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EdgeQ delivers converged 5G and AI silicon platform

EdgeQ, a leading innovator in 5G base station-on-a-chip, has announced that it will be using an AndesCore RISC-V license to deliver the industry’s first fully open and programmable 5G platform with integrated AI.

EdgeQ has licensed the Andes Technology core with Andes Custom Extension (ACE), that enables EdgeQ to design, extend, and customise their own instruction sets to achieve new performance, features, and power profiles that it says are, at present, unavailable to existing solutions for the wireless infrastructure.

EdgeQ’s platform targets a 5G market that is expected to contribute over $13.2 trillion of global economic output by 2035, according to the Omdia report “The 5G Economy“. The report goes on to say that the 5G value chain will invest an average of $235 billion annually to continually expand and strengthen the 5G technology base within network and business application infrastructure.

“We are excited and proud to have our RISC-V AndesCore incorporated into EdgeQ’s ambitious program to develop their 5G and AI silicon platform,” said Andes Technology President, Frankwell Lin. “Having been developed concurrent with the emergence of 5G and artificial intelligence, the 32-bit A25 processor with DSP/SIMD and floating point extensions was able to anticipate the unique computing requirements of these technologies.

"Using Andes ACE to extend the RISC-V ISA for custom requirements offers EdgeQ’s design teams the freedom to more precisely configure the performance, power consumption, and die area of their final silicon.”

“EdgeQ was founded to provide an open programmable 5G platform that the industry can freely innovate and differentiate in a frictionless manner. Our clean-slate approach starts with a uniquely open RISC-V ISA based design that is deployable from the onset and easily modifiable by customers via open-source RISC-V tools,” said Hariprasad Gangadharan, Head of Silicon Engineering of EdgeQ. “We are pleased to have Andes as a technology partner whose proven RISC-V IP offers a customisable instruction set ideal for innovators like us to shape the world in a disruptively innovative manner.”

Neil Tyler

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