By Rubén Caballero
Chief Wireless Strategist, Keyssa
Formerly VP Engineering at Apple, Inc
5G is the fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity and the feature set is promising: faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage, more stable connections and lower latency for mission critical operations (think autonomous vehicles, robotics, etc.). Of course, faster speeds are always desirable, but lower latency may be of higher importance for mission critical applications. The processing time required for both sender and receiver using traditional wireless technologies cannot meet the latency requirements of mission critical use cases. It’s all about making better use of the radio spectrum and enabling far more devices to access the mobile internet at the same time.
How is it possible to achieve faster speeds/higher bandwidth along with lower latencies? The magic comes in using a different part of the radio spectrum, starting at 28GHz portion of the spectrum and beyond, and commonly referred to as millimeter wave (commonly written as mmWave) technology. mmWave is exactly what it sounds like; the wavelengths are between 3 and 12.5mm long. More importantly, what are the applications that will require mmWave wave technology?
Devices are Now Just Interfaces
It wasn’t long ago that our phones and computers were insular pieces of hardware fully functional without the need to be connected to other devices. But no longer. Today’s hardware acts as an interface to our music, photos, files, applications, and each other. As a standalone device, compute products have limited functionality. In a world of connected devices, it is the connection that defines performance, and 5G is the next generation of connectivity.
mmWave 5G Connectivity Requires a 5G Connector
Faster speeds/higher bandwidth and lower latencies will challenge traditional wireless device-to-device technologies, especially at the point-to-point device connection level. For example, smart cities populated with modular hotspots, each with its own camera, snapping into place and connected to the underlying infrastructure with a high-bandwidth, low latency 5G connector. Or closer to home, imagine a 5G-enabled portable hotspot, that when placed on a window in your home, drives a 5G signal into your home network through a 5G mmWave connector.
mmWaves from source to destination will ensure a high-bandwidth, low-latency connection not only to the hotspot, camera or smartphone, but to the other downstream devices touched by those devices.
Keyssa’s 5G Connector Designed for High-bandwidth, Low-latency Device Connections
Keyssa’s family of KSS104M mmWave 5G connectors are designed to meet the requirements of next generation device connectivity. High-bandwidth, low power, low latency, embedded solid-state connectors support both the high-performance promise of 5G connectivity as well as the consumer desire for full wireless device connectivity.
About Rubén Caballero
Rubén has recently joined Keyssa as Chief Wireless Strategist. Prior to joining Keyssa, Caballero served as VP engineering at Apple for 14 years and was one of the founding leaders of the iPhone hardware team. He later took on an expanded role that included the iPad, Apple Watch, Macintosh and all other hardware products. During this tenure, Rubén founded, scaled and oversaw the Wireless Design & Technology Group, a world-class team of over 1,000 engineers in 26 countries operating across all of Apple’s products, ecosystems and disciplines including disciplines including disciplines including antenna design, RF architecture, wireless validation, EMC, field engineering, certification and regulation and production testing. Rubén holds a BSEE from the École Polytechnique de Montréal; MSEE from New Mexico State University, and Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montréal.