Wireless connectivity has been a developing technology that has greatly helped the world’s population. With the advent of 5G, proven reports suggest that over 90% of homes will have wireless connectivity in the next few years. With so many devices connecting to a centralized network, more demand and exponentially more data are produced, leading to additional bandwidth needs within networks. You can implement several technical solutions to help the process meet those requirements. Specifically, the ongoing decline in the cost of semiconductors has made them a reliable solution for offline communication and online broadcast.
Semiconductors have allowed for connectivity to be engineered into the 5G future. It is currently the only technology that can provide wireless connectivity with high bandwidth requirements, is not expensive for single-use, and is not vulnerable to cyber-attacks. While semiconductors are best known for other uses like vehicle performance, semiconductors play a vital role in other industries including wireless connectivity.
1. Power Semiconductors
Electronically-controlled switches in power semiconductors convert power into massive electrical currents and generate an electromagnetic field. However, the primary function of the power semiconductor is to regulate the electricity supply, ensuring that no more than half of the energy being supplied can dissipate as heat. These elements are responsible for allowing a wireless device to communicate with its base station by ensuring enough power to meet all requirements.
Antennas are responsible for the communication between a wireless device and a base station, allowing for two-way communication and data routing. They are tiny elements that help amplify signals from a wireless device to the base station, even when there’s next to no signal being sent from the transmitter; these components act as amplifiers, which means they aren’t around to receive and store data. Instead, antennas are there to increase and deliver the strength of signals exchanged between devices.
Modulation is how a semiconductor can change the frequency of signals to be transmitted. Individual semiconductors set the modulation, and several elements are used when transferring data. Modulation helps maintain the same amount of electrical energy in a wireless device when sharing information over base stations, even after traveling considerable distances.
4. Managed Switches
Managed switches help increase the efficiency of wireless devices and the channels they occupy. These components are used in wireless devices that rely on transmitting and receiving mechanisms like Wi-Fi. They ensure that both data flow correctly within the network while increasing data speeds. They are responsible for determining whether or not a piece of data can be transmitted by ensuring that there is still sufficient power within the device to continue transferring information.
As wireless connectivity becomes more prevalent in the future, embedded semiconductors will help to make sure that users have a seamless experience with their devices. The four components above will ensure ample data transfer and reception, allowing for companies to continue developing new wireless technology. The demand for semiconductors in 5G is becoming increasingly evident, and it shows no signs of slowing down.