Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced a collaboration with American Tower aimed at advancing network architecture and accelerating near-edge applications. Powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ next-generation capabilities in the Connected Intelligent Edge and American Tower’s tower portfolio and data center assets, the project aims to help drive innovation to meet the evolving needs of edge data centers in the areas of latency, reliability, Energy efficiency, and high bandwidth.
In today’s digital age, businesses operate in a competitive environment and rely on technology for differentiation. This has created a demand for on-premises data center technologies that can improve business outcomes. One way to differentiate from the competition is to deploy technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and 5G networks closer to the end device or “at the edge”. By leveraging the high performance of Qualcomm platforms with low power consumption, reliability, AI and 5G connectivity features in an American tower data center, this project aims to handle the next generation of digital transformation.
Qualcomm Technologies aims to improve the computing ecosystem by delivering a new class of infrastructure focused on optimizing network architecture and computing power closer to the edge, where data is generated. As a first initiative, systems integrator Xingtera, Inc. will install a 2U ARM-based XT-iES865-80 server in an American Tower edge data center in Denver, Colorado. The 2U server packs 80 Qualcomm QCS8250 chipsets into one server, combining high-density nodes, high computing power, and high graphics processing into an intelligent edge server. Featuring a heterogeneous computing architecture combined with the Qualcomm AI Engine, this multi-access edge computing solution is designed to reliably power dynamic, process-intensive applications such as mobile cloud gaming, video transcoding, machine learning, and edge computing with incredible high speed and low speed run latency.
“Qualcomm Technologies is at the forefront of reorganizing the computing ecosystem, and we’re looking at ways to accelerate the transition by driving even greater reliability, security, connectivity, resilience and latency,” said Jeffery Torrance, senior vice president and General Manager, Connected Smart Systems, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We recognize that this endeavor will require an ecosystem of global technology leaders—all who want to reinvent how compute, storage, networking, and lowest-cost routing come together. This collaboration with American Tower further positions Qualcomm Technologies as the preferred edge partner for the cloud economy.”
The cooperation also benefits from the management of American Tower as a provider of digital infrastructure. American Tower has a broad portfolio of data centers and tower assets that enable customers to improve performance, increase flexibility and receive reliable support for their IT infrastructure.
“American Tower provides distributed real estate to enable next-generation applications regardless of end-user location. We’re where you need the edge,” said Jake Rasweiler, senior vice president of US Tower Innovation at American Tower. “We are very excited about the opportunity to bring our organizations together to advance leading-edge technology.”
The Qualcomm QCS8250 SoC comes with native Android support, which is designed to support a wide range of mobile ecosystem partners and a large developer community to create compatible mobile gaming and multimedia applications. “XT-iES865-80 servers, located in the edge data center adjacent to an American Tower 4G/5G cellular site, deliver a premium app experience for mobile users and help deliver excellent ROI for PaaS and SaaS to achieve business. We offer one of the lowest total cost of ownership while reducing operational energy consumption by up to 70%, which in turn helps reduce carbon footprint and support sustainability benefits,” said Yuqing Niu, Chief Executive Officer of Xingtera, Inc.
Qualcomm Technologies and American Tower will continue to work together, combining their expertise in mobile technologies and wireless infrastructure to evolve the role of data centers and achieve new levels of computing power and performance. Future projects will aim to address and advance areas of AI, cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X), 5G and fixed wireless access, autonomous systems and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) use cases.
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