Wireless Connectivity

Skyworks: 5G New Radio Solutions Video, White Paper

30 November 2018

The transition to 5G technology poses opportunities as well as challenges. Skyworks offers solutions for the 5G RF front-end (RFFE) in the sub-6 GHz arena in a new white paper. First steps for technology rollout are recommended for mobile operators implementing near-term, tactical efforts to ensure that 5G demonstration hardware becomes available by late 2018 and throughout 2019.

A review of 5G announcements indicate that operators are targeting not only the sub-6 GHz spectrum, but, to support 5G NR, will also utilize new swaths of millimeter wave spectrum and look to re-farm their LTE assets in a lower frequency band. All spectrum assets owned by operators will be brought to bear in 5G networks.

A combination of these spectra is expected to give consumers an enhanced mobile data experience. Wider bandwidth and higher-order multiple input multiple output (MIMO) are key to delivering this enhanced user experience, and a combination of 4G and 5G-based dual connectivity systems will be integrated, in ways unique to each operator, to deliver the transformative experience.

The technologies that will be required for dual connectivity 5G RFFE are explained, highlighting MIMO and antenna implications and dual connectivity (4G/5G) in non-standalone modes. Challenges posed by wider channel bandwidth, new 5G waveforms, high power user equipment-Power Class 2 and intra-band coexistence in re-farmed 4G LTE bands are also covered.

Skyworks’ latest video provides a simple explanation of how 5G will work and explores how our Sky5™ platform resolves system complexities and enables this next generation communication standard.

Elements of Sub-6 GHz 5G NR transmit/receive module. Source: SkyworksElements of Sub-6 GHz 5G NR transmit/receive module. Source: Skyworks

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