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Gabriel Brown
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Gabriel Brown,
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2/23/2018 | 8:33:02 AM
Re: 5G Modems
Thanks for the link. It doesn't read totally clear to me that there will be laptops with 5G modems in 2019. More like that there might be.

Putting 5G in laptops isn't a bad idea, although it never really took off for 4G. But one would assume 802.11ax, which is similar to 5G radio in many aspects, would go into laptops.

For the record, I don't agree with @TVMonitor's definition down thread of 5G as mainly/only about mmWave. He/she seems to have somekind of (unknown) agenda.
Moning
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2/23/2018 | 3:13:14 AM
Re: 5G Modems
In here http://tech360.asia/successful-partnership-intel-top-4-pc-manufacturers/

stated that the first bacth of PC's supported with 5G Connections is coming this 2019.
TV Monitor
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1/22/2018 | 12:22:55 PM
Re: 5G Modems
Gabriel

Qualcomm
Intel
Samsung
Huawei
Mediatek?
Apple?

Huawei is a non-player in mmwave 5G.

Mediatek likewise focuses on Chinese OEMs so no mmwave 5G.

Apple doesn't have an inhouse designed modem, always used third party modems, be it Qualcomm or Intel.
Gabriel Brown
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Gabriel Brown,
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1/22/2018 | 7:10:37 AM
Re: 5G Modems
We could possibly add Apple to the list. It was known to be hiring mmWave PhDs a few years ago, although it wasn't clear if that would be for short-range living room style mmWave or full mobile systems.

So we have:

Qualcomm

Intel

Samsung

Huawei

Mediatek?

Apple?

And I'd bet there are more suppliers than this with 5G UE modems under development.

 
TV Monitor
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1/19/2018 | 12:32:38 PM
Re: 5G Modems
Gabriel

 Huawei is a non-player in the mmwave 5G market, both in the base station and phone modem market.

China has no plans to deploy mmwave 5G because that band is already being used by China's military sattelites. China is strictly sub 6 Ghz 5G only in the 3.5 Ghz band, because China has ample amount of spectrum to go around for its carriers while other countries don't have it.

As for MediaTek, they have become too dependent on Chinese mainland OEM market, so there is a high chance that MediaTek will focus on Chinese 5G standard and skip the mmwave 5G entirely.

Anyhow, it is the solid state antenna that makes or breaks mmwave 5G, not the modem. None of other players come close to Samsung in mmwave solid state antenna technology.
DanJones
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1/19/2018 | 11:22:17 AM
Re: 5G Modems
Sounds right.
Gabriel Brown
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Gabriel Brown,
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1/19/2018 | 9:07:34 AM
5G Modems
There was a note in the Light Reading interview with SK Telecom CTO last week that also pegged Huawei for 5G smartphone modems:

"Our vendors, such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Huawei, will launch commercial modems for 5G smartphones in December 2018 and are expected to release 5G smartphones six months later, in June 2019."

Light Reading interview with Park Jin-hyo, CTO at SK Telecom, January 12 2018 

http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/sk-telecom-cto-we-need-new-business-models-for-5g/d/d-id/739633

So at a mnimum we are looking at the following 5G smartphone modem suppliers:

Qualcomm

Intel

Samsung

Huawei

Mediatek?


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