At this year’s GSMA MWC (GSM Association Mobile World Congress 2011) held at the Fira de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Intel Corp exhibited a mosaic of momentous live technology demonstrations at their Hall 8 pavilion. Inside the pavilion there were several booths – however, Intel’s “Better Connected” booth included four individual kiosks:
1) Broadband on the Go with 4G
2) Media Streaming in Mobile Networks Using Cloud Data Center Technology
3) Live HD video stream from vehicles in field to Command Center at MWC booth
4) C-RAN FDD/TDD -LTE eNodeB Signal Processing
An in-booth 4G demo network was established using both a Motorola WiMAX base station (courtesy of Motorola Solutions) operating at 3.5GHz and an Ericsson LTE Evolved NodeB (courtesy of Ericsson) operating at 2.6GHz. To start, kiosk 1 (Broadband on the Go) had four unique demos:
1) Vidyo Video Conferencing over 4G with Tablets: This was the first public demonstration of VidyoConferencing on 4G network tablets in which a four-way conference was shown between a 2goPad SL10 tablet (with Intel® Centrino® Advanced–N + WiMAX 6250), an EXOPC Slate (with Intel® WiMAX), a Pegatron Lucid Tablet (with embedded ST Ericsson LTE PCI Express Mini card) all calling-in to a room using a Lenovo Thinkpad T510 (with Intel® WiMAX). All tablets were Intel® Atom™ Processor N450-based and Microsoft Windows 7 OS-based with broadband connectivity either to the Ericsson LTE infrastructure or Motorola WiMAX infrastructure.
2) Cubovision Smart TV over 4G: Telecom Italia’s Cubovision which is powered by the Intel® Atom™ Processor CE4100 series processor and a Meego-based OS had its interactive multi-media access demonstrated with its built-in Wi-Fi connected to a Wi-Fi/4G CPE device.
3) Online Gaming over 4G using 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors. This demonstration showcased a Toshiba Satellite (with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor plus integrated Intel® HD Graphics and Intel® WiMAX) with Need for Speed Online interactive/multi-user on-line gaming, and an MSI Notebook (with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor plus integrated Intel® HD Graphics and GCT LTE USB Modem) with FIFA Online gaming. The Toshiba was connected to the Motorola WiMAX infrastructure and the MSI was connected to the Ericsson LTE infrastructure.
4) Ortiva iVOG Internet Video Optimization Gateway. In this demonstration, another MSI Notebook (with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor plus integrated Intel® HD Graphics and Intel® WiMAX) was used to showcase Ortiva’s outstanding product that enables 4G operators to provide a network layer-independent highly scalable video optimization solution which improves end-user experience while at the same time conserving network bandwidth (thereby increasing simultaneous users).
Other demonstrations at the “Broadband on the Go with 4G” kiosk included an MSI Netbook (Intel® Atom™ Processor N570 Processor with GCT LTE PCI Express Mini Card) and a 2go Classmate PC Netbook (Intel® Atom™ Processor N570 Processor with Intel® WiMAX). Both were used for general browsing as well as for checking Speedtest data rates and watching the bit rate adaptation using Microsoft* Smooth Streaming of Big Buck Bunny.
Finally, at a separate kiosk, there was a demonstration titled: “Live HD video stream from vehicles in field to Command Center at MWC booth.” HD video was transmitted by two PC clients, one notebook (2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor plus 3rd party LTE) with Professional Video connected via the HDMI interface and one Tablet (Intel® Atom™ Processor N450 plus 3rd party LTE) located inside two vehicles traveling through Barcelona. The Notebook livecasted over Alcatel-Lucent’s FDD LTE system whereas the Tablet livecasted (LiveCast Duo) over Alcatel-Lucent’s TDD LTE system. After the 720p HD video and non-720p videos were sent to the Livecast* server, the HD video encoding quality of the 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor could be assessed at the Livecast Command Center (Dell Latitude E6520, 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor.
Video footage from the Intel Pavilion can be seen at the guptawimaxchannel