We are currently experiencing a revolution in telecommunications: 5G. The fifth generation of telecom networks has been driven by requirements for low latency, massive coverage, a huge reduction in network energy usage, all while connected to hundreds of electronic devices.

This is made possible by exploiting millimeter waves (mmWave), an extremely high frequency, 30 – 300 GHz radio band that is well suited for 5G networks. Although the 5G spectrum provides exceptional performance, these shorter radiofrequency (RF) waves require a new communications infrastructure comprised of localized, mini base stations supporting a larger macro network. This has long been perceived as a necessary precursor to enabling an enormous IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem supporting billions of interconnected devices.

What Role Will Fine Chemicals Play in 5G Uptake?

5G uptake is due to be driven mainly by new usage of IoT capabilities. This is where fine chemicals manufacturers have a key role to play. Novel polyimide-based flexible printed circuitry, varnishes and display films will play an important part in functionalizing the latest generation of interconnected devices for domestic markets and industrial settings alike. For example, fine chemical diamines, dianhydrides, and additives from a secure supply chain may prove essential to a greater roll-out of 5G commercial and residential networks by ensuring high-purity, quality, and sustainable sourcing.

The 5G infrastructure, comprised of base stations and active antenna units (AAUs), demands greater power and improved thermal management solutions. Polyimides with high permittivity and excellent thermal properties can maximize day-to-day performance while mitigating the ongoing risk of malfunction due to overheating.

Additionally, fine chemicals manufacturers may be able to extend the life cycles of expensive electronic devices whose complexity can result in premature failure. By continually improving e-grade polyimides, fine chemical companies can make a marked difference on the capabilities and long-term performance of various electronic systems from automated vehicles to smartphones. Combine this with the superb performance capabilities of 5G and it isn’t outlandish to think that the chemical industry could help usher in true artificial intelligence (AI) in homes and businesses.

Which Fine Chemicals are Ideal for 5G Networks?

At CABB, we are focused on the use of dianhydrides for polyimides as the foundation of 5G circuitry. BTDA, 6FDA and other dianhydrides as polyimide building blocks have proven integral to the continued development of telecoms in a world that is globally connected by 5G. Contact us today if you would like to learn more.