Qualcomm has been the leader in the chipset industry especially when it comes to 5G chips. Samsung has been a big client of Qualcomm but this is going to change now. Samsung decided to work on their own 5G chips production. Samsung has already developed Exynos Mode 5100, which is the industry’s first 5G modem and is fully compatible with 3rd Generation Partnership Project Release 15. It is the most up-to-date standard specification for 5G New Radio. The new modem is built on power-efficient-nanometer process technology and has support for the legacy radio access technologies that come into one chip.
Dr.Inyp Kang, president and head of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics, said: “Samsung’s leadership in communication technologies and market-proven knowledge allowed us to develop the industry’s first 5G modem, the Exynos Modem 5100, which fully complies with the latest 3GPP standards, As the industry prepares the shift toward 5G, Samsung will continue to drive the growth of innovative ideas and new services in mobile applications and other emerging industries.”
The Exynos Modem 5100 is a cellular modem that is fully compliant with 5G NR defined by 3GPP’s Release 15 delivering the first set of 5G standard. The Exynos Modem 5100 supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave (millimeter Wave) spectrum bands for extremely fast, massive and reliable data connection to realize 5G’s essentials of eMBB(ehnhanced Mobile Broadband), mMTC(massive Machine-type Commnication) and URLLC(Ultra Reliable & Low Latency Communication). The Exynos Modem 5100 enables mobile device to deliver entirely different user experience with faster download speed of up to 2Gbps with sub-6GHz and 6Gbps with mmWave1) which is about 1.7 times and five times faster than its predecessor respectively.
The Exynos Modem 5100, built on the advanced 10nm FinFET process with low-power design, features better power efficiency. The 10LPP, the 2nd generation 10nm FinFET process, allows up to 10-percent higher performance or 15-percent lower power consumption compared to 10LPE (Low Power Early) process. And the Exynos Modem 5100 features low-power state mode that drastically controls power and clock supply. Furthermore, the Exynos Modem 5100 is delivered with the Envelope Tracking IC that efficiently determines the power supply voltage needed by tracking and optimizing signal level in real-time.