5G EDITORIAL & GUEST OPINIONS

  • What Can mmWave Do For 5G Backhaul?

    The backhaul segment of the network is traditionally made up of the intermediate point-to-point links between the core (or backbone) network and the small subnetworks at the network edge, where the base stations are. Since 5G is aiming for multi-Gbps data rates for subscribers, all this data will need to be backhauled at much higher rates, too.

  • Packaging For mmWave Devices — Why Do We Need It, And How Do We Do It?

    Several package types can be used at mmWave frequencies, so the choice will depend on the specific application. However, some general design rules apply to all forms of packaging.

  • 5G Core Network – Architecture, Network Functions, and Interworking

    This article is dedicated to describing the main components of the 5G Core Network -- as defined by the 3GPP – including an overview of the architecture, a description of the key individual network functions, and an example of 5G interworking with LTE.

  • A Look At 3GPP Rel-16: LTE and 5G-NR Enhancements

    This article discusses the ideas and enhancements currently being developed for 3GPP Release-16, with a focus on selected Rel-16 work items and study items. These enhancements cover not only 5G-NR, but also LTE, which is being advanced in parallel.

  • Understanding 5G Millimeter Wave Beamforming Test

    This article explains beamforming in the context of 5G NR specifications, and introduces beamforming characterization and beamforming verification test.   

  • Power Amplifier MMICs For mmWave 5G

    This article looks at the semiconductor process and SMT packaging options for the realisation of power amplifier (PA) integrated circuits (ICs) operating at millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies. It also presents examples of 5G mmWave SMT packaged PA designs.

5G NEWS FEATURES

week-in-5G-graphic The Week in 5G: 5/26/2020 —Huawei’s “Breakthrough” Antenna; Shanghai’s 5G Phone Booths

Plus, Australia trials mmWave 5G mobile phone technology, the Thai government convenes a 5G rollout committee, South Korea's KT brings autonomous intelligent vehicles to its logistics center, and more, all in this edition of the Week in 5G.  

5G NEWS

  • Improving 5G Network Security

    Emerging 5G mobile wireless networking technologies are slated to dramatically increase in both scale and speed, enabling much faster access to data collected from billions of connected devices.

  • 5G Provides New Cybersecurity Safeguards For Networks And Customers

    5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, recently announced the publication of The Evolution of Security in 5G, a white paper that explores improvements in 5G technologies that have been developed to address current and emerging cybersecurity threats in commercial wireless networks.

  • Anokiwave To Introduce Next-Gen 5G ICs During MWC2019

    Anokiwave recently announced its presence at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. Our 5G ICs will power our customer’s 5G arrays at all three mmW 5G bands and the Anokiwave Active Antenna Innovator Kits, driven by Anokiwave 5G ICs, will be featured at several of our partner booths.

  • Sivers IMA, Ampleon To Collaborate On 5G Base Stations

    Both companies will jointly develop the product and Ampleon will be funding parts of the Sivers IMA development by approximately MSEK 3.5. Ampleon will be the main sales channel to all tier 1 OEMs for the product resulting from the project.

  • Remcom Announces 5G Antenna Array Design Features In XFdtd Electromagnetic Simulation Software

    Remcom announces 5G antenna array design features in the latest release of XFdtd® 3D EM Simulation Software, including workflow enhancements for modeling complex devices at millimeter wave frequencies.

  • Leti And VSORA Demonstrate 3GPP New Radio (5G NR) On Multi-Core Digital Signal Processor

    Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, and VSORA, which specializes in multi-core digital signal processor (DSP) design, recently announced they have demonstrated the implementation of 5G New Radio (5G NR) Release 15 on a new DSP architecture that can dramatically reduce time to market of digital modems.

5G VIDEOS

This video introduces Skyworks' high-power switch solutions for 4G and 5G Time Division Duplexing Base station systems. These high-power switches utilize Skyworks’ internal PIN-diode processes and world class design expertise.

The Sky5™ LiTE diversity and MIMO LFEM solution featuring optimal cost, regional-specific coverage ad carrier aggregation support, and scalability to enable global roaming.

The Sky5™ Ultra is a front-end platform designed for premium mobile flagship devices and prioritizes performance and size in a single global SKU approach.

The Sky5™ platforms comprise the Sky5™ Ultra and Sky5™ LiTE premium front-end platforms designed specifically for use in 5G networks.

5G PRODUCTS

Skyworks offers the SKY5®-5242-11 dual 2.4 GHz, 802.11ax high-linearity, high-efficiency front-end module (FEM) specifically designed for Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices including handsets, tablets, and mobile devices supporting WLAN and Bluetooth® protocols.

Knowles Precision Devices (DLI) offers filter technology that addresses the challenge of implementing high-performance filters at mmWave frequencies. Their 26 GHz, 28 GHz, and 39 GHz filter solutions deliver 3 GHz of bandwidth, greater than 50 dB rejection, and are 20x smaller than current alternatives while implemented in surface mount packages for standard tune-free assembly. They are capable of stable operation within the -55°C to +125°C temperature range. Custom design services are available.

Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is one of the early planned use cases for 5G deployment, offering a new wireless alternative for providing broadband to homes and businesses.  Because this requires very high bandwidth, many solutions for FWA consider use of new millimeter wave bands. This poses challenges for coverage, including increased path loss, weaker penetration through walls into the interiors of structures, and greater effects from shadowing of structures and trees on the outdoor propagation.

With a tremendous increase in the number of connected devices and mobile data demand predicted over the next decade, the wireless communications industry is exploring new technologies to accommodate 5G wireless data systems, including MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) technology and millimeter wave frequency bands.  One of the more complex environments for these technologies are urban small cells, where the prevalence of multipath and non-line-of-sight conditions leads to many challenges, particularly at higher frequencies.

5G WHITE PAPERS, APPLICATION NOTES, CASE STUDIES, & BROCHURES

  • How Important Is mmWave To 5G?

    For 5G to deliver high expectations, it must operate across wide contiguous frequency spectrum - only available at mmW frequencies. The frequency bands in the spectrum above 24 GHz can support large bandwidths and high data rates, ideal for increasing the capacity of wireless networks. Anokiwave offers the industry's most complete portfolio of Silicon ICs for mmW 5G and is the trusted choice of Tier-1 and -2 OEMs worldwide.

  • From The 1920s To The 2020s – Bandwidth Has Always Been King

    Over time, the telephone replaced the telegraph, and now cellular and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology are replacing the landline. As more communication is done wirelessly and over the Internet, we are becoming more interested in increased bandwidth. This is because bandwidth places a limit on how quickly we can send information through a channel such as an optical fiber or a section of the radio spectrum.

  • Facing 5G NR Test Challenges

    With initial 5G trials and deployments now using the official 3GPP standard,design laboratories and conformance test facilities are facing the struggle to deliver user equipment, fixed-wireless access (FWA), and customer premise equipment (CPE) verified to meet this standard, and also to anticipate the next steps in 5G technology, the 3GPP standard, and corresponding test requirements.

  • 5G Manufacturer Reduces Test Time By 20X

    Manufacturing multi-antenna, high-frequency 5G transceivers requires rapidly testing large transceiver arrays at mmWave frequencies over-the-air. This case study details how a company adopted a distributed test architecture to significantly increase manufacturing speed and improve asset utilization.

  • What’s So “Massive” About Massive MIMO?

    As the list of mobile services available grows, technologies that provide these services must evolve in order to meet this demand while simultaneously improving the overall cost structure to consumers and service operators. Massive MIMO is a key element in 5G cellular networks.  

  • Applying Impedance Tuning To Maximize Antenna Performance In 5G Phones

    This white paper describes how impedance tuners can be used and discusses the relative advantages of different impedance tuner designs. It includes several examples that demonstrate how impedance tuning can be used to achieve significant performance improvements in typical real-world scenarios.