Mobile Device Component Suppliers Battling to Win the 5G Race

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4Q 2019 | IN-5675


Chipset, Platform, and Modem Suppliers Moving into 5G throughout 2019


Undoubtedly, 2019 has been the year of 5G, with numerous device manufacturers offering devices, including smartphones and Mi-Fi devices, with the ability to utilize the communications technology. In line with this, chipset, mobile platform, and modem suppliers, including HiSilicon, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Unisoc, have been increasing their efforts in developing and offering 5G technologies within their product portfolios to deliver connectivity and performance for the next generation of mobile devices.

Figure 1 shows how 5G modems will integrate with 4G and mmWave modules in future, demonstrating how quickly the industry is expected to move to 5G Modems and Application Processors (ModAPs). All chipset providers will have a different 5G implementation due to the modems and Systems-on-Chips (SoCs) in their portfolios, with most initially relying on a discrete die for 5G to be paired with an LTE modem or ModAP. Integrated 5G chips are unlikely to be available from all manufacturers before 2020 or 2021, excluding mmWave.


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