When I returned from the holidays, I thought I had entered a time warp. Did I sleep through January and wake up near the end of February? I expected to see the usual deluge of news about the gadgets and gear that will be featured at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018). Instead, I’ve seen story after story about next-generation 5G mobile networks—typically the stuff of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Time warp or not, one thing is clear: 2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for 5G. With an estimated 8.4 billion connected devices expected to be on the market by 2020, there is an accelerating need for an ultra-fast, high-bandwidth, low-latency network to connect them. 5G is coming, and it can’t get here soon enough.
Qualcomm’s keynote on January 10 is sure to be a high point for the 5G buzz at CES 2018. Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, will be sharing Qualcomm’s vision for leadership in the 5G era. We were fortunate to hear a preview of Cristiano’s story when he delivered a keynote at our GLOBALFOUNDRIES Technical Conference (GTC 2017) back in September. One of his key points was that the demanding requirements of 5G networks are driving increased complexity at the chipset level. This means silicon innovation is essential to enabling the transition to 5G.
At GF, we offer a sweeping range of semiconductor technologies designed to help customers’ transition to next-generation 5G wireless networks. We have the industry’s broadest set of technology solutions for a range of 5G applications, including mmWave front end modules (FEMs), standalone or integrated mmWave transceivers and baseband chips, and high-performance application processors for mobile and networking.
Our roadmap includes offerings in RF-SOI, silicon germanium (SiGe), and CMOS, including a wide range of mature and advanced nodes with RF-optimized options combined with a broad range of ASIC design services and IP. These application-specific solutions address various customer approaches to 5G by supporting a vast range of capabilities, from ultra-low energy sensors, to ultra-fast devices with long-lasting battery life, to higher levels of integration that support on-chip memory.
5G will undoubtedly play an integral role in helping next-generation networks provide “zero-distance connectivity” between users and their devices, allowing people to take full advantage of the processing power of the cloud as well as edge-to-edge connectivity. With the demand for 5G accelerating rapidly, GF will continue to work with its partners to provide solutions that will allow our customers to succeed in this competitive space. Stay tuned as we continue to roll out new details of our technology solutions for 5G throughout the coming year.