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High-Performance Solutions
for 5G Network Applications


As implementation of the 5G network quickly gains momentum, new high-performance devices, systems, and test & measurement equipment are needed to support the ultra-high frequencies and high data rates that technologies like mmWave, Massive MIMO, beamforming and full duplex demand.

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Test & Development Systems

Solutions for Design Flexibility, High-Frequencies & Increased Bandwidths


ADP7000 Series 10-bit Digitizer utilizes Samtec’s FireFly™ Copper & Optical Micro Flyover System™. Photo courtesy of Guzik Technical Enterprises.

ADP7000 Series 10-bit Digitizer utilizes Samtec’s FireFly Copper & Optical Micro Flyover System. Photo courtesy of Guzik Technical Enterprises.

Typical 5G RF Signal Chain

The heart of any 5G-enabled device remains the mmWave Silicon ICs transmitting and receiving data from bits to antenna. 5G system development typically links multiple RF signal chain and digital IC development boards mimicking end applications.

System testing of next-generation 5G systems must validate sub-6 GHz and mmWave radio solutions supporting governmental, industry and carrier standards.

Samtec’s broad product portfolio and high-performance interconnect expertise enable 5G system prototyping and connectivity between test and measurement equipment alike.

Product solutions include:

From concept and prototype to development and production, Samtec and partner Evaluation & Development Kits simplify design and reduce time to market for 5G-enabled devices. Kit solutions include:

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Remote Radio & Active Antennas

Solutions for High-Density, High-Speed & High-Performance Systems


Beamcraft™ Series High Definition Active Antenna Systems™ use Samtec high-speed board-to-board connectors to route signals from the main digital board to the antenna modules. Photo courtesy of Blue Danube.

Beamcraft Series High Definition Active Antenna Systems use Samtec high-speed board-to-board connectors to route signals from the main digital board to the antenna modules. Photo courtesy of Blue Danube.

Innovative, cost-efficient custom cable system supports operating frequencies to 31 GHz.

Innovative, cost-efficient custom cable system supports operating frequencies to 31 GHz.

5G Remote Radio and Active Antenna Systems leverage Massive MIMO and beamforming technology to extend the reach of 5G networks. Integrating an increasing number of high frequency, multi-band RF signal paths into smaller form factors depends on high-performance interconnects for optimized operations. Samtec offers a full line of solutions to support these demands, including:

Innovating for 5G and Beyond

Samtec recently developed an innovative solution for a Technology Partner in need of a low-cost alternative to expensive RF cables that would also meet stringent electrical and mechanical requirements.

  • Samtec Direct Attach cable designs and methodologies were modified to improve coupling, and an application-specific microwave cable was designed for processing in an automated manufacturing environment
  • The resulting interface is cost-competitive, ultra-low profile and separable, eliminating the need for a board-mounted connector
  • The design offers reduced signal loss, high operating frequency, crosstalk isolation, and industry-leading data rates in a small-form factor

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Network Equipment Vendors

Solutions for Small Form Factors, High Data Rates & Signal Integrity Optimization


Faster, lower-latency infrastructures demand next-generation equipment to support the new data-intensive services and products that 5G will enable.

Faster, lower-latency infrastructures demand next-generation equipment to support the new data-intensive services and products that 5G will enable.

High-performance solutions like AcceleRate® and High-Frequency Floating RF Systems are ideal for the demands of 5G Network equipment.

High-performance solutions like AcceleRate® and High-Frequency Floating RF Systems are ideal for the demands of 5G Network equipment.

Next-generation 5G network equipment must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. New technologies will dramatically increase coverage and data throughput while supporting multiple standards, bands and sub-networks.

From the front panel to the IC, to the backplane and between PCBs, Samtec’s high-performance interconnect expertise and product solutions are designed to support 56 Gbps PAM4 to 112 Gbps PAM4 data rates, along with optimizing system density and signal integrity.

Innovating for 5G and Beyond
Samtec is invested in the development of solutions designed for increasing bandwidth and density demands, such as our AcceleRate® Cable Assembly – the industry’s slimmest cable system. With the ability to support up to 112 Gbps PAM4 data rates, AcceleRate® is ideal for the data throughput that 5G network equipment requires now – as well as in the future.

In addition, Samtec has made significant investments in Precision RF Connector Solutions in order to support market drivers such as the global transition to 5G, autonomous vehicles, and massive global connectivity. For example, the SMP Series High-Frequency Three-Piece “Bullet” Style Floating RF System offers misalignment compensation, along with flexible stack heights – ideal features for routing mmWave signals between PCBs.

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Automotive & Transportation

Solutions for High Frequencies, High-Speeds & Rugged Environments


5G will revolutionize connected & networked vehicle technologies, enable dramatically increased intelligence, improved traffic flow, and increased safety.

5G will revolutionize connected & networked vehicle technologies, enable dramatically increased intelligence, improved traffic flow, and increased safety.

“Vehicle-to-Everything” Technology

“Vehicle-to-Everything” Technology

Connected vehicles are the future of mobility. Leveraging next-gen 5G networks and cloud services, V2X technologies enable vehicle intelligence, improve traffic flow and increase safety.

Samtec’s expanding automotive interconnect portfolio helps route data from 5G radios to sensors throughout the vehicle. Samtec is IATF 16949 certified and offers technical expertise and systems designed specifically to support the unique challenges of automotive and transportation applications.

Product solutions include:

With global manufacturing facilities and full custom product development capabilities, Samtec is uniquely positioned to support custom interconnect needs of many automotive and transportation applications as well.

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High-Performance System Design & Support from Silicon-to-Silicon™


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System SIGNAL INTEGRITY

Full channel signal and power integrity analysis, testing and validation services
sig@samtec.com

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OPTICs

R&D, design, development and support of micro optical engines and assemblies
optics@samtec.com

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Advanced
Interconnects

High precision stamping, plating, molding and automated assembly
asg@samtec.com

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microelectronics

Advanced IC packaging design, support and manufacturing capabilities
sme@samtec.com

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HIGH–SPEED CABLE

In-house R&D and manufacturing of precision extruded cable and assemblies
hdr@samtec.com

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PRECISION RF

RF interconnect design and development expertise, with testing to 70 GHz
rftechnicalgroup@samtec.com

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