Qualcomm is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Diego, California, and incorporated in Delaware. It creates semiconductors, software, and services related to wireless technology. It owns patents critical to the 5G, 4G, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA mobile communications standards.
As the smartphone market continues its speedy transition to 5G, it becomes increasingly obvious that the design of Radio Frequency (RF) systems and the choice of appropriate RF Front End (RFFE) components will become key for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to differentiate their products. The goal of this report is to bring further evidence of the growing complexity of smartphone RF design and why system design across multiple air interfaces is key to enhancing the overall performance of smartphones, helping OEMs accelerate time to innovation.
The 5G smartphone market is set to rapidly expand in the next 12 months, with many mobile vendors looking to quickly develop their 5G portfolios. It is anticipated that 5G will increase more aggressively compared to 4G to become the most accelerated mobile technology generation ever launched, despite any lag in demand that may be caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute. This landmark growth includes a seismic shift to lower price points in 2020, which will greatly increase the global addressable market for 5G. However, a host of extremely complex challenges lie ahead for smartphone vendors to overcome if this 5G demand explosion across all tiers is to be fully realized. The accompanying whitepaper examines how the fast transition to 5G and the corresponding increase in smartphone design complexity are being addressed by innovative modem-to-antenna solutions. Using teardown analysis, it will unpack their use of 5G RF components in the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) of individual models. Given the imminent need for a modem-RF system design to enhance the overall solution, and as one of the few in the industry to currently support such an approach, our report will focus on Qualcomm’s design wins across the technologies in the smartphones, and includes those covering both sub-6 Gigahertz (GHz) and Millimeter Wave (mmWave) options.
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