The Big Data and 5G Effect on Mobile Design

The high bandwidth of 5G will deliver several exciting usage models to the mobile user, such as real-time UHD video streaming, virtual reality, immersive gaming, and edge computing. However, these advancements create new challenges that must be addressed within the framework of the mobile handset platform. (Courtesy )By Gino Skulick – While most in the mobile industry agree that bigger data, richer content and the promise of 5G is transforming the mobile experience, many handset manufacturers and ecosystem players may not fully understand what is required in hardware and software to take full advantage of this transformation.

Today’s mobile devices are not equipped to handle the upcoming barrage of memory and storage requirements that the next-generation of high-bandwidth multimedia and video will demand.

For example, in the existing 4G/LTE environment, most users wouldn’t even consider streaming UHD content or attempt to share their immersive gaming session. However, with 5G’s promise of 3.6Gbps data speeds, these richer multimedia experiences become a reality. What users may not realize is that when streaming content, their mobile device is actually performing file caching” in the background, temporarily buffering the video and reading/writing into memory.

This scenario requires both increased memory size and improved storage performance; the device’s memory subsystem must have the ability to read and write as fast as the network, otherwise a performance bottleneck is created. more>

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