Renesas Using Pharrowtech's 60 GHz Wireless Technology to Develop a Viable Fiber Alternative

Renesas Using Pharrowtech's 60 GHz Wireless Technology to Develop a Viable Fiber Alternative

Pharrowtech, a company that designs and develops mmWave hardware and software for next-generation wireless applications, has announced that its 60 GHz high-speed wireless evaluation board, PTB-1060, has been integrated into the Renesas RWM6050 baseband wireless modem platform.

Pharrowtech’s PTB-1060 integrated solution with the RWM6050 includes its PTR-1060 CMOS radio chip and the PTM-1060 antenna array module, meaning that the technology is now available for customer evaluation with the Renesas’ Evaluation Kit.

The chip’s integration, performance, and capabilities make it possible to realize the full potential of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) deployments, 5G and WiFi infrastructure backhauling, and next-generation consumer electronics products including VR, and IoT devices requiring high-speed links, all while streamlining the design process and reducing the total system cost.

Global demand for easy access to reliable, high-speed internet is growing all the time, but fiber technology has proven itself to be unsuitable for connecting everyone, everywhere, due to the expense and disruption of deployment.

What’s more, there are many fast-growing use cases requiring reliable, fiber-like data rates that cannot be cost-effectively served with wired technologies. To sustain an increasing demand for gigabit per second home broadband access, and effectively support smart city deployments such as high-resolution CCTV cameras in public spaces, 60 GHz connectivity offers superior performance, shorter deployment time and lower equipment cost.

Pharrowtech’s PTR-1060 chip allows telecom providers to utilize 60 GHz connectivity to realize these new use cases, without the performance drawbacks that competitor products have experienced to date.

The integrated PTR-1060 chipset supports six channels rather than just the lowest four, from 57 GHz through to 71 GHz, therefore offering significantly improved signal performance when compared to other products on the market. Further, with up to 64QAM modulation, the chip delivers higher data rates, enabling more margin, and thus greater reliability. The inclusion of Pharrowtech’s PTM-1060 radio module (RFM) allows for a tightly integrated and optimized 8×8 (2 cm x 2 cm, I.e the diameter of a US penny) patch antenna array, meaning it can readily be integrated into end-products, taking much less surface area than competitive solutions with half the antenna paths.

The combination of Pharrowtech’s CMOS radio and Renesas’ CMOS baseband delivers the smallest physical footprint of any comparable chipset on the market, reducing board space required in the end application. This not only means that a sleeker product can be delivered, but that it will have a shorter time to market and lower cost than similar solutions.

Marco Bello, VP Product Management and Marketing, Pharrowtech, comments: “We have developed a product capable of consistently delivering fiber-like throughput without the environmental disruption or high costs associated with fiber deployments. In addition, our chip makes it possible to realize smart city applications that are simply not possible through wired solutions. Integrating our wireless evaluation board with Renesas demonstrates the maturity and robustness of our technology. Customers can trust that the quality, reliability and performance that they need for 5G CPEs and other infrastructure nodes will be delivered and can therefore begin independent evaluations with confidence.”

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