27 April 2019
Samsung Electronics has announced that it has started mass-producing its 5G chips. The company's latest chip offerings are the Exynos Modem 5100, that has a 5G multi-mode chipset. The same chipset has been used to power the Galaxy S10 5G, that is now available in South Korea.
The 5G modem was first unveiled in August and is compatible with the 3GPP's 5G New Radio (5G-NR) standard. The company has also started mass production for its single-chip radio frequency transceiver, the Exynos RF 5500, as well as the supply modulator solution, the Exynos SM 5800. The latest technologies will power Samsung's flagship 5G phone. The Exynos SM5800 is reportedly 30% more power efficient than Samsung’s previous offerings. The latest chips from Samsung support 5G-NR sub-6-gigahertz (GHz) spectrum and legacy radio access technologies.
Samsung has been aggressively pursuing dominance in 5G in a bid to get ahead of rivals such as Qualcomm in chips and Huawei in wireless tech.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G which was unveiled earlier this year at the MWC 2019 event, is now on sale in South Korea. The phone will arrive in the US on May 16, and will most likely house Qualcomm’s X50 chip instead of the company’s own Exynos Modem 5100.
“Samsung has been an innovator in mobile communication technologies with a strong portfolio of market-proven solutions, and we are well-prepared to extend our leadership into 5G,” said Inyup Kang, president of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our multi-mode solutions, the Exynos Modem 5100, Exynos RF 5500 and Exynos SM 5800 will together enable powerful yet energy-efficient 5G performance along with the network versatility that allows users to stay connected wherever they are.”