Samsung Electronics announced that it has developed what it claims is the industry’s first 5G modem that is fully compatible with 3GPP Release 15 for 5G NR.
Built on power-efficient 10-nanometer (nm) process technology, the new Exynos Modem 5100 modem also supports legacy radio access technologies designed into a single chip.
Samsung says it successfully 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 Exynos Modem 5100. The test simulated real-world cellular network conditions.
The Exynos Modem 5100 supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums 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, Samsung says.
The modem delivers a maximum downlink speed of up to 2 Gbps in 5G’s sub-6 GHz settings, and 6 Gbps in mmWave settings. Fast and stable data communication can also be secured in 4G networks with a downlink speed of 1.6Gbps.
The Exynos Modem 5100 features radio frequency IC (RFIC), envelope tracking (ET) and power management IC (PMIC) solutions. It will be available to customers by the end of 2018.