MixComm Broadcasts Breakthrough Antenna Bundled for 5G mmWave Infrastructure

“The challenges facing 5G mmWave require end-to-end solutions that allow optimization beyond the traditional functional boundaries that have characterized RF subsystems” – Dr. Harish Krishnaswamy, Co-Founder and CTO of MixComm

MixComm, the pioneer of mmWave Antennas for Algorithms ™, today announced the latest addition to its portfolio of groundbreaking 5G mmWave solutions.

MixComm’s ECLIPSE3741 is a highly integrated 5G Beamformer Phased Array Antenna in Package (AiP) module. It combines several integrated MixComm RFSOI beamforming front end circuits with a 16 element (4×4) antenna array. It covers the FR2 band n260 from 37.0 to 41.0 GHz and offers exceptionally high linear output power, efficiency and extreme integration. This AiP module is designed to provide e / 2 wavelength antenna grid spacing when tiled together to support higher power applications. It has also been extensively optimized for thermal management.

The AiP approach has been desirable since the earliest mmWave developments. However, the excessive heat dissipation of legacy beamforming ICs and the inability to take advantage of high-volume packaging technology made previous attempts either too expensive or did not meet cellular reliability standards. With its energy-efficient architecture and several generations of experience with RFSOI, MixComm has solved these challenges with a highly reliable and cost-effective AiP for 5G infrastructure.

By integrating the integrated beamforming front-end circuits together with the antenna array, the ECLIPSE3741 makes it much easier to design and manufacture lower-cost, more compact mmWave 5G systems with higher data rates. With its easy scalability, the ECLIPSE3741 is ideal for any type of 5G infrastructure equipment, from:

  • Consumption Devices (CPE),
  • Fixed wireless access (FWA),
  • Repeater and Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB),
  • To cellular base stations (gNodeB)

“Innovative semiconductor vendors are making important improvements in the cost, performance, and power consumption of mmWave beamformer ICs and modules,” said Phil Solis, director of research at IDC. “These new solutions will be critical to lowering mobile operator costs by reducing the number of mmWave radio systems per area, lowering overall recurring electricity costs, reducing the size and weight of mmWave radio systems, and increasing the performance and reliability of the mmWave system. Increase 5G service. “

“We are pleased to work with MixComm to enable and provide market-driven antenna-in-package solutions that are critical to the implementation of 5G millimeter-wave systems,” said Guido Ueberreiter, Vice President of Pre and Post Fab Operations at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “At these higher frequencies, it’s not just about a successful silicon design, it’s also about accurate RF modeling of the case and advanced RF testing capabilities, including over-the-air (OTA) if necessary. Co-designing the silicon with the case along with RF testing is key to achieving the best performance and creating product differentiation for our customers. “

“The challenges facing 5G mmWave require end-to-end solutions that allow optimization beyond the traditional functional boundaries that have characterized RF subsystems,” said Dr. Harish Krishnaswamy, Co-Founder and CTO of MixComm, added, “AiP for 5G mmWave represents the next frontier in this development.”

“The ECLIPSE3741 AiP extends the efficiency, high output and state-of-the-art performance of MixComm’s Summit mmWave transceivers through to the antennas. The ECLIPSE family of products aims for scalability in the critical mmWave antenna IC interface and will translate directly into higher performance and lower costs for mmWave arrays, ”said Dr. Arun Natarajan, MixComm VP of RF Technology.

MixComm ECLIPSE3741 product highlights:

  • Sixteen element dual polarization phased array antenna module
  • Optimized for tiling multiple ECLIPSE modules for larger arrays
  • Complete TX / RX TDD beamforming RF chains
  • Extremely low TX and RX energy consumption
  • Stacked high performance SOI CMOS PAs
  • Low-loss T / R switches for TDD applications
  • Independent dual polarization beam directions
  • On-chip beam table memory with 2048 entries
  • Antenna in a package (AiP) BGA module 15 mm x 15 mm

Like the SUMMIT2629, which has been shipping to customers since 2020, the ECLIPSE3741 AiP addresses the critical challenges that pre-MixComm hampered the success of 5G mmWave by:

1) Extending the range to reduce transportation cost and improve customer satisfaction,

2) Reduce budgets for thermal stress and power consumption and

3) Optimization of antenna arrays to reduce module costs.

The ECLIPSE3741 AiP builds on this success by eliminating the complexity and cost of traditional mmWave design and the challenge of creating an optimal 5G antenna array.

The ECLIPSE3741 debut follows recent MixComm announcements and awards such as:

  • EE Times names MixComm as Startup to Watch for 2021
  • Selected as the first mmWave and only mmWave company to join the 5G Open Innovation Lab
  • Won Broadband Innovation of the Year in the 2020 Mobile Breakthrough Awards.

MixComm recently hosted the first mmWave Summit along with the Microwave Journal and was selected by DARPA to develop next generation mmWave innovations for 5G and satellite communications.

The ECLIPSE3741 will be available as a sample in Q3 2021. MixComm will highlight the ECLIPSE3741 and the advantages of the antenna in a package in an upcoming IWPC webinar on August 25, 2021. For more information, please visit http://mixcomm.com/ or email info@mixcomm-inc.com.

About MixComm Inc.

MixComm, based in Chatham, NJ, is the leading mmWave Antennas to Algorithms ™ company developing transformative solutions for emerging wireless applications and markets. In 2020 MixComm introduced its first portfolio of millimeter wave products that offer a revolutionary level of performance and integration for 5G infrastructure and satellite communications. The company’s technology is based on breakthroughs from Dr. Krishnaswamy at Columbia University and is funded by Kairos Ventures. More information is available at http://www.mixcomm.com.

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