In Addition To Qualcomm, Who Is The 5G Race?


After a busy MWC 2019 season with lots of hot technologies, this is a rare “deposition” time of the tech world, when we can pause a bit to summarize the development trend. Turn on at MWC recently – 5G connection race.

It can be seen that Qualcomm is the leading name of the 5G race, when not only a series of products displayed in Barcelona, ​​Qualcomm’s mobile chip promises to start the 5G wave on smartphones. However, Qualcomm’s goal does not stop at mobile devices, and they are bringing a higher ambition, which is to put 5G into automatic devices, laptops or even phones “brick “about to be forgotten.

Despite being in the top position, however, 5G is not just a race for the big Qualcomm, behind it are other mobile corporations like Samsung, Huawei, … when they produce for themselves. I have a 5G modem and wait until it “bursts the silk,” or some big names like Intel are still in the process of developing and planning to launch in 2020.

The track is still full for those who want to join.

Samsung and Huawei – the same position


Although Samsung and Huawei have both announced their 4G / 5G multimode modems Exynos 5100 and Balong 5000 before Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55, the launch time of devices that integrate these modems will be in 2020. , with the promise of providing more energy efficient solutions for 5G-equipped handsets next year.

Browsing through all three modems, we can see the noticeable difference when the Exynos 5100 is built on the 10mm process, for data transfer speeds fall to about 2Gbps with the use of sub-6Ghz band and 6Gbps through the mmWave band. For comparison, Snapdragon X55 reaches a maximum of 7Gbps download speed and 3Gbps upload speed.

Huawei Balong 5000 also has significant speed when it comes to the 6Ghz band, and the chip can reach up to 5.6Gbps when downloading and 2.5Gbps upload. Using mmWave will improve the download speed at 6.5Gbps and 3.5Gbps upload rate, besides, if combined with LTE, the download number will exceed the threshold of 7.5Gbps, ignoring Samsung’s Exynos 5100 a long way. However, we know that the speed outside the lab will undoubtedly be significantly slower than the winning numbers yet. Besides, the chip will also use the same X50 FDD and TDD technologies, while supporting Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G connectivity standards.

Of course, both products are not enough to make Qualcomm’s 5G modem segment share too much. Except for self-production and installation of these modems on Huawei and Samsung phones, it is necessary to see whether Exynos 5100 or Balong 5000 is attractive enough to be able to “join” other market segments.

The names wait until 2020


As a successful corporation and put into its purse a considerable amount of money by the chipset industry, but now, when other firms have started “cornering” in the 5G race, Intel is still hurried to start up. Machine slowly. Intel is either gradually degrading, or they have a wise strategy: experts say, 5G is still not necessary at this time. Very few customers will be able to take advantage of 5G this year, even in the US. Meanwhile, the first generation 5G products all have trouble solving questions about energy saving and performance. So “startup” slowly and firmly, release the right product at the right time, when consumers can use 5G daily,

Intel’s 5G strategy director, Rob Topol, said the company is waiting for 5G to be officially released. They hope the company’s 5G modem-equipped handsets will be launched in 2020 – as soon as vendors deploy 5G extensively worldwide. The “handheld device” Intel mentioned may be the next iPhone, integrated 5G and will be released sometime next year with the built-in chip supporting 2G to 5G multimode. XMM 8160 – the original name of the modem – will be able to achieve download speeds of up to 6Gbps, able to compete directly with Samsung, Huawei and even Qualcomm. In particular, XMM 8160 will be compatible with almost every device, from phones, tablets, PC, IoT to cars and gateways, although we will have to wait a while to study More about what will be integrated on SoCs. Can speak,


MediaTek is a “racer” who is quite tight-lipped on the 5G race track. Since the introduction of the 5G M70 modem at the end of 2018, the company is currently in the process of developing this 7nm process chip in preparation for integration into telephone devices by 2020. Speed ​​is recorded Receiving on M70 falls into 4.7Gbps number when downloading and 2.5Gbps for upload. However, the company hasn’t yet officially confirmed whether the company’s new high-end SoC will integrate this modem, forcing us to wait for future information.


Also, a rather strange name is also competing for small parts with the current giants UniSOC – formerly Spreadtrum Communications, a China-based SoC manufacturing group. The company is developing many SoC smartphones for emerging phone companies, and in the future, they will probably hold a specific market – the place of cheap 5G phones.

Built in the HiSense 5G concept at MWC exhibitions, the UniSOC UDX710 modem is a multimode chip that supports 2G to 5G connectivity, made on a 12nm process, so it is cheaper than modems. 10nm or 7nm as mentioned above. Most likely, this UDX710 will be the “key” for some cheap smartphones or other future devices in China.


Ready for 2020 and 5G Standalone standard

You can see the purpose of the companies in this article are divided into two camps: pioneering and waiting. Snapdragon X55 may be the first 5G series of chips to consumers first, but it will have to trade many things like supporting multiple connections, consuming more power from an external modem and missing the 5G Standalone standard. While the modems that wait until 2020 will support LTE and 5G right in one chip, including FDD and TDD globally, along with the indispensable connection standard of the future is 5G Standalone – which is still waiting to be Licensing at present.

Whether there is a company that can shorten the gap, overcome Qualcomm or not, is difficult to answer. A massive range of products in all categories, Qualcomm has an enormous advantage in dominating the market. However, that does not mean that the names above will not find their place when there will undoubtedly be many new products waiting for us in 2020 when 5G is mature.


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