Renesas unveils wideband mmWave synthesizer

Renesas Electronics has introduced a next-generation wideband mmWave synthesizer with a unique set of features that have been optimised for 5G and broadband wireless applications.

The 8V97003 device can be used as a local oscillator (LO) for mmWave and beamforming, or as a precision reference clock for a high-speed data converter in numerous applications such as test and measurements, optical networking, and data acquisition.

According to Renesas, the 8V97003 delivers what is said to be the industry’s best combination of wide frequency range (171.875 MHz to 18 GHz), ultra-low output phase noise (-60.6dBc at 20 kHz to 100 MHz at 6 GHz) and high output power over its entire frequency range.

The wide frequency range enables customers to use a single 8V97003 in place of multiple synthesizer modules reducing solution footprint and cost. High output power eliminates the need for an external driver further reducing complexity and overall power consumption without compromising performances.

The ultra-low output phase noise makes it a suitable choice for 5G and other wireless applications as it enables superior system level signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and error vector magnitude (EVM).

As a reference clock for high-speed data converters, the 8V97003 maximizes system performance by improving SNR and spurious-free-dynamic-range (SFDR).

Mass production quantities of the 8V97003 are available now in a 7mm x 7mm, 48-lead VFQFPN package.