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23 May 2018

Anokiwave introduces second set of intelligent gain block ICs in family of mmWave multi-market solutions

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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 – is releasing a set of two new ICs in a family of multi-function microwave and millimeter-wave silicon ICs, offering complete transmit/receive functionality with active gain and phase control. The new ‘Intelligent Gain Block’ (IGB) IC family offers versatile RF blocks that can be used in a wide range of applications including SatCom, radar, 5G communications and sensing.

Similarly to the previously released ICs in the IGB family (AWMF-0116 and AWMF-0117), The AWMF-0141 and AWMF-0143 provide a power amplifier (PA), low-noise amplifier (LNA), 6-bit gain and phase control and a transmit/receive (T/R) switch, all integrated into a single IC operating in the Ku- and Ka-bands. Removing the T/R switch allows more flexibility and improved output power and noise figure.

The AWMF-0141 operates at 10.5-16GHz, providing +13.5dBm power output during transmit and 1.5dB noise figure during receive. The AWMF-0143 operates at 26-30GHz with +13dBm of power output during transmit and 3.0dB noise figure during receive. Both ICs provide 31.5dB of dynamic range and are packaged in a 2.5mm x 2.5mm wafer-level chip-scale package (WLCSP).

“The unique design of these ICs allows them to be used for highly integrated millimeter-wave arrays (such as 5G, SatCom or phased-array radars) or as a replacement of single-function discrete blocks,” says VP of sales Abhishek Kapoor. “With this new product family, designers can now use the same IC for multiple functions across the RF signal chain, have increased control using a software interface, and provide equivalent or better performance than traditional discrete gallium arsenide (GaAs) ICs,” he adds. “We see these as the versatile new intelligent gain blocks of the microwave and millimeter-wave world.”

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 now.

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Anokiwave launches its first intelligent gain blocks in new family of multi-function mmWave ICs

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