Low power dual-channel receive modules and pre-drivers boost 5G, says NXP
Pre-drivers and dual-channel receive front end modules from NXP Semiconductors are claimed to reduce 5G operating costs. The BTS6302U/6201U pre-drivers and BTS7203/5 dual-channel receive (RX) front end modules are intended for 5G massive multi-input multi-output (MIMO) infrastructure. They are claimed to offer low current consumption, reducing carrier operating costs. They have been developed using NXP’s silicon germanium (SiGe) process and in-house test and assembly.
Traditional basestations provide four to eight transmit and receive channels, but the 5G MIMO infrastructure designs typically require 32 or 64 transmit and receive channels to deliver the increased network throughput and responsiveness of 5G. The dual-channel RX FEMs address the need for additional channels, while simultaneously reducing power needs and operating costs for both carriers and OEMs, says NXP.
The BTS6302U pre-driver offers optimised 5G performance, with low current consumption and an integrated balun to reduce external components, simplifying design and reducing overall system costs. The pre-driver and RX FEMs are compatible with NXP’s RapidRF series of reference boards, to further reduce 5G development cycles and time to market.
NXP Semiconductors specialises in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications. NXP says it is driving innovation in the automotive, industrial and IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets.