The semiconductor industry produces the chips, microprocessors and other key hardware components needed for building electronic devices. The rise of 5G networks meant to deliver high data speeds and expansive connectivity has created new opportunities for companies that specialize in semiconductor design and manufacturing. We’ve compiled a list of top 5G semiconductor companies working to enable devices to tap into wireless technology innovations.
- Micron Technology
5G Semiconductor Companies to Know
AMD, short for Advanced Micro Devices, designs and develops computer processors and the tech that supports them. Its products are used across industries to power servers, workstations, personal computers and embedded systems. For example, the AMD EPYC platform is designed to serve 5G communications service providers.
Intel is one of the world’s top producers of the semiconductors that power computer chips. It specializes in microprocessors for computer systems, which appear inside Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer computers. CEO Pat Gelsinger has spoken publicly about his confidence that the global move toward 5G and digital products will continue to create an ongoing demand for high-quality semiconductors, and has been building domestic fabrication plants in Arizona and Ohio to serve that supply chain need.
Qualcomm makes 5G semiconductors for wireless tech, using what’s known as “fabless tech” — meaning the company takes its research and design and outsources fabrication to dedicated facilities. Its semiconductors power the Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G mobile platform that serves 5G multimode devices, which are able to run on both 5G and older generations of connectivity.
Micron Technology makes chips that power 5G-enabled devices, from IoT devices to AI-powered mobile cameras. The company says it expects to radically increase data access speed and to interconnect a web of devices with developing technology in the 5G space. The company operates locations around the globe, including multiple manufacturing sites and customer labs.
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NXP specializes in connectivity products for embedded applications within devices. The company makes technology solutions for automotive, IoT, industrial and communication infrastructure applications, and manufactures many of its own chips in its own factories. The NXP 5G Access Edge technologies are marketed for use in smart homes, smart cities and for industrial use in factories and building sites.