21 February 2018
Anokiwave launches family of ICs supporting 3GPP-compliant mmW 5G equipment
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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 first product in a new family of second-generation 5G silicon quad core ICs that enable 3GPP-compliant base stations with the worldwide release of the 39GHz AWMF-0156 IC. The second-generation IC family is part of Anokiwave’s on-going strategy to enable the commercialization of 5G mmW systems with silicon ICs.
The AWMF-0156 operates at 37.1–40.0GHz, supports four radiating elements, and includes gain and phase controls for analog RF beam steering. Anokiwave’s patent-pending IP blocks implemented in silicon technology are said to enable low-cost hybrid beam forming with high energy efficiency and low-latency beam steering.
“Anokiwave is delivering innovative, production-ready ICs for the 5G market with industry-first ICs at 26GHz, 28GHz and 39GHz and continues its leadership with today’s announcement of the world’s first family of 5G silicon core ICs that enable 3GPP compliance,” says Anokiwave technology fellow Ian Gresham. “The new generation of core ICs is an essential product family that allows network operators to roll out 5G coverage in earnest, starting in 2018.”
The AWMF-0156 is a highly integrated silicon IC packaged in a wafer-level chip-scale package (WLCSP), fitting within the typical 3.8mm lattice spacing at 39GHz.
For ease of adoption of the technology and capabilities, Anokiwave offers evaluation kits that include boards with the IC, USB-SPI interface module with drivers, and all required cables. Pilot production deliveries are available in May.