One of last week’s early MWC 2019 announcements was Intel’s new FPGA PAC N3000 card. Intel’s networking business is something that the company has been focusing a lot of the last couple of years as it offers some interesting opportunities both to Intel as a supplier as well as to potential customers. Intel’s new PAC solution represents a new tier among the company’s portfolio, aimed directly at telecom providers who have to deal with ever increasing data traffic. In particular Intel is marketing the need for such specialised (yet flexible) solutions to be able to cope with the transition to 5G. Traditional solutions would have to rely either on software solutions, which many times is either too slow an inflexible, or on dedicated silicon hardware, which...

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