Samsung announces ‘industry first’ 3GPP-compliant 5G modem

Samsung has announced its Exynos Modem 5100, a 10nm 6Gb/sec modem for 5G devices. Despite not being the first 5G modem on the market, Samsung claims that it is the first to be fully compatible with 3GPP – the organisation that governs cellular standards.

The modem is also compatible with legacy networks, including 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE, with a single chip solution, this means that Samsung will be able to start selling its modem to hardware manufacturers later this year.

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According to Samsung, they are currently working closely with a number of global mobile carriers and partners to bring 5G mobile communications to the market quickly.

Dr Inyup Kang, president and head of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics, said: “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.”

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The Exynos Modem 5100 has been tested in an over-the-air (OTA) 5G-NR data call test under a wireless environment utilising a 5G base station, simulating real-world cellular network conditions.

Samsung claims that the 5100 delivers a maximum downlink speed of up to 2-gigabits per second in the sub-6Ghz range of the spectrum and up to 6-gigabites using mmWave signals.

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 the Internet of Things (IoT), ultra-high resolution videos, holograms, real-time artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous driving.

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