pSemi Corporation (formerly Peregrine Semiconductor) has announced the PE561221 monolithic SoI front-end module. Ideal for Wi-Fi home gateways, routers and set-top boxes, this high-performance module uses a smart bias circuit to deliver a high linearity signal and excellent long-packet error vector magnitude (EVM) performance
The PE561221 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi FEM integrates a low-noise amplifier (LNA), a power amplifier (PA) and two RF switches (SP4T, SP3T). The monolithic die uses a compact 16-pin, 2 x 2 mm LGA package ideal for either stand-alone use or in 4 x 4 MIMO and 8 x 8 MIMO modules.
The 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi FEM is based on pSemi’s UltraCMOS technology platform—a patented, advanced form of SOI. With its outstanding RF and microwave properties, SOI is an ideal substrate for integration. When paired with high-volume CMOS manufacturing—the most widely used semiconductor technology—the result is a reliable, repeatable technology platform that offers superior performance compared to other mixed-signal processes. UltraCMOS technology also enables intelligent integration—the unique design ability to integrate RF, digital and analog components on a single die.
The PE561221 leverages the intelligent integration capabilities of UltraCMOS technology to deliver exceptional performance, low power consumption and high reliability with 2 kV HBM ESD rating. Through advanced analog and digital design techniques, the Wi-Fi FEM delivers excellent long-packet EVM performance with less than 0.1 dB of gain droop while operating across the entire -40°C to 85°C temperature range. At -40 dB EVM (MCS9), the output power is +19 dBm with less than 0.05 dBm droop in power output after a 4 milliseconds packet. The IC delivers best-in-class dynamic error vector magnitude (DEVM) and current consumption without requiring digital pre-distortion (DPD), and it has excellent MCS11 performance for 802.11ax applications.
Volume-production parts and samples of the PE561221 are available from pSemi. For sales information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PE561221 is the first product in the pSemi Wi-Fi FEM portfolio; the product roadmap includes 5 GHz Wi-Fi FEM solutions.