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Samsung Plots New 5G Modem – Report

Samsung is planning to take on Intel and Qualcomm in the 5G modem market, according to a new report out of South Korea.

Samsung expects to ship a prototype of the "Exynos 5G" chip in the second half of this year and to deliver commercial product in 2019, according to Business Korea. Samsung is said to be planning to reduce its dependence on US chipmakers, specifically on Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), in other words.


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The chip will support the new 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release-15 5G standard. It will reportedly support 28GHz, 39GHz and sub-6GHz 5G frequencies.

Depending on the volumes Samsung can produce, the modem chip would put it directly into competition with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) in the 5G world. Qualcomm is expected to launch its X50 5G modem in the first half of 2019 with the Intel XMM8060 5G modem coming in the second half of next year.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

Gabriel Brown 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 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 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 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 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 1/19/2018 | 11:22:17 AM
Re: 5G Modems Sounds right.
Gabriel Brown 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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