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Qualcomm Technologies & Bosch Rexroth Showcase Time-Synchronized Industrial Devices Over Live 5G Network

Companies highlighting work on future of 5G in manufacturing at SPS Nuremberg

In the recent IHS “The 5G Economy” report, researchers stated that manufacturing will garner almost $4.7 trillion in 5G-related sales enablement by 2035. This use case represents 36 percent of the $13.2 trillion opportunity of 5G, and is by far the largest industry to be impacted by 5G beyond mobile. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Bosch Rexroth have been working together to make 5G-enabled industrial manufacturing a reality, and today at this year’s Smart Production Solutions (SPS) trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, we are showcasing the next step in that journey: a successful demonstration of industrial devices utilizing time-sensitive networking (TSN) technology while operating over a live 5G network. 

High-level diagram of Qualcomm Technologies’ and Bosch Rexroth’s TSN demo

High-level diagram of Qualcomm Technologies’ and Bosch Rexroth’s TSN demo

“Time-sensitive networking is a fundamental enabling technology for industrial automation, and having the capability to run TSN over wireless 5G networks will allow for greater flexibility on the factory floor,” said Yongbin Wei, vice president, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are proud to continue our long-standing collaboration with Bosch Rexroth, and we are looking forward to demonstrating the full capabilities of 5G TSN as part of Release 16 next year.”

Our joint demo allows visitors to view two industrial devices operating in a time-synchronized manner over a wireless connection – showing that the combination of TSN and 5G can enable precise synchronization without the need for a wired connection. In this demo, Bosch Rexroth is presenting their new ctrlX AUTOMATION solution, in which two ctrlX CORE controls interact with each other in real time over a 5G test network, which is utilizing a Qualcomm® 5G industrial test device. The network is operating in the 3.7-3.8 GHz spectrum band – the spectrum band that has been earmarked for regional and local networks in Germany.

“Our ctrlX Automation platform will allow industrial machine manufacturers to choose between real-time wired Industrial Ethernet or real-time 5G wireless communication according to their needs – without having to change the machine application. This was made possible thanks to our close cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies,” said Gunther May, Director of Technology at Bosch Rexroth AG.

Qualcomm Technologies and Bosch Rexroth share an ongoing research collaboration to work on 5G applications for industrial settings. At Mobile World Congress this past February we announced a joint study of radio channels in industrial environments to learn how to best service the unique requirements of 21st-century factory floors. This new joint proof-of-concept is a precursor to the upcoming 5G capability to support TSN natively. This feature is expected to become available in the next release of the 5G specifications – 3GPP Release 16 – scheduled to be finalized in the first half of 2020.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates.  When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born.  Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries.  As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT - including smart cities, smart homes and wearables.  Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business.  For more information, visit Qualcomm’s websiteOnQ blogTwitter and Facebook pages.

About Bosch Rexroth
As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 32,300 associates generated sales revenue of roughly 6.2 billion euros in 2018. To learn more, please visit www.boschrexroth.com

About The Bosch Group
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 460 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development. Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com.

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