pSemi Introduces 5G mmWave RF Front End (RFFE) Solutions from 24 to 40 GHz

pSemi Introduces 5G mmWave RF Front End (RFFE) Solutions from 24 to 40 GHz

pSemi Corporation, a Murata company focused on semiconductor integration, has announced the expansion of its millimeter wave (mmWave) RF front-end portfolio for 5G wireless infrastructure applications. The new pin-to-pin compatible products, including three beamforming ICs and two up-down converters that offer flexibility to interchange ICs for full IF-to-RF coverage across the n257, n258, and n260 bands. This modular approach, combined with on-chip calibration and digital correction, allows system teams to simplify their design cycles and quickly adapt to different active antenna design configurations. They are available as discrete RFICs or as part of the Murata 28 GHz antenna integrated module, this diverse portfolio delivers performance, integration, and reliability in the smallest IC form factor. 

mmWave will reach mainstream deployments first in dense urban areas that benefit from short-range coverage supported by smart repeaters, indoor base stations, and other small-cell applications. This increased demand for network capacity, along with the proliferation of beamforming and active antenna systems, has opened new doors for SOI-CMOS technology as the preferred mmWave platform for advanced 5G systems.

"pSemi has offered mmWave products since 2015, deepening our expertise and patent portfolio in high-frequency RF-SOI design," says Vikas Choudhary, vice president of sales and marketing at pSemi. "This history combined with the advanced packaging and global manufacturing strength of our parent company, Murata enables us to support higher levels of integration to simplify 5G mmWave development and deployment."

Key features of 8 channel Beamformer RFIC:

Each PE188100, PE188200, and PE189100 RFIC integrates power amplifiers (PA), low-noise amplifiers (LNA), phase shifters, and switches into a single die that provides optimal signal strength for up to 1024-element antenna arrays.

  • Full spectrum coverage – n257 (PE188200), n258 (PE188100) and n260 (PE189100) band support and pin-to-pin compatibility.
  • Flexible antenna design – Eight independently controllable RF channels with support for four dual-polarized or eight single-polarity antenna elements.
  • Beamforming accuracy – Linear POUT at the desired EVM with low RMS phase and amplitude error for increased array gain and antenna directivity.

Key features of Dual-channel Up-down Converter RFIC:

Each PE128300 and PE129100 RFIC integrates frequency multipliers, quadrature mixers, amplifiers, and switches into a single die that can be paired with up to 16 pSemi beamforming RFICs, or 128 total beamformer channels, to support massive-MIMO, hybrid-beamforming, and other active antenna configurations.

  • Wideband coverage – n257/n258 (PE128300) and n260 (PE129100) band support and pin-to-pin compatibility.
  • Low-noise system design – Optimal I/Q balance adjustment and minimal LO leakage, resulting in improved EVM performance.
  • Low power consumption – Industry-leading low power consumption enables more efficient system thermal management.

Key features of 5G Antenna-integrated Module:

pSemi and Murata have co-designed an easy-to-use 5G mmWave antenna-integrated module (Type 1QT) that supports the 28 GHz band. In a 4 x 4 antenna array, each module integrates high-performance antennas and pass-band filters with pSemi beamforming ICs and an up-down converter. Multiple modules can be combined, allowing designers to quickly scale and build antenna arrays of any size.

  • Precise LTCC substrate packaging – Excellent heat and moisture resistance for stable performance and thermal management including in harsh environments.
  • Advanced pass-band filter technology – Low insertion loss and high attenuation, reducing interference to maximize signal integrity.
  • Manufacturing over-the-air (OTA) tested – Validated performance with OTA manufacturing test, simplifying the development process.

Click here to learn more about PE188100.

Click here to learn more about PE188200.

Click here to learn more about PE128300.

Publisher: everything RF