance and edge intelligence, 5G is enabling a plethora of new consumer and enterprise applications that promise to transform entire industries and serve the world's diverse connectivity needs for years to come. Marvell's infrastructure expertise at the intersection of 5G and the cloud make it the ideal silicon partner to help drive this transformation. Our widely-deployed baseband, compute, security and networking solutions offer a unique combination of programmability, scalability and performance to enable carriers to innovate in this frontier.
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5G brings new capabilities that empower a new era of consumer and enterprise connectivity for metaverse applications like VR, AR and digital twin, as well as smart cities, self-driving cars and factory robotics. 5G networks aren't just fast; they're reliably fast and support many users and device types while delivering the performance, security and reliability required for mission-critical applications like industrial loT (Internet of Things) and first responder communications. Imagine an entire world that is always connected. Marvell is working closely with its customers and partners to help scale carrier networks for the demands of these market growth opportunities.
5G offers new and enhanced classes of connectivity for Ultra-reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) and Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) services. Among the transformative effects of 5G is a software defined network slicing capability. Instead of a network architecture where all devices share the same communication channels, carriers can partition physical network resources into virtual instances of private enterprise connectivity, offering application-optimized connectivity or tiered services with differing levels of bandwidth, security, and latency. Enterprise customers seeking a dedicated 5G network are working with RAN vendors and integrators to deploy 5G on private or shared radio frequencies, such as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band in the U.S. Whether for public or private 5G, Marvell continues to push the envelope of performance, features and efficiency with its OCTEON Fusion® RAN portfolio, helping its customers set the pace of innovation in 5G.
The industry's new and enhanced classes of 5G connectivity build on decades of cellular evolution and are made more scalable and enterprise-friendly with the introduction of disaggregated and virtualized (software-defined) networks, leveraging open standards, including O-RAN, and established cloud data center architecture. The same Marvell RAN platforms deployed globally in integrated 5G networks support these next-generation architectures, including vRAN and O-RAN. As 5G moves to the cloud, Marvell also brings the industry's leading Hardware Security Module (HSM) and electro-optical interconnect platforms that are widely deployed across the hyperscale clouds. Marvell’s RAN and data center platforms enable cloud scalability and efficiency with 5G features and performance that are on par with leading carrier networks worldwide
Cloud-native 5G promises to bring a new level of flexibility and efficiency to the carrier landscape, but early vRAN and O-RAN systems traded radio performance for network programmability. To drive lower TCO and attractive returns on 5G investments, operators require a no-compromise approach with the throughput, latency, reliability and efficiency that support enhanced user experiences, new classes of service and exponential traffic growth at cloud scale. A focus on TCO means cost and performance optimization across the entire network. Marvell RAN and data center solutions span DFE, baseband, compute, switching and optical connectivity, from edge to core network, as well as inside and outside the data center, offering a comprehensive silicon portfolio for cloud-native 5G that is proven at scale.
With increasing system complexity, successful 5G evolution increasingly depends upon incorporating Al/ML technology into planning, deployment and operation of the network. Automation across the network will help scale 5G performance and efficiency in the face of exponential growth in traffic, devices and security threats. This industry vision has given rise to the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) in O-RAN Alliance standards and a 3GPP Release 17 study on applying Al/ML in the RAN. Al is being used to enhance complex functions from radio channel modeling and massive MIMO beamforming at the edge to service orchestration and SLA assurance in the core. Al also plays a crucial role in improving early security threat detection, as the trend towards open and disaggregated multi-vendor networks is increasing the number of potential attack surfaces. Marvell has incorporated in-line Al/ML hardware accelerators in its latest OCTEON multi-core processors, enabling optimized edge inferencing in the 5G RAN to help fuel our world with intelligent connectivity.
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