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: 2/11/2020 — China Salty Over EU Hesitation on its Equipment; Verizon Opens London 5G Lab

Plus, the U.S. government considers dabbling in 5G, Nokia & SoftBank partner on connected vehicles, Realme teases its upcoming flagship device, and more, all in this edition of the Week in 5G.   

5G NEWS

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

  • Next Generation Wi-Fi: 6 GHz Is On The Horizon

    An understanding of Wi-Fi 6 certification, as well as regulation of the 6 GHz band, is critical for companies seeking to capitalize on next-gen Wi-Fi.

  • Qorvo® Multiplexer Filter Solutions Brochure

    Qorvo offers a variety of multiplexer filter solutions designed for enabling complex carrier aggregation (CA) in advanced LTE and 5G architectures.

  • 5G And mmWave Testing Brochure

    New technologies being deployed will need to rely on the performance of both high-power amplifiers on the transmit side, and low noise amplifiers on the receive side. Quantifying critical specifications like noise figure and noise power ratio can give radio and receiver designers a deep understanding of how the overall system will perform. Noisecom noises sources generate the broadband noise required to do this type of benchmarking and quantify component and system performance across the microwave and millimeter bands.

  • Best Practices to Accelerate 5G Base Station Deployment: Your RF Front-End Massive MIMO Primer

    Strategy Analytics predicts an explosive growth of emerging 5G networks. They forecasted the number of new base station sectors deployed to double between 2018 and 2024. This rapid 5G growth will result in equipment for nearly 9.4 million new and upgraded wireless base stations deployed by 2024. Many of these 5G base stations will incorporate massive MIMO antennas. These new 5G network architectures incorporating massive MIMO antennas are pushing always-on connectivity to the outer edges of the cellular network. This article covers everything to know about the fundamentals of the RF front-end in the massive MIMO base station.

  • Components For 5G - What Is New?

    With the next big step in mobile communication, 5G will introduce new RF techniques, new frequencies and signal bandwidths. Ultimately, 5G New Radio (5G NR) will bring higher speed, reduced latency, more capacity and improved reliability. While the system parameters will change, the hardware to enable the new major step in mobile technology towards 5G NR will be different as well. New technologies will be deployed and designs have to follow the new requirements.

  • Introduction To ANSYS 5G Antenna Solutions

    This white paper addresses the complexity of designing various points in 5G systems, and discusses possible solutions to design and simulate antenna systems, antenna-to-antenna coupling, environmental effects on signal propagation, and V2V / V2X communication.