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Smartphone RF Front End Content Trends Analysis 2015

  • September 2015
  • -
  • EJL Wireless Research LLC
  • -
  • 122 pages

This report provides a comprehensive analysis on RF front end technology in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6s smartphones

Features

Analysis of RF component suppliers for Apple iPhone 6s
Analysis of RF component suppliers for Samsung Galaxy 6S
Wireless Connectivity Functional Diagrams for both smartphones
Wireless Connectivity Interfaces Analysis:
- Cellular FDD/TDD LTE
- WiFi
- Bluetooth
- GNSS
- Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Wireless Charging

Table Of Contents

Smartphone RF Front End Content Trends Analysis 2015
TABLES 4
EXHIBITS 6
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 8
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY 23
Cellular Connectivity Overview 23
GSM Bands 24
CMA / CDMA2000 Bands 26
UMTS W-CDMA UTRA Bands 29
3GPP Release 8 LTE 35
3GPP Release 10 LTE-A 36
3GPP Carrier Aggregation 37
FD-LTE and TD-LTE Bands 39
Cellular RFFE Complexity 46
Cellular Service Provider Network Assets 47
Band Support - Samsung Galaxy S6 Family 51
Band Support - Apple iPhone 6 Family 52
Samsung Digital Baseband Modem Portfolio 53
Samsung RF Transceiver Portfolio 54
Qualcomm Digital Baseband Modem Portfolio 55
Qualcomm RF Transceiver Portfolio 56
High-Band RFFE - Samsung Galaxy S6 57
Mid-Band RFFE - Samsung Galaxy S6 58
Low-Band RFFE - Samsung Galaxy S6 59
Low-Band RFFE - Band 28 APT 60
Receive Diversity RFFE - Samsung Galaxy S6 61
Antenna Switching and Tuning - Samsung Galaxy S6 62
Cat 6 Carrier Aggregation - Samsung Galaxy S6 63
LTE Peak Bandwidth - Samsung Galaxy S6 64
TABLE OF CONTENTS, CONT
High-Band RFFE - Apple iPhone 6 65
Mid-Band RFFE - Apple iPhone 6 66
Mid-Band RFFE Quadplexer Implementation Example 67
Low-Band RFFE - Apple iPhone 6 68
Receive Diversity RFFE - Apple iPhone 6 69
Antenna Switching and Tuning - Apple iPhone 6 70
Cat 4 Carrier Aggregation - Apple iPhone 6 71
Cat 10 Carrier Aggregation - Example RFFE 72
LTE Peak Bandwidth - Apple iPhone 6 73
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY - SUMMARY ANALYSIS 74
WI-FI AND BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY 75
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity Overview 75
W-Fi and Bluetooth - 24 GHz Band 79
Wi-Fi - 5 GHz Band 81
Bluetooth v4x - Physical Layer 83
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Cellular Coexistence Challenge 87
Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Wi-Fi Peak Performance 89
WI-FI / BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY - SUMMARY ANALYSIS 90
GNSS CONNECTIVITY 92
GNSS Overview - Band Plan 92
GNSS Implementation - Samsung Galaxy S6 94
GNSS Implementation - Apple iPhone 6 95
NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION CONNECTIVITY 96
NFC Overview - PHY and MAC 96
NFC - Samsung Galaxy S6 Implementation 97
NFC - Apple iPhone 6 Implementation 98
NFC CONNECTIVITY - SUMMARY ANALYSIS …… 99
WIRELESS CHARGING 100
Wireless Charging Overview 100
Wireless Charging - Samsung Galaxy S6 Implementation 101
APPENDIX - ABBREVIATIONS 102

TABLES

Table 1 Smartphone Chipsets - Major Suppliers 9
Table 2 Leadership Smartphone Wireless Connectivity 10
Table 3 Leadership Smartphone RF Component Suppliers 11
Table 4 Samsung Galaxy S6 - RF Content 17
Table 5 Apple iPhone 6 - RF Content 17
Table 6 Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge UMTS Models - RF Bill of Materials 21
Table 7 Apple iPhone 6 / 6 Plus - RF Bill of Materials 22
Table 8 FDD and TDD Comparison 23
Table 9 3GPP / ITU GSM Frequency Bands 24
Table 10 CDMA / CDMA2000 Band Classes 26
Table 11 3GPP / ITU UMTS FDD Band Plan 29
Table 12 UMTS TDD Band Plan 30
Table 13 3GPP Rel 8 LTE - Cat 1 through 5 UE Performance Criteria 35
Table 14 3GPP Rel 10 LTE-A - Cat 6 through 8 UE Performance Criteria 36
Table 15 3GPP Carrier Aggregation Bandwidth Classes 38
Table 16 3GPP Rel 10 Carrier Aggregation Configurations 38
Table 17 3GPP / ITU FD-LTE bands - Band 1 through Band 16 39
Table 18 3GPP / ITU FD-LTE Bands - Band 17 through Band 32 40
Table 19 3GPP / ITU TD-LTE Bands - Band 33 through Band 44 41
Table 20 Cellular RFFE Complexity Growth - RFFE Complexity Factorâ„¢ 46
Table 21 Largest Cellular Service Providers - Subscribers and Networks 47
Table 22 Largest Cellular Service Providers - Subscribers and Networks, Cont 48
Table 23 20 Largest Mobile Service Provider In-Use Spectrum Holdings 49
Table 24 Global Leadership Mobile Service Provider In-Use Spectrum Holdings 50
Table 25 Samsung Galaxy S6 Models - FDD and TDD Band Support 51
Table 26 Apple iPhone 6 Models - FDD and TDD Band Support 52
Table 27 Samsung Semi Shannon 333 DBB/Modem Characteristics 53
Table 28 Samsung Semi Shannon 928 RF Transceiver Characteristics 54
Table 29 Qualcomm Gobi MDM9XXX DBB/Modem Characteristics 55
Table 30 Qualcomm RF Transceiver Characteristics 56
Table 31 Samsung Galaxy S6 - LTE Uplink Peak Bandwidth 64
Table 32 Samsung Galaxy S6 - LTE Downlink Peak Bandwidth 64
Table 33 Apple iPhone 6 - LTE Uplink Peak Bandwidth 73
Table 34 Apple iPhone 6 - LTE Downlink Peak Bandwidth 73
Table 35 Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Cellular Band Support 74
Table 36 Bluetooth Modalities - PHY and MAC Characteristics 83
Table 37 Classic Bluetooth BR and Bluetooth EDR Channels 84
Table 38 Bluetooth Low Energy / Smart Channels 85
Table 39 IEEE 80211ac Modulation and Coding Scheme 89
Table 40 GNSS Key Characteristics 91
Table 41 NFC PHY and MAC Characteristics 95
Table 42 Wireless Power Specifications 99

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