Report finds fast growing 5G market to benefit low-loss materials

September 30, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
IDTechEx reports that 5G will increase demand for low-loss materials
IDTechEx have published a report, “Low-loss Materials for 5G 2021-2031”, focusing on the increasing demand for low-loss materials for both sub-6GHz 5G and mmWave 5G.

According to the report, with the future rise of mmWave 5G, low-loss materials will foresee a rapid growth and play an increasingly important role. With the profitable business models and killer applications starting to emerge, 5G is one of the fastest growing markets, which will be over $720bn in 2030 and contribute to a $2trn annual connectivity boost to global GDP.

The most revolutionary aspect of 5G network relies on the high-frequency 5G technologies, i.e., mmWave 5G, which utilizes spectrum from 26 GHz up to 40 GHz. The high-frequency signals result in significant transmission loss, require higher power and more efficient power supply and generate more heat. The transmission loss is a pain point for the antennas design and RFICs for 5G applications. For low-frequency 5G, i.e., sub-6 GHz 5G, due to the high data transfer speed, reducing transmission loss is also desirable.

Figure 1: Overview of challenges, trends and innovations for mmWave 5G. Source: IDTechEx.

The report highlights the promising low-loss materials for 5G devices. This includes low-loss thermoset materials, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), liquid crystal polymers (LCP), low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), hydrocarbon, poly (p-phenylene ether) (PPE, or PPO), glass and more.

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