So, how does Qualcomm work with partners to promote 5G?Commercial? Is 5G commercial next year worth looking forward to?
Calls that meet the 5G standard have been implemented
Last month, Ericsson used the smartphone-shaped mobile device to make the world's first 5G phone. It is reported that the first 5G phone was made in Ericsson's laboratory in Kista, Sweden, using the 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum and Ericsson Business. 5G NR Air 5331 base station, and test equipment using Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and wireless sub-module.
At today's Qualcomm 4G/5G summit, Qualcomm and Ericsson announced that they have successfully completed the 5G new air interface OTA call conforming to 3GPP Rel-15 specifications in the frequency band below 6 GHz using mobile phone-sized mobile test terminals. It is understood that the call was conducted in the Ericsson laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden, based on the 3.5 GHz band, similar to the first OTA call based on the 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave bands in September. The call below 6 GHz uses Ericsson's commercial 5G new air interface radio. AIR 6488 and baseband products and mobile test terminals with integrated Opteron X50 5G modem and RF subsystem.
In addition to sharing this important development, Qualcomm President Cristian Noamon also demonstrated the world's first 5G HD at the summit site.videoLive Demo. Interestingly, Steano Amon also took out his own mobile phone and made a comparison with the demo terminal, and you can see that the demo terminal is a little bigger than his phone.
It is undeniable that the OTA call completed by Qualcomm and Ericsson is another important milestone for 5G. Successful completion of 5G calls conforming to 3GPP specifications in the 6 GHz and millimeter wave bands means that Qualcomm and Ericsson can be 5G new for mobile operators. Air interface network deployment provides support. Ma Dejia, senior vice president of engineering and technology at Qualcomm, said: "The spectrum below 6 GHz is important for the deployment of new 5G airspace in the world. It can provide high-performance wide-area connectivity and has been deployed in multiple regions around the world including the US, Korea and Europe. Distribution and auctions have been carried out, and other regions are expected to complete these tasks in the near future. We look forward to continuing to work with Ericsson to help the mobile ecosystem achieve 5G commercial use."
However, as mentioned above, the terminal that completes the call conforming to the 5G specification is larger than the current common smartphone, and will the 5G mobile phone be larger?
5G mobile phones will arrive in the first half of 2019
The answer is of course no, we know that due to the increasing complexity of RF in the 5G era, whether it is 5G independent networking or non-independent networking, carrier aggregation is required, and the combination of frequency bands will also show exponential growth, 5G. Millimeter waves (mmWave) also require antenna arrays, so test equipment will certainly be larger than commercial phones, but will eventually be as thin as 4G phones. To this end, Qualcomm launched the world's first fully integrated 5G new air interface millimeter wave and below 6GHz RF module for smartphones and other mobile terminals in July this year, which can be used with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem to provide modem-to-antenna (modem- To-antenna and multiple functions across the band support compact package sizes for mobile terminal integration.
Three months later at the 4G/5G summit scene, Cristian Noamon announced the launch of the "small" new product of the Qualcomm QTM052 millimeter-wave antenna module line for smartphones and other types of mobile devices-the fully integrated 5G new empty millimeter-wave module. The newly released millimeter-wave antenna module is 25 times smaller than the first QTM052 millimeter-wave antenna module released in July. The fully integrated 5G new hollow millimeter-wave antenna module is designed with a phase-controlled antenna array to support extremely compact package sizes. A smartphone can integrate up to four modules, including an integrated 5G new air-port radio transceiver, a power management IC, RF front-end component and a phased antenna array. Bandwidth up to 800MHz can be supported on 26.5-29.5GHz (n257) and complete 27.5-28.35GHz (n261) and 37-40GHz (N260) millimeter-wave bands.
Qualcomm has been exploring ways to innovate the mobile experience, and the QTM052 millimeter wave antenna module announced today is the result of our efforts. We are committed to giving OEM manufacturers more imagination and freedom to design their 5G smartphones, which is being achieved through Qualcomm's groundbreaking innovation in miniaturizing new 5G empty millimeter-wave modules. "at the same time, this landmark innovation has further consolidated Qualcomm's leading position on the 5G commercial road in early 2019."
Even more exciting, after announcing the launch of the smallest millimeter-wave antenna module, Cristian Noamon came up with a reference design for the 5G phone that Qualcomm will launch in the first half of 2019. Again, compared with the 4G phones they are using, the two phones are already very similar in size and thickness. He said: "Mobile phone makers are using the Mellon 800 series and the X50 flagship handset products are expected to be available in 2019 and should be available to consumers in the second quarter."
So, who will launch the 5G phone first? The high probability is the first mobile phone manufacturers to join Qualcomm's "5G pilot program", including Lenovo, OPPO, vivo, Xiaomi, ZTE and Wentai Technology. OPPO has previously indicated that it will work closely with Qualcomm to launch 5G mobile phones as soon as possible. At the summit, Ichi, the co-founder of Ijia Technology, was asked when I would launch a 5G mobile phone. He said that one plus is a relatively small mobile phone company. Of course, we are relying on products to gain the trust of consumers. We will continue to pay attention to 5G progress, and will also maintain cooperation with Qualcomm. The time to launch 5G mobile phones is still to better meet the needs of consumers.
Is the 5G network ready?
Only the terminal can not achieve 5 G commercial, the infrastructure is also very critical. "in a 5G architecture, 5G relies on 4G infrastructure to provide coverage, while also supporting fast switching to 4G networks," Christian Noamon said in response to media questions. He also noted that 5G will become a commercial reality in 2019, just an ambition when we met here a year ago, and today 5G is a reality. In sight, different countries have plans to evolve to 5G in the first half of 2019, and what we've seen is that some places used to focus on deployment below 6GHz, and now they're looking at millimeter-waves, for example, in North America. Millimeter wave and 6GHz below deployment in Japan and South Korea are also pilot.
However, the 5G new air interface network will use the high frequency band below 6 GHz and millimeter wave. In order to efficiently expand the 5G new air interface network, the whole industry will rely more and more on small base stations and use it as the cornerstone, especially in generating most data consumption. Indoor environment. It is reported that global mobile operators including the United States, Japan and South Korea will be expected to deploy small base stations.
In order to meet the requirements of cost and product shape size for various 5G new empty port deployment scenarios, At the summit we saw Christian Amon and Samsung senior vice president Dr Woojune Kim present at the summit announcing that Samsung's 5G small base station solution based on FSM100xx would start to work in 2020.
It is reported that today's mainstream operators in the world invested billions of dollars in network deployment, in order to prepare for 5G commercialization in 2019. However, many people in the industry worry that the high cost of small base stations may affect the development of 5G. Qualcomm senior marketing manager Rasmus Hellberg said: "5G deployment can make full use of existing LTE networks. Small base stations, but more critically, 5G costs are related to existing assets and the coverage they want to achieve."
Ready for 5G?
5G infrastructure and terminals are ready. What exactly does 5G bring? "unlike in the past, we stopped talking about voice services when we talked about 5G," Christian Noamon said. "all 5G networks focus on data, only data." 5G high speed, low latency, Dalian next for ordinary consumers the most direct feelings of what will be different? At the summit,MicrosoftVice President Erin Chapple said 5G will be able to implement uninterrupted network connectivity devices, such as those based on the Opteron 835 and the Opteron 850. She believes that humans need water, air and connections in the future.TencentWu Dan, general manager of the intelligent innovation business unit, said that 5G higher speed and lower latency will bring a different gaming experience. NextVR co-founder and CEO Dave Cole said 5G is an important technology for VR and will enable us to have a better VR experience.
Regarding 5G applications, Ma Dejia also said: "In addition to mobile devices such as mobile phones and XR, 5G allows terminals and edges to be connected together, and can expand the network to industrial Internet of Things, automotive communications and other fields." Summit site, Geely Automobile Research Institute Vice President ShenZiyu said: "Every Geely car has 4G modules, all use Qualcomm chips, and will turn to 5G in the future. We hope that Geely's 5G users will reach 10 million in 2021. According to statistics, currently Many people have an hour in the car every day, so the car needs better connectivity. Now the car can provide music, navigation, and in-car assistant services." In addition to the car entertainment system, 5G will also be auto-driving. Important technical support.
In the industrial field, Honeywell vice president Venkatarayalu said that in industrial applications, such as in the quarantine area, 5G connections can better protect the safety of workers in the quarantine area. In the field of fire protection, real-time data transmission is very important. In any case, 5G will be in the industry. The field shows greater potential. He also revealed that Honeywell will switch from 4G to 5G next year. In the retail space, Amazon retail global technology leader Philip Thompson said that the next generation of retail stores will be Amazon IoT + WiFi + 4G/5G connection, and showcased an AR shopping video based on 5G technology.
In addition, 5G networks can create new opportunities, such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs) that rely on high-speed, secure wireless links for industrial automation. The 5G spectrum also offers the opportunity for multi-gigabit wireless rates, making it an ideal solution for fixed wireless access (FWA) applications for homes, apartments and other venues in areas where traditional fiber or copper infrastructure is difficult to service. Provide a "last mile" broadband connection.
In other words, 5G networks will use small base stations to provide multi-gigabit throughput and millisecond latency to enhance the wireless experience and support diverse emerging applications such as augmented reality and virtual reality, industrial manufacturing, automotive, retail, health. , smart city, energy, etc.
For 5G, a market with a scale of 12 trillion in 2045, 5G has attracted many manufacturers to join, but 5G has not yet landed. At this time, both technology and industry chain need to be constantly improved, and want to achieve high speed and low. Delayed, large-connected 5G networks also need to solve many challenges, so the initial 5G experience in commercial use may not be perfect, but with the emergence of new applications and related content, we will definitely feel the different charm of 5G.
As a company known for its communication technology, Qualcomm has integrated OEM, ODM, operators, component manufacturers and software in the industry chain.DevelopmentBusinesses, channel providers, content providers, etc. to create a 5G ecosystem to jointly promote the landing and maturity of 5G. This year's Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit will bring nearly 2,500 attendees to the industry's best proof of 5G commercial expectations.