Samsung Exynos 5100 goes official as world's first 5G modem

Samsung Exynos 5100 goes official as world's first 5G modem
Samsung trialed its 5G modem for mobile devices behind closed doors at CES 2018 early this year but didn't say when it will actually be available for mass market. Today, Samsung announced its Exynos Modem 5100 is world's first 5G modem fully compliant with 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) standards.

The Exynos 5100 modem is built on the 10nm process technology and supports legacy radio access technologies. As Samsung points out, the 5G modem supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums compliant with 3GPP standards, as well as legacy networks like 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE.

According to Samsung, the modem is capable of delivering a maximum downlink speed of up to 2Gbps in 5G's sub-6GHz settings and 6Gbps in mmWave settings, which are about 1.7 and five times the data transfer speeds of its predecessor respectively.

The best news is Samsung confirmed its Exynos 5100 modem will be available to customers by the end of 2018. Today's announcement is likely to ensure faster development and commercialization of 5G mobile devices, especially those that decide to go for Samsung's Exynos 5100 modem.

In the same piece of news, Qualcomm announced a similar 5G modem early this year, the Snapdragon X50. The U.S. company said that the first commercial products featuring the Snapdragon X50 modems are expected to be available in 2019. So, it's a bit unclear as to what Samsung really means when it says the Exynos 5100 is "world's first" 5G modem.

source: Samsung

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13 Comments

1. AbhiD

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Snapdragon X50 5G is the world's first 5G modem, not this one. Headline is misleading.

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Not available to market yet.

3. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

True, Qualcomm stated a release date during 2019, while Samsung steals the thunder with a release date for late 2018. This in terms of being on the hands of consumers.

8. monkeyb

Posts: 412; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Ehh. Its customers not consumers. Lot of difference in those 2 words.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Exynos 5100 isn't available to market either yet. They have set an ambiguous late 2018 timeframe. This news isn't about availability, it's about the fact that Samsung has announced it's modem, which Qualcomm did very long ago. Infact 5G modem for both S855 and next Exynos will arrive at the same time in devices. Infact S855 might even arrive earlier if any other OEM decides to launch their flagship first.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4124; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I'm officially announcing my 8G modem coming soon... /s

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The X50 is released to OEMs e.g. Moto are working on that 5G mod OEMs are still working on products Similar this is release by Samsung's System LSI department, but Samsung's Electronics department is still working on products

5. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

This is the first true MULTIMODE 5G modem. The Qualcomm's X50 modem requires the SoC modem to provide the legacy connectivity option in order to provide platform multi-mode functionality. This Samsung modem has the advantage in that it can work with SOCs that don't have inbuilt connectivity.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Doesn't really mean much now since ALL Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei and even MediaTek SoCs have inbuilt modems now Basically just Apple and Nvidia's SoCs that don't have inbuilt modems The real question is who's 5G antennas have superior efficiency, signal strength and are smaller (5G phones will likely need mulitple 5G antennas) And who will integrate their 5G modem into their SoCs quicker

6. monkeyb

Posts: 412; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Okay. What do they mean it will be available for customers this year? They obviously wont give their latest and greatest for others to release first. My guess is they would just provide them for sampling, if at all they will. We wont see this in phones till atleast next year. PA’s title is indeed misleading. One we need to define what chip customers are, two we need to understand that announcing something is not the same as releasing to call it first.

10. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

They can release to others that wont matter as they still would have a design change to account for while Samsung would have already implemented and optimized the chip.

7. monkeyb

Posts: 412; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Also, not to triger any war. But I was waiting for Samsung to announce something new before iPhone release. They did the same last year by announcing bendable phones which never came this year. Lot of folks will be comparing new iphone chip with note 9 and this is mostly Samsung’s defense mechanism acting in. Again I can be 100% wrong and it was just coincidence.

13. audibot

Posts: 605; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i think the foldable may come out early or maybe the gs10 comes early because of the hate of the s9 and so we get the new 5g modem or the flex phone comes out before Christmas with it. or its for lg and a few others to use

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