Anokiwave has announced the first in a family of third-generation silicon ICs for 5G antenna arrays. The AWMF-0151 is a quad-core IC for 28 GHz that provides beamforming for a four channel, dual polarization system or eight channel, single polarization. The IC operates over the 3GPP n257 (26.5 to 29.5 GHz) and n261 (27.5 to 28.35 GHz) bands.

This third-generation IC incorporates low-cost materials, embedded ZERO-CAL™, fast beam steering and KINETIC-GREEN™ technologies and supports remote field health monitoring and higher power efficiency, which will help service providers manage capital and operating expenses and make 5G ubiquitous.

The AWMF-0151 is packaged in a 5.2 mm x 4.0 mm wafer level chip scale package, which fits within the typical 5.3 mm lattice spacing at 28 GHz.

Pilot production deliveries are available this quarter. To ease adoption, Anokiwave offers evaluation kits with a PCB containing the IC, USB-SPI interface module with drivers and all required cables.

Anokiwave plans to extend its 5G IC family by offering a complete signal chain from IF to antenna in each 5G millimeter wave band.

“Anokiwave's new Gen-3 5G silicon IC family enables powerful and efficient active antennas, while adding new and enhanced features to make 3GPP compliant cutting-edge performance even easier. The system architecture behind the family allows us to address multiple use cases ranging from infrastructure to consumer equipment. By harnessing the highest levels of integration, three generations of active antenna IC learning, and cost structures only available on 300 mm diameter silicon processes, we’ve enabled base-stations and small cells to reach price points on par with Wi-Fi access points.” — David Corman, Anokiwave chief systems architect