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Keysight, Qualcomm Demonstrate 3.5 Gbps Uplink With 5G New Radio Carrier Aggregation

In what Keysight described as an industry-first milestone that supports 5G use cases with high data upload requirements, the company said it demonstrated data throughput speeds in the uplink of 3.5 Gbps using 5G new radio dual connectivity (NR-DC) with mmWave carrier aggregation. Keysight said that the demonstration, conducted in collaboration with Qualcomm, was achieved by combining Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset and 2D multi-probe anechoic (MPAC) over-the-air (OTA) test chamber with a Snapdragon X65 5G modem-RF system. Use cases such as streaming live video content, gaming and data backup to a cloud environment depend on wireless connections that support quick and reliable uploading of high volumes of data, the company said.

“The need for high uplink data throughput rates is on the rise, a trend driven by a multitude of 5G consumer applications, wireless broadband access for businesses and a growing number of private 5G deployments that support industrial internet of things use cases,” said Mosaab Abughalib, general manager of device development solutions at Keysight.

Keysight said that its 5G Protocol R&D Toolset, part of the company’s 5G network emulation solution portfolio, uses Keysight’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform, an integrated and compact signaling test platform with multiformat stack support, rich processing power and abundant RF resources, to emulate a 5G new radio (NR) network. It said that the demonstration, which took place in Qualcomm Technologies’ San Diego lab, used 5G NR-DC technology in 5G NR standalone (SA) mode. The milestone was achieved using one component carrier (CC) in frequency range one (FR1) and four CCs in FR2, which also is referred to as mmWave spectrum, Keysight said.

“Together with Keysight, Qualcomm Technologies has realized several key industry milestones that will propel the wireless industry to the next phase of 5G NR deployments,” said Krishna Mandadapu, senior director of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies. “The 3.5Gbps in uplink milestone is vital to many applications, such as uplink broadband connectivity for effective cloud storage of data and high-definition live streaming.”

Qualcomm Technologies uses Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions to verify 5G NR 3GPP Rel-16 protocol, RF and radio resource management (RRM) test requirements using SA mode, Keysight said. It said that this enables the modem vendor to capitalize on early commercial introductions of advanced 5G NR features, consequently accelerating the adoption of smart factory, industrial automation, smart city and autonomous vehicle applications.

T-Mobile 5G Launch Partner for Qualcomm Technologies Snapdragon Spaces Platform

T-Mobile has become the exclusive 5G launch partner in North America for Qualcomm Technologies’ new Snapdragon Spaces XR developer platform. In addition, via the T-Mobile Accelerator, T-Mobile will work directly with startups and developers using Snapdragon Spaces to build immersive 5G experiences for AR glasses across gaming, entertainment and other industries starting in spring 2022.

Qualcomm Technologies is working with T-Mobile US, Deutsche Telekom and others to help launch AR glasses as companions to smartphones. To help build the ecosystem of applications, T-Mobile engineers and business leaders will work directly with T-Mobile Accelerator participants as they develop, test and bring to market new products and services built on the Snapdragon Spaces platform.

Neville Ray, T-Mobile president of technology.

“5G is powering more immersive experiences that better connect us to people and things around the world, and glasses will be one of the first disruptive new product categories,” said Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile. “AR glasses will make a real impact for both businesses and consumers, but first we need to build the ecosystem of developers that will bring new applications to life, and Snapdragon Spaces is a critical step in making this happen.”

With Snapdragon Spaces, developers are equipped with resources to create immersive consumer and enterprise AR applications. The platform enables developers to build 3D applications for AR glasses from scratch, or simply add head-worn AR features to existing Android smartphone applications for a unified, multi-screen experience between the smartphone screen in 2D and the real world in 3D.

Qualcomm: Use 5G to Enable More Sustainable Future

A Qualcomm Technologies report, “Environmental Sustainability and a Greener Economy: The Transformative Role of 5G,” highlights many ways 5G wireless communications technology could achieve necessary sustainability benefits and calls for joint efforts by industry and government to accelerate 5G adoption, according to a statement from Qualcomm.

The report finds that 5G can transform and positively affect industries across the globe by creating new products and processes that support environmental sustainability, Qualcomm said.

“Importantly, the report shows how 5G enabled sustainability is an economic opportunity with major potential for increased revenue, profit margins and productivity, as well as a range of other business benefits,” the statement reads. “With 5G, industries and organization can increase their overall sustainability and competitive advantage by significantly improving greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, pesticide usage and energy consumption.”

Qualcomm said the report calls for accelerated deployment of 5G networks and 5G uses, as well as enhanced investments in 5G technology leadership and a robust global semiconductor ecosystem, to ensure that these sustainability advantages happen sooner.

The report finds that in the United States, the rollout of 5G in the U.S. alone is expected to create as many as 300,000 new green jobs by 2030, Qualcomm said. It said the roles of data scientist, data engineering and software engineering would gain traction as companies rely more and more on 5G.

Another finding of the report is that 5G would enable the reduction of 374 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, which Qualcomm said is equivalent to taking 81 million passenger vehicles off U.S. roads for one year. The report found that 5G would save 410 billion gallons of water nationwide, the equivalent of water usage in more than 4 million homes, by offering increased insight into use patterns and leakage problems.

The rollout of 5G would reduce pesticide use in the United States by 50 percent with unmanned aerial vehicles for remote sensing and spray application, Qualcomm said the report found. It found that 5G would increase fuel efficiency by 20 percent through optimized lane management systems and traffic management systems enabled by C-V2X.

“Environmental sustainability is absolutely imperative, and we are working actively with our partners across many industries to leverage 5G to reduce carbon footprints and conserve resources,” said Cristiano Amon, president and CEO of Qualcomm. “Governments and industry can do much more to unleash the sustainability benefits of 5G by accelerating the deployment of 5G networks and use cases, investing in 5G technology and ensuring a robust global semiconductor ecosystem. As a 5G technology leader, Qualcomm aims to play an even larger role in the digital and green transformation of industries to provide 5G-enabled sustainability benefits to societies and economies around the world.”

GlobalFoundries, Qualcomm Team to Deliver Advanced 5G RF Front-End Products

GlobalFoundries (GF), a semiconductor provider, and Qualcomm Global Trading PTE, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, are extending their RF collaboration on 5G multigigabit-speed RF front-end products for delivering 5G-enabled products, according to a statement from Qualcomm.

The deal extends the companies’ collaboration in manufacturing 5G-focused RF front ends that Qualcomm designs and GlobalFoundries builds. RF front ends provide the critical connection between the antennas inside smartphones that receive the over-the-air signals from cell towers and the 5G modems that power the connections.

“GlobalFoundries continues to lead in RF with feature-rich technology solutions for 5G,” said Bami Bastani, senior vice president and general manager of GF’s mobile and wireless infrastructure strategic business unit. “Our strong collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies includes sub-6 GHz to unlock everyday access to 5G, and cutting-edge mmWave technology to take 5G to the next level by delivering unmatched data speeds while continuing to provide the longest possible battery life for smartphones, computers, automobiles, network access points and many other 5G connected products.”

Christian Block, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Germany’s RF front-end business, said that with accelerating demand for RF front-end products in a 5G world, robust low-power semiconductor solutions are critical. “Our collaboration with GlobalFoundries, and their leadership in RF-specific, feature-rich foundry solutions, helps to ensure that we’re able to meet the high-performance requirements of our cutting-edge 5G products,” he said.

The collaboration is the latest of several strategic initiatives for GF and is further evidence of the company’s commitment to redefine semiconductor manufacturing innovation by delivering highly differentiated solutions, according to Qualcomm.


White Paper Maps Road Ahead for 5G Mobile Vehicle Connectivity

5G Americas, a membership organization of telecommunications service providers and manufacturers known as the voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, has published white paper, “Vehicular Connectivity: C-V2X and 5G,” which covers the effects of 5G-based cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies on vehicles, embedded infrastructure and intelligent transportation networks.

“Enhanced standards and new spectrum dedicated to 5G cellular vehicle-to-everything technologies are providing new possibilities for connected vehicles,” said Chris Pearson, president of 5G Americas. “Stakeholders like automotive manufacturers, city transportation planners, mobile network operators, and app developers are looking at ways of harnessing this new connectivity to create entirely new business models.”

According to 5G Americas, as 5G wireless cellular networks gain prominence globally, mobile connectivity for vehicles is increasingly gaining influence. Therefore, there is growing global momentum in C-V2X based trials with early deployments from several automotive OEMs and strong progress in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, the organization said.

Although the FCC has allocated 30 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.9 GHz ITS band, more advanced connected vehicle services will need at least 40 megahertz, as specified by the 5G Automotive Association. At the same time, C-V2X practitioners will need to be aware of additional deployment considerations, such as the need for more over-the-air (OTA) software updates and car-to-cloud ecosystem features, a greater need for security and privacy protections, as well as backward compatibility and support for new features.

A 5G Americas technical work group led by network engineering experts from Qualcomm Technologies and other member companies developed and wrote the white paper. Its topics include connectity requirements for 5G and C-V2X for different ITS services using vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-network models, and the spectrum needs and requirements for 5G and C-V2X.

Additional topics are new business models and opportunities for stakeholders such as network and RSU operators, automotive OEMs and third-party application developers. The paper also covers security considerations and recommendations, and it summarizes the evolution path and new features for C-V2X technologies.

“The combination of C-V2X and 5G provides tools that allow road operators to transform transportation safety and efficiency.  The opportunities and capabilities unlocked by these technologies are indeed significant,” said Hong Cheng, principal engineer at Qualcomm Technologies and technical work group lead for 5G Americas.

5G Americas’ board of governors members include Airspan Networks, AT&T, Ciena, Cisco, Crown Castle, Ericsson, Intel, Liberty Latin America, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung, Shaw Communications, T-Mobile US, Telefónica, VMware and WOM.

5G Americas offers the white paper at www.5gamericas.org/vehicular-connectivity-c-v2x-and-5g.