Samsung Exynos 5100 5G modem is the one chip to rule them all

Samsung is getting ready for 5G handsets with an all-in-one modem that can handle cellular standards of the past and future alike. The Exynos Modem 5100 claims full compliance with the 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 standards, and Samsung claims it's the first 5G modem in the industry to achieve that compliance. To prove its mettle, Samsung used the Exynos Modem 5100 to successfully place a 5G NR data call with its own base station and handset prototype.

The Exynos Modem 5100 has support for both the sub-6-GHz and mmWave spectrums that form the two pillars of 5G connectivity, and it can also transmit on 2G GSM and CDMA networks, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE networks. That broad compatibility is important since 5G-NR will have a non-standalone deployment phase requiring the use of existing cellular infrastructure ahead of the 5G NR standalone deployment phase for true next-generation cellular networks.

Samsung claims the Exynos Modem 5100 is good for maximum downlink speeds of 2 Gbps on the sub-6-GHz bands of 5G and up to 6 Gbps in mmWave environments. For 4G LTE networks, the modem can suck down data at rates of up to 1.6 Gbps. Along with the modem itself, SamsungĀ  has a complementary family of radio-frequency IC, envelope tracking, and power management parts for use in 5G devices. Samsung says the Exynos Modem 5100 will be available to interested customers by the end of this year.

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    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Past and future, eh? Like, 30 years into the past and 30 years into the future??

    Take that, McFly.

    • Star Brood
    • 1 year ago

    Unless data caps increase at the same ratio, this is a slap in the face of potential.

      • obarthelemy
      • 1 year ago

      What are data caps ?
      Oh, you must be american ;-p

        • Billstevens
        • 1 year ago

        There are unlimited plans from every major vendor. Costs vary a lot though. Mines 100 a month for 2 lines unlim. No videos quality restrictions.

        • Star Brood
        • 1 year ago

        I’m in Germany. Capped to 4GB from Vodafone. Not worth an extra 10 per month for just a few GB imo.

      • brucethemoose
      • 1 year ago

      Theoretically, higher speeds help with data caps, as you can stuff more users (and more data per user) onto the same cell tower.

      But that’s assuming the tower’s backbone isn’t a huge bottleneck.

    • DancinJack
    • 1 year ago

    Going the Apple route, eh, Samsung?

    SoC + all the radio hardware + RAM + Flash. That’s a lot of stuff when you think about how many phones they sell. They just need to figure out how to use their own chips in the US rather than Qcomm stuff.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      I have a feeling that CDMA support has been the issue in the past. Since this chip can hit those legacy networks, they should be good to go.

        • DancinJack
        • 1 year ago

        I know that was the issue back in the GS3/4/5 days. I’m not sure where it stands these days. I do know that VZW has stopped taking some CDMA devices on their network now, which thank goodness.

      • obarthelemy
      • 1 year ago

      Weren’t Samsung doing that 15 yrs ago already ?

        • DancinJack
        • 1 year ago

        Not really in the US, nor was their production of all these parts near as voluminous as today.

      • arunphilip
      • 1 year ago

      In a couple of years once the CDMA networks are phased out in the US, you’ll see Exynos-powered Samsung handsets in the US as well.

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