WIN Semiconductors Enables Single Chip GaAs Solutions For 5G RF Front End Modules

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WIN Semiconductors PIH1-10 Advanced GaAs Platform has been used to develop single chip 5G Front End Modules. The PIH1-10 process integrates monolithic PIN diodes, capable of power switching through 50 GHz, into an advanced 100 GHz ft pseudomorphic HEMT platform. This technology provides superior transmit power performance and lower receiver noise figure, which are requirements for 5G systems.

This versatile technology provides users with multiple pathways to add on-chip functionality and higher integration. In addition to monolithic PIN diodes and high performance pHEMT devices, the PIH1-10 platform offers linear Schottky diodes for mixers or detectors, as well as enhancement and depletion transistors optimized for logic functionality and bias controls. When combined with RF isolated through-wafer-vias, this humidity resistant technology enables a wafer level package option for compact chip integration in MIMO functions where available board space is limited.

The PIH-10 technology leverages WIN’s qualified production techniques and industry leading manufacturing scale to provide a new platform that can be extended and optimized to address rapidly evolving market requirements.

Compound semiconductors, and particularly GaAs, remain the technology of choice for demanding amplifier functions from 500 MHz through 100 GHz and above. This advantage comes from higher gain, linearity and power added efficiency provided by GaAs devices as compared to RF CMOS or SiGe. This performance advantage will be critical in the 28 to 40 GHz bands envisioned for 5G where gain and efficiency at 6-10 dB back-off will determine system-level performance. WIN’s GaAs pseudomorphic HEMT is the foundation for many of todays high performance amplifiers operating in the 20GHz to 100GHz range, and incorporating low loss PIN switch functionality enables our customers to field unique single chip 5G solutions without sacrificing performance.

WIN Semiconductors Corp will be at European Microwave Week 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany from 8 to 13 October. Stop by booth 111B to learn more about the PIH-10 advanced GaAs process.