6G technology is already on the agenda for countries such as China, the United States, Finland, South Korea and Japan. India, Singapore and Vietnam have also announced plans to develop 6G technology. And helping these countries achieve a breakthrough in 6G technology – technology companies.
While most major technology companies are focusing on improving 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 patents, followed by the US 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 cutting-edge design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation for the world’s connectivity and security, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung Research to advance 6G research and development, next-generation wireless.
In 2020, Samsung published a white paper stating that it expects the completion of 6G technology and the date of commercialization in 2028, and mass commercialization – by 2030. The White Paper argued that both humans and machines will be major users of 6G, and 6G will be characterized by the provision of advanced services such as truly exciting augmented reality (XR), high-precision mobile hologram and digital copy.
Keysight is expected to support Samsung’s 6G vision of a hyperconnected world. It is expected that 6G will be built on technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), sensing, digital duplicates, time-sensitive network (TSN) and holographic communications. The two companies will jointly develop 6G wireless testing and verification technologies.
According to Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president of network infrastructure at Keysight, both companies have already collaborated on several important advances in creating the new 5G (NR) radio as a sustainable technology.
“6G is expected to underpin a wireless network that uses heterogeneous networks and convergence of communications and computing. Establishing a 6G partnership with Samsung allows Keysight to improve our testing software solutions, which are crucial in the development of differentiated 6G products, ”commented Tardioli.
The collaboration will accelerate the development of AI-enabled air interfaces that use massive multi-input and multi-output (MIMO) antenna technology. Such air interfaces support the deployment of energy-efficient and ultra-dense networks capable of providing ultra-low latency and wireless data transmission in terabites.
Songyeong Choi, executive vice president of Samsung Research, said the signing of the memorandum of association with Keysight would greatly expand Samsung 6G’s strategy to combine the company’s expertise in communications technology with software capabilities and artificial intelligence.
“Joining forces with Keysight allows Samsung to leverage the future, using 6G to improve connectivity, health and security,” Choi added.
Keysight has the underlying technology and key building blocks needed to make 6G a reality. This includes emulation of network, channel and user equipment (UE), signal source and analysis in mmWave and subhertz (THz), as well as high speed Ethernet emulation and data center connection testing.
Keysight’s built-in tools for testing software and hardware for end-to-end compliance, compatibility, performance and security testing allow Samsung to accurately and holistically explore the boundaries of the designs used for future 6G usage options.