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Learn about 5G challenges and solutions with these blog contributions from various industry experts.
5G timing

How 5G Precision Timing Could Change Our Automated World

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas

5G Americas explores the future opportunity of precision timing in 5G networks and how they are beginning to tackle some of the most challenging basic requirements of time-critical services. Compared with satellite-based precision that forms the basis for so many timing systems, 5G networks offer a unique capability: providing indoor coverage at micro-second level precision and wireless timing delivery.

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5G yellow brick road

Why is the O-RAN Approach Critical for Flexible 5G?

In contrast, a 5G New Radio (NR) network based on an O-RAN structure is constructed with hardware and software from many different vendors. For the hardware and software to work together, networks require a set of standards for all vendors to meet, including component performance requirements for the network's electrical, mechanical, and environmental operating limits, such as amplifier gain stability with temperature for specified frequency, temperature, and humidity ranges.

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Open RAN

How the Nature of the RAN is Fundamentally Changing

Over the decades, the RAN has been subject to ongoing technological progression (to improve the quality of service, raise data rates, support new applications, etc.) through enhancements being made at regular intervals. The majority of these have (relatively speaking at least) been fairly subtle. Looking ahead, these kind of incremental alterations are no longer going to be enough. What is called for, instead, is dramatic and decisive disruption of the RAN at its very foundations.

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Horns Will Help to Make 5G Millimeter Waves a Reality

Mario Leone, Owner Impulse Technologies, Inc.

Horn antennas and the waveguide transmission lines to which they are typically attached may seem like things of the past, or technologies that have long since seen their primes. But in an age in which the world is readying for the 5G cellular wireless communications, horn antennas provide real solutions for communications links operating at millimeter-wave frequencies. Learn about the advantages of using horn antennas in your design.

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Junkosha probe cable

The Importance of Cabling in Probe Stations for High Frequency 5G Applications

Masaru Omoto, Junkosha

Probe stations allow a user to position electrical, optical or RF probes on a silicon wafer and connect them to a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) so that the device can be tested. Using high-end cabling in a probe station is crucial: cables must be low loss, lightweight and both phase and amplitude stable against temperature, flexure and vibration. Learn how cable manufacturers are optimizing for high frequency 5G applications.

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Propelling 5G forward: A closer look at 3GPP Release 16

Lorenzo Casaccia, Vice President, Technical Standards, Qualcomm Europe, Inc.

Just last week, 3GPP completed 5G NR Release 16 — the second 5G standard that will greatly expand the reach of 5G to new services, spectrum, and deployments. This is a major milestone for the entire mobile and broader vertical ecosystem, as this new set of 5G specifications unlocks many new 5G opportunities beyond the traditional mobile broadband services.

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Characterizing Integrated RF Hardware for 5G Applications

In order to deal with both data access through an SoC and with the potential of an evolving standard, an ideal characterization environment would need flexible signal generation and analysis capabilities capable of producing waveforms compliant not only with the current 5G standard but could also generate new waveforms as the standard evolves. This signal generation and analysis capability also needs to be able to extract RF data from new SoC hardware without requiring the RF engineer to be an expert in programming SoCs. Read how this can be accomplished.

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