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The 5G effect on the tech world

By Richard Walsh, head of memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor Europe

We all know how 5G is set to change the future of technology. But with the introduction of more devices to the network and demands from the consumer like never before, 5G is clearly having an effect on the way tech vendors including Samsung are building future technologies.

Here’s how.

Data centres

On the data centre side, 5G will kickstart huge growth in the volume of digital data, resulting in a boost in the demand for high-capacity core data centres. To keep up, it is vital that we continue to innovate in the field of SSDs, providing the gains in terms of speed and capacity that will allow data centres to cope with the massively increased demand expected over the next few years.

To that end, Samsung has developed an industry-leading portfolio of data centre SSDs that can cater for a wide variety of needs. With sequential read speed up to 3200MB/s and random read speed up to 540K IOPS, the PM983 delivers fast, reliable performance in the read-intensive data centre. The PM1643a is a high-capacity 2.5-inch dual-port SAS 12G SSD with up to 30.72TB of storage, while the PM1733 offers tremendous performance of up to 7000MB/3800MB/s for sequential read/write in two form factors, 2.5-inch and HHHL.

Mobile devices

On mobile devices themselves, memory systems will need to be able to read and write at the same pace as the network to avoid creating a performance bottleneck while processing UHD content. Not only will mobile devices require more and faster DRAM like LPDDR5 to handle 5G-enabled multimedia applications and tasks, but increased download speed and volumes will also drive the need for faster and larger storage.

In this area, Samsung’s LPDDR5 and UFS contain the capabilities to unlock the vast world of 5G. LPDDR5 reaches pin speeds of 6,400 Mbps, while its high-speed 512GB UFS 3.1 supports download speeds of up to 1200MB/s. The combined solutions unlock the enormous potential of the world of 5G for smartphones, resulting in rapid transfer speeds, seamless gaming, live sports streaming and smart AR searches. The pair of solutions will additionally enable the high-tech innovations of the future, which include VR gaming and autonomous driving.

Connectivity

Where connectivity is concerned, 5G is going to change the way disparate devices communicate and receive information. Because of the sheer volume of data that will traverse networks, and the need for low latency in applications like autonomous vehicles, connectivity will need to be robust and as reliable as ever.

Samsung’s 5G Exynos Modem 5123, one of the first 5G modem chips manufactured using a 7nm EUV process, supports this next-generation network need. It supports virtually all networks, from 5G’s sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums to 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA and 4G LTE, with outstanding downlink speed across the board. In 5G, with 8-carrier aggregation (8CA), the modem delivers a maximum downlink speed of up to 5.1-gigabits per second (Gbps) in sub-6-gigahertz (GHz) and 7.35Gbps in mmWave, or up to 3.0Gbps in 4G networks by supporting higher-order 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM).

Building towards a 5G future

Samsung is in a unique position to drive the future of 5G. We are one of the only companies in the world that produces technology for 5G-enabled devices, networks, data centres and other areas that directly enable 5G.

Our leadership in silicon enables our customers to access world-class innovation and become leaders in their field To find out more, visit the 5G section of the Samsung Semiconductor website.