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Programmable CMOS RF transceiver debuts

Posted: 19 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable RF transceiver? CMOS? 802.11b/g? femtocell markets?

BitWave Semiconductor has launched the BW1102 Softransceiver RFIC, said to be the world's first programmable CMOS RF transceiver. The device is software configurable across all channels in the frequency bands between 700MHz and 3.8GHz, with bandwidths of 25kHz to 20MHz. This means that the BW1102 can be configured for multiple wireless protocols such as GSM, GPRS, Edge, W-CDMA, HSDPA, CDMA2K, EVDO, 802.11b/g and 802.16d/e. Optimized for low cost and low power, the BW1102 is well suited for use in the cellular handset and femtocell markets.

Responding to the need for global connectivity, BitWave designers developed the BW1102 RFIC to enable wireless consumer applications to seamlessly switch between multiple frequency bands and wireless communication protocols. Benefits of using the BW1102 in wireless designs include: reduced component counts, BOM costs, and time to market. BitWave reports that the flexibility of multiple wireless bands and multiple protocols of operation is achieved using software mode files, a first in the RFIC industry.

The BW1102 is built on a standard digital CMOS process and is supplied in a 7mm x 7mm PBGA package for low cost and small size. The transceiver includes built-in test and calibration.

Samples of the BW1102 will begin shipping during the next month and volume production shipments will begin during Q3 08.

- Janine Love
RF Designline

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