With Intel out of the race for Apple's 5G for iPhone next year and their fight with Qualcomm unlikely to be resolved by that time, Apple may decided to use a reliable supplier, Samsung. With most Android smartphone vendors will likely choose to use the new Qualcomm 5G modem, Samsung needs a big customer to make their new 5G modem profitable, and that might mean signing on Apple. While Apple fans may not like Samsung, Apple has continued to use Samsung for specific smartphone parts because Samsung delivers on time and is a reliable supplier.
The alternative would be to consider MediaTek's new Helio M70 5G modem that we covered back on August first.
Samsung Electronics has officially announced that it has developed Exynos Modem 5100, the industry's first 5G modem that is fully compatible with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 15 (Rel.15), the most up-to-date standard specification for 5G New Radio (5G-NR). Built on power-efficient 10-nanometer (nm) process technology, the new modem also supports legacy radio access technologies designed into a single chip.
5G's capability to transmit large-capacity data and real-time low-latency communication is expected to bring new user experiences not only in mobile but also in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), ultra-high resolution videos, holograms, real-time artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous driving.
In addition to having produced prototype 5G tablets, Samsung has already announced that it's working on 5G smartphones, including at least one that will apparently launch before the Galaxy S10.
"Samsung's leadership in communication technologies and market-proven knowledge allowed us to develop the industry's first 5G modem, the Exynos Modem 5100, which fully complies with the latest 3GPP standards," said Dr. Inyup Kang, president and head of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics. "As the industry prepares the shift toward 5G, Samsung will continue to drive the growth of innovative ideas and new services in mobile applications and other emerging industries."
Samsung successfully conducted an over-the-air (OTA) 5G-NR data call test under a wireless environment utilizing a 5G base station and 5G end-user equipment prototype embedded with Exynos Modem 5100. As the test simulated real-world cellular network conditions, this will ensure faster development and commercialization of 5G mobile devices that adopt this new modem. Samsung is also working closely with a number of global mobile carriers and partners to quickly bring 5G mobile communications to the market.
The Exynos Modem 5100 supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums specified in 3GPP's 5G standard as well as legacy networks, including 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE, with a single chip solution. As 5G is expected to be first deployed over existing network infrastructures, commercial implementation will benefit from the single-chip design that maximizes data transmission efficiency and reliability between other communication networks.
The modem delivers a maximum downlink speed of up to 2-gigabits per second (Gbps) in 5G's sub-6-gigahertz (GHz) settings and 6Gbps in mmWave settings, which are about 1.7 and five times the data transfer speeds of its predecessor respectively. Fast and stable data communication can also be secured in 4G networks with the downlink speed of 1.6Gbps.
Exynos Modem 5100 is also offered with radio frequency IC (RFIC), Envelope Tracking (ET) and power management IC (PMIC) solutions, and will be available to customers by the end of 2018.
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