EDITORS’ NOTE: This is part two of a four-part series where we deep dive the technology display at the CTIA Super Mobility 2016.
5G had a significant presence during CTIA Super Mobility 2016, considering it is still early in the game. The 5G launch pad really showed off what is beginning to happen in the 5G arena.
Ericsson demonstrated a 5G prototype radio system that showed data rates in excess of 100 Gbps. Intel’s 5G mobile platform integrated components, including an application processor, baseband processor, and other components for devices targeted at frequencies up to 40 GHz. They also showed off their next-generation RFIC, which is spec’d with an integrated 28 GHz antenna system that is capable of both beam steering and beam forming.
Qualcomm had its mobile broadband ecosystem up for demonstration. It presented possible applications in remotely piloted vehicles (RPV); a 5G mmWave system that, like Intel, offers beam forming, a beam-tracking platform; and a 5G NR system that offers multi-Gb data rates with ultra-low latency. They also had a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) display, which explained emerging technologies such as enhancements for machine-type communications (eMTC) and how they work.
There was also EC-GSM-IoT, which in combination with power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (e-DRX), makes GSM/EDGE markets capable of supporting Internet of Anything (IoX) platforms.
There was a smattering of other 5G offerings from companies such as ZTE, which showed off a high-frequency prototype system that supports adaptive beam tracking in non-line of sight (NLOS) systems capable of offering up to a 500 MHz bandwidth with a peak throughput of 10 Gbps.
Remotely piloted vehicles, i.e. drones, had a notable, although not particularly large presence – and the major focus was consumer. There was some showing of drones in surveillance scattered about, but it was mostly just showing how drones fly. But there was this amazing drone airfield where drone vendors were able to show off drone technology. While there isn’t much new in drones, except for the incremental improvements in efficiency, optics and power, the airfield was the wow factor.
Check back in on Thursday when Ernest will spotlight the smart technologies exhibited at CTIA Super Mobile 2016.