Ubiquisys and Intel put mobiles on the cloud
Ubiquisys is demonstrating at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, a new type of small cell basestation which uses Intel processor technology to dramatically increase the processing power and storage when deployed in LTE networks.
With small cell basestations expected to be used in 4G LTE deployments whic also support 3G and Wi-Fi, Ubiquisys is engaging with 3rd party application developers such as Intrinsyc and Edge Datacoms to release the first applications for smart cells.
These include backhaul optimisation, the real-time optimisation of video content and real-time virus checking.
“Smart cells are a sophisticated combination of small cell base stations and powerful computing platforms that deliver more than the sum of their parts,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO Ubiquisys.
“We’re now reaping the rewards of our strategic agreement with Intel to enable commercial products that bring the IP communications cloud closer to mobile users and machines,” said Gilbert.
Dubbed smart cells, the modules feature the 2nd generation Intel Core processor CPU family with data plane hardware accelerators. There are variants based on CoreT processors for public space hotspots and large enterprise, and Atom processor-based variants for SOHO and residential environments.
Rose Schooler, general manager of Intel’s Communications Infrastructure Division, believes Ubiquisys is ”moving cloud computing platforms closer to mobile devices.”
The Ubiquisys smart cell modules will be made available to manufacturing partners in Q2 2012.