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.
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