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18 April 2018

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

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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 its first intelligent gain blocks in a new family of multi-function microwave and millimeter-wave silicon ICs offering complete transmit/receive functionality with active gain and phase control. The new IC family offers versatile RF blocks that can be used in a wide range of applications including SatCom, radar, 5G communications, and sensing.

The AWMF-0117 and AWMF-0116 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.

The AWMF-0117 operates at 10.5-16GHz, providing +12dBm power output during transmit and 3dB noise figure during receive. The AWMF-0116 operates at 26-30GHz with +12dBm of power output during transmit and 6dB 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).

“Silicon technology allows integration of multiple RF functions into one IC for a very small form factor and low price,” says Abhishek Kapoor, associate VP of business development. “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 gallium arsenide (GaAs) ICs,” he claims. “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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Visit: www.anokiwave.com

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