Analog semiconductor developer Skyworks Solutions, Inc. today introduced Sky5™, its suite of solutions that will support 5G wireless communications and enable new and previously unimagined applications across mobile and internet of things (IoT) ecosystems. The Sky5™ solutions encompass the company’s innovative transmit and receive systems targeting the world’s most demanding wireless end markets.
Skyworks will be hosting meetings at CES 2018 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Meeting Room MP25756.
Sky5™ solutions target new 5G waveforms and spectrum, enhanced carrier aggregation, dual connectivity (4G/5G) and massive MIMO requirements while delivering unmatched levels of integration and performance.
According to a May 2017 Research and Markets report, the first standardized deployments of the technology are expected to be commercialized as early as 2019, with the 3GPP’s standards organization initial 5G specifications set to be implementation-ready by March 2018. Between 2019 and 2025, the 5G network infrastructure market is expected to aggressively grow at a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 70 percent, eventually accounting for $28 billion in annual spending by the end of 2025.
What is 5G?
5G describes the next generation of mobile communications beyond today’s 4G LTE standard. It embraces a new direction in wireless networking and will support groundbreaking throughput speeds (up to 100 times faster than 4G), low latency and scalability for future usage cases that require extreme bandwidth, including autonomous vehicles, augmented reality and the billions of machine-to-machine and IoT connections.
To put this in perspective, according to Intel, by 2020 a single autonomous car is expected to consume 4,000 gigabytes of data per day in real-time diagnostics, positioning and vehicle-to-vehicle communications — that’s equivalent to the daily data consumed by more than 2,000 smartphone users in 2017. Downloading a full-length HD movie in 3G took one day, in 4G, the same file took minutes. On a 5G network, this content will be downloaded in mere seconds.
5G networks are expected to utilize a variety of spectrum bands ranging from established sub-6 GHz cellular bands to millimeter wave frequencies. The 3GPP organization is the mobile industry standards group that will submit a proposed specification to the International Telecommunications Union, or the standards body that sets the final specification. Skyworks is a key contributor to the 3GPP body on the Radio Access Network (RAN4) technical specifications.