5G is coming! 5G is coming! Is 5G coming?
The first two phrases literally described the global 5G rollout at the beginning of 2020. Handset manufacturers, equipment providers, mobile carriers and industry analysts anticipated a strong year.
Is 5G still coming? Well, that depends. Like all parts of life, the 5G rollout has been upended by the unfortunate coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, conspiracy theories linking the virus to mobile towers led to acts of arson.
Despite the challenges, 5G demonstrations and investment haven’t stopped. For example, Qualcomm expects strong demand for its 5G chipsets throughout 2020. However, many in the 5G industry are taking a slightly measured approach for the time being.
5G: New Tech and New Applications
As implementation of the 5G network quickly gains momentum, new technologies and new solutions are emerging. What are some examples?
The heart of any 5G-enabled device remains the mmWave Silicon ICs transmitting and receiving data from bits to antenna. 5G system development typically links multiple RF signal chain and digital IC development boards mimicking end applications.
System testing of next-generation 5G systems must validate sub-6 GHz and mmWave radio solutions supporting governmental, industry and carrier standards.
5G Remote Radio Heads and Active Antenna Systems leverage Massive MIMO and beamforming technology to extend the reach of 5G networks. Integrating an increasing number of high frequency, multi-band RF signal paths into smaller form factors depends on high-performance interconnects for optimized operations.
Next-generation 5G network equipment must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. New technologies will dramatically increase coverage and data throughput while supporting multiple standards, bands and sub-networks.
Connected vehicles are the future of mobility. Leveraging next-gen 5G networks and cloud services, V2X technologies enable vehicle intelligence, improve traffic flow and increase safety.
High-Performance Solutions for 5G Network Applications
Samtec, Mouser and Electronic Design are launching a new webinar High-Performance Solutions for 5G Network Applications. Attendees will learn about the latest 5G applications in the industry. Examples include:
- Test and Measurement
- IC Evaluation and Development Boards
- Network Equipment
- Automotive and Transportation
In any 5G design, getting a signal from Point A to Point B is a challenge. Identifying the right interconnect for the right application is essential. An overview of high-performance solutions form Samtec will also be presented.
Click here to register for this timely webinar.