IQ-Analog technology enables high-performance NXP 5G SoCs

January 16, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
IQ-Analog, NXP collaboration drives high-performance 5G SoCs
Patented Traveling Pulse Wave Quantization technology from IQ-Analog Corporation enables advanced data conversion in NXP® Semiconductors' recently announced Layerscape® Access family of fully programmable baseband products for 5G Access Edge systems.

Emerging 5G systems can support more than 10 times greater bandwidth per antenna and require more than 10 times the number of antenna elements over prior LTE systems, resulting in more than 100 times greater demands on the data conversion interfaces. This bottleneck was addressed by IQ-Analog in the development of a fundamentally unique approach to high speed data conversion known as Traveling Pulse Wave Quantization® or TPWQ. TPWQ was initially developed and demonstrated to customers in 2017 and was shown to offer 50 times lower cost and four times lower power consumption than commercially available systems.

The collaboration between the two companies further differentiates baseband processors with integrated high-speed data conversion

"IQ-Analog's FinFET technologies enable emerging 5G networking systems, as well as provide compelling architectural advantages in 4G LTE-Advanced network deployments supporting massive MIMO and active antenna systems (AAS) with unprecedented enhanced multi-beamforming and tracking. This affords systems with significantly lower cost, power consumption, and die size over competitive solutions for macro cell base-stations, small cell access points and customer premises equipment (CPE). IQ-Analog is also commencing engagements with mobile handset SoC suppliers for 5G transceiver user equipment (UE) solutions," said Dr. George Chrisikos, Chief Operating Officer, IQ-Analog Corporation.

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