Reinventing the Transmit Chain for Next-Generation

Upcoming generations of radio access standards are placing high demands on the RF transmit chain, requiring significant improvements in size, integration, and functionality while improving power efficiency for multimode wireless devices. To date, trends in RF integration have been to add redundant circuits to accommodate new standards, packing more complexity into the circuit, and then shrinking it. However, this approach often requires a necessary compromise in performance and yield, with physical limits in terms of overall size reductions. A new approach is needed that incorporates a streamlined architecture to accommodate the additional levels of complexity due to multimode functionality, while improving efficiency, yield, and size, and meeting regulatory compliance.
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