Established in 1974 in Taiwan, Hon Hai Technology Group (“Foxconn”) (2317:Taiwan) is the world’s largest electronics manufacturer. Foxconn is also the leading technological solution provider and continues to leverage its expertise in software and hardware to integrate its unique manufacturing systems with emerging technologies.
By capitalizing on its expertise in Cloud Computing, Mobile Devices, IoT, Big Data, AI, Smart Networks, and Robotics/Automation, Foxconn has expanded its capabilities into the development of electric vehicles, digital health and robotics, and three key technologies – new-generation communications technology, AI, and semiconductors – which are key to driving its long-term growth strategy and the four core product pillars: Consumer Products, Enterprise Products, Computing Products, and Components and Others.
In 2019, Foxconn achieved NT$5.34 trillion in revenue. The company has also received widespread international accolades and recognition since its establishment. In 2020, the company ranked 26rd in the Fortune Global 500 rankings and 25th in the Top 100 Digital Companies.
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Radisys and Foxconn Partner to Deliver E2E System and Functional Sub-System pairing testing to communicate to the general public in Berlin O-RAN Plugfest 2020 Virtual Showcase
Collaborating with Radisys, Foxconn provided 5G NR FlexRAN based O-RU and BBU server whereas Radisys provided 5G NR standalone O-DU/O-CU software stack for the testing. The two companies have worked to adopt the open standards and interoperability to assure the vision of O-RAN Alliance to create an open ecosystem for wireless access network providers. The purpose of the test is to integrate of O-DU/O-CU and O-RU from different vendors and validate that UE can register to the network.In this test, Foxconn O-RU connects over O-RAN OpenFronthaul split 7.2 to Foxconn O-DU/O-CU servers, with Intel FlexRAN Layer 1 protocol stack, Intel QAT, Vista Creek accelerator cards, and Intel Skylake CPU. The first scenario focuses on the O-RAN Fronthaul interoperation, and the second scenario focuses on the end-to- end 5G NR signal call flow.Layer 3 C-plane establishment is successful, and the measured throughput is the same as the generated traffic for both downlink and uplink directions. Based on the logs from real test UE, the UE can attach to the network, sets the PDU session up, and transfers data in uplink as well as in downlink directions.
Foxconn 5G Converged Access Edge Platform (CAES)
5G Solution Immediately Enables Applications in the Edge
5G and AIoT convergence are changing daily life, impacting all industries, and creating new businesses. Nevertheless, on the journey of digital transformation, customers may face challenges in its complexity and high costs. Foxconn’s Converged Access Edge Solution (CAES) streamlines the process of the 5G network transformation and keeps costs competitive at the same time.
CAES aims to assist AIoT system integrators in easily transferring existing application services from the cloud to the edge. It not only provides the ability to integrate quickly with various network interfaces but also increases the real-time performance and usage of the entire application service.
To leverage unlimited cloud computing resources and quick response, users are looking to Cloud-Edge architecture for AIoT applications. This means AI Training, upgrades, and background processing can be handled in the cloud, while host AI inference engines and control apps are implemented on the edge.
Customers can use Converge Access Edge Platform (CAEP) to host both virtualized local 5G components and AIoT applications in the same server to support Cloud-Edge architecture. This lets system integrators enhance the competitiveness of existing applications within the shortest period of time.
MEC-based Enterprise Attendance Management System
Foxconn offers the enterprise attendance management system, which includes ETSI MEC platform software, pre-validated facial recognition algorithms, a pre-integrated connectivity system, and ready-to-use attendance applications. It also provides pre-defined APIs for attendance management, enrollment, and stranger alarm services. This allows customers to easily integrate Foxconn's solutions into existing IT systems.
The MEC server can be configured with any combination of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE, or 5G New Radio support. It offers the best flexibility for deployment, allowing end-users to install the infrastructure wirelessly or through a wired connection.