Breakthrough CMOS Front End Module for 5 GHz WiFi Applications with Active Steering Technology

Ethertronics has introduced a CMOS based Front End Module (FEM) with Active Steering for Wi-Fi at 5 GHz. The EC714 is the first 802.11ax CMOS Wi-Fi FEM with integrated Active Antenna technology, providing robust Wi-Fi RF performance and linearity required to support 802.11 ax/ac applications. Combined with Ethertronics’ patented Active Steering Antenna technology, this system provides 2x the performance and coverage benefits in a flexible, cost-optimized solution.

The EC714 is the evolution of Ethertronics’ RF front-end and Active Antenna solutions portfolio and the world’s first product that combines high-performance Wi-Fi FEM functionality and Active Antenna support in a single integrated system solution. The unique combined capabilities of the EC714 provide an ideal solution for space-constrained Wi-Fi applications supporting 802.11ax/ac -class performance in challenging radio conditions.

Ethertronics’ new EC714 Wi-Fi Active Steering FEM is based on a breakthrough CMOS architecture, enabling the integration of an 802.11ax -class Wi-Fi FEM design with an advanced Active Steering engine into a single ASIC. This unique system architecture enables the EC714 to provide the RF performance and linearity required to support next-generation 802.11 ax/ac applications, including support for 160 MHz channel bandwidth at MCS11 in 5 GHz frequency bands.

EC714 5 GHz Wi-Fi FEM Features:

  • Advanced CMOS architecture to meet the stringent performance and linearity requirements of next generation 802.11ax devices
  • +18.5 dBm power output for high-performance 802.11ac applications (MCS9 / 80 MHz channel bandwidth)
  • MCS11 / 160 MHz channel bandwidth support for high-performance 802.11ax applications
  • Integrated Active Steering technology for up to 3dB of radio link margin gain with Ethertronics Active Antenna solutions

Ethertronics is currently sampling the EC714 Wi-Fi Active Steering FEM solution to lead customers and early access partners, broad availability planned for Q3 2018. Reference designs and a demo of this CMOS FEM solution was shown at Mobile World Conference 2018 in Barcelona.