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  Date: 09/12/2020

ME1210 mobile edge platform from Kontron supporting Open RAN

Powered by Xeon D-2100 processor, the new ME1210 mobile edge platform from Kontron to simplify the deployment of open RAN.

Kontron is offering series of carrier grade commercial off-the-shelf server products for the Open RAN market in collaboration with leading open RAN software vendor Mavenir. ME1210 is designed as as compact and rugged piece of hardware. Customers can also buy outdoor version of this product named RS1210 which will be available in two IP65 variants to resist dust, water, ice and vibrations.

ME1210 compliance with most of the VRAN software, features two PCIe expansion slots for hardware acceleration, embedded on-board switch, and daisychain configuration to connect multiple distributed units together. Kontron also provides a timing and synchronisation module as an option to enable 1588v2 transparent clock with Sync-E or GNSS input with OCXO to support 4 hour hold-over requirements.

“vRAN solutions are gaining rapid acceptance as operators require more industrialized, scalable solutions. With Kontron’s ME1210, we’re looking forward to supporting many new Vran deployments” states Marko Babovic, Head of RAN Product Management, at Mavenir. “We’re excited this provides the possibility to unlock for our customers a newfound freedom that promises to facilitate mobile network deployments at the edge”.

“The reality is most commodity servers don’t have the resiliency to run at the far edge where Dus are required” explains Antoine Sirois, Director Product Management, at Kontron. “We’re not only reducing costs by disaggregating hardware and software, but we’ve invested in a real-world solution to help make Open RAN possible.”

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