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EDPS: Transitioning From 5G To 6G


At the recent EDPS, the keynote on the second day was by Mallik Tatipamula. He is the CTO of Ericsson Silicon Valley and also has experience all over the telecom industry with stints at F5, Juniper Networks, Cisco, Motorola, Nortel, and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Mallik started with a potted history of mobile. You may already know all this, and I've covered my version ... » read more

The Future Of Connectivity Is Higher Data Rates And Micro-Positioning


These days, we tend to take global wireless connectivity for granted. Whether we’re in a coffee shop, a hotel room, or a plane at 35,000 feet, chances are that we’ll be able to enjoy Internet access at reasonable speeds. But despite this constant connectedness, we still manage to misplace our keys and forget where we left our smartphones. New connectivity technologies are promising to ha... » read more

The Future Of Wireless Test Is Over The Air


The deployment of mmWave technology is synonymous with 5G rollout and the initial results for faster links are amazing. For example, using a mmWave band, the prospects of a 1-2 Gbps link means a typical HD movie can download in less than a minute. An upload link of 30 Mbps also enables the transfer of videos back to the cloud at a record pace. These user experiences are enabled by the antenna l... » read more

The Great Migration To 5G Is Underway


Every decade brings with it a plethora of technology changes, and the cumulative effects of 50+ years of changes in wireless technologies are noteworthy for how they have changed the way we communicate. The 80’s began the era of personal computing along with 1G rollout The 90’s saw the advent of 64-bit microprocessor architecture in consumer devices coinciding with 2G rollout The... » read more

OTA On-Chip Computing That Conquers A Bottleneck In Wired NoC Architectures


New research paper titled "Wireless On-Chip Communications for Scalable In-memory Hyperdimensional Computing" from researchers at IBM Research, Zurich Switzerland and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain Abstract: "Hyperdimensional computing (HDC) is an emerging computing paradigm that represents, manipulates, and communicates data using very long random vectors (aka hyp... » read more

Designing Application-Specific Processors for Wireless 5G SoCs


Traditional architectures for wireless baseband applications are no longer adequate for recent and next-generation modem standards. Supporting complex and still evolving standards like 5G in a single modem is only possible by using SDR techniques, which place increasing demands on performance and power consumption on the SoC. ASIP architectures enable full customization of a processor, which... » read more

Our Wireless World: How Wi-Fi 6 Will Seamlessly Integrate With 5G To Help Keep Us Connected


Most of us have a good understanding of what 5G is by now. Buzz around the fifth-generation wireless technology has reached a fever pitch – and for good reason.  It offers significantly greater bandwidth, faster connectivity, and lower latency, enabling it to power a much broader range of digital applications than its predecessors. 5G is ushering in a new wave of business and societal trans... » read more

Open RAN Phase 2


I first wrote about Open RAN in my post Fourth 4G Network Goes Live in Japan. Open RAN is a program driven by a group of European operators to build specifications for common architecture instead of getting "locked into" the closed architectures sold by the big base-station vendors such as Nokia, Samsung, and Ericsson. It is analogous to what servers went through over the last few decades, m... » read more

“Lab On The Skin” Monitors Multiple Biomarkers


New research from UC San Diego's Center For Wearable Sensors, "An integrated wearable microneedle array for the continuous monitoring of multiple biomarkers in interstitial fluid." Current continuous glucose monitors on the market like Dexcom only measure glucose. This device also monitors alcohol and lactate. “With our wearable, people can see the interplay between their glucose spikes... » read more

High-Performance SerDes Enable The 5G Wireless Edge


Investment at the core of the global internet is red hot. The number of hyperscale data centers jumped to 700 worldwide at the end of 2021, and with more than 300 in the pipeline, should rise to over 1000 by 20241. In the span of five years, total hyperscale data centers will have doubled. And as the raw number shoots up, more powerful compute and networking hardware is rapidly being deployed, ... » read more

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