Gallium Nitride - A Critical Technology for 5G

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  • Author: David Schnaufer and Bror Peterson, Qorvo

Carrier providers talk a lot about how their individual networks provide higher capacity, lower latency, and ubiquitous connectivity. And, while today’s networks certainly are better than previous generations, providers still have much to accomplish when it comes to the promises of 5G - less than 1 ms latency, 100x network energy efficiency, 20 Gbps peak data rates, and 10 Mps/m2 area traffic capacity. Scheduled for commercial launch in 2020, 5G is expected to offer all of these significant advantages, including a more ‘green’ and efficient communication network.

The graph below illustrates several 5G objectives, including increased power, frequency ranges up to 100 GHz and higher efficiency. Attaining these 5G objectives requires a progression of technology and system design.

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