Microwave Journal

Cavendish Kinetics adds design wins and ramps shipments of RF MEMS tuners

March 18, 2015

Cavendish Kinetics, the leader in high-performance RF MEMS tuning solutions, announced that its SmarTune™ antenna tuning solution is gaining significant traction in the LTE smartphone market, after the first OEM adopted Cavendish’s SmarTune solution at the end of 2014. Now shipping in five different smartphone models, the new design wins address difficult LTE spectrum band combinations, especially the 2 GHz band required in the Chinese market and the 700/800 MHz bands required by many European and North American operators.

For the first time Cavendish’s SmarTune solution is also used to optimize the performance of the LTE MIMO antenna. Now that most OEM’s recognize the benefit of aperture tuning over impedance matching, they are finding that Cavendish’s SmarTune solution allows them to design very small, highly efficient antennas that are needed to enable ever slimmer smartphones, without sacrificing radio performance. Cavendish’s RF MEMS Tuners outperform traditional SOI switch based antenna tuning solutions by 2 to 3 dB, resulting in much higher data rates (up to 2x) and improved battery life (up to 40 percent). For network operators the SmarTune enabled devices provide more efficient spectrum utilization as increased data rates allow more users to be served in the same amount of spectrum. Optimizing the MIMO performance in smartphones further improves user data rates and network efficiency.

“The fast growing number of design-wins for our SmarTune antenna tuning solutions underscores the superior performance and unparalleled reliability of our RF MEMS Tuners compared to all other tuning solutions,” said Lars Johnsson, vice president product marketing, Cavendish Kinetics. “The 2 to 3 dB of additional performance that our RF MEMS tuners enable makes a critical difference to ensure that the new generation of ultra-slim smartphones can have outstanding radio performance across the global LTE spectrum footprint”.

For more information visit www.cavendish-kinetics.com.