Samsung has announced the creation of an RFIC chip for mobile base stations that can power connections at up to 20 gigabits per second, and can reduce the size and weight of base stations. Samsung's new chip uses a new type of RF technology that Samsung developed in-house last year, and can be used in the 28 gigahertz mmWave spectrum cluster. The chip integrates a large number of 5G functions that had previously required their own separate equipment, which means that the use of the chip will allow for smaller, lighter, and cheaper base stations. Power consumption is also lower than existing RFIC chips. The insanely high speed of the RFIC chip ensures that each base station will have plenty of speed, capacity, and bandwidth to pass on to users.
RFIC chips are the heart and soul of most types of base stations employed in mobile technology, and squeezing as much technology into that central chip as possible is integral in developing cheaper, lighter base stations. Considering that 5G connections are set to involve multiple small base stations in most cases, anything that helps to enable the miniaturization of mobile 5G base stations will be instrumental in making 5G deployment as cheap and easy as possible, which means that it can come sooner, happen faster, and spread across a wider area. This, in turn, means that more mobile subscribers will have access to 5G networks and devices sooner, and at a lower cost, than would have been possible without Samsung's chip.
The fact that Samsung's chip consumes less power than other solutions does not just mean that stations will be cheaper, smaller, and lighter, but also that they can be more feature-rich, and varied. While small base stations could support large numbers of users with the bare minimum connection features thanks to this chip, the low power usage means that more components can be added than would have otherwise been possible without overloading the circuit. This means that it will be possible for equipment manufacturers and carriers to deploy stations with additional network management features in strategic locations, or deploy regular stations alongside other equipment or at sites where power is already being used, such as at retail locations.