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5G & Networking

"Internet of Everything" Is No Longer Out of Reach

5G & Networking

"Internet of Everything" Is No Longer Out of Reach

Overview

In the 5G era, from Radio Access Network (RAN), Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), to Evolved Packet Core (EPC), it is the ideal choice to adopt an x86 server platform with high application flexibility, reliability, and availability to create the right 5G application environment and pursue the lowest capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx). It also fully implements the core spirit of Software-Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). 5G network not only brings greater bandwidth but also lays the foundation for the connection of everything. The frequently changing 5G specifications, the need to gradually shift from 4G, and the sharp increase in the number of small cells due to the millimeter-wave frequency band (mmWave) have forced 5G base cells to shift to COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) general-purpose hardware architecture to achieve both low-cost and high-flexibility solutions. The rise of edge computing and container technology has allowed real-time applications to move from cloud data centers to edge nodes, giving birth to the Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) platform providing computing and storage services for terminal users nearby. In addition to the 10Gb/s bandwidth, it achieves a service response time of "less than one millisecond latency." Therefore, due to many deployments and different outdoor application environments, the 5G small base cells and edge computing servers require powerful computing performance to meet future upgrade requirements, industrial-grade reliability, and durability to ensure operational stability. In addition to hardware that can withstand harsh environments, when the operating system is damaged, or software problems cause abnormal processes. A remote management system that can perform out-of-band (OOB) operations are also required. Security and upload speed are the top priorities of the Internet of Things. When everything is connected to the Internet, security will be the most important part of managers. The security of 5G is far superior to WiFi, which is a natural fit of the Internet of Things. In addition, IoT edge devices often upload data to the cloud. The current average upload bandwidth of 4G is 8-50Mbps, while 5G is as high as 25-100Mbps, which is more suitable for IoT applications. DFI products also support optional 5G modules. DFI's rich experience in industrial computers has a high degree of flexibility to customize products for different customer application scenarios. RemoGuard cloud management platform can easily monitor and control all local and remote devices with integrated real-time display, timely warning, and one-key recovery. Therefore, DFI is the most suitable partner for your future expansion of 5G.

Why DFI

Industrial Motherboards

Diversified Industrial-grade 5G Solutions to Meet the Needs of Different Harsh Environments

The small cells and edge computing servers in the 5G era urgently need fast and straightforward industrial-grade motherboard solutions. Many 5G small cells and edge computing servers are often deployed in relatively harsh and space-constrained environments. The processor must also support a wide temperature, and the motherboard must also follow industrial specifications, which are by no means the standard server products can be competent.

DFI's industrial-grade motherboards cover many standard sizes and provide various traditional products, covering from Pico-ITX, 3.5" SBC, 4" SBC, Mini-ITX, microATX, ATX to EATX, to meet the versatile needs of customers. And for specific applications, customized products can be tailored.

#5G product list introduction : https://pages.dfi.com/dfi-5g-supported-product-list

 

The Main Force of Edge Computing With Both High Performance and High Availability

DFI launched a series of industrial-grade server motherboards with embedded Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC processors, which can bring a high performance not inferior to available commercial servers, and have high durability and availability against harsh environments. In conjunction with DFI's RemoGuard cloud management platform, it further improves the operating efficiency and service quality of edge computing servers and enhances the new user experience in the 5G era.

DFI also has a small motherboard equipped with Intel Atom and AMD embedded Ryzen processors. It is designed to increase network transmission and speed up cloud services that require an immediate response. It improves computing performance, reduces power consumption, and has rich expansion capabilities and upgrade flexibility conducive for integration into 5G small cells.

The combination of artificial intelligence and edge computing, such as real-time image analysis, handles a vast data computing load and needs to maintain a stable speed and quality. It also relies on an industrial-grade server motherboard that can provide high-performance. DFI's industrial-grade server motherboards have high performance and high availability and support legacy I/O interfaces such as PCI and ISA. It seamlessly integrates with the current application environment and ensures customers' long-term return on investment (ROI) in peripheral equipment.

System-On-Modules

Meet the Upgrade Frequency of the 5G Era

Embedded computer modules (SOM, System On Module, or COM, Computer On Module) with the size of a credit card (85.6 × 53 mm), such as COM Express with a mature ecosystem, Qseven built for ultra-compact systems, and SMARC suitable for more powerful multimedia applications, are different from standard motherboards. They transmit I/O signals through the golden finger interface to reduce the size and increase the system design's flexibility. Expansion and upgrades do not need to replace the entire system motherboard. The lower cost of replacement processors and other core components perfectly matches the performance upgrades derived from frequent specification changes in the 5G era.

DFI's embedded computer modules are equipped with Intel and AMD's new embedded industrial control grade processors, support rich I/O interfaces, have excellent performance, diversified choices, 10-15 years product life span, and high durability to the harsh operating environment. Also, DFI provides highly customized services to help customers design and develop modules and boards to shorten the market and reduce development costs. DFI also successfully helped customers integrate embedded computer modules into 5G small cells and obtained actual proof of concept (success story: www.dfi.com/tw/solution/successstory/50).

#5G product list introduction : https://pages.dfi.com/dfi-5g-supported-product-list

Advanced Coating Technology to Resist the Harsh Outdoor Environment

Coating technology coats protective chemicals on the printed circuit board to form a protective film, protecting sensitive electronic parts on the circuit board from moisture, dust, salt, and highly corrosive substances. The coating layer has excellent dielectric properties, improving the system's reliability and stability, thereby extending the circuit board's service life and adapting to extreme deployment environments.

5G small cells and edge computing servers may need to be exposed to extreme outdoor environments, such as temperature changes, high humidity, and excessive dust, bringing significant threats to the equipment. In the face of such situations, to achieve high durability and high reliability, DFI provides coating value-added services, which can reduce electromagnetic interference and protect the system from erosion, humidity, and dust.

Industrial Computers

A Reliable IoT Regional Center in the 5G Era

The "Internet of Everything" is the ultimate vision of the 5G era, and the 5G specification is more conducive for enterprises to set up low-latency private networks and build an entire industrial Internet of Things with no wireless signal blind spots. DFI has launched a series of industrial-grade computer systems that support 5G modules and SIM card slots with a complete I/O interface and excellent computing performance. It is suitable as the brain of the Internet of Things and provides enterprises with uninterrupted industrial automation.

DFI's industrial-grade system products use 100% Japanese-made solid capacitors and various industrial-grade components, have a long product life cycle and reliability, and maintain stable operation in harsh environments and severe temperature changes with uninterrupted service.

#5G product list introduction : https://pages.dfi.com/dfi-5g-supported-product-list

AI Computing Power of Robots

Due to the popularization of artificial intelligence, the evolution of industrial automation, and the development of 24-hour global logistics, the demand for robots in various industries has surged. Robots have become the emerging field of 5G Internet of Things applications to make up for WiFi. Smarter robots need a more reliable computing brain. DFI's industrial-grade system, with high performance, complete I/O interface, low power consumption, resistance to harsh environments, robust wireless network, and compact size, brings the robots with more powerful computing performance, integrity with more diverse sensors, and durability to withstand different environments.

DFI's industrial-grade system using x86 instruction set compatible processors enjoys the software resources accumulated in the x86 ecosystem for a long time, shortens the software development timeline, quickly responds to changing application requirements, improves operational efficiency, and reduces overall usage costs and overall capital expenditure.