Freescale Semiconductor and Bell Labs have announced they are collaborating on a range of new initiatives intended to drive further innovation for the world’s increasingly virtualized networks.
Among the most innovative projects is research and development targeting the evolution of the wireless access network towards 5G, and the convergence between wireline and wireless technologies. Specifically, the companies will collaborate to create an industry-first universal access device that can be used flexibly for any combination of wireline and wireless connections.
The collaboration will pair Freescale’s understanding of advanced networking silicon and software with Bell Labs’ systems knowledge to define and establish the converged solution. The expected result is a highly configurable access technology that supports both wireline and 5G wireless processing in a single architecture in order to speed up and simplify the deployment of next-generation networks for service providers, while dramatically reducing CAPEX and OPEX.
The two companies plan to unveil a proof of concept of their new universal remote node at the end of the research project in the first quarter of 2017.