Integration between 5G and Legacy Air Interfaces Is Key to Providing Superior Optimized Radio System Designs in Smartphones

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By David McQueen | 4Q 2020 | IN-5981


Smartphone Radio System Consolidation across Technologies Is Vital to Drive Wider 5G Adoption


As the smartphone market continues its speedy transition to 5G, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the design of Radio Frequency (RF) systems and the choice of appropriate RF Front End (RFFE) components will become fundamental differentiators, not just for 5G, but also for legacy air interfaces, including Long Term Evolution (LTE). Such an approach will enable Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to efficiently and cost-effectively integrate 5G with 3G/4G into complex form factors.

Fast-Growing 5G Market Demonstrates Increasingly Complex Challenges for Smartphone OEMs


The 5G smartphone market is now outperforming its predecessor generations, including LTE smartphones, on nearly every metric, including the number of mobile devices, subscribers, and networks available at launch. However, 5G brings with it a number of technical challenges, features, and functionalities, as well as new radio elements for supporting new radio bands and combinations, all of which …

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