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Samsung taps Xilinx to manufacture 5G chips

Samsung Electronics has tapped Xilinx, a San Jose, California-based programmable chip maker, to supply chips for Samsung’s 5G networking equipment, the two companies announced on Thursday.

The tech giant will deploy Xilinx’s Versal adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP), a processing chip set designed to enhance signal performance for wireless technology.

“Taking a step further by applying Xilinx’s new advanced platform to our solutions, we expect to increase 5G performance and accelerate our leadership position in the global market,” said Jeon Jae-ho, executive vice president and head of networks business R&D at Samsung Electronics, in a press release.

Samsung has been looking to expand its footprint in the network equipment business to compete with market leaders Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.

“Versal ACAPs will provide Samsung with the superior signal processing performance and adaptability needed to deliver an exceptional 5G experience to its customers now and into the future,” Liam Madden, executive vice president at Xilinx, stated.

When fitted with the Versal ACAP, a base station will be able to focus a wireless signal towards a specific device to ensure the most efficient data delivery route, a technique known as “beamforming.”

“5G requires beamforming, which allows multiple data streams to be transmitted simultaneously to multiple users using the same spectrum. This is what enables the dramatic increase in 5G network capacity,” Xilinx said in the statement.

Samsung secured a series of deals to provide 5G network equipment in recent years, although its market share remains lower than the top three global players. Samsung occupied around 10 percent as of the end of 2019, according to market tracker Dell’Oro Group.

The latest contract also includes Spark New Zealand, the largest telecom provider in the country, to provide 5G new radio technology.

BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]

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