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: 4/7/2020 — Japan and U.S. Plan Rural 5G Rollouts; False Theories Blame 5G For COVID-19 Pandemic

Plus, German industry takes initiative on private 5G networks, TCL Communications excites with 5G phone announcement, cretins pin pandemic on 5G, 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

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.

Skyworks offers the SKYFR-001692 and the SKYFR-001657 as the newest models in the family of mini circulators for 5G infrastructure. These ultra-compact, high performance circulators demonstrate unique capabilities to enhance network efficiency and deliver higher capacity with greater coverage.

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

  • Top 5 Strategies For 5G Component Characterization And Test

    Component manufacturers need to deploy effective strategies for characterization and test regardless of the component types. This white paper presents five strategies for 5G component characterization and testing.

  • A New Generation Of 5G Filter Technology

    5G implementation is accelerating worldwide, creating new challenges for wireless technology in mobile devices. As these trends increase, space available for the RF front end (RFFE) is shrinking, which means filters must also become smaller and more highly integrated. RF filters also need to handle higher power to maintain adequate design margins and maximize handset operating range. Bulk acoustic wave (BAW) filters are evolving to address these challenges, along with other approaches such as antenna routing and antenna tuning.

  • Power Management ACTIVECiPSTM Modular Power PMICs Brochure

    Power efficiency is a critical element in the design of electronic devices for applications ranging from 5G base stations and phased arrays to data centers, to cars and the Internet of Things. Qorvo’s highly integrated configurable innovative power supply (CiPS) solutions implement a built-in intelligence SoC which greatly simplifies the design process by eliminating the need for external components, delivering compelling simplicity, efficiency and flexibility.

  • Qorvo’s Innovative BAW Filters For 5G Brochure

    The onset of 5G is materializing much faster than predicted. One of the key 5G enabling components, RF filters, is being asked to do more. This brochure covers the progress of Qorvo’s production of BAW filters and how they plan to grow their capabilities for 5G production.

  • mMIMO Enables 5G, GaN On SiC Enables mMIMO

    While MIMO typically uses two or more transmitters and receivers to send and receive more data at once, Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (mMIMO) extends that concept by significantly increasing the number of antennas on a single array. The emergence of GaN on high-thermal conductivity silicon carbide (SiC) substrate has enabled mMIMO implementation and thus 5G.

  • Internet From The Stars: 21st Century Space Race

    Two weeks ago, SpaceX launched it’s third successful mission placing 60 more Starlink satellites into low earth orbit, bringing the total number of global internet powering satellites to 180. That is far from the planned system completion threshold of 12,000, but it does establish that SpaceX has the formula down and isn’t going to stop any time soon.