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5 Years to 5G: Enabling Rapid 5G System Development

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David Squires of BEEcube and David Hawke of Xilinx have just published an article on the EETimes Web site titled “5 Years to 5G: Enabling Rapid 5G System Development.” The article lays out some of the challenges of the 5G RAN and ways in which ideas can be implemented in hardware -- both for prototyping, which needs to happen over the next three years, and ultimately for production deployment, which is slated to commence in 2020. If things go as planned, 5G will provide 1000x more capacity and will support 100+ billion connections with data rates to 10Gbps and less than 1msec latency. Those are goals we’d all like to see realized.


Developing 5G networks that meet these goals will require a combination of existing systems such as LTE-Advanced and WiFi, combined with revolutionary technologies designed to support new uses such as the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality, immersive gaming, and UHD (ultra-high-definition) streaming video. 5G will see some of the spectrum below 6GHz being re-purposed for use with newer technologies and existing cellular bands will be augmented with new spectrum allocations above 6GHz.


If you’d like a detailed look at the future of 5G communications, take a read. As one EETimes reader commented, “This is really comprehensive!”




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