6G Technology

(source – Keysight Technologies)

Samsung advances 6G technology R&D with Keysight

6G technology is already on the agenda for countries like China, the US, Finland, South Korea, and Japan. India, Singapore, and Vietnam have also announced plans to develop 6G technology. And helping these countries achieve the breakthrough in 6G technology is the tech companies.

While most big tech companies are focusing on perfecting the private 5G network, some are already working on 6G technology. In fact, reports show that China topped the list with 40.3% of 6G patent filings, followed by the U.S. with 35.2%. Japan ranked third with 9.9%, followed by Europe with 8.9% and South Korea with 4.2%.

Now, Keysight Technologies, a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Samsung Research to advance research and development of 6G technology, the next generation of wireless communication.

In 2020, Samsung released a white paper stating that it expects the completion of 6G technology and commercialization date to be as early as 2028, with mass commercialization by 2030. The white paper stated that both humans and machines will be the main users of 6G, and 6G will be characterized by the provision of advanced services such as truly immersive extended reality (XR), high-fidelity mobile hologram, and digital replica.

Keysight is expected to support Samsung’s 6G vision of a hyper-connected world. 6G is expected to be built on technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), sensing, digital twins, time-sensitive networking (TSN), and holographic communications. The two companies will work together to develop test and verification technologies for 6G wireless systems.

According to Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president of Keysight’s network infrastructure business, both companies have already collaborated in several important achievements towards establishing 5G new radio (NR) as a mature technology.

“6G is expected to underpin the wireless connectivity fabric that leverages heterogeneous networks and the convergence of communication and computing. Establishing a 6G partnership with Samsung enables Keysight to refine our software-driven test solutions, critical in developing differentiated 6G products,” commented Tardioli.

The collaboration will accelerate the development of AI-enabled air interfaces that leverage massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna technology. Such air interfaces support the deployment of energy-efficient and ultra-dense networks capable of delivering ultra-low latencies and terabit data wireless transmissions.

Sunghyun Choi, executive vice president at Samsung Research said the signing of this MoU with Keysight will greatly advance Samsung’s 6G strategy of combining the company’s expertise in communication technology with capabilities in software and AI.

“Joining forces with Keysight enables Samsung to influence a future that uses 6G to improve human connection, health, and safety,” added Choi.

Keysight possesses foundational technology and key building blocks essential to helping 6G become a reality. This includes network, channel, and user equipment (UE) emulation, mmWave and sub-Terahertz (THz) signal source and analysis, as well as high-speed Ethernet network emulation and data center connectivity testing.

Keysight’s integrated software and hardware test tools, for end-to-end conformance, interoperability, performance, and security validation, allow Samsung to accurately and holistically explore the margins of designs used to power future 6G use cases.