Qualcomm's (NASDAQ:QCOM) product portfolio includes chips that enable 5G technology in everything from Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as industrial equipment to smartphones, cars, and modems and other equipment that make up the 5G network itself.
Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) sells some of the basic components that power 5G networks. It bolstered its presence in this area with the recent purchase of Silicon Labs’ (NASDAQ:SLAB) automotive and network infrastructure segment.
AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) makes this list because of its acquisition of Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) -- the industry leader in field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips. As new hardware is developed for 5G, FPGA chips’ adaptability makes them ideal for constructing the basic equipment to deploy 5G technology.
Nvidia's (NASDAQ:NVDA) graphics processing units (GPUs) are most commonly used in high-end video games, but they are also being used for many other applications, 5G included.
Chip design giant Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) is a top name in 5G. Its circuitry designs can be found across the mobile network ecosystem from devices such as smartphones that connect to a wireless signal to the wireless base stations that create 5G signals managed by mobile service providers.
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