Intel inks deal with Baidu to launch 5G, AI lab in China
Intel also announced new developments with key Chinese partners
Intel and Chinese company Baidu announced plans to develop a joint artificial intelligence and 5G innovation lab, the US firm said.
The main aim of the initiative is to promote the research and development of mobile edge computing in China.
Under the agreement, Baidu and Intel will take advantage of each other’s capabilities in technology and application development, in a bid to explore various sectors such as AI, 5G, online translation and the internet of things.
At the Intel 5G Network Summit in Beijing, China, Sandra Rivera, senior vice president of Intel’s Network Platforms Group, also unveiled new developments across the 5G value chain with key Chinese partners including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, H3C, Huawei, Tencent, Unisoc and ZTE.
“By providing end-to-end technologies and collaboration with our partner ecosystem in China, Intel will accelerate the path to 5G. This is another excellent example of how we are uniquely able to bring together the worlds of connectivity, computing and cloud for a seamlessly connected, powerfully smart 5G future,” Rivera said.
At the event, Chinese firm Unisoc, which produces chipsets for mobile phones, shared plans to utilize Intel 5G modems for mid-tier Android smartphones in China and globally with its applications processor, ROC1.
China Unicom and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) unveiled plans to collaborate with Intel to deliver new 5G experiences and capabilities at the coming 2022 Winter Olympics.
Also, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba AliOS’ named Intel as one of the first strategic partners of its intelligent transportation initiative, aiming to support the construction of an intelligent road traffic network. The two companies, along with Chinese carrier Datang Telecom will explore V2X usage model with respect to 5G communication and edge computing based on the Intel Network Edge Virtualization Software Development Kit (NEV SDK).
H3C, a Chinese Ethernet switch maker, and Comba Telecom Holdings outlined plans to use an Intel FlexRAN 5G NR-compliant solution for 5G, while telecom equipment maker Huawei shared successes in interoperability trials with Intel as part of the IMT 2020 5G Phase 3 testing and announced that the two companies will continue to work together on the development of 5G.
Chinese firm Tencent also announced that it is deploying a cloud gaming platform based on Intel Xeon processors to drive the gaming industry ecosystem into next phase of transformation with a focus on infrastructure, game R&D, distribution and devices.
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