The 5G industry has accelerated in the past two years thanks to the advancement of commercial deployment. The upcoming June 6 will mark the second anniversary of China’s 5G commercial license issuance. As of the first quarter of this year, a total of 819,000 5G base stations have been built in China, and the number of 5G cell phone terminal user connections has reached 285 million, making China the world’s largest 5G mobile network.
Think about it, two years ago you may still hesitate to buy a 5G phone, two years later, basically you buy any one of the mainstream new machine has been 5G support; at the same time, 5G is also towards intelligent cars, robotics, education, medical and other thousands of industries deep development …… two years ago we talk about a better future, now is a step forward. Now it is coming step by step.
“With the wind diving into the night, moistening the silent.” 5G is changing all walks of life like a spring night rain. Two years have passed swiftly, and a beautiful picture of the intelligent interconnection of everything is unfolding. Such an ecological picture is drawn by the entire 5G industry chain, and there is one company in particular, which has a rope in its left hand to hold consumers and a net in its right hand to capture thousands of industries. This enterprise is Qualcomm.
In the past May, Qualcomm held a technology and cooperation summit in China. The name of the summit is very good, Qualcomm so outstanding, one for “technology”, two for “cooperation”. About the “cooperation”, IT House has been prepared before. On the occasion of the second anniversary of China’s 5G commercial licence, we might as well look at how Qualcomm is promoting 5G to empower thousands of industries from the perspective of “technology”.
Innovative technology, enabling 5G to empower a wide range of industries
As a company focused on basic wireless technology, Qualcomm is able to play an important role in the development of 5G, the most fundamental and proud of its leading technology innovation capabilities. Mobile communications technology has developed from 1G to today’s 5G for more than 40 years, and Qualcomm, founded in 1985, has made significant contributions in every iteration of technology since the 2G era.
In terms of 5G, Qualcomm has contributed to the establishment of the 3GPP R15 standard specification through its early R&D investment and advanced prototype systems, and the R15 standard defines the two scenarios of eMBB (enhanced mobile bandwidth) and URLLC (ultra-reliable low latency communication), which is the 5G we can experience now.
Not only is Qualcomm driving the establishment of fundamental standards, but it is also playing an irreplaceable role in 5G deployment at scale through its powerful technology and mature solutions.
For example, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon X50, the world’s first 5G modem, in 2016, and has since launched Snapdragon X55, Snapdragon X52, Snapdragon X53, Snapdragon X60 and other 5G modems to improve the 5G product array, allowing consumers to buy 5G phones with different positioning and prices and a richer choice.
At the Technology and Collaboration Summit, Qualcomm also highlighted Qualcomm’s newly launched Snapdragon X65 5G modem. The Snapdragon X65 is a significant product, as it is the world’s first 5G modem with a transmission rate of 10Gbps and the world’s first 5G modem that can be upgraded to support the R16 standard, making it ready for the next phase of 5G ahead of schedule.
At the same time, Snapdragon X65 enables simultaneous aggregation of in-band and out-of-band, discontinuous, different multiplexing regimes (FDD/TDD) through powerful spectrum aggregation technology. Using this feature, Qualcomm successfully completed a dual-connected 5G data call in Sub-6GHz FDD/TDD band and millimetre wave band based on 5G standalone networking (SA) mode on April 13.
This achievement will help operators and device manufacturers maximize spectrum resources and improve 5G capacity and coverage, so that 5G mobile devices can achieve speeds comparable to wired broadband through wireless connections even in crowded traffic hubs and other challenging wireless network environments.
Snapdragon X65 also supports the world’s first AI antenna tuning technology, which uses AI technology to detect hand grip and collect data to tune the antenna in real time, so that when you play games on your phone, no matter how you hold it, it will not affect the signal condition, and this feature can also effectively improve the phone’s battery life.
The Snapdragon X65 also supports Qualcomm QET7100, a 7th generation broadband envelope tracking solution, and more. In short, these features will bring a better 5G experience to users and create new value for the 5G ecosystem.
As we mentioned earlier, Qualcomm is using Snapdragon X65 to enable dual-connected 5G data calls in the Sub-6GHz band and millimetre wave band. The millimetre wave band is a difficult area. As previously introduced by IT House, millimetre-wave technology is critical to unlocking the full potential of 5G, and Qualcomm has been a leader in the development of millimetre-wave.
From the very beginning, Qualcomm has regarded millimetre wave as the same important 5G technology route as Sub-6GHz, and repeatedly polished the technology and related products, Qualcomm basically released every new generation of 5G modem, will update a generation of millimetre wave antenna module, for example, with Snapdragon X65 synchronous launch of millimetre wave antenna module QTM545 is a very mature solution.
Not only in the product, Qualcomm is also actively promoting the popularity of millimetre wave technology in China and different markets around the world. At the summit, Qualcomm connected with Ma Hongbing, General Manager of China Unicom’s Technology Innovation Department, to share the progress of millimetre wave in the Chinese market.
At the summit, Qualcomm also announced the world’s first 5G millimetre-wave 8K video backhaul service demonstration in a lab environment with ZTE, China Unicom and TVU Networks in the 26GHz (n258) band based on a large uplink frame structure, demonstrating that with millimetre-wave support, it will not be a problem to see live 8K-level very high-definition broadcasts from thousands of miles away.
In addition to 5G-based connectivity solutions, Qualcomm is also empowering thousands of industries through innovation in mobile platforms that integrate devices. For example, Qualcomm now has a complete array of Snapdragon 8, 7, 6 and 4 series 5G mobile platforms for the global market, all of which support millimetre wave and Sub-6GHz, SA and NSA networking modes, global frequency bands and other features.
And it should be noted that the Snapdragon mobile platform is not only on smartphones, but can also be applied to various terminals, IT home in the summit exhibition area saw different terminals in different industries are equipped with Snapdragon mobile platform, for example, the digital artificial intelligence Lucy developed by the domestic Hema cloud for the super vision, the server behind the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, and the site Orion Star The Snapdragon mobile platform is also used for the Snapdragon food delivery robot. In other words, the Snapdragon mobile platform with its rich array of products is empowering thousands of industries through its powerful performance.
At the summit, Qualcomm also unveiled the new Snapdragon 778G mobile platform with Snapdragon X53 modem, supporting the full Sub-6GHz and millimetre wave bands, while providing the ultimate multimedia experience in video, AI and gaming.
In the exhibition area of the summit, IT House saw too many use cases of Snapdragon 5G modem and other solutions, such as the HiPhi X smart supercar SUV and its intelligent cockpit, the robot Smart Coffee Master that can complete coffee brewing alone, the smart light pole that can monitor road safety conditions and release road facility information in real time, etc. The basic connectivity technology and mature 5G solutions from Qualcomm have penetrated into various industries, driving the devices in these industries to complete digital and smart upgrades and gradually forming a “smart interconnection network” that wraps all aspects of our lives. The basic connectivity technology and mature 5G solutions from Qualcomm have penetrated into various industries, driving the terminals in these industries to complete digitalisation and smart upgrade, and gradually forming a “smart interconnection network” that wraps all aspects of our lives, ultimately transforming thousands of trades and industries.
Pioneer, leading the continuous evolution of 5G technology
As we mentioned earlier when introducing Qualcomm’s contribution to the evolution of 5G standards, the R15 standard specification focuses on two scenarios, eMBB and URLLC, but the key services of 5G do not stop there, and these will be improved in R16, R17 and R18 in the future. 5G is a long-term evolutionary technology, and it will take us to the next level in the continuous expansion of technology and applications. 5G is a long-term evolutionary technology that will take us into the era of intelligent interconnection of everything.
5G R15 was frozen in 2018, and R16 will be frozen in July 2020, but further deployment will be required. The R16 standard enhances the functionality of 5G, allowing 5G to further enter various industries and create new digital ecosystems.
Similarly, Qualcomm, as one of the leading 3GPP companies, has also played an important role in the promotion of the R16 standard. Specifically, Qualcomm has played a key role in six areas: licensed spectrum, advanced power-saving features and mobility, high-precision positioning, direct connectivity, business-critical design, and new deployment models.
Specifically, innovations in license-free spectrum support higher capacity and new use cases; advanced power savings and mobility enhance device performance and network coverage; high precision positioning supports more accurate indoor and outdoor positioning; direct connectivity supports advanced automotive use cases; business-critical design meets ultra-high reliability requirements of up to 99.9999 percent; and new deployment models New deployments such as industrial IoT and enterprise use cases can be supported ……
These key innovations across a wide range of applications further extend and enhance the foundation of 5G content, while Qualcomm is leading the industry with solutions that support standard R16, the Snapdragon X65 modem we mentioned earlier, so Qualcomm is leading the continued evolution of these 5G technologies as a first mover.
As for 5G standard R17, the project was established in December 2019, and the protocol code freeze is expected to be completed in June 2022.
The business scenarios for standard R17 mainly include data collection and application enhancement for network intelligent operation and maintenance, wireless slice enhancement for enabling vertical industries, precision positioning, IIoT and URLLC enhancement, and low-cost terminals. Most of them are related to industrial internet.
Qualcomm is already focusing on and investing in the R17 standard and is working with Intel to promote two projects under the R17 standard, one of which is to study frequencies above 52.6 GHz, the FR2 millimetre wave band defined in R15, and the other project is related to 5G XR services.
As for the more distant 5G R18 standard, it will further focus its business on verticals such as energy, transportation, manufacturing, media, and healthcare. Qualcomm will naturally use its innovation to drive the completion of the standard, just as it did with R15 and R16.
The R18 standard for 5G is already a bit far away, so we might as well look further ahead to 6G. In fact, while 5G is still in the early stages of mass deployment, the industry has already started research and development work on 6G. According to current plans, the theoretical network speed of 6G can reach up to 1000Gbps with latency below 0.1ms, and there are three main business scenarios, namely
Very Large Capacity (VLC) and Very Small Distance Communication (TIC).
Beyond Best Effort (BBE) and High Precision Communication (HPC).
Convergence of ManyNets.
6G can also achieve global coverage through the convergence of satellite, base station, MEC and other types of network connections.
Of course, it is still too early to talk about the specific plans for 6G, but Durga Malladi, Qualcomm’s director of research and development, has said that Qualcomm is indeed thinking about how to support the development of the global mobile communications industry in the next 6, 7 or even 10 years. He also said, “The 5G standard companies are also designing the 5G standard in line with the need to support future evolution, with the aim of ensuring that it will be flexible enough to support major changes and upgrades in the future.”
All of this makes one wonder if perhaps Qualcomm is already working on the next generation of mobile communications internally, especially considering that Qualcomm is a key driver in the development of the 5G NR standard and has been actively leading the way in the development of future technologies.
Before we know it, 5G commercial licences have been issued for two years. Through Qualcomm, we have just delved into how 5G technology has brought changes to our lives and our world over the past two years. Perhaps from a more macro perspective, the “two-year anniversary” itself does not have any special meaning, but at this moment, the world has indeed become different because of the development of these two years. The 5G phones we use, the 5G conferences that played a major role during the epidemic, the telemedicine, the 5G VR live streaming, and so on, are all new things that have profoundly changed our world in the past two years.
In the process of sorting out these changes by Qualcomm, we not only see Qualcomm’s “5G circle of friends” at the commercial level, but also understand Qualcomm’s comprehensiveness and leadership in technology.
In terms of technology, Qualcomm is like the banyan tree we talked about at the beginning of the article, first of all, the technology is deeply rooted, having invested in it since the beginning of the development of the mobile communications industry and accumulated a deep heritage; at the same time, Qualcomm is also constantly pursuing technological innovation, using its technological leadership to drive the industry forward, such as the Snapdragon series 5G modems, each generation of which contains many technological innovations to bring The innovation and leadership of these technologies may not be easy to feel when we use them, thinking that this is how the experience should be, but they are not easy to achieve and deserve attention.
5G is also driven by the vitality of this innovation, and it continues to evolve. Today we are on the second anniversary of the commercial license issuance, and as time passes to the third and fourth anniversary …… finally 5G will finally revolutionize a thousand industries and our lives.
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