Arctic Semiconductor unveils all-in-one RF transceiver

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Arctic Semiconductor, a developer of low-power, versatile RF, and mixed-signal chipsets, has unveiled SilverWings, an all-in-one RF transceiver.

SilverWings is the first-ever 4x4 low-power transceiver offering multi-stage up and down conversion from digital to RF and RF to digital, empowering programmable and adaptable system designs.

By leveraging Arctic's low-power architecture, SilverWings integrates high-performance analogue capabilities with high-bandwidth digital features, incorporating unique Digital-IF and High-IF conversion methodologies to enhance performance while minimising costs.

Commenting Marzieh Veyseh, Chief Product Officer of Arctic Semiconductor, said, "By integrating cutting-edge analogue and digital conversion methodologies into a single transceiver, we provide our customers with the optimal blend of capabilities, paving the way for broader applications. SilverWings signifies just the beginning of our vision for advanced high precision, high-speed data converters.”

SilverWings is a versatile all-in-one RF transceiver suitable for a wide array of applications, including wireless radios, satellite communication, repeaters, fixed-wireless access devices, user equipment, medical devices, and instrumentation.

According to Arctic key differentiators include:

  • All-in-One Capability: SilverWings encompasses a comprehensive suite of functionalities essential for full up conversion and down conversion. On the receiver end, it features an RF gain stage, facilitating ultra-fast Automatic Gain Control (AGC) to counter interference. Meanwhile, Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD) is incorporated on the transmit side to mitigate external power amplifier non-linearity.
  • Ultra-low Power Consumption: SilverWings showcases a 60 percent reduction in power consumption compared to equivalent offerings in the market, while also integrating RF gain with gain control within both the receive and transmit paths.
  • Innovation: Transceiver integration achieves seamlessness at its peak. Its Digital-IF conversion methodology eliminates the necessity for intricate software calibration steps aimed at compensating for IQ imbalance and LO leakage. This calibration-free architecture saves significant cost at development and production stages.
  • Versatility: SilverWings' multi-stage analogue and digital up-conversion and down-conversion processes facilitate a programmable and flexible system design tailored around the operating frequency, bandwidth, and required specifications, ensuring optimal performance at minimal cost.

SilverWings offers a comprehensive array of features, enabling customers to bypass the need for integrating additional components and facilitating a swifter design process. Consequently, this reduces product development expenses and helps to accelerate time to market.