Nokia has launched a new end-to-end 5G network architecture, which will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this February. The network platform, known as ‘Future X’, will be powered by the company’s brand new ReefShark chipset.
This new chipset will leverage in-house silicon expertise to dramatically reduce the size, cost and power consumption of operators’ networks and meet the massive compute and radio requirements of 5G. Incorporating Nokia Bell Labs artificial intelligence (AI) innovations as well as Nokia’s extensive capabilities in antenna development for mobile devices and base stations, ReefShark chipsets leverage silicon developed by Nokia in Oulu, Espoo and Tampere, Finland as well as Sunnyvale, California.
The ReefShark chipsets are said to triple capacity to 84 gigabits per second from 28 gigabits in Nokia’s existing chip modules and the modules can be stacked to allow a single cell tower/basestation to handle up to 6 terabits per second.
The chipsets are set to ship in volume in the third quarter of the year and will be can be inserted into its existing AirScale family of 4G and 5G-ready network gear, which is software upgradeable to full 5G functionality.