Meta announced a collaborative effort with AMD on its mobile-focused program known as the “Evenstar” project. Undoubtedly a reference to Arwen’s gem of immortality in the Lord of the Rings film series, and perhaps an attempt to spur the project’s longevity.
Conceived in February 2020 by Meta (when it was still Facebook) and Telecom Infra Project (TIP), the Evenstar project marked the beginning of a revolution for mobile networks. One that could help bring us faster and broader coverage.
Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Parallel Wireless and AceAxis are all companies involved in the Evenstar RRU program, but the project needed a little help from manufacturers to get started. Plans are coming, and now the Meta added AMD to its list from designated radio frequency (RF) equipment manufacturers.
He follows AMD’s $35 billion acquisition of semiconductor maker Xilinx in February of this year, the company was set to alleviate graphics card crisis with a more efficient supply chain. All of this seems to be on the right track, but Meta has taken notice of AMD’s RF chip, the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale + RFSoC, which could help the company finally make the metaverse a reality.
Now, as Vice President of Connectivity at Meta Dan Rabinovitsj told CNBC recently, home and mobile networks are not yet ready for the metaverse. “If you really look at the pace of innovation in the telecom world, compared to other markets, it’s harder to go faster in this space,” he said. “One of the things we’re trying to change is this trajectory of innovation.”
Working closely with AMD will certainly speed things up and at the same time our opinion on the metaverse is a bit mixed, you can’t deny that mobile gaming is becoming more and more prevalent. It’s only going to benefit this move, whether or not your mom is going to look like a dope picking up invisible cereal from the invisible shelves when the big box arrives.