Already available in many parts of the world and set to roll out in Singapore across the country in 2025, 5G is broadening our horizons in ways we never imagined.
It is creating new opportunities for innovation in smart cities, immersive virtual reality and augmented reality (VR / AR) experiences, health and e-learning.
Taking advantage of the path to get more connectivity, 5G offers a fast, high-bandwidth and ultra-low latency connection, which means the network allows for faster response times. This speed allows your car to have more autonomy and also opens up the possibility of large-scale machine-to-machine communications.
Triggering data statistics
A huge opportunity lies in what we can do with the huge amounts of data that the network of 5G connected devices is creating.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Global DataSphere report in 2020, more than 55 billion connected devices will be online in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem worldwide by 2025. estimated data for these connected devices is 179 zettabytes, equivalent to the data needed if the 7.7 billion people in the world broadcast 4K content for four and a half months, non-stop.
With artificial intelligence (AI), we can transform the massive amounts of data generated in 5G into a tangible resource where statistics can be obtained and then used for forecasting and optimizing systems in health, automotive, cities smart and beyond.
5G brings new ways to improve our lives; for example, contextual awareness will be possible with the coupling of 5G and AI connected devices. Because countless smart devices are connected to a 5G network, data will be constantly created, collected, and analyzed. In addition, specific and personalized responses can be anticipated.
Imagine the morning commute starting with the alarm and the coffee maker preparing the cup of coffee as you enter the kitchen. The phone then lets you know it’s time to go to work and informs your car to turn on. While you’re in the car, the watch controls your emotions and mood so you can play music tailored to your current mental state.
According to Dr. Raj Talluri, Senior Vice President and CEO of Micron Technology’s Mobile Business Unit: “To harness the full potential of both 5G and AI devices, innovation around storage, transfer and processing of data will have to accelerate more in the next ten years than in all previous years together. “
Made in Singapore, distributed worldwide
As 5G revolutionizes the automobile, manufacturing, smart cities, smart grid, and more, the growth potential of semiconductors by enabling emerging use cases is escalating in parallel.
“Micron is innovating in robust end-to-end storage and memory solutions that unleash the full potential of 5G to deliver new levels of user experience,” says Dr. Talluri.
Micron offers application-specific DRAM that includes DDR for traditional computing applications, LPDDR for battery-powered devices, and GDDR for ultra-bandwidth solutions for high-performance gaming and AI.
Micron also offers a wide range of storage solutions based on its groundbreaking 176-layer NAND technology, which launched volume shipments in November last year. This NAND stacks the memory cells vertically in several layers so that more data can be stored in less space. 176-layer NAND serves as a basic storage element for a wide range of industries, from the edge to the cloud, including the mobile, automotive, customer and data center markets.
Its 176-layer NAND technology is developed and manufactured in Singapore, home to Micron’s NAND Center of Excellence and the base for Micron’s global operations. Micron Singapore was also recognized last year by the World Economic Forum as a Global Lighthouse for its efforts to integrate big data and industrial IoT infrastructures to implement AI and data science solutions.
Joining the boundaries of 5G
The unprecedented possibility of what 5G will bring also has enormous potential for semiconductor industry innovation.
To achieve this potential, we need a new, holistic approach to designing and creating end-user experiences. Hardware architecture (processing, memory, storage, sensors and displays) and software must be well coupled, semiconductor vendors must collaborate with each other and the rest of the ecosystem must create a connected platform and perfect.
“This way, 5G devices can unlock new opportunities and data can be used in ways we haven’t yet imagined,” says Dr. Talluri.