SAMSUNG HAS STARTED to mass produce its own 5G modem chips, clearly gearing up for when the next generation of mobile connectivity kicks into gear.
The South Korean electronics firm took the covers off its Exynos Modem 5100 chip, kitted out with the radio frequency tech to make it ready for 5G, back in August.
But it hadn't started cranking out the chips en masse; its 5G modem chips have been reserved for models of the Galaxy S10 5G that use the Exynos SoC, rather than the models with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 which make use of the chipmaker's X50 modem.
That looks set to change as Samsung kicks off mass production of the modem chip, which could mean the Exynos Modem 5100 gets pushed out to non-Samsung devices.
Sammy will also begin knocking out its single-chip radio frequency transmitter, the Exynos RF 5500, and the Exynos SM 5800, something Samsung calls a "supply modulator solution"; we understand that it's designed to keep power usage in check while maintaining an effective radio frequency input signal, kind of like the tech Qualcomm has in its upcoming Snapdragon X55 modem chip.
All in all, Samsung seems to be gearing up the gear electronics firms will need to give their gadgets and equipment 5G connectivity.
"Our multi-mode solutions, the Exynos Modem 5100, Exynos RF 5500 and Exynos SM 5800 will together enable powerful yet energy-efficient 5G performance along with the network versatility that allows users to stay connected wherever they are," said Inyup Kang, president of Samsung's system LSI business arm.
All this might not mean much to people not in the business of making 5G gadgets. But it does once again show that 5G really is on its way and that there'll be plenty of hardware to support it and ensure than upcoming phones and other devices are 5G-ready.
We hope to get hold of 5G pretty soon as all that porn isn't going to download itself. µ
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