60 GHz CMOS radio chip and phased antenna array for 5G

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Pharrowtech, a developer of mmWave hardware and software for wireless applications based in Leuven, Belgium, has launched the PTR1060, said to be the first IEEE 802.11ay-compliant CMOS RF chip for indoor and outdoor wireless use cases that supports the full 57 to 71 GHz bandwidth.

Highly integrated, the chip’s performance, and capabilities make it possible to realise the full potential of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) deployments, 5G and WiFi infrastructure backhauling, next-generation consumer electronics products, and IoT devices requiring high-speed links by streamlining the design process and reducing the total system cost.

Pharrowtech is also launching its PTM1060 (RFM) phased array antenna module, which includes the PTR1060. When combined with Renesas’ RWM6050 baseband, it offers ODM/OEMs a ready-to-use 60GHz solution.

System manufacturers will also be able to customise the RFM according to their own specifications, thanks to Pharrowtech’s phased antenna array design, integration and testing capabilities.

The RF chip has been designed to enable many fast-growing use cases requiring reliable, fibre-like data rates that cannot be cost effectively served with wired technologies. Capable of meeting growing demand for gigabit per second home broadband access, and smart city deployments such as high-resolution CCTV cameras in public spaces, 60GHz connectivity is able to offer superior performance, shorter deployment time, and lower equipment costs.

Marco Bello, VP Marketing & Product Management, Pharrowtech, said, “PTR1060 goes far beyond any fully integrated radio transceiver available today to enable a variety of rapidly expanding next-generation WiFi and 5G applications, as well as delivering high-speed smart city applications. Our focus is making the design process easier and more efficient for ODM/OEMs, so combining Renesas’ best-of-breed baseband technology into a module to complement our own has been an important part of our strategy. This launch demonstrates our ability to deliver complex, state-of-the-art CMOS RFIC and phased antenna array products, and sets Pharrowtech on course to become a dominant player in the mmWave space.”

The PTR1060 is integrated with Blu Wireless baseband MAC software, which opens further 5G market opportunities in high-speed transport, defence, and private networks.

Commenting Mark Barrett, CCO, Blu Wireless, added, “Our mission is to deliver advanced 5G mmWave wireless connectivity solutions which exploit the large amount of license-free bandwidth available in the 57-71 GHz band. We are therefore very pleased to be working with Pharrowtech on the integration of their latest RFIC to help us achieve this goal. We look forward to our continued collaboration on the delivery of 5G mmWave connectivity solutions.”

PTR1060 RFIC and PTM1060 RFM are currently available to select customers and are already being designed-in by a tier-one US equipment vendor.

Demonstrations and evaluation kits will be available in Q1 2022, and mass production will begin in Q3 2022.