Boffins use new chip techniques for lower cost Phased Array Antennas

Foundry company TowerJazz and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have announced that they have demonstrated ‘the first 256-element (16 x 16) wafer-scale phased array transmitter with integrated high-efficiency antennas operating at 56-65 GHz frequency range’. “phased arrays through integration of multiple circuit functions and high efficiency antennas on the same silicon chip “ The beam steering technique, in which radiation beams can be “moved into space” using entirely electronic means through control of the phase and amplitude at…

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5Qs on 5G: With Telekom Austria

With eight European subsidiaries, the Telekom Austria group is one of the major telecommunications players in south of the continent and the largest in its home market. Moving forward, the company is closely following the path of NGMN as it looks to evolve its network for 5G. Sascha Zabransky, Director of Service Network & IT, spoke to Inside5G to talk about how the operator is proceeding in order to meet the challenges of a new generation. How are you approaching the subject of 5G?…

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National Instruments Unveil HQ 5G Lab

National Instruments has unveiled a new ‘Wireless Innovation Lab’ as its Austin headquarters, which will see the American company press ahead in developing technology aimed at 5G applications. The lab will accommodate NI’s RF/Communications Lead User programme which aims to address network capacity concerns and spectrum shortage. “eager to build on the latest research” ‘We have had several research projects with the RF/Communications Lead User team that range from MIMO interference alignment to interference cancellation,’ said Robert Heath, IEEE Fellow…

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5Qs on 5G: With Cambridge Consultants

Founded in 1960 with the aim of putting ‘the brains of Cambridge University at the disposal of the problems of British industry and to provide solutions to real world problems’, Cambridge Consultants is now putting its mind to 5G technology. Paul Beastall, director of telecommunications strategy at the firm, spoke to Inside5G about how the consultants view the next-generation network. What is your focus in terms of 5G? At present, our work is focused on strategic research and early stage…

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Huawei Takes More Low-Key Line on 5G

Whilst the hop to 4.5G does not mean that Huawei has lost sight of a great jump to the elusive fifth-generation, in a recent interview with Global Telecoms Business, director Ding Yun has offered an unusually humble insight to the Chinese company’s focus on 5G. “the aim to get 5G off the core network … is very much on the agenda” Whilst 4.5G, set to be deployed commercially in 2016, will have 10 millisecond latency and the ability to connect 30…

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Nokia Delivers 5G Deployment Directions

Following studies on dense deployments in Madrid and Tokyo, Nokia has released ten deployment recommendations (you can see them listed at the bottom of this post) for 5G that it believes will ‘provide the required capacity and end user data rates that will be needed’. “LTE Advanced will be sufficient to provide the required capacity … for 2020” With mobile data traffic already doubling every year, Nokia justifies the evolvement towards 5G with the need for more capacity. This need will…

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5Qs on 5G: With SiBEAM

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…

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Ethernet in the fronthaul opening up 5G potential

Research into ways to extend intelligence and monitoring capabilities into fronthaul connectivity may be a key enabler for developing new 5G network architectures, according to Kent University’s Nathan Gomes. Kent University has been researching the use of Ethernet for fronthaul, and the challenges associated with that, as lead member of the iCIRRUS project, which is part of the EU’s Horizon2020 programme. Gomes’ team is also investigating where to site intelligence in the network – whether to have smart or  dumb Remote Radio…

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Nokia makes 5G positioning key part of Alcatel-Lucent merger

Nokia made 5G R&D one of its key rationales for its  €15.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) . “France will be home to a huge R&D headquarter, as well as a 5G innovation centre” The merger means that Nokia now boast ALU’s strength in Cloud and IP routing areas , whilst it will locate a 5G/Small Cell research and development centre in France. CEO Rajeev Suri also called out 5G as one of the key capabilities converged operators will need to compete successfully…

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5Qs on 5G: With NYU WIRELESS

Professor Elza Erkip is at the forefront of NYU WIRELESS, a research centre at the Polytechnic School of Engineering at New York University. The centre recently hosted the second Brooklyn 5G Summit alongside Nokia Networks, and Erkip was on hand to speak about what the annual forum is all about. What is the purpose of the summit and what did it hope to achieve? The Brooklyn 5G Summit is an invitation-only event co-sponsored by Nokia Networks and NYU WIRELESS, the…

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