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Samsung Electronics Unveils 5G Total Modem Solution
Seeking a Super Gap with Competitors
Samsung Electronics Unveils 5G Total Modem Solution
  • By Michael Herh
  • April 5, 2019, 13:23
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Samsung Electrnoics' 5G total modem solution.

Samsung Electronics is pursuing a "super gap" with its competitors in the 5G communication equipment market based on its semiconductor prowess.

The company announced on April 4 that it has launched a 5G total modem solution that includes a radio frequency (RF) transceiver Exynos RF 5500 and a supply modulator (SM) Exynos SM 5800. It has started mass production of the two chips.

Earlier, Samsung developed the Exynos Modem 5100, the industry's first modem to adopt the 5G standard, last year. Modems, RF chips, and SM chips are key semiconductors of wireless communication technology that enable high-speed data communications.

The Exynos RF 5500 and the Exynos SM 5800 technologies received outstanding awards at the International Solid-State Circuits Conferece (ISSCC) 2019 held in San Francisco in February. The newly launched products will be installed on the next-generation 5G smartphones along with the Exynos 5G modem.

The Exynos RF 5500 is capable of supporting from the second generation to the fifth generation communication standard under six gigahertz (GHz) on a single chip. The company said that it brings an advantage of reducing the space burden in the design of terminals.

In order to improve data transmission speed, Samsung adopted the multi-antenna (4 × 4 MIMO) technology, which uses four antennas at once, and the orthogonal amplitude modulation (256 QAM) technology, which is a frequency modulation and demodulation system, on the Exynos 5500.

The Exynos SM 5800 supports up to 100 megahertz (MHz) wireless bandwidth, enabling efficient data transmission even in high-volume 5G communications. In particular, based on the distance information between the mobile device and the communication base station, it optimizes the required voltage and improves the battery consumption of the terminal by up to 30 percent.