Next-Generation Consumer Electronics for 6G Wireless Era
preprintposted on 04.12.2020, 11:08 by Junaid Nawaz Syed, Shree Krishna Sharma, Mohmammad N. Patwary, Md Asaduzzaman
The upcoming beyond 5G (B5G)/6G wireless networks target various innovative technologies, services, and interfaces such as edge computing, ultra-reliable and low-latency communication (URLLC), backscatter communications, and TeraHertz (THz) technology-enabled inter-chip communications and high capacity links. Although there are ongoing advances in the system/network level, it is crucial to introduce innovations at the device-level to efficiently support these novel technologies by addressing various practical constraints in terms of power limitations, computational capacity, and storage capacity. This device-level innovation ultimately demands significant enhancements in today's consumer electronics (CE). Considering the contemporary latency requirements of CE (e.g., entertainment, gaming, etc), to enhance the commercial potential of ``edge processing as service'', it is envisioned that URLLC will further evolve as enhanced-URLLC (e-URLLC). In this regard, this paper proposes a novel edge computing-enabled e-URLLC framework for the next generation CE, named edge computing for CE (ECCE), in order to enable the support of e-URLLC in the upcoming 6G era. Starting with the discussion on recent trends and advances in CE, the proposed framework and its importance in the 6G wireless era are described. Subsequently, several potential technologies and tools to enable the implementation of the proposed ECCE framework are identified along with some interesting open research topics and future recommendations.