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Family of X-Band AESA Core IC Solutions

January 20, 2016

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Anokiwave Inc. continues to expand its portfolio of Core ICs for Commercial AESAs and now offers the popular X-Band low NF or high input linearity ICs in single beam Rx/single beam Tx configurations.

Anokiwave Inc., an innovative company providing highly integrated core IC solutions for mmW markets and AESA based solutions, announced it has extended its X-Band Quad Core IC family with two new ICs for single beam Rx and Tx. This release completes the family of X-band Silicon Radar Quad Core IC solutions for commercial radar and 5G communications markets.

Each IC architecture in the family includes an integrated 4 channel beamformer, LNA, and PA supporting 4 radiating elements. The ICs feature either a low noise figure or a high input linearity, and are further divided by dual beam Rx/single beam Tx or single beam Rx/single beam Tx. The AWS-0101 features a low noise figure, dual beam Rx, and single beam Tx. The AWS-0103 features high input linearity, dual beam Rx, and single beam Tx. The AWS-0104 is a single beam Rx, single beam Tx IC with low noise figure, and the AWS-0105 is a single beam Rx, single beam Tx IC with high input linearity.

Each IC in the family includes 6-bit phase and 6-bit gain control with either a low noise figure or high input linearity in Rx mode. Additional features include gain compensation over temperature, temperature reporting, forward power telemetry with programmable delay power sampling, and fast beam switching using on-chip beam weight storage registers that can be accessed via direct address lines. Silicon technology enables very high integration of functionality thus enabling planar antenna design at X-band with reduced system size, weight, and cost.

“Commercial AESAs are the future of radar and 5G systems; highly integrated silicon solutions will enable the market to transition from expensive traditional military AESA technology to a commercial arena that requires very low cost,” states Robert Donahue, Anokiwave CEO. “We continue to believe that these parts will set a new standard in the industry for AESA ICs.”

The Anokiwave X-band family of ICs are highly integrated TDD (time-division duplex) transmit-receive ICs in a commercial QFN-style surface mount plastic package with dimensions of 7mm x 7mm x 0.9mm, easily fitting within the typical 15mm lattice spacing at 10 GHz. The ICs are controlled though a 5-wire serial to parallel interface (SPI) bus.

Availability:

Anokiwave offers innovator kits and evaluation kits to customers for early access to the technology. The kits include boards with the X-band IC, USB-SPI Interface module with drivers, and all required cables. Pilot production deliveries are available now with full production quantities available in June, 2016.

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