Kontron announces ME1310 distributed unit for service providers deploying in harsh environments needing built in switch and timing for Open vRAN
Edge Server Platform announcement extends Kontron and 6WIND partnership for Open RAN with full featured virtual cell site router support
San Diego, CA, February 24, 2022 - Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT/Embedded Computer Technology (ECT), has increased its telecommunications portfolio to include the new ME1310 designed to solve restricted space and power challenges by enabling complex applications closer to the network edge while continuing to simplify Open RAN deployment.
Featuring the latest Intel® Xeon® D-2700 processor, the powerful yet versatile ME1310 platform combines a long life, wide temp, small form factor mechanical footprint in a solution which complies with leading industry vRAN software offerings. Kontron’s far edge server is unique in the market in that it integrates what is generally multiple hardware entities into a very robust, wide temp (-40°C to +65°C) platform. By bringing separate hardware entities into a single unit which operates in a wide temp environment, OPEX and TCO is reduced through less requirements for AC/heat, cabling, reduction of multiple failure points, complexity of deployment and space required for deployment. The ME1310 is also applicable to a wide range of applications outside of the oRAN/vRAN space – transportation, industrial automation, military defense and more.
“Extending our relationship with Kontron offers our customers a best of breed 5G Open RAN solution. The 6WIND vCSR provides line rate performance with zero packet loss delivering 20G while using only one CPU core. This leaves the rest of the CPU cores for running the DU application software. 6WIND vCSR makes an efficient use of Kontron’s platform capabilities to deliver an optimized routing and security solution which translates into a better OPEX and CAPEX saving.” comments Julien Dahan, CEO, 6WIND.
“We are proud to bring our ME1310 to market, and the solution collaboration between the two companies continues to be powerful. Our further partnership with 6WIND gives our combined customers a unique edge differentiation, a full featured L3 Router. Adding the 6WIND vCSR with IPSec capabilities eliminates the need for an external hardware router in deployments requiring this functionality”, states Robert Courteau, EVP, Kontron Americas.