Samsung Announces First 5G Modem Fully Compliant with 3GPP Standards

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Samsung Announces First 5G Modem Fully Compliant with 3GPP Standards

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed ExynosModem 5100, the industry’s first 5G modem that is fully compatible with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 15 (Rel.15), the most up-to-date standard specification for 5G New Radio (5G-NR). Built on 10-nanometer process technology, the modem also supports legacy radio access technologies designed into a single chip.

Samsung’s leadership in communication technologies and market-proven knowledge allowed us to develop the industry’s first 5G modem, the ExynosModem 5100, which fully complies with the latest 3GPP standards,

said Dr. InyupKang, president and head of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics.

As the industry prepares the shift toward 5G, Samsung will continue to drive the growth of innovative ideas and new services in mobile applications and other emerging industries.

Samsung conducted an over-the-air (OTA) 5G-NR data call test under a wireless environment utilizing a 5G base station and 5G end-user equipment prototype embedded with ExynosModem 5100. As the test simulated real-world cellular network conditions, this will ensure fast development and commercialization of 5G mobile devices that adopt this new modem. Samsung is also working closely with various mobile carriers and partners to quickly bring 5G mobile communications to the market.

The new modem supports both sub-6GHz and mm Wavespectrums specified in 3GPP’s 5G standard as well as legacy networks, including 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE, with a single chip solution. As 5G is expected to be first deployed over existing network infrastructures, commercial implementation will benefit from the single-chip design that maximizes data transmission efficiency and reliability between other communication networks.
The modem delivers a maximum downlink speed of up to 2-gigabits per second (Gbps) in 5G’s sub-6-gigahertz (GHz) settings and 6Gbps in mmWavesettings, which are about 1.7 and five times the data transfer speeds of its predecessor respectively. Fast and stable data communication can also be secured in 4G networks with a downlink speed of 1.6 Gbps.
5G’s capability to transmit large-capacity data and real-time low-latency communication is expected to bring new user experiences not only in mobile but also in areas such as IoT, ultra-high resolution videos, holograms, real-time artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. ExynosModem 5100 will be available to customers by the end of 2018.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Samsung

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