Anokiwave, Inc. introduced the industry’s first single-chip dual-channel IF up-/down-converter with fully integrated LO synthesizer, delivering a single-chip multi-band solution that enables network operators to design smaller, lower cost, higher performance 5G radios across the entire 3GPP frequency range.
The new AWMF-0224 is a half-duplex mmWave to IF transceiver covering multiple 5G bands between 24 GHz to 30 GHz, and first in the family of the 5G IF transceivers. It integrates the entire mmWave to IF signal chain for 5G radios, including dual up-/down-converters, driver amplifiers, multipliers and LO synthesizer into a single silicon IC, without compromising performance. Features integrated into the IC include:
- Two channels of IF up-/down-converters
- Integrated and selectable frequency multiplier
- Core distribution and driver power amplifier to drive large arrays
- On-chip fully integrated PLL/VCO LO synthesizer offering significant cost savings to client-side applications
- Host of multiple digital functions and telemetry controls.
The AWMF-0224 IF Transceiver used in conjunction with Anokiwave’s recently released AWMF-0221, fourth generation beamformer IC, allows OEMs build the entire mmWave 5G radio front end with two IC types, while offering the industry’s highest linear power and efficiency. Together, Anokiwave’s fourth generation of ICs enables a new level of form factor reduction, a single unified design across n257, n258 and n261 5G bands and industry leading performance not seen before.
“Our new product category, IF Transceiver ICs, represents Anokiwave’s continued commitment to offer system level solutions to the 5G market to enable mmWave radios with leading performance, smallest form factor, low cost and simpler designs for faster time to market. Instead of having to deal with multiple discrete components and trying to optimize the performance, OEMs can now develop complete 5G radios with fewer IC types and IC counts,” said David Corman, Anokiwave's chief systems architect. “The multi-band frequency range enables designers to use one set of hardware across all 5G radio applications and antenna deployments, as well as other mmWave use cases. We remain committed to advancing the state-of-the-art in 5G mmWave technology with increased bandwidth capability, faster time-to-market and the lowest total cost of ownership.”
To accelerate the development of advanced 5G antennas, Anokiwave provides a developer kit for the AWMF-0224 that includes all hardware and software required to enable full evaluation and RF testing with a user-friendly interface, 10 extra ICs and a full set of measured data for reference performance.