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Microwatts Determine the Fate of Terawatts in 5G
Brian Zahnstecher (Founder and Principal , PowerRox LLC)
Location: Room 210
Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Track: ESC - Advanced Technologies
Format: Technical Session
Vault Recording: TBD
The next-generation cellular network known as 5G is propelled with more marketing hype than foundational substance. The exponential projections for billions or even trillions of edge devices attached to the network utilizing massive bandwidth and traffic growth are starting from an assumption that both the network and energy infrastructures exist to support such projections, which is a fundamental flaw as things exist today when you look at it from a more pragmatic view. This disconnect, known as the “5G Energy Gap,” is likely due to a lack of awareness between the many tiny power devices at the edge of the network and the utility grids that must source all that energy. The good news is there are great opportunities to address this gap by reducing system power needs and mitigating off-line energy needs via the use of things like energy harvesting. This session is intended to provide some simple, yet realistic examples of the gaps that exist between the marketing projections and the reality of the situation from a number of different perspectives, including technical, market opportunity, proposed solutions, and how these all intersect to determine the viability of the business case for what we are calling “5G” today.