Intel & SiTime to Develop MEMS Timing Devices for 5G Modems

Intel and SiTime Corporation are working together on robust, tiny and low-power microelectromechanical (MEMS) timing solutions for Intel’s 5G modem platforms, with additional applicability to Intel LTE, millimeter-wave wireless, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS solutions. SiTime’s MEMS solutions provide enhanced reliability and withstand environmental stressors. They are used in consumer electronics, networking and telecom infrastructure, healthcare, and industrial and automotive applications.

SiTime’s MEMS timing solutions enhance system performance in the presence of stressors such as vibration, high temperature, and rapid thermal transients. Such stressors can disrupt the timing signal and result in network reliability issues, lower data throughput, and even connectivity drops. In providing MEMS solutions to Intel’s 5G modem business, SiTime’s patented MEMS timing technology helps meet the high-performance requirements of emerging 5G radio modem platforms.

5G is a critical element of the new data economy. In the next few years, 5G will fundamentally transform our lives, enabling a smarter and more connected society. From smart cities and intelligent wind farms, to agriculture and hospitals, the Internet of Things and connected infrastructures will generate zettabytes of data from an estimated 50 billion devices - more than there are people on earth.

To realize this transformation, networks must become faster, more agile, and much denser, utilizing more equipment. Systems will be deployed closer to connected devices and in uncontrolled locations such as on streetlamps, traffic lights, rooftops, stadiums, and parking garages. In these settings, 5G devices will be subject to environmental stressors such as vibration, high temperature, and rapid temperature changes.

This creates new, complex, and very high-performance requirements for the timing heartbeat, which will necessitate novel implementations. SiTime’s transformative MEMS timing solutions have proven to offer up to 20 times better robustness, reliability, and performance in the presence of such stressors, and are crucial to the successful deployment of 5G.


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