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Chip manufacturers and partners to benefit from strong demand for 5G CPE equipment

The global demand for 5G CPE is expected to grow rapidly from 100,000 units in 2019 to 120 million units in 2025, prompting Qualcomm and Huawei HiSilicon and other chip manufacturers to gradually introduce relevant chip solutions to provide new solutions.

According to sources, 5G CPE equipment will become the new research and development focus after 5G smart phones. Telecom operators, smartphone manufacturers, routers and PC manufacturers may soon be competing to release various CPE products to promote 6GHz and mmWave applications. The needs of the CPE chipset.

Before moving to the mmWave application, China's Hisilicon Semiconductor is now more focused on developing chipsets below 6GHz, whether it is for 5G base stations, mobile devices or CPE gadgets. According to sources, Taiwanese partners such as IC test and certification expert Sporton International and back-end services companies ASE, Siliconware Precision Industries and King Yuan Electronics are expected to continue to provide strong support to help chipmakers better meet market expectations. 5G CPE equipment needs.

QulMm is more active in mmWave deployments and has just launched the QTM 527 mmWave antenna module designed for 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) CPE applications on IFA 2019. As the world's first such module, the QTM 527 can be used with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 5G modem to provide fiber-optic modem-to-antenna connectivity for home and enterprise-based mmWave CPE devices, regardless of location.

The QTM 527 can also be combined with an RF system to support 64 dual-polarized antenna components for two-way communication through beamforming, beam steering and beam tracking, even if the CPE user is in the isolated area. Industry sources said that the first batch of 5G FWA CPE equipment using QTM 527 will begin shipping in the first half of 2020.

According to sources, 5G FWA CPE equipment can be installed on a roof or window to receive 5G signals directly, eliminating the "last mile" fiber deployment required for indoor broadband connections. Huge 5G CPE business opportunities are driving HiSilicon and Samsung to compete in the development of 5G antenna modules.

According to reports, Qualcomm has signed an agreement with ASE and SPIL to process its 5G mmWave antenna module using AiP (antenna package) technology. The relevant test and analysis orders will be released to Sporton, which has obtained the world's first 5G NR mmWave CPE test certificate.