Samsung Electro-Mechanics develops world's smallest 5G antenna module

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : April 25, 2019, 09:06 | Updated : April 25, 2019, 09:06

[Courtesy of Samsung Electro-Mechanics]

SEOUL -- Samsung Electro-Mechanics, an electronic component company, has developed the world's smallest 5G antenna module that would be used for smartphones, base stations and vehicles. 5G antennas are an essential element for self-driving cars which need to monitor traffic and safely navigate through busy streets.

The new product has reduced the size by 25 percent, compared to previous products, and reduced electricity consumption by improving heat dissipation performance, Samsung Electro said in a statement on Thursday, adding that multiple antenna modules were designed in an array to focus signals in one direction, leading to a better communication effect.

Samsung Electro said that it has been in discussion with smartphone makers on mass production and plans to expand the supply of 5G antenna modules to cars and base stations.

"The existing 4G antennas have many manufacturers due to their difficulty in technological differentiation, but there are not many companies capable of manufacturing 5G antennas due to very difficult technology," CEO Lee Yun-tae said, vowing to find a new business opportunity in the 5G era.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics, a subsidiary of the Samsung Group, produces chip parts, printed circuit boards, camera modules, network modules, and semiconductor substrates. The company has factories in China, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The establishment of 5G mobile networks sparked a drive among South Korean companies to develop new technologies. Samsung Electronics and Harman International Industries, a US-based global leader in connected car technology, have unveiled the industry's first 5G antenna to provide fast data connections for connected cars.

In October last year, LS Mtron, an industrial machinery and high-tech component producer in South Korea, developed an omnidirectional 5G antenna that could be used for autonomous vehicles. Commercial production will begin this year.

Conventional antennas transmit signals by tracking a wide area from time to time, causing time delays and generating heat. 5G antennas use a relatively high-frequency band to increase the bandwidth of information transmission and reception, but signal connection is difficult because the linearity of the frequency is good but the range is narrow.
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