The acquisition of Xilinx from AMD paves the way for faster, more vital cell networks for metavers.
Meta has announced a new partnership with AMD through its mobile networking program known as the “Evenstar” project. Undoubtedly, a reference to the jewel of Arwen’s immortality from the Lord of the Rings movie series and perhaps an attempt to generate longevity for the project.
Conceived in February 2020 by Meta and Telecom Infra Project, the Evenstar project marked the beginning of a revolution for mobile networks. One that could help bring us faster and more extensive coverage.
Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Parallel Wireless and AceAxis are all companies involved in the Evenstar RRU program, but the project needed little help from manufacturers to get started. Plans are coming, and now Meta has added AMD to the shortlist of designated radio frequency (RF) equipment manufacturers.
A profitable partnership
Following AMD’s $ 35 billion acquisition of semiconductor maker Xilinx in February this year, the company was to ease the graphics card crisis with a more efficient supply chain. Everything seems to be on the right track, but Meta has since taken into account AMD’s RF chip, the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale + RFSoC, which could help the company finally turn the metaverse into reality.
At this time, as Dan Rabinovitsj, Meta’s vice president of connectivity, told CNBC recently, home and mobile networks are not yet ready for metavers. “If you really look at the pace of innovation in the telecommunications world, compared to other markets, it was harder to go faster in this space,” he said. “One of the things we’ve tried to change is the trajectory of innovation.”
The partnership with AMD will definitely speed things up.