Trending 5G Products in 2023: February Edition

Trending 5G Products in 2023: February Edition

5G wireless technology is revolutionizing the way we connect to the internet and communicate with each other. This technology offers faster speeds, lower latency, and improved reliability compared to previous generations. 5G networks support a variety of use cases, including enhanced mobile broadband, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, and critical communications. If you're looking to take advantage of the latest 5G technology, you'll need the right 5G products. We have compiled a list of 5G products that are trending in everything RF in February 2023.

Single-Box Vector Tester for FR1 Base Stations and Small Cells

The R&S®PVT360A from Rohde & Schwarz is a Single Box Performance Vector Tester that covers the frequency range from 400 MHz to 8 GHz. This tester utilizes two independent signal generators and analyzers with an integrated switch matrix for parallelized and sequential testing for multiple DUTs and multiport devices. Each of the optionally two generators can broadcast signals on up to 8 RF output ports and the signals analysis path can be assigned to one of the 8 RF input ports. It implements hardware-accelerated test sequencing to enable extremely fast measurements. The test box has a maximum signal bandwidth of 500 MHz and supports standard-compliant 5G NR signal generation and analysis in all FR1 frequency bands. Read more. 

Integrated mmWave Test System from 23 to 45 GHz for 5G-NR UE and Small Cells

The IQgig-5G (Model B) from LitePoint is a Fully Integrated mmWave Test System for 5G NR user equipment (UE) and small cell testing from 23 to 45 GHz. It is available in a single box with all signal generation, analysis, processing, and RF front-end switching self-contained inside a single chassis for simple set-up, use and maintenance. This test system includes support for RF calibration, antenna measurements, beamforming characterization and beam verification. It has four bi-directional sources and measurement ports each with a 2.4 mm coaxial connector interface which allows both horizontal and vertical antenna polarization testing from a single coaxial interface. Read more.

 5G Massive IoT SiP Module for LTE-M/NB-IoT Platforms

 The SKY66431-11 from Skyworks is a Multi-Band Multi-Chip System-in Package (SiP) for 5G Massive IoT (LTE-M/NB-IoT) platforms. It integrates the entire RF front end, transceiver, power management, crystals, memory, MCU, and baseband modem for an LTE multi-band radio. This SiP has been optimized for LTE-M/NB-IoT half-duplex operation (HD-FDD). It can deliver a downlink data rate of up to 300 Kbps (LTE-M) and an uplink data rate of up to 1.1 Mbps (LTE-M).

The SiP is compliant with 3GPP Rel-14 specifications which can be upgraded to 3GPP Rel-15 & 16. It is based on Andes D15 Core fully integrated application MCU. The module has an embedded low-power GNSS solution that eliminates the need for an external GNSS chipset for intermittent tracking. Read more.

Sub-6 GHz 5G NSA+SA Module for IoT and eMBB Applications

The RG500L-EU from Quectel is a 5G Sub-6 GHz Module that is designed for IoT and eMBB applications. It implements the 3GPP Rel-15 technology and supports both 5G NSA and SA modes. This module combines high-speed wireless connectivity with an embedded multi-constellation and high-sensitivity GNSS (GPS/BDS/GLONASS/Galileo) receiver for positioning. It has a quad-core CPU @ 2.0 GHz and is integrated with a network hardware accelerator and VPN hardware accelerator, which extends the applicability of the module to a wide range of applications such as 5G wireless routers, CPE, MiFi, business routers, home gateway, etc. Read more

5G Beamforming phased array Antenna in Package Module from 37 to 41 GHz

The Summit3741 from Siver Semiconductors is a 5G Beamforming phased array Antenna in Package (AiP) module that operates from 37 to 41 GHz covering the FR2 Band n260. It offers exceptionally high linear output power, efficiency, and extreme integration. This AiP module has been designed to enable λ/2 lattice spacing when tiled together for higher EIRP applications. It has also been extensively optimized for heat management.

This beamforming IC features a cutting-edge digital integration enabled by the GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) 45RFSOI process and has integrated novel power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, T/R switching, beamformers, calibration, gain control, beam table memory, temperature, and power telemetry, and high-speed SPI control for optimal partitioning. Read more. 

16-Channel Rx Beamforming IC from 17.7 to 21.2 GHz for Phased Array Applications

The F6212 from Renesas is a 16-Channel Rx Active Beamforming IC that operates from 17.7 to 21.2 GHz. This dual-beam IC has 16 (8 per beam) phase/amplitude control channels, eight RF input ports, and two RF output ports. Each control channel has 6 bits of digital phase and gain control to provide phase shift from 0° to 360° and a dynamic range of 26 dB for precise beam pattern and polarization control. The eight input ports of the IC can be driven by eight single-polarized elements or four dual-polarized elements of an electronically scanned array (ESA). It features advanced digital modes and large on-chip memory for fast beam steering and reduces dead time and latency. Read more.

mmWave Frequency Up/Down Converter from DC – 7 GHz/24.25 – 49 GHz

The MOBX200 from Mobix Labs is a Frequency Up/Down Converter IC with an IF frequency range from DC to 7 GHz and an RF frequency range from 24.25 to 49 GHz. It is a 5G NR mmWave band integrated circuit that offers optimum performance over the 5G-NR FR2 frequency bands (n257 through n262) in beamforming applications while supporting frequencies ranging from zero IF, low IF, or 3 GHz to 7 GHz for up-conversion to 5G NR FR2 mmWave frequencies of 24.25 GHz to 49 GHz.

This frequency converter is designed using 28 nm bulk-CMOS technology and provides a cost-effective, seamless integration and scalability along with optimal thermal efficiency for global 5G-NR FR2 mmWave applications. Read more.

 Dual Channel Switch-LNA FEM from 2.3 to 5 GHz for 5G TDD Base Stations

The QPB9380 from Qorvo is a Dual Channel Switch-LNA Front End Module that operates from 2.3 to 5 GHz. It has been developed for 5G TDD base stations. The FEM integrates a two-stage LNA and switches in a dual-channel configuration (the second stage LNA has an integrated bypass mode). In Rx mode, it has a noise figure of 1 dB and an insertion loss of 0.5 dB. The LNAs utilize Qorvo’s high-performance advanced process, and the switch can handle an input power of up to 20 W. The power down and bypass capability for the LNAs can be controlled with control pins on the module. Read more.

Tx/Rx Module with Integrated SPDT Switch and LNA from 1 to 6 GHz

The MAMF-011164 from MACOM is an Integrated Switch and Low-Noise Amplifier Module that operates from 1 to 6 GHz. It consists of an antenna switch and a dual-stage low-noise amplifier. In Tx mode, this module has an insertion loss of 0.3 dB and a P1dB of 40 dBm. In Rx mode, it provides a gain of 35 dB and has a noise figure of less than 1.3 dB. It can handle an input power of 8 W (39 dBm) and the integrated switch provides 50 dB of isolation. The FEM requires a DC supply of 5 V and consumes 1.4 mA of current in Tx mode and 78 mA of current in Rx mode. Read more.

Linear Driver Amplifier from 3300 to 4200 MHz for 4G LTE/5G Applications

The SKY66052-11 from Skyworks Solutions is a Linear Driver Amplifier that operates from 3300 to 4200 MHz. It delivers a linear output power of up to +19 dBm with an adjustable gain from 30 to 36 dB and has a turn-on time of 0.6 µs. This amplifier features active biasing circuitry to compensate amplifier performance over temperature, voltage, and process variation. It is available in a compact MSL3 package that measures 3.00 x 3.00 x 0.85 mm and requires a single DC supply of 5 V. The amplifier supports B42, B43, n77, and n78 3GPP bands and is ideal as a driver amplifier for massive MIMO, macro base stations, micro base stations, and 4G LTE & 5G NR TDD system applications. Read more.

18 W GaN Power Amplifier MMIC from 27.5 to 31 GHz 

The NPA2030-TB-501 from Nxbeam is a Power Amplifier MMIC that operates in the Ka-band from 27.5 to 31 GHz. It delivers a saturated output power of 18 W with a linear gain of 25 dB and an average PAE of 34%. This amplifier has been developed on a 0.2um GaN-on-SiC process, requires a DC supply from 20 to 28 V, and consumes less than 1.5 A of current. It is matched to 50 ohms at the input/output and has DC-blocking capacitors for easy system integration. The power amplifier is available as a bare die that measures 0.17 x 0.11 x 0.20 inches and is ideal for use in Ka-band satellite communications, 5G infrastructure, and point-to-point/multipoint digital radios. Read more.

Solid-State Bi-Directional SP4T Reflective Switch from 10 MHz to 67 GHz

The ZSW4-E673+ from Mini-Circuits is a Solid-State SP4T Reflective Switch that operates from 10 MHz to 67 GHz. It can handle an input power of up to 27 dBm and has an insertion loss of less than 9 dB. This bidirectional switch provides an isolation of 45 dB and has an option for an all-OFF state. It requires a DC supply of 5 V and consumes less than 25 mA of current. The switch is available in a module that measures 1.48 x 1.39 x 0.71 inches with 1.85 mm (female) connectors and is ideal for LTE & 5G MIMO infrastructure, test and measurement equipment, production, OTA test systems, Wi-Fi 6E, IoT, UWB, SATCOM, Radar, EW, and ECM defense system applications. Read more.

Band Pass Filter with Passband from 24.5 to 27.5 GHz for 5G Applications

The B260MB2S from Knowles is a Band Pass Filter with a passband frequency from 24.5 to 27.5 GHz. It has a passband insertion loss of less than 5 dB and provides up to 60 dB of rejection above and below the passband. This filter utilizes DLI’s low-loss temperature stable materials which offer small size and minimal performance variation over temperature. It is available as an MSL 1- rated surface-mount package that measures 0.260 x 0.120 x 0.079 inches and is ideal for 5G applications. Read more.

Sub-6 GHz Shark fin Antenna for 5G-NR, WiFi-6E, and GNSS Applications

The SKF5G62311DM from Pulse is a Sub-6 GHz Antenna for 5G-NR, WiFi-6E, and GNSS applications. This vertical/linearly polarized antenna operates from 617 to 7125 MHz, supports L1 and L2 GNSS bands, and has an omnidirectional radiation pattern. For 5G-NR operation, the antenna has a VSWR of less than 3:1, average efficiency of up to 68%, and provides port-port isolation of more than 10 dB. For Wi-Fi 6E operation, it has a VSWR of less than 2.5:1, has an average efficiency of 76%, and provides port-to-port isolation of up to 30 dB. Read more

5G/LTE Panel Mount Dipole Antennas from 410 to 5925 MHz

The ANT-5GW-SPS1 Series from Linx Technologies are 5G/LTE Dipole Antennas that operate from 410 to 5925 MHz. They provide a peak gain of 5.4 dBi, have an efficiency of up to 52%, and a VSWR of less than 3:1. These antennas are ground plane independent which enables them to be mounted permanently to metallic and non-metallic surfaces. They have an innovative ABS radome material that has been designed to offer resistance and stability against UV radiation.

The ANT-5GW-SPS1 Series antennas are available in IP65/IP67-rated panel mount enclosures that measure 23.3 x 54.7 (Dia.) mm with SMA connectors and 1/2/3 meter of RG-174/U coaxial cable. Read more.

Omnidirectional 5G-NR Flexible Antenna from 617 to 5925 MHz

The 2JF0883P from 2J Antennas is a 5G-NR Flexible Antenna that operates from 617-960, 1427-2690, 3300-5000, and 5150-5925 MHz. This linearly polarized antenna provides a peak gain of 3.8 dBi and has an efficiency of more than 40%. It has an omnidirectional radiation pattern and a VSWR of less than 2.7:1. This antenna can handle an input power of up to 25 W. It is available in an adhesive-mount flexible polymer package that measures 50.0 x 20.0 x 0.2 with a U.FL standard connector. Read more.

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