Chipset will accelerate mmWave 5G wireless infrastructure, says ADI

To reduce design requirements and complexity in the 5G cellular network infrastructure, Analog Device has announced the mmWave 5G chipset. It has, says Analog Devices, the highest available level of integration and includes the 16-channel ADMV4821 dual/single polarisation beamformer IC, the 16-channel ADMV4801 single-polarisation beamformer IC and the ADMV1017 mmWave up/down frequency converter (UDC).

The 24- to 30GHz beamforming + UDC chipset forms a 3GPP 5G NR-compliant mmWave front end to address the n261, n257 and n258 bands. The company claims that the optimised “Beams to Bits” signal chain is only available from ADI.

It can be difficult to design mmWave 5G systems from the ground up, explained Karim Hamed, general manager of microwave communications at Analog Devices. It requires balancing system-level challenges in performance, standards, and cost, he continued and this chipset leverages Analog Devices’ legacy in RF, microwave and mmWave communications infrastructure, and expertise across the RF spectrum “to simplify the design process for customers, reduce overall component count, and accelerate the path to 5G deployment,” he said.

The high channel density, coupled with the ability to support both single- and dual-polarization deployments, greatly increases system flexibility and reconfigurability for multiple 5G use cases while best-in-class equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) extends radio range and density.

Analog Devices is a global high-performance analogue technology company, enabling customers to interpret the world with technologies that sense, measure, power and connect.

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