Samsung begins mass production of its own 5G chips



Samsung has started serial production of its 5G modems.

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Samsung Electronics has started mass-producing its 5G chips, the company said.

Some of the company's new chip offerings include the Exynos Modem 5100, which contains a 5G multimode chipset; It's the same chipset that used to power the Galaxy S10 5G, which became available for sale in South Korea from Wednesday.

The model, unveiled in August, is the world's first 5G modem compatible with 3GPP's 5G-NR (5G New NR) standard.

Mass production of its single-chip radio frequency transceiver, the Exynos RF 5500, and its power modulator solution, the Exynos SM 5800, have also started, Samsung said. These technologies also power Samsung's flagship 5G phone.

The Exynos RF 5500 has 14 channels of receivers to download, 4×4 MIMO (multiple inputs, multiple outputs) and a higher order scheme QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) 256 for data transfer in 5G networks; and the Eyxnos SM5800 consumes 30% less energy than the previous offers.

All three chips support the 5G-NR spectrum and traditional radio access technologies.

Samsung's leadership has aggressively pursued its dominance of the 5G to outstrip competitors such as Qualcomm in chips and Huawei in wireless equipment.

However, for Galaxy S10 5G devices sold overseas, some will use the Qualcomm X50 chip as a modem.

The boss of Samsung's System LSI division, which produces logic chips such as processors and modems, previously told ZDNet that 5G offered the company opportunities it could not miss.

While the South Korean tech giant is the world leader in memory semiconductors, it is traditionally behind competitors such as Intel and Qualcomm in the area of ​​modem chips.

Its network business, which provides wireless equipment, is also committed to taking 20% ​​market share by 2020.

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