[Data show that the shipment of 5G smartphones will account for 97% of the total shipment of 5G terminals and 18% of the global shipment of smartphones in 2022]
[it is expected that at least two important 5G flagship phones will be available in 2019. Consumers will see the first flagship mobile phone supporting 5G in the first half of 2019. ]
Closer cooperation with Samsung and Ericsson shows Qualcomm's determination to commercialize 5G.
At the 4G/5G summit held in Hong Kong on the 23rd, Qualcomm formally announced that it would cooperate with Samsung to develop a 5G small base station, and with Ericsson to complete the world's first 5GOTA call under 6GHz using mobile phone-sized terminals. This means that technology is ready for commercial use of 5G terminals.
"Where we can see, different countries have plans to evolve to 5G in the first half of 2019, and in the first half of next year we'll see flagship Android aircraft supporting 5G launch in different regions." Qualcomm President Christiano Amon told reporters, including First Finance, that in 2019, 5G commerce will become a reality.
Reporters in Qualcomm on-site display of the PTT, the current joint planning with Qualcomm 5G early deployment of the operator list at least 18, more than 20 OEM manufacturers will use Qualcomm X505G baseband series to launch 5G terminal products. For mobile phone manufacturers, 5G mobile phone research and development has entered the final stage, as soon as the first half of next year in the consumer market.
Mr. Amon didn't respond positively to concerns about cooperation with Apple, but said Android already has 5G capabilities. "5G offers the greatest value. Qualcomm is not investing in one or two companies. Today, every Android handset manufacturer that designs its terminal based on the Top 800 is preparing for the launch of 5G products in 2019." In other words, if Apple doesn't launch 5G phones next year, it will lag behind this trend.
5G chip technology accelerated
On the eve of commercially available, 5G chip level racing has long been "bumping".
On August 15, Samsung officially launched its first 5G baseband chip, Exynos Modem 5100, with a 10nm process. On the evening of August 22, Qualcomm announced that it had begun to produce a new generation of Mirage SoC chips, using 7Nm process. Qualcomm said that the 7Nm SoC can be matched with the Myron X505G baseband, is expected to become the first mobile platform to support 5G functions. Not long ago, the Kirin 980, launched by Huawei in Germany, also claimed to be the first mobile platform to provide 5G functionality, using a 7Nm process.
Yao Jiayang, an analyst at Jibang Tuobang Industry Research Institute, told reporters that the more advanced the process, the smaller the area, the better the performance and the lower the power consumption. Generally speaking, 16 nm to 10 nm, the power consumption will be reduced by about 20% to 30%. 7Nm represents the most advanced technology level.
But in order to technically "throw away" its rivals, Qualcomm, in addition to processors and baseband, has shifted its antennas to the wireless radio-frequency front-end and antenna market, having previously introduced QTM052 millimeter-wave antenna modules and Qualcomm QPM56x6GHz below the radio-frequency module, they can work with the Mirage X505G, allowing smartphones to transmit at speeds up to To the new high. At the 4G/5G summit, Qualcomm announced the launch of the 5G new empty-port millimeter wave antenna module series of the "smallest" new products, compared with the first batch of QTM052 millimeter wave antenna module released in July volume is 25%.
Christiano Amon says mobile phones today are integrating more and more technology components, and one of the fastest growing areas is the RF front-end. In such a multi-antenna environment, more reasonable allocation of space between different components is needed, such as the battery group space. "In addition, customers in non-telecommunications, non-wireless industries need more integrated turnkey solutions." Although no specific timetable has been announced, Qualcomm will introduce a fully integrated 5G multimode SoC with 5G capabilities in the future.
However, competitors are moving very fast. HUAWEI has been committed to the long distance transmission of 39GHz millimeter wave, and has announced an experiment with NTTDOCOMO. And MediaTek has also released 5G millimeter wave antenna display. IBM and Ericsson announced a two-year collaboration on a 5G millimeter wave phased array antenna solution.
In the face of Huawei and other competitors to catch up, Christiano Amon told reporters: "From a competitive point of view, the mobile industry has always been the most competitive ecosystem, by definition, it is the largest segment of the industry, today has covered all consumer electronics. Throughout history, Qualcomm and Huawei have been competing in the Chinese market and global market, just as our relationship with some other customers in the Chinese market may be a partnership in some vertical areas and a competitor in other vertical areas.
He says the cycle of mobile technology is very fast, and companies intending to become vertical suppliers must be large enough to support it with enough speed of technological innovation. For Qualcomm, we will continue to focus on our own mode.
5G flagship mobile phones will be launched next year
According to Digitimes Research, 5G terminals, including smartphones, CPEs and WiFi devices, will not be ready for mass shipments until 2021, after they are available in the market in 2019. Data show that 5G smartphones will account for 97% of the total shipments of 5G terminals (about one fifth of new phones will support 5G), and 18% of global smartphone shipments by 2022.
These analysts believe that 5G smartphones still need to optimize their cost structure by modularizing front-end RF components and running SoC solutions for 4G/5G baseband chips and application processors on NSA (non-independent) networks running at less than 6GHz. Because 5G smartphones support millimeter wave transmission, shipments of 5G smartphones will not start until 2021. But this does not affect terminal manufacturers and operators' expectations of 5G.
In terms of networks, mainstream operators around the world have invested billions of dollars in network deployment to prepare for 5G commerce by 2019. The huge investment will drive operators to transfer their user data traffic to 5G networks, so they are expected to launch attractive data traffic packages to attract users to use 5G networks. Data traffic.
It is worth noting that "in the spectrum, some local operators previously focused on deployment below 6GHz, but now also focus on millimeter-wave, high-pass Mylon X50 modem is used by different operators from around the world for 5GNR test, through these operators, we can achieve a global 2.5 billion connection number. "Christian Christian amon said.
On the terminal side, every Android handset manufacturer today, based on the Top 800 series, is preparing for the launch of 5G in 2019.
Christiano Amon said: "It is expected that there will be at least two important 5G flagship phones on the market by 2019. Consumers will see the first flagship 5G mobile phone in the first half of 2019, and by the end of the year we will see the second flagship 5G mobile phone on the market.
Constructing 5G ecosystem
Although more than 80% of Qualcomm's product revenue now comes from smartphone-related sales, as the impact of mobile technology continues to expand, Qualcomm's management wants to change this structure and diversify its business revenue.
At the summit, Qualcomm talked about more wireless services and developments in the vertical field in addition to the mobile chip business.
"Qualcomm is expected to generate revenue of $5 billion in non-smartphone chip business in fiscal year 2018, including automotive, Internet of Things, radio-frequency front-end, mobile computing and networking, which has grown by 70% in the past two years." Christiano Amon says that mobile technology can expand into wireless, advanced low-power computing and artificial intelligence in the 5G era, which is a very large potential service market.
"Qualcomm's growth strategy is divided into two parts: in the area of Qualcomm's traditional advantages, Qualcomm will lead to the birth of new technologies, including radio frequency front-end, digital algorithms, antennas, ultrasound, fingerprint identification, and other technologies such as artificial intelligence, to be added to mobile platforms; in addition, Qualcomm will expand mobile technology to its rapidly growing base. He is emerging areas, change the Internet of Things, automotive, smart home and other industries, change the way the current network connection. Cristiano Amon said.
Bringing computing power to the edge is another area of great potential for Qualcomm, and cooperation with Samsung on small base stations is clearly an important step.
At the above summit, Qualcomm and Samsung jointly announced that the Samsung 5G small base station solution based on Qualcomm FSM100xx will be launched in 2020.
Because the 5G new air port network will use the high frequency bands below 6GHz and millimeter wave, in view of the propagation characteristics of the above frequency bands, the difficulty of coverage will be increased, it is easy to be interfered and blocked, and the propagation will be attenuated. The small base station is an important part of the network deployment to solve signal coverage, it can mainly solve the indoor environment of 5G network coverage. At the same time, the market demand in the 5G will become diversified, in the face of complex scenes, 5G new air port small base station can better meet such needs.
In addition, Qualcomm announced that Ericsson has completed a new 5G Airport OTA call in the 6GHz lower frequency band conforming to the 3GPPRel-15 specification using a smartphone-sized mobile test terminal. This call is based on 6GHz, using Ericsson's commercial 5G new airport radio AIR6488 and baseband products.
Per Narvinger, head of Ericsson Regional Network products, said: "Implementing interoperability at different frequencies is a sign of the strength of the 5G ecosystem. In cooperation with Qualcomm, we have successfully completed the 5G new gap test at 39 GHz, 28 GHz and this time at 3.5 GHz.
Qualcomm says it will be able to connect 2.5 billion people worldwide in the future. In the 5G era, it will connect not only mobile phones and PCs, but everything.
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