NXP Semiconductors is using test equipment from Agilent Technologies Inc. in a demonstration of its beam-forming technology for the next generation of communication and radar products at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
The demo shows a multi-Gbps wireless link based on the Wireless Gigabit Alliance and the IEEE 802.11ad specifications.
Agilent supplies signal-creation and modulation-analysis software and hardware for the WiGig and IEEE 802.11ad physical-layer specifications.
NXP’s receiver front-end is a phased-array system with eight antennas and eight RX paths. The antenna array is implemented on a low-cost laminate, and active circuitry is realized in CMOS 45-nm technology. Electronic beam-forming increases the link distance by about three times compared to a single antenna system, while at the same time providing broad angular scanning.
The technology enables highly integrated, low-power, beam-forming and beam-steering systems for increased WiGiG/802.11ad room coverage. Next-generation car-radar systems will also profit from these core developments, enabling integration of CMOS phased-array millimeter-wave circuits with IF, ADC and DSP blocks into a highly integrated, low-power, car-radar signal processor.
“We are delighted that our early investments and continued commitment to this technology and the WiGig Alliance are allowing the industry to design and develop products more rapidly in the 60-GHz frequency band through our superior capabilities in wide-bandwidth modulation, analysis and millimeter applications,” said Guy Séné, president of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group.
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