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TMYTEK Cuts Design Time for mmWave RF Front-End Components

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SUCCESS STORY TMYTEK TMYTEK Cuts Design Time for mmWave RF Front-End Components with AWR Software Key Challenges The 5G New Radio (NR) millimeter-wave (mmWave) standard, unlike previous ones, uses dynamic beam steering to maximize connectivity by aiming as much of the signal directly to the mobile device as possible. As a result, beamforming antennas represent a new area of development for many commercial manufacturers. TMYTEK uses the AWR Design Environment platform to develop RF front-end components in its groundbreaking BBox™ beamformer box product line (Figure 1), a highly modulized 28/39GHz beamforming system that enables 5G designers to successfully develop innovative antenna designs and baseband technology. The BBox system is a scalable and flexible system that includes a standard antenna kit, phase and amplitude controller, channel selector, up/down conversion, and control host. It provides reliable steerable beams to test and support development of phased array antennas and associated electronics, which must undergo rigorous calibrations and measurements under a large number of configurations through advanced over-the-air (OTA) testing to ensure optimal connectivity. TMYTEK designer Su-Wei Chang was developing a 47/53GHz filter, one of the key components for the company's mmWave instrumentation equipment, as well as a 28GHz phased array antenna for 5G mmWave beamforming using antenna-in-package (AiP) modules. The modules were being designed for base station and user equipment. Application X Front-end module Software X Cadence ® AWR Design Environment ® Sof tware Por t folio, including: ɢ Cadence AWR ® iFilter™ Filter Synthesis Wizard ɢ Cadence AWR Microwave Office ® Circuit Design Software ɢ Cadence AWR Analyst™ 3D Finite-Element Method (FEM) Simulator ɢ Cadence AWR Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) System Design Software Benefits X Innovative features X Reduction in design time X Co-simulation ability Figure 1: TMYTEK BBox beamformer box

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