SK Telecom, Intel Collaborate to Jointly Develop 5G Chipsets

SK Telecom, Intel Collaborate to Jointly Develop 5G Chipsets Image Credit: SK Telecom

SK Telecom is extending the company's collaboration with Intel on the development and performance verification of 5G technologies. Signing the partnership at the recent MWC Shanghai 2015, both companies said that they will be jointly developing 5G chipset and device prototypes as well as Anchor-Booster Cell and Massive MIMO technology.

The Anchor-Booster Cell is one of the core 5G technologies that enables seamless transmission of massive amounts of data via a combination of an LTE network and next-generation wireless LAN called WiGig (Wireless Gigabit Alliance), a IEEE 802.11ad WiFi standard that enables multi-gigabit speed wireless communications over the unlicensed 60 GHz frequency band.

According to SK, the WiGig specification not only allows devices to communicate at multi-gigabit speeds, but also consumes much less power to prolong battery life. WiGig is expected to support about 10 times faster speeds than Wi-Fi, allowing users to download a full HD movie (4-10GB) in just one to two seconds.

In addition, both companies will use Mobile Edge Computing technology on the Anchor-Booster cell to further enhance the 5G technology by improving quality of experience and develop and verify the ‘Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output)', a multiple antenna technology that dramatically increases base station capacity for both transmission and reception of data. 

Alex Jinsung Choi, the Chief Technology Officer of SK Telecom
This new MOU deepens the cooperation between SK Telecom and Intel to develop and secure key enabling technologies for 5G. 

Asha Keddy, vice president, Platform Engineering Group and the general manager, Next Generation and Standards, Intel Corporation
We will continue to make efforts to provide customers with unprecedented value through innovative 5G services. We believe 5G will deliver dramatically better device connectivity and enable new and better user experiences to support a variety of connected devices in the future. Intel and SK Telecom share a commitment to the success of 5G networks and have the experience and resources needed to solve the technology challenges involved with advancing 5G networks to commercial deployments.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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