17 October 2017
Anokiwave adds to family of active antenna innovator kits with 256-element, reconfigurable 28GHz array for mmW 5G system roll-out
Anokiwave Inc of San Diego, CA, USA – which provides highly integrated silicon core chips and III-V front-end integrated circuits for millimeter-wave (mmW) markets and active antenna based solutions – has launched the AWA-0134 as the next product in its family of mmW phased-array antenna innovator’s kits.
Driven by the firm’s AWMF-0108 28GHz 5G quad core IC with embedded functions for remote telemetry and low-latency steering, the AWA-0134 is a 28GHz, 256-element, reconfigurable active electronically scanned antenna for 5G mm-wave communication applications. It is claimed to represent the first commercially available 256-element phased array at 28GHz to enable the development and measurement of radio links and channel models, as well as for rapid prototyping and testing of electronically beam-steered radio links through low-latency beam update rates.
“We are one of the first companies to have ICs that enable 5G antenna makers to show a real-time 5G link, and this product will further enable the OEMs to continue progress in their 5G rollout,” says technology fellow Dr Ian Gresham. “The array is based on our 28GHz 5G quad core IC, and allows for real-time active beam-steering applications in a single 256-element or in a 4x64 element configuration that enables 4x4 MIMO testing,” he adds. “With full flexibility in the choice of waveform stimulus and timing control, the array is another enabling technology product for the evaluation and development of 5G networks.”
Developed with Ball Aerospace for mmW 5G wireless markets, the AWA-0134 includes an integrated controller that can steer the beams to predetermined positions within a wide scan volume with minimal latency and system sensitivity.
The AWA-0134 innovator’s kits are available now. Customers may also license the technology for their own array development activities.