Millimeter-Wave 5G Beamforming and Phased Array Basics

Experts and major industry bodies have spoken — 5G will arrive faster than many envisioned, and the industry is in the middle of an age of innovation that has not been seen for 25 years. Companies developing systems for millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G networks are in front of regulating bodies, working to anticipate where the market will move and how to meet the needs of their customers. One thing is certain — active antenna beamforming at mmWave bands is an essential technology required to realize the revolutionary new features and capabilities promised by 5G.

This article discusses the basic active antenna beamforming concepts that form the heart of the mmWave 5G system, as well as the general beamforming architectures used in active antennas.

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