2G to 5G Base Station Receiver Design Simplified by Innovative Integrated Transceivers

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  • Author: Jon Lanford, Kenny Man

Base station receiver design can be a daunting task. Typical receiver components such as mixers, low noise amplifiers (LNAs), and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) have progressively improved over time. However, architectures have only changed slightly. The limitation in architectural choices have held back base station designers from differentiating their products in the marketplace. Recent product developments, particularly integrated transceivers, have significantly relaxed some of the constraints of even the most challenging base station receiver designs. The new base station architecture offered by these transceivers allows base station designers more choices and ways to differentiate their product. 

The family of integrated transceivers discussed in this article are the industry’s first to support all existing cellular standards, 2G to 5G, and cover the full sub-6 GHz tuning range. These transceivers allow base station designers to adopt a single, compact radio design across all band and power variants.