5G will change our lives with new applications like AR/VR, autonomous cars and 4K/8K video on the go — all of which require significant bandwidth and up to 10-20 times more spectrum than what’s available today. Such large blocks of spectrum are not available in the low and mid bands below 6 GHz. To get the capacity needed, manufacturers and wireless providers are moving up in frequency to millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, which is loosely defined as frequencies between 24 GHz and 300 GHz.
mmWaves represent a new frontier for commercial and consumer-facing mobile wireless applications. We developed a mmWave phased array demonstrator to help you bring 5G to your products, faster. You can take advantage of the best practices we’ve learned as you design and develop new data-intensive products that rely on mmWave spectrum.
Overcoming the limitations of mmWaves
mmWave spectrum comes with unique challenges. Until now, the equipment needed to use this spectrum was not commercially available for mobile applications, and no mmWave spectrum had been auctioned or allocated for 5G. In addition, millimeter waves have a very limited reach of just a few hundred meters due to high free-space propagation losses, obstruction from buildings and trees, and absorption by humidity, foliage or rain.
Recent advancements in phased array antennas can overcome the challenges of mmWave spectrum. The phased array boosts the range of mmWaves by focusing signals into narrow beams, increasing the effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and overcoming path loss. The ability to steer the beam in two dimensions means the RF energy can be directed exactly where it’s needed, like a spotlight in a theater focused on the lead actor.
Proactively investing in mmWave technologies
Operating at 28 GHz, our mmWave phased array demonstrator features two cross-polarized, electronically steerable, 16-element phased arrays. We also developed software that controls the beams during testing.
We'll help you get the chipsets you need both today and in the future. We built our demonstrator using commercially available mmWave chipsets, and established partnerships with key silicon suppliers to get experience with the next generation – before they even hit the market. We share this knowledge with you, so you get access to high-demand silicon and your 5G and wireless product design gets a competitive edge.
Our experience developing the phased array demonstrator helps us better understand your needs when it comes to building products with mmWave spectrum and phased array technologies. Through a joint design and manufacturing (JDM) partnership, we can develop a mmWave phased array radio customized to your specific requirements.
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