Rapid.Space and Zhaoxin Provide a Self-contained 4G and 5G Network

Rapid.Space Showcases SimpleRAN5G vRAN Exempt from US Content Thanks to Zhaoxin CPU

Rapid.Space and Zhaoxin will provide a self-contained 4G and 5G network together

Rapid.Space, the Fully Open 5G converged cloud provider, has created the first 5G base station, exempt of US content, yet capable of realizing the full promise of virtual radio access network (vRAN).

Based on SimpleRAN open vRAN solution, this base station uses a Zhaoxin KX6780 CPU to virtualize 5G. It relies on the Amarisoft stack and other open source components such as SlapOS OSS/BSS, Babel latency optimized router, Scikit-learn AI engine, etc. Together, they provide a self-contained 4G and 5G network, including core network and all other support functions.

Some Open vRAN solutions are not as open as they claim to be. They depend on a single CPU vendor, on a proprietary hardware accelerator, or the use of electronic components manufactured in a single country. A single supplier can lead to long lead times or high prices, as experienced in 2021 with microelectronics. Suppliers located in a single country creates additional juridical risk for export markets. A truly open vRAN technology, such as SimpleRAN, should neither depend on a single CPU vendor nor on a single country.

Jean-Paul SMETS, CEO of Rapid.Space explains, "Until now, all our hardware products were based on Intel or AMD CPU, which we are very happy with. But with Zhaoxin CPUs, we get one more option to solve problems of our current suppliers either in terms of lead time or of export control in some regions." 

Franck SPINELLI, CEO of Amarisoft, said "Support of Zhaoxin KX6780 CPU by Amarisoft demonstrates the advantage of a pure software solution, including the PHY layer, independent of any hardware vendor or hardware accelerator. We hope in the future to support more CPUs from other vendors all over the world."

Source:Rapid.Space media announcement


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