Aerospace and Defense Channel

RF GaN Market Nearing $750 Million

Revenue for RF GaN devices increased by slightly more than 23 percent in 2016, and demand is expected to grow, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. Growth in defense applications, particularly radar, communications and EW, will offset flat revenue from the wireless infrastructure segment.


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Xilinx Delivers Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Family Integrating the RF Signal Chain

For 5G Wireless, Cable Remote-PHY and Radar

Xilinx announced delivery of its Zynq® UltraScale+™ RF SoC family, a breakthrough architecture integrating the RF signal chain into an SoC for 5G wireless, cable remote-PHY and radar. Based on a 16 nm UltraScale+ MPSoC architecture, the programmable RF SoCs monolithically integrate RF data converters, for up to 50–75 percent system power and footprint reduction, and soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) cores to meet 5G and DOCSIS 3.1 standards. With silicon samples already shipping to multiple customers, the early access program for the Zynq UltraScale+ RF SoC family is now available.


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AXIe Consortium Announce Optical Communication Standard for Instrumentation Systems

The AXIe Consortium announced a new specification, Optical Data Interface, suitable for high-speed instrumentation systems addressing challenging applications in 5G communications, mil/aero and advanced communication research. The AXIe Consortium was joined by Conduant Corporation, Guzik Technical Enterprises, Intel Corporation, Keysight Technologies, Samtec Incorporated and Xilinx in endorsing the standard and stating their plans to offer components or instrumentation products compliant with the new standard.

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