The landscape of 5G devices is evolving rapidly to meet the diverse needs of various use cases, ranging from smartphones to specialized IoT devices and emerging battery-less ambient IoT devices. Key topics covered in this latest 5G Americas briefing paper include:
- Device Characteristics: As 5G reshapes global communications, device features remain crucial. Characteristics like mobility, bandwidth, size, accessibility, cost, security, coverage, battery life and radio access technology influence the design and functionality of 5G devices for various applications.
- Device Landscape: Beyond smartphones, the device ecosystem is rapidly growing to include AR glasses, voice-enabled devices and specialized IoT technologies. These developments are transforming industries, improving communication and enabling remote healthcare monitoring.
- Reduced Capability Devices: Initially, 5G New Radio technology focused on enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) applications. 3GPP later introduced Reduced Capability (RedCap) specifications in Release 17 to cater to low-throughput, cost-effective and energy-efficient use cases. These devices offer a balanced solution for data rate, latency and battery life.
- Ambient IoT: Ambient IoT devices operate solely on energy harvested from their environment, eliminating the need for batteries. Characterized by their small form, low cost, and ultra-low power consumption, they find uses in various sectors, such as inventory management and environmental sensing.