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Road to 6G: IDTechEx Investigates Emerging Low-Loss Materials

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As the world awaits the full take-off of the next generation of telecommunication technologies, 5G, important stakeholders are preparing for the future of future telecommunications – 6G. This may seem premature, given that deployment of 5G infrastructure and base stations are not nearly at their peak yet. In fact, IDTechEx forecasts that the high-frequency, high-performance bands of mmWave 5G will only take off in several years. However, for 6G technologies to eventually be deployed globally in a decade, key research and development activities by numerous stakeholders across the supply chain (i.e., telecommunications operators, component suppliers, materials suppliers, governments, academics, etc.) must take place now. This includes R&D for low-loss materials, which IDTechEx extensively explores in its report, “Low-Loss Materials for 5G and 6G 2024-2034: Markets, Trends, Forecasts“.
A look into 6G and its current status
First, it is important to understand the 5G frequency bands to understand why the 6G frequency bands seem so promising. 5G’s frequency bands include the sub-6GHz band (from 3.5 – 6 GHz) and the millimeter wave (mmWave) band (from 24 – 40 GHz). While these 5G bands can offer faster data rates, low latency, and enhanced reliability for end-users, 6G can go a step further. 6G will likely include frequency bands extending into the THz (terahertz) range (from 0.3 to 10 THz), which will be able to offer Tbps (terabits per second) data rates, microsecond latency, and extensive network dependability. Compared to 5G, 6G is expected to have a 50x higher data rate and 100x faster speeds.
With such benefits, it is not surprising that research on 6G technologies has been accelerating since 2019. The first major milestone occurred in 2017 when Huawei began its 6G research. Since then, key governmental authorities like the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have opened up THz frequencies for research, while the Chinese government began its research activities for 6G. Additionally, partnerships and consortiums are shaping up to be important hubs of innovation for future 6G technologies. Recently, the AI-RAN Alliance was launched with the goal of effectively combining artificial intelligence (AI) with wireless communication technologies; it includes many notable founding members, including Samsung Electronics, Arm, Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia, NVIDIA, SoftBank, and Northeastern University.
Overcoming the key technical challenges of 6G
The two biggest challenges that will need to be addressed for 6G technologies are:

Very short signal propagation range
Signal loss due to line-of-sight obstacles (i.e. buildings, trees, etc.)

For the former challenge, minimizing transmission loss will require different technical advancements, including innovations in materials for 6G. Speaking broadly, materials innovation acts as an essential building block on which other technical advances can develop. For THz communications, low-loss materials that help minimize signal loss will be critical to enabling new 6G technologies and applications.
Landscape of low-loss materials for high-frequency 5G applications. Source: IDTechEx
Approaches to low-loss materials for 6G
While the precise performance targets needed for 6G are still unknown, it can be expected that next-generation low-loss materials must surpass the performance of current ultra-low-loss materials at a minimum. As such, some researchers are approaching the challenge of 6G low-loss materials from the starting point of current commercially used low-loss materials. These material approaches may incorporate novel structures or modifiers into industry-standard dielectric materials, such as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and reinforced epoxy thermosets.
Others are considering the need for low-loss materials for integrated packages. As telecommunications components continue to be integrated into smaller packages, the need for materials that facilitate such packages increases. Organic materials such as polyimide (PI) and poly p-(phenyl ether) (PPE) are being developed into build-up materials for substrates.
However, more substantial research activity is taking place for inorganic materials for integrated packages. Numerous papers have been published demonstrating the feasibility of using glass as a substrate in an antenna-integrated die-embedded package, which may reduce signal loss in the interconnects. Additionally, many papers are exploring novel ceramic compositions for low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) for 6G applications.
Lastly, other research approaches are utilizing less conventional materials, like low-cost thermoplastics, silica foams, or wood-based composites. The diversity in approaches explored by IDTechEx shows not only the level of interest in low-loss materials for 6G but also offers a look into how diverse the future landscape of low-loss materials for 6G may be.
Market forecasts for low-loss materials for 5G and 6G
The IDTechEx report, “Low-Loss Materials for 5G and 6G 2024-2034: Markets, Trends, Forecasts”, explores the technology developments and market trends driving the growth of the low-loss materials market for next-generation telecommunications. IDTechEx forecasts future revenue and area demand for low-loss materials for 5G while carefully segmenting the market by frequency (sub-6 GHz vs mmWave), six material types, and three application areas (smartphones, infrastructure, and CPEs) to provide sixty different forecast lines. For further information on low-loss materials for 5G and 6G, including material benchmarking studies, player analysis, market drivers and barriers, and granular 10-year market forecasts, please see the IDTechEx report.
For more information on this report, including downloadable sample pages, please visit www.IDTechEx.com/LowLossMats.For the full portfolio of 5G-related research available from IDTechEx, please visit www.IDTechEx.com/Research/5G.
IDTechEx provides trusted independent research on emerging technologies and their markets. Since 1999, we have been helping our clients to understand new technologies, their supply chains, market requirements, opportunities and forecasts. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.IDTechEx.com.
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Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA Expand Global Coverage

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Eddid Financial (“the Group”) announces that its intelligent trading application Eddid ONE and the premier US stock trading application Eddid ONE USA* have expanded their global coverage to 22 countries and regions. The apps are now officially launched on Google Play and App Store in respective markets, providing clients with advanced and convenient proprietary intelligent services.
The apps are now available in 22 key global markets across six continents, including Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan and Japan. Going forward, expansion plans are in place to reach additional emerging markets as the Group continues building out its global network.
Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA* have long been favored by the market for their clean interface and versatile functions. Specifically, Eddid ONE includes AI assistants in addition to real-time market data, proprietary trading strategies, research reports etc., but also come with AI assistants. Utilizing big data and AI technologies, the assistants provide personalized intelligent services, including predicting market trends and target stock prices to cater to diverse investor needs.
Clients can now keep abreast of the latest global market developments anytime, anywhere by using Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA*. This allows them to enjoy the Group’s one-stop proprietary intelligent trading services no matter where they are. Going forward, Eddid Financial will continue leveraging its leadership in fintech innovation to further enhance Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA*, with the commitment to deliver an even more comprehensive, efficient and secure financial services experience.
* *Always consider the risks when investing.
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Gcore Recognised as Highly Commended in the Industry Innovator Category at the EMEA NVIDIA Partner Network Awards

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Gcore, the global edge AI, cloud, network, and security solutions provider, today announced its recognition as ‘Highly Commended’ in the Industry Innovation category at the NVIDIA Partner Network Awards EMEA 2024 for its groundbreaking Speech-to-Text Translator.
The NVIDIA Partner Network Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of partners exhibiting outstanding efforts, unwavering commitment, and innovative spirit in accelerated computing and AI. The Industry Innovation Award recognises partners who have spearheaded transformation within a specific industry or field.
Gcore used artificial intelligence to launch the first advanced machine learning model for speech-to-text translation from English to Luxembourgish. The model can be used to translate entire recordings for various mediums, including theatre, film, or music, from English into Luxembourgish text – for example, in the form of film subtitles.
Gcore is currently working on enabling real-time translations for use during conferences and events. The company’s future plans also include adding other commonly used languages in Luxembourg, such as French and German, to the translation tool, making speech-to-text translation a key mode of cross-language communication.Speech-to-Text Translator is part of Gcore’s state-of-the-art edge AI solutions, which also include GPU Cloud for AI training and Inference at the Edge for AI inference, all powered by NVIDIA GPUs.
Commenting on the award, Andre Reitenbach, CEO of Gcore, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from the NVIDIA Partner Network. Aware of the growing demand from the Luxembourgish public, expats, and local businesses for translation from English to Luxembourgish, Gcore is committed to making communication seamless and efficient. Our groundbreaking AI app for speech recognition sets a new standard, demonstrating our leadership in edge AI services. We are honoured to be acknowledged by the NVIDIA Partner Network for our innovative contribution to the AI landscape.”
“AI fosters communication and connection through its ability to translate across languages,” said Dirk Barfuss, Director of EMEA Channel at NVIDIA. “Gcore is recognized as 2024 EMEA NPN Highly Commended in the Industry Innovator category for its achievements in creating the first advanced speech-to-text translation from English to Luxembourgish, powered by NVIDIA GPUs.”
Gcore’s model was built on Whisper Small – the downsized version of the open-source Whisper model, containing 244 million weights. To meet this substantial demand for computing resources, Gcore used a high-end solution powered by the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU.
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CCI Initiates Study on AI’s Influence on Competition, Efficiency, and Innovation

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is gearing up to conduct a comprehensive study on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on competition, efficiency, and innovation.
This initiative comes in response to the growing significance of AI across various sectors. With the aim of fostering innovation and fair competition, the CCI has announced plans to delve into the evolving landscape of AI and its application in Indian markets.
In a recent announcement, the CCI issued a request for proposal to engage an agency to conduct this market study. The study aims to provide insights into the emerging competition dynamics within AI ecosystems, along with assessing the implications of AI applications for competition, efficiency, and innovation across key user industries.
Key focus areas of the study include understanding the AI ecosystem, analyzing its applications in different industries, evaluating its impact on competition within sectors, and examining the regulatory frameworks governing AI development in India and other major jurisdictions.
Additionally, the study will explore strategies for fostering a competitive environment that encourages both incumbent AI developers and new innovators. It will also address measures for creating awareness among stakeholders regarding AI usage and its implications on competition, alongside ensuring compliance with necessary standards.
To facilitate this study, the selected agency will be tasked with collating existing research and data, as well as engaging with relevant stakeholders. The deadline for submission of bids is June 3, with the opening of financial bids scheduled for June 26.
This initiative underscores India’s commitment to understanding and harnessing the potential of AI while ensuring fair competition and promoting innovation. It aligns with the CCI’s broader efforts to address emerging challenges in the digital economy and safeguard competition in the market.
By conducting this study, the CCI aims to equip itself with valuable insights that will inform future regulatory decisions and strategies related to AI development and its impact on competition dynamics in India.
Source: business-standard.com
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