Samsung has developed what it says is the industry’s first 5G modem that’s fully compliant with 3GPP standards. The Exynos Modem 5100 has been developed with an aim of accelerating 5G commercialization. The modem has support for multi-mode communication with high efficiency in data transmission. It will be used in mobile devices that are to be compatible with 5G mobile networks.

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Mobile carriers in some markets across the globe will be flipping the switch on their commercial 5G networks starting next year. The market obviously needs devices which can work on these networks so Samsung has developed a component which will be crucial in this respect.

The Exynos Modem 5100 is the first 5G modem that’s fully compatible with 3GPP Rel.15, the latest standard specification for 5G-NR. The chip is built on Samsung’s 10nm processor and also has support for legacy technologies such as 4G LTE right down to 2G.

The modem is capable of hitting peak download speeds of 2Gbps in the sub-6-gigahertz setting whereas it will hit 6Gbps in the mmWave settings. When in 4G, the chip boasts downlink speeds of up to 1.6Gbps.

Samsung will begin supplying the Exynos Modem 5100 to manufacturers towards the end of this year. Smartphones with the new modem will start shipping next year.

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