13 July 2010


RFMD launches 2.5mm x 2.5mm WiFi front-end module

RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA has announced availability of the highly integrated RF5365 WiFi front-end module (FEM), which suits the need for aggressive size reductions for typical 802.11b/g front-end designs and reduces the number of components outside the core chipset.

The RF5365 integrates a 802.11b/g power amplifier with a single-pole three-throw (SP3T) switch for 2.4–2.5GHz ISM-band applications. By integrating SP3T switch functionality, the RF5365 can route WLAN and Bluetooth receive/transmit signals to two system-on-chip (SOC) transceivers, accommodating a common implementation in high-performance consumer electronics and handset/handheld WiFi applications. The SP3T switch can also act as a splitter to transmit or receive Bluetooth and WLAN signals simultaneously.

The RF5365’s 802.11 b/g power amplifier delivers 18dBm of linear output power for higher efficiency and lower EVM for 11n applications. Also, integrated 2170MHz filtering and harmonic attenuation reduce the need for a high-loss/attenuation filter at the FEM output, increasing output power at the antenna.

An integrated Rx balun eliminates requirements for tuning components between the FEM and the SoC, and a direct-to-battery connection eliminates the need for additional DC circuitry. Finally, an integrated power detector increases immunity to power supply, temperature and VSWR fluctuations and improves the accuracy of the device’s closed-loop power control.

The RF5365 is fully tested and packaged in a small 2.5mm x 2.5mm QFN package.

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