22 February 2018
Anokiwave launches second IC in new family 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 28GHz AWMF-0157 as the second product in a new family of second-generation 5G silicon quad core ICs enabling 3GPP-compliant base stations (part of Anokiwave’s on-going strategy to enable the commercialization of 5G mmW systems with silicon ICs).
Like the 37.1–40.0GHz AWMF-0156, the new AWMF-0157 (which operates at 26.5–29.5GHz) 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 enable low-cost hybrid beam forming with high energy efficiency and low-latency beam steering.
“As the push to roll out 5G networks by the end of the year is proceeding at full speed, Anokiwave is executing on an aggressive strategy to deliver mmW 5G solutions with industry-first ICs at 26GHz, 28GHz and 39GHz,” says chief architect David Corman. “The new family of ICs that enable 3GPP compliance is an essential step that allows network operators to roll out 5G coverage in earnest,” he adds.
The AWMF-0157 is a highly integrated silicon IC packaged in a wafer-level chip-scale package (WLCSP), fitting within the typical 5.3mm lattice spacing at 28GHz.
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.