Next year will be the first year of large-scale 5G outbreaks. In addition to 5G mobile phones, the field of smart industry is considered to be one of the largest applications of 5G technology. As a global leader in 5G chip technology, Qualcomm has also begun to target this industry and enter a deep layout. Recently, they officially announced to the outside world 5G cooperation projects with Siemens and Bosch Rexroth for industrial fields.
It is reported that Qualcomm and Siemens conducted a joint proof-of-concept project at the Siemens Automotive Test Center in Nuremberg, Germany, to demonstrate the first 5G independent model (SA) private network based on the 3.7-3.8GHz band in a real industrial environment. This project can support Siemens and Qualcomm to conduct technical tests, solve potential problems and provide the best solutions for wireless connection applications of enterprise private networks in future industrial environments.
The 5G SA test network built by Qualcomm includes a 5G core network and a 5G base station with a radio remote, and also provides a 5G industrial test terminal. Siemens provides actual industrial facilities, including Simatic control systems and IO equipment.
According to the official introduction, the joint research project at the Siemens Automotive Test Center will test and evaluate available industrial technologies that must be supported by the 5G enterprise private network, such as OPC UA and Profinet technologies. In Germany, the enterprise private network can use the local broadband spectrum of 3.7-3.8GHz, which is reserved for industrial uses in local deployment. Such enterprise private networks can support enterprises in different industries to independently control and manage their networks. While achieving high-reliability and low-latency connections, they can reconfigure the network according to changing needs and retain data locally to enhance security.
This project will provide both parties with valuable experience based on real environments and promote the deployment of 5G enterprise private networks in the future. This project also marks an important milestone in the expansion of 5G into the field of industrial automation.
In addition to Siemens, recently Qualcomm and another company, Bosch Rexroth, successfully demonstrated how industrial terminals can use time-sensitive network (TSN) technology in a 5G live network environment, and demonstrated the next development direction of 5G-enabled industrial manufacturing.
The joint demonstration of the two parties showed the audience that two industrial terminals operate in a time-synchronized manner through a wireless connection-this shows that the combination of TSN and 5G can achieve precise synchronization without the need for a wired connection. The demonstration used a Qualcomm® 5G industrial test terminal. Bosch Rexroth demonstrated a new ctrlX automation solution—two ctrlX core controllers for real-time communication under a 5G test network. The test network is based on the 3.7-3.8 GHz frequency band, which has been designated by Germany to support corporate private networks.
This new proof-of-concept joint demonstration heralds 5G's forthcoming ability to natively support TSN. It is expected that the next version of the 5G standard (ie 3GPP Release 16) will support this feature, and Release 16 is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020.
The 5G Economy report released by the third-party consulting company IHS recently showed that by 2035, 5G will create nearly $ 4.7 trillion in economic output in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing-related use cases account for 36% of the total 5G economic output of 13.2 trillion US dollars. At present, manufacturing is the industry most affected by 5G outside the mobile industry. The high speed and low latency of 5G in the future will start in the manufacturing industry. To the subversive role, and Qualcomm's leading 5G technology will play a favorable role in the development of manufacturing.