Modem Brings 5G Into Reality

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Samsung unleashes 5G innovation with a new modem chip fully compliant with 3GPP Rel.15 standard 

As the industry is making a transition towards the next generation of cellular technology, Samsung has joined the 5G race by unveiling the first 5G modem chip that is fully compatible with 3GPP Rel.15, the most up-to-date standard specification for 5G New Radio (5G-NR).

Using power-efficient 10-nanometer (nm) process technology, the new Exynos Modem 5100 supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums specified in 3GPP’s 5G standard as well as legacy networks, including 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE.

World’s First 5G Modem With 3GPP Compatibility



Samsung said the new modem can achieve peak download speeds of up to 2Gbps using sub-6GHz spectrum and 6Gbps using mmWave spectrum, which are about 1.7 and five times the data transfer speeds of its predecessor respectively.

In 4G networks, the modem can deliver fast and stable data communication with download speeds of 1.6Gbps.

Samsung successfully conducted an over-the-air (OTA) 5G-NR data call test under a wireless environment utilizing a 5G base station and 5G end-user equipment prototype embedded with Exynos Modem 5100. As the test simulated real-world cellular network conditions, this will ensure faster development and commercialization of 5G mobile devices that adopt this new modem.

Samsung is also working closely with a number of global mobile carriers and partners to quickly bring 5G mobile communications to the market.


Exynos Modem 5100 is also offered with radio frequency IC (RFIC), Envelope Tracking (ET) and power management IC (PMIC) solutions, and will be available to customers by the end of 2018.

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