Silicon mmwave chips compete with GaAs
Anokiwave introduces Intelligent Gain Block ICs - a new family of mmwave multi-market solutions
Anokiwave has launched a family of multi-function microwave and millimeter-wave silicon ICs offering transmit/receive functionality with active gain and phase control for satcom, radar, 5G communications and sensing applications. The new family is said to provide equivalent or better performance than traditional discrete GaAs ICs.
The AWMF-0117 and AWMF-0116 provide a PA, LNA, 6-bit gain and phase control and a T/R switch, all integrated into single IC in Ku and Ka-bands.
The AWMF-0117 operates from 10.5 GHz to 16.0 GHz providing +12 dBm power output during transmit and 3.0 dB noise figure during receive. The AWMF-0116 operates from 26.0 GHz to 30.0 GHz with +12 dBm of power output during transmit and 6.0 dB noise figure during receive. Both ICs provide 31.5 dB of dynamic range and are packaged in a 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm WLCSP.
"Silicon technology allows integration of multiple RF functions into one IC for a very small form factor and low price," states Abhishek Kapoor, Anokiwave sssociate VP of business sevelopment. "With these new ICs, 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 GaAs ICs. We see these as the versatile new intelligent gain blocks of the microwave and millimeter-wave world."