5G is considered one of the largest market opportunities in the coming years, with large scale roll-out of infrastructures and rapid adoption of 5G devices and services. 5G will not only accelerate the growth and expansion of telecom; it will also redefine and accelerate industries such as automotive, entertainment, computing, and manufacturing.
With high throughput and low latency, 5G is the most promising technique to tackle the high-value areas including 3D robotic control, virtual reality monitoring and remote medical control. Those are the problems that today’s technologies have not addressed yet. However, the enormous investment required to develop 5G and the unclear map of killer applications for 5G also put the future of 5G to test. This report provides a holistic view of 5G technologies and vertical applications, which are essential to understanding the 5G market opportunity.
Many characteristic benefits promised by 5G will operate at high frequency (above 26 GHz), i.e. mmWave 5G. Such high frequency requires new materials and different device design. On one hand, high frequency leads to more significant transmission loss, which offers opportunities for low-loss materials with small dielectric constant and small tan loss.
Advanced packaging designs aim at reducing the signal loss by integrated passive components into the whole package. On the other hand, high frequency needs high power to drive and will generate more heat. Power amplifiers with higher power density and higher gain will be essential, as well as thermal management. We point out the unique niches for 5G materials and design and highlight the trends for technology innovations.
- Introduction to 5G with the main advancements
- Technology innovations in 5G, both 5G new radio technologies and 5G core network
- 5G networks and user equipment, including base station and antennas, 5G chipset and module, 5G smartphones, fixed wireless devices and more
- Challenges and market opportunities for high-frequency 5G materials and components, i.e. mmWave 5G
- 5G vertical applications with comprehensive case studies in healthcare, automotive, consumer devices, smart factory and smart city
- Roadmap and implementation of 5G globally
- The current state of narrow-band Internet of Things, which now is also included in 5G
- The base station architecture and the rise of small cells
- Active antennas and beamforming ICs
- Radiofrequency front-end modules components, such as high-frequency filter, power amplifiers, EMI shielding and optical transceivers
- 5G thermal management for station and smartphone
- Killing applications for 5G, such as AR&VR, fixed wireless access, healthcare, smart factory and autonomous driving
- Three waves of 5G investment in the coming years