Samsung and Princeton Join Forces to Lead 6G Innovation

Samsung and Princeton University have announced a partnership to research and develop the next-generation wireless and networking technologies for 6G. Samsung’s research and development arm, Samsung Research America, has become a founding member of Princeton’s NextG Initiative Corporate Affiliates Program, which aims to foster collaboration and innovation in the 6G field.

Samsung Research America (SRA) is a leading research and development organization of Samsung Electronics, which is one of the world’s largest technology companies. SRA focuses on advancing the state-of-the-art in various domains, such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, internet of things, and biometrics.

SRA is also responsible for managing Samsung’s Advanced Communications Research Center (ACRC), which was established in 2019 to spearhead the development of 6G communication technology. ACRC has published two white papers on 6G, one on the vision and requirements, and another on the spectrum and technology challenges. ACRC is also playing a key role in the global standardization of 6G technology, as it chairs the 6G Framework Group of the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and the Spectrum Group of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Princeton’s NextG Initiative: What It Is and What It Does

Princeton’s NextG Initiative is a research and education program that was launched in 2023 by the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The NextG Initiative aims to accelerate the adoption of new technologies and increase the flow of innovation across a range of topics, such as cloud and edge networks, intelligent sensing, and network resilience.

The NextG Initiative also launched a corporate affiliates program in 2024, which invites industry leaders to join the program and support its activities and goals. The corporate affiliates program provides various benefits to its members, such as access to Princeton’s faculty and students, participation in research projects and events, and influence on the direction and agenda of the program.

The NextG Initiative is led by Andrea Goldsmith, the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Mung Chiang, the director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. The NextG Initiative also involves more than 40 faculty members from various departments and disciplines, such as electrical engineering, computer science, and operations research.

The Partnership: What It Involves and What It Aims For

The partnership between Samsung and Princeton involves the following:

  • SRA has become a founding member of the NextG Initiative Corporate Affiliates Program, along with other companies, such as Ericsson, Intel, MediaTek, Nokia Bell Labs, Qualcomm Technologies, and Vodafone.
  • SRA will work closely with Princeton’s faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge research and development on 6G wireless and networking technologies, such as terahertz communications, holographic communications, and quantum communications.
  • SRA will also share its expertise and insights on 6G technology with Princeton’s community, and contribute to the education and training of the next generation of 6G engineers and innovators.

The partnership aims to achieve the following:

  • To bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications, and to create synergies and collaborations among the partners.
  • To lead the innovation and development of 6G technology, and to shape the future of wireless and networking systems.
  • To enhance the competitiveness and leadership of the partners in the global 6G market, and to create social and economic value for the society.

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