The arrival of 5G has introduced a wide range of RF design challenges—some obvious, some less so. The difficulties associated with millimeter wave (mmWave) have been widely discussed, for example, but signal integrity and hardware costs are also major issues.
Emerging 5G capabilities are transforming consumer and industry communication capacities and beyond previously imagined limits. Most design engineers realize that widespread 5G deployment and integration requires specialized components to enable the required speed, strength and reliability of the network. While suppliers such as Molex have been designing antennas and micro connectors for decades, they have had to pivot their design, testing and manufacturing approaches for component optimization in 5G applications.