Trending RF Products for 5G Applications in 2023: June Edition

Trending RF Products for 5G Applications in 2023: June Edition

5G products are responsible for transmitting and receiving radio signals in the designated frequency bands used by 5G networks. Examples of 5G products include 5G-NR mmWave Antenna Modules, Beamforming Front-End ICs, Power Amplifiers, and Low-Noise Amplifiers, etc. everything RF has compiled a list of RF Products for 5G applications that are new and trending on everything RF in June. For more information on, visit the 5G Hub on everything RF where we keep users up to date with new products, news, whitepapers, webinars, and events.

5G-NR mmWave Antenna Module from 24.25 to 43.5 GHz

The QTM545 from Qualcomm is a 5G-NR mmWave Antenna Module that operates from 24.25 to 43.5 GHz covering global 5G mmWave bands. It has a bandwidth of up to 1000 MHz and utilizes performance enhancement technologies like dual-layer polarization in downlink and uplink (mmWave), beam tracking (mmWave), beam forming (mmWave), and beam steering (mmWave). This module supports higher transmit power allowing for an extended mmWave range for higher connectivity reliability and throughput speeds. Read more

8-Channel Beamforming Front-End IC from 24.25 to 27.5 GHz for 5G Systems

The SUMMIT2427e™ from Sivers Semiconductors is a Beamforming Front-End IC that operates from 24.25 to 27.5 GHz. It integrates power amplifiers (PA), low noise amplifiers, T/R switching, beamformers with beam table memory, calibration, gain control, and temperature and power telemetry with a high-speed system peripheral interface (SPI) for control. This 8-channel IC has two sets of four channels for two antenna polarizations and enables two data streams supporting 2 MIMO layers. Read more

Sub-6 GHz 3GPP Rel-16 5G SA/NSA Module for eMBB and IoT Applications

The RG620T from Quectel is a Sub-6 GHz 5G Module that is optimized for IoT and eMBB applications. It is based on the 3GPP Rel-16 standard, supports both NSA and SA 5G modes, and provides multi-mode network coverage which is compatible with 4G networks (Cat 19). This module supports a data transmission speed of up to 7 Gbps (downlink, 5G-SA) and 2.5 Gbps (uplink, 5G-SA). It supports transmission Mode 9 (TM9) to increase spectral efficiency and improve performance. This module requires a DC supply of 3.8 V. Read more

3GPP Rel-17 5G (SA) RedCap Modules

The FG132-NA Series from Fibocom are 5G RedCap Modules that are backward compatible with LTE Cat 4 networks. They support a downlink data speed of 220 Mbps and an uplink data speed of 100 Mbps. These modules are compliant with 3GPP Release-17 and support 5G standalone architecture along with 5G slicing. They include 5G LAN features which ensure speed, performance, and network reliability in the daily operation of manufacturing factories, IPC, smart grids, etc. Read more

Modular Signalling Test Solution for 5G FR1 and FR2

The IQcell-5G from LitePoint is a 5G FR1/FR2 Signalling Test Solution that is designed for end-of-line manufacturing, software regression and functional performance testing. It validates RF parametric measurements, end-to-end throughput, MIMO, mobility, and user experience testing across cellular and cellular-capable connectivity devices such as smartphones, CPE’s, laptops, tablets, hotspots, etc. The solution consists of IQcore-5G, a network emulator, and IQFR1-5G, a sub-6 GHz radio head for signalling and analysis over FR1 frequency bands. Read more

Differential to Single-Ended Gain Amplifier from 1.7 to 2.1 GHz

The ICASD1721-D2S from iCana is a Differential to Single-Ended Gain Amplifier that operates from 1.7 to 2.1 GHz. It provides a gain of 18.5 dB with a noise figure of 2.4 dB and has an output P1dB of 19 dBm. This amplifier is based on GaAs technology that enables an exceptionally low noise figure and high linearity, allowing it to be used in both receiver and transmitter applications. It requires a DC supply of 3.3 to 5 V and consumes 51 mA of current. The amplifier is available in an LGA package that measures 2 x 2 mm with 100-ohm input and 50-ohm output impedances. Read more

Low-Noise, High-Speed DAC Interface IC from 3 to 16 GHz

The TMC160 from mmTron is a DAC Interface IC that operates from 3 to 16 GHz. It amplifies and converts the differential output of a high-speed DAC to a clean, low-noise, single-ended signal to drive the RF chain of a transmitter. This IC integrates anti-alias lowpass filtering, low noise amplification, and a balun that converts the differential DAC output to a single-ended 50-ohm output compatible with traditional RF signal chains. The differential architecture provides high common-mode rejection, and the built-in anti-alias filter rejects the clock and intermodulation signals from the DAC. It requires a DC supply of 5 V and consumes 250 mA of current. A low current negative supply is also required to bias the gates of the LNA. Read more

Power Amplifier from 4.4 to 5 GHz for Massive MIMO Applications

The SKY66319-11 from Skyworks Solutions is a Power Amplifier (PA) that operates from 4400 to 5000 MHz. It delivers a saturated output power of 3.5 W (~35.4 dBm) with a gain of 33 dB and a power-added efficiency (PAE) of 24%. This high-efficiency amplifier has a wide instantaneous signal bandwidth (wider than 5 x 20 MHz carrier) and provides a high gain and linearity. It has integrated active biasing circuitry to compensate PA performance over temperature, voltage, and process variation. Read more

mmWave Low-Noise Amplifier MMIC from 15 to 45 GHz

The PMA3-15453+ from Mini-Circuits is a Low-Noise Amplifier MMIC that operates from 15 to 45 GHz. It provides a gain of up to 18.9 dB with a noise figure of 3.2 dB and has a P1dB of 17 dBm. This LNA offers a unique combination of high dynamic range and low noise figure over a very broad bandwidth making it ideal for use in a wide variety of transmitter and receiver applications. It requires a DC supply of 5 V and consumes less than 128 mA of current. Read more

Surface-Mount Programmable Frequency Synthesizer from 8 to 16 GHz

The K-SYN-0816-P from ReliaSat is a Programmable Frequency Synthesizer with a frequency range from 8 to 16 GHz. It delivers an output power of 1 dBm with a phase noise of up to -121 dBm/Hz (@1 MHz offset) and has a customizable step size. This frequency synthesizer has a settling time of 3.5 ms (<100 µs option available), spurious levels of -80 dBc, and harmonics of -25 dBc. 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 Front End 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

Up/Down Converter IC from 37 to 43.5 GHz for 5G Phased Array Applications

The AWMF-0218 from Anokiwave is an Up/Down Converter IC for 5G phased array applications that operates from 37 to 43.5 GHz. It has an on-chip frequency multiplier that simplifies board-level integration with external PLLs and also includes an integrated Tx/Rx half duplex switch. This half-duplex IC integrates Tx single-sideband up-conversion and Rx image-reject down-conversion functionality with low-side LO. It is designed to work together as a complete IF to mmWave solution and to enable a 3GPP-compliant n260/n259 signal chain. Read more

5G Antenna Module from 26.5 to 29.5 GHz with Built-in Front-End Module

The DS-MV_28 from Doosan Corporation is a 5G Antenna Module that operates from 26.5 to 29.5 GHz. This dual polarized (horizontally/vertically) antenna module has an EIRP of 38 dBm and an azimuth/elevation beam scan range of ±60°. It provides 48 dB of gain in Tx mode and 42 dB of gain in Rx mode. The antenna module incorporates an RF front-end module that has a 32-array antenna and beamforming IC. Read more

Small Cell MIMO Antenna from 1.7 to 6 GHz from Indoor 4G/5G Applications

The SENCITY® Occhio from HUBER+SUHNER is a Small Cell Antenna that operates from 1.7 to 6 GHz (1695 – 2690 MHz, 3200 – 4200 MHz, 4500 – 5000 MHz, 5150 – 6000 MHz). This vertically polarized antenna provides up to 6.5 dBi gain and has a VSWR of 1.5:1. It supports 2x2/4x4 MIMO configurations and provides 5G coverage with a simple and time-saving installation process. The antenna provides port-to-port isolation of more than 19 dB and has an IMD level of -153 dBc (at 2x43 dBm). It is available in an enclosure that measures 200 (Dia.) x 32 mm (H) with NEX10, and jack (female) connectors and is suitable for indoor applications. Read more

SMT Bandpass Filter with Passband from 13.75 to 14.5 GHz for 5G Applications

The MCB1412A from CTS Corporation is a Ceramic Bandpass Filter with a passband from 13.75 to 14.50 GHz. It has a passband insertion loss of 2.7 dB and provides 45 dB of attenuation (from 15.5 to 18.0 GHz). The filter can handle an average input power of 5 W and a peak input power of 50 W. It has high-Q and supports narrowband subsets of 5G-NR FR2 bands. The filter is available in a surface-mount ceramic package that measures 13.5 x 3.0 x 1.3 mm and is ideal for mmWave carrier-grade Infrastructure applications. Read more

Sub-6 GHz Transparent Antenna for 5G/4G Cellular Applications

The TFX62.A from Taoglas is a Transparent 5G/4G Cellular Antenna that operates from 600 to 6000 MHz. This 'invisible' linearly polarized antenna has an omnidirectional radiation pattern and provides a peak gain of 4.65 dBi with an efficiency of up to 60%. It can be used as an alternative to standard flexible PCB antennas where the antenna is to be installed in a covert area or on a surface that needs to be kept visible. This antenna is ideal for use in automotive and commercial transportation, EV charging & parking bays, digital signage and display screens and point-of-sale kiosk applications. Read more

5G-Ready Handheld 3-in-1 Electromagnetic Field Strength Meter

The SMP3 from Wavecontrol is a 3-in-1 Electromagnetic Field Strength Meter. It can perform static field measurements, real-time FFT-based spectrum analysis from DC to 10 MHz, and broadband measurements from DC to 60 GHz. This field meter provides advanced features and technology on the market and is designed for users who need high-quality measurements, ease of use, and good reporting tools. It complies with various EMF low-frequency exposure standards, such as the ICNIRP 2010, Directive 2013/35/EU, and IEEE C95-1. Read more

Flexible Printed Circuit Dipole Antennas from 617 to 5000 MHz for 5G Applications

The ANT-5GW-FPC-V Series from Linx Technologies are Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) Dipole Antennas that operate from 617 to 5000 MHz. These linearly polarized antennas provide a peak gain of 7.9 dBi with an efficiency of up to 70%. They have an omnidirectional radiation pattern and a VSWR of less than 1.6:1. These cost-effective ½-wave antennas have a ground plane independent operation with an adhesive backing that enables easy mounting on RF transparent (e.g., plastic) enclosures. The antennas also include an environmental sealing that protects the antennas from harsh weather conditions. Read more

Hermetically-Sealed LVPECL Crystal Oscillator from 50 to 250 MHz

The IQXO-439-25 from IQD Frequency Products is a Crystal Oscillator that operates from 50 to 250 MHz. It provides an LVPECL output with a frequency stability of ±100 ppm and a phase jitter of less than 0.5 ps (RMS). This oscillator has a start-up time of less than 10 ms and a rise/fall time of 0.6 ns. It requires a DC supply of 2.5 V and consumes less than 57 mA of current. The oscillator is available in a hermetically-sealed ceramic package (with a metal lid) that measures 2.05 x 1.65 mm and is ideal for use in 5G, Ethernet (10G/100G/1000G), fiber channel, IoT, SONET/SDH, and wearables. Read more

IP67-Rated ¼-inch Flexible Quick Jumper Assembly for Multiple Ports

The CELLFLEX® from Radio Frequency Systems is an MQX (Multiple Ports Quick Connector) Jumper Assembly. It features highly flexible ¼-inch multiple-stranded coaxial cables with a bend radius of 25 mm and has a black polyethylene jacket (fire retardant option also available). This jumper has a VSWR of less than 1.35:1 and a 3rd-order intermodulation of better than -155 dBc. It is IP67-rated and uses a unique design that facilitates fast installation and deployment. Read more

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