Friday, 17 August 2018 13:54

Samsung announces 'industry's first 5G modem fully compliant with 3GPP standards'


Global hardware giant Samsung has announced its single-chip Exynos Modem 5100, working from 2G through to 5G while boosting 4G LTE speeds to 1.6Gbps and 5G speeds of up to 2Gpbs, is designed to "accelerate 5G commercialisation", achieving a "successful over-the-air 5G-NR data call".

Samsung has launched its new 5G Exynos Modem 5100, a "single-chip modem that supports multi-mode communication, ensuring high efficiency in data transmission".

It is the industry’s "first 5G modem that is fully compatible with 3rd Generation Partnership Project Release 15, the most up-to-date standard specification for 5G New Radio", with an infographic at the end of this article with more visual information. 

Built on power-efficient 10-nanometer process technology, the new modem "also supports legacy radio access technologies designed into a single chip".

Dr Inyup Kang, president and head of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics, said: "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.

“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 reports having successfully conducted an "over-the-air 5G-NR data call test under a wireless environment utilising 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 commercialisation 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".

Samsung explains its 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 maximises 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.

"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, ultra-high resolution videos, holograms, real-time artificial intelligence and autonomous driving.

"Exynos Modem 5100 is also offered with radio frequency IC, Envelope Tracking and power management IC solutions, and will be available to customers by the end of 2018."

More information about Samsung’s Exynos products can be found here.

Here's Samsung's Exynos Modem 5100 infographic, click here or the image below for a higher resolution version.



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