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5G has a Unique Hidden Benefit That Most Forget. But What Is it?

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Intel’s Mike Fitton knows the 5G secret. Here’s how you can find out.

Analysts across industry sectors insist that 5G will offer optimized industrial production, as well as improved decision-making and end-user experience. PwC projects $13.2 trillion in global economic value from 5G by 2035, generating 22.3 million jobs in the 5G global value chain alone.

“5G has the potential of making a huge impact on the industrial sector,” explained Raymond Yin, director of technical content at Mouser Electronics, as reported by Rob Spiegel. “(The Release 16 of the 5G standard) is closely tied to the future of industrial robotics and will enable a new generation of autonomous mobile robots that will work side by side in partnership with people.”

But this promising future is not without challenges. Both 5G and 6G will stress the network’s capability to deliver increasing performance within very constrained power envelopes. Mike Fitton, VP, Data Platforms Group & GM, Network Business Division, Intel, will explore how these demands will drive the dual requirements of scalability and programmability at the upcoming DesignCon keynote.

These dual requirements stem from the changing deployment models from dedicated appliances to virtualized and cloud implementations. Programmability is an essential factor since it reduces network operational costs and should improve 5G revenue growth. If all goes as designed, 5G networked systems will create an adaptable, software-defined, programmable, and end-to-end architecture.

Although not commonly discussed, the programmability aspect of 5G has gotten the attention of cost-conscious communication service providers (CSPs). With 5G, they will be able to program the network from software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) access networks and cloud-based RAN. Such a programmability model will help to provide unrestricted service availability in any network (fixed-mobile – Wi-Fi) in any access configuration. The potential of such a flexible and hybrid environment will be challenging to build and maintain but profitable.

To learn more, plan to listen to Fitton’s keynote at DesignCon!

But the keynote won’t be the only place to learn more about 5G and 6G technologies. Several tracks will focus on these essential systems, including:

  • Track 3 – Integrating Photonics & Wireless in Electrical Design: Integrating photonics or wireless technology into electrical designs presents unique design challenges at the chip, board, and system levels. This track deals with the issues associated with the design and integration of photonics and wireless ICs, 3D packaging involving optical and electrical interconnects for data communication, emerging wireless and mmWave applications such as 5G, antenna in package integration, and automotive sensor applications such as Lidar.
  • Track 6 – System Co-Design: Modeling, Simulation & Measurement Validation: Design-oriented modeling simulation and analysis are required for cost-effective power and signal integrity (SI) performance optimization of the chip, package, board, and chip+package+board combinations. This track covers the broad range of topics required to best address those needs for modern microprocessor and digital systems. (See, “New technology design, including IoT design and 5G system co-design.”)

And don’t forget the many exhibitors demonstrating the latest communication equipment. Or the 5G technical talk at the co-located Drive World + ESC event: 5G's Future Impact on CV2X

To register for DesignCon, please click here.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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