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Broadcom Joins Intel and Marvell

Nokia Oyj announced a partnership with Broadcom to develop chips for 5G hardware. Previously, similar transactions were concluded with chip makers Intel and Marvell.

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Nokia initially opted for chips with integrated programmable gate arrays (field-programmable gate arrays, FPGAs, FPVMs) for 5G equipment, but the high costs and supply problems that occurred last year forced it to change plans.

We still stick to the decision to switch to FPGA, because at that time it was right, Sandro Tavares, head of Nokia’s mobile network marketing department, told Reuters. – When we announced the change of strategy, the market developed faster, and we needed to speed up the process of finding new suppliers“.

Nokia said its 5G products didn’t hit the market on time due to delays from one vendor. According to analysts, it was about Intel. Nokia’s competitors in the 5G technology market are the Swedish company Ericsson and the Chinese Huawei.

Currently, the Finnish company uses cheaper custom chips, which has reduced the cost of equipment. To diversify supplies, it was decided to increase the number of suppliers.

However, Tavares refused to tell the timing of the appearance on the market of Nokia 5G equipment with Broadcom chips. He also preferred not to talk about a possible further expansion of the circle of suppliers.

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