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Murata selects Anadigics` InGaP FEIC for 5GHz WiFi

The 802.11ac module, based on indium gallium phosphide technology, is in mass production to support high-volume mobile applications, including smartphones
Radio Frequency (RF) product provider Anadigics has announced that its AWL9581 front-end integrated circuit (FEIC) is used in Murata’s latest WiFi module.

The 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm x 0.4 mm QFN packaged device is now in mass production. This is to support the high demand for smartphones equipped with 802.11ac WiFi technology.

Murata’s new WiFi module is optimised for mobile applications by providing complete high-performance WiFi connectivity in a very compact package.

To meet the increasing demand for high-performance WiFi functionality, the wireless mobile device industry is rapidly transitioning to the new IEEE 802.11ac standard. According to Strategy Analytics, 802.11ac will lead WiFi handset sales by 2016.

In support of these trends, Anadigics’ AWL9581 enables 802.11ac mobile devices with longer battery-life, greater range, and higher data throughput, while minimising space requirements.

“Anadigics is extremely pleased to be supporting Murata in high-volume production with our most sophisticated 5 GHz front-end IC,” says Dave Cresci, vice president of WiFi Products at Anadigics. “The AWL9581 combines a power amplifier, low noise amplifier, and RF switch in a compact, low-profile package. It is a perfect fit for applications that demand highly-integrated, high-performance front-end functionality that is easy to use. With outstanding linearity and noise figure performance, our new 802.11ac FEICs enable maximum throughput and range in mobile devices for an enhanced user experience.”

Anadigics’ WiFi FEICs provide an combination of integration, efficiency, and linearity to accelerate time to market, increase battery life, and maximise throughput for mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks, and gaming systems.

These FEICs use the company’s exclusive InGaP-Plus technology and patented design architectures to combine a power amplifier, low-noise amplifier and RF switch on a single die. This level of integration reduces valuable PCB space requirements and simplifies RF front-end design. Anadigics’ WiFi FEICs also deliver exceptional error vector magnitude (EVM) and noise figure performance, which enables ultra-high data throughput and connectivity over greater range.



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