Analog Devices offers a new solution for mmWave 5G with the highest achievable level of integration to decrease design demands and complexity in the next generation of cellular network infrastructure. The solution combines the company’s advanced beamformer IC, UDC and further mixed signal circuitry. This optimised 'Beams to Bits' signal chain serves a unique set of capabilities claimed to be only obtainable from the company.
“Millimeter-wave 5G is an emerging technology with great potential,” said Karim Hamed, general manager of Microwave Communications at Analog Devices. “It can be extremely difficult to design these systems from the ground up, balancing system-level challenges in performance, standards, and cost. This new solution leverages ADI’s best-in-class technology, long legacy in RF, microwave and mmWave communications infrastructure, and deep expertise across the RF spectrum to simplify the design process for customers, reduce overall component count, and accelerate the path to 5G deployment.”
The new mmWave 5G chipset incorporates the 16-channel ADMV4821 dual/single polarisation beamformer IC, 16-channel ADMV4801 single-polarisation beamformer IC and the ADMV1017 mmWave UDC. The 24 to 30GHz beamforming plus UDC solution forms a 3GPP 5G NR compliant mmWave front-end to satisfy the n261, n257 and n258 bands. The high channel density, coupled with the capability to support both single and dual-polarisation deployments, considerably increases system flexibility and reconfigurability for multiple 5G use cases while best-in-class EIRP increases radio range and density.