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23 May 2014

Anadigics expands WiFi infrastructure portfolio and secures design wins at key OEM

Broadband wireless and wireline communications component maker Anadigics Inc of Warren, NJ, USA has launched the AWL5910 power amplifier (PA), optimized for WiFi infrastructure and multimedia applications including access points, routers, media gateways, set-top boxes, and smart TVs.

The new 5GHz power amplifier supports the 802.11a/n/ac standards and delivers a combination of linearity, efficiency and gain, while minimizing external component requirements. This level of performance and integration enables manufacturers to reduce both time-to-market and bill of materials, says Anadigics, while developing WiFi-enabled products that provide higher throughput with greater range, as well as consume less power. The AWL5910 has been adopted for use in multiple high-performance connectivity solutions which are expected to ramp in the upcoming quarter.

“The new AWL5910 provides world-class linearity, efficiency and gain to ensure high-speed WiFi connectivity, all while reducing BOM costs and minimizing PCB space requirements,” claims Jonathan Griffith, VP of WiFi products. “Leading OEMs recognize the strategic value our AWL5910 provides, and this is generating excellent design-win traction in a critical growth segment for Anadigics.”

The firm’s 802.11ac WiFi power amplifiers for infrastructure applications leverage its patented InGaP-Plus technology and unique design architectures to offer performance and integration. The AWL5910 PA provides 31dB of linear power gain and ultra-low 1.8% of EVM (error vector magnitude) at 22dBm output power to ensure stable, reliable high-throughput WiFi connectivity in the toughest 802.11ac modulation formats. The AWL5910 integrates additional functionality by removing unnecessary surface-mount passives and integrating a digital PA enable interface that eliminates the need for an external buffer amplifier. This solution also features a high-accuracy integrated detector that facilitates accurate power control over varying load conditions (3:1 VSWR) and extends the usable detector dynamic range from 5dBm to 26dBm, enabling extremely high transmission data rates.

The compact 4mm x 4mm x 0.8mm QFN package also incorporates RF ports internally matched to 50 Ohms and DC blocked to reduce PCB space requirements. In addition, a CMOS-compatible control interface improves ease of use.

These performance and integration advantages, coupled with the power efficiency and thermal characteristics, enable multiple input multiple output (MIMO) designs that consume less power and are more thermally efficient, says Anadigics.

Samples of the AWL5910 are available now for qualified programs.

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