Though 5G wireless technology is only available in about a third of the
countries around the world, it’s
hoped that its performance benefits – more efficient operations in
everything from personal activities to industrial processes and transportation
– will deliver
sustainability improvements even though the networks themselves will require greater energy
use due to expanded user adoption.
While those expectations will be put to the test during this decade, NXP is
already working on the next generation of wireless tech. This next generation
will help redefine how sustainability is achieved by embedding a human-like
intelligence in the network that will purposefully manage and maximize energy
use and efficiency.
We Are on a Journey to Building a Sustainable Network.
6G will build on 5G’s connectivity and performance improvements with
10 times the data transfer speed, which will enable instant responsiveness,
seamless end-to-end access and services that cross industries and locations.
This will come with an expected
hundredfold hike in mobile traffic worldwide.
NXP is taking steps now to drive down the power consumption of the entire
system, using such innovations as putting more processing power at the
point of data collection and use, called "the edge". We live and work at the
edge of computer networks, which means expending less energy connecting to the
cloud and more useful and potentially energy-saving applications locally.
We’re also developing and manufacturing advanced semiconductor technologies
like gallium nitride which offer increased performance over many applications
while reducing energy use (late last year
we opened a new fab in Chandler, Arizona to apply this tech to 5G chips).
But the real “aha” for us is that human-like intelligence I mentioned earlier;
we envision using a combination of AI/machine learning and connectivity to
enable autonomous decision-making within the network so that it will itself
decide where energy is spent. This will make its energy use purposeful, not
incidental to its operation, and integrate sustainability as a feature, not
just an outcome.
NXP is investing in every stage of this journey to build a sustainable
network, and I couldn’t be more excited about its promise.