5Qs on 5G: With SiBEAM

SiBEAM's Khurram Sheikh

Earlier this month, millimetre-wave specialist SiBEAM announced it would collaborate with NYU WIRELESS on mmWave product research. President, Khurram Sheikh, was keen to tell Inside5G a little more about the company.

What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G?

SiBEAM is an industry leader in developing millimetre wave technologies for consumer, telecommunications, and wireless infrastructure applications. (SiBEAM was the first company to ship a commercial 60GHz phased array based chipset solution for the consumer electronics market).

“SiBEAM’s expertise … is a perfect match for the industry trend”

SiBEAM’s expertise in 60GHz wireless communication is a perfect match for the industry trend and FCC’s inquiry for next generation 5G wireless services above 24GHz. SiBEAM has partnered with NYU Wireless research centre to leverage its millimetre-wave experience and influence the future of 5G deployment.

What is the main focus of your activities in 5G?

We believe that the main requirements for building multi-gigabit, large scale, dynamically switched, next generation wireless networks are:

(A) Wireless links supporting multi-gigabit throughput with low latency

(B) Low cost and low power electrically-steered phased arrays with wide steering angle to allow the design of wireless mesh nodes which have 360° view

SiBEAM has already demonstrated a mass production 60GHz phased-array radio transceiver which has 32 antenna elements in a single, fully integrated CMOS chip. The system based on this radio transceiver achieves 4Gbps data throughput using a 1.76 GHz wide channel compliant with the IEEE 802.11ad channelization for the 60GHz frequency band. Using the 802.11ad channelization, there are three independent 1.76 GHz frequency channels in the 57 64 GHz band to allow a wireless mesh deployment.

SiBEAM is currently designing and implementing a system to demonstrate such a wireless mesh network deployment.

What are your targets in terms of output and results?

Simply, to provide a key 5G technology enabler. That being large phased-array (high-throughput) transceivers that can be manufactured at low cost and deployed widely.

What are the main challenges in the development of 5G?

“delivers the gigabit wireless speeds consumers demand at attractive cost points for mass-market”

As with any technology, the challenge is to develop a standard that delivers compelling usage cases to consumers and at cost points that will encourage deployment within the connectivity ecosystem. To that end, SiBEAM’s production-proven RF on CMOS experience delivers the gigabit wireless speeds consumers demand at attractive cost points for mass-market deployment.

Are you seeking more collaborators?

We have partnered with NYU Wireless research centre for advance development of the 5G standard. We are now engaging with content owners, operators, carriers, and platform vendors to ensure ecosystem is aligned to mass-market deployment.

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