Anokiwave Inc. announced further expansion of its SATCOM beamformer IC family with the new Generation-2 Ku-Band set of ICs for the design and commercial deployment of phased array-based ground terminals. The new Ku-Band ICs enable active antenna based phased array SATCOM ground terminals that can auto-align and auto-position and support SATCOM-on-the-move using LEO/MEO/GEO satellites.
The Ku-Band IC family builds on their 1st generation of beamformer ICs, and adds to the K/Ka-Band SATCOM ICs that were previously released, by improving performance, reducing cost and providing a host of digital functionality that simplifies the active antenna array design. The highly integrated AWMF-0146 Rx IC and the AWMF-0147 Tx IC both support four dual polarization radiating elements with full polarization flexibility. Using a small WLCSP (Wafer Level Chip Scale Package) makes the overall phased array assembly and thermal management even easier.
“The new Ku-Band beamformer ICs in addition to our previously released K/Ka-Band Gen 2 ICs now offer options for both the key SATCOM bands for ground equipment, while ensure unmatched performance and low cost,” states Abhishek Kapoor, Anokiwave VP of Sales. “With each generation Anokiwave improves performance and reduces cost of the ICs and we have done the same with these new Ku band ICs. We are already receiving extremely positive feedback on these parts and enabling customers to develop phased array-based ground and avionics SATCOM equipment.”
The AWMF-0146 and AWMF-0147 are available to the general market in Q3-2019.
Anokiwave offers evaluation kits for ease of adoption of the technology and capabilities. The kits include boards with the IC, USB-SPI Interface module with drivers and all required cables.