Silicon Laboratories Introduces Industry’s Easiest-To-Use, Highest Performance Single-Chip EDGE Transceiver
Aero' IIe Transceiver Uses Unique Transmitter Architecture to Enable High-Volume Production of EDGE Handsets
AUSTIN, TXSilicon Laboratories Inc. announced the Aero' IIe single-chip EDGE transceiver, the industry’s easiest-to-use, highest performance RF transceiver for GSM/GPRS/EDGE handsets, smart phones and data modems. Based on Silicon Laboratories’ market leading Aero architecture, the Aero IIe transceiver delivers high data rates and industry leading performance to enable worldwide high-volume production of EDGE devices.
The Aero IIe transceiver employs a unique dual-transmitter architecture for EDGE that eliminates the transmit SAW from conventional linear transmitter architectures without the calibration complexity of existing polar radios. The Aero IIe transceiver integrates the proven Aero digital low-IF receiver technology to deliver the highest receive sensitivity in the industry. The Aero IIe transceiver also integrates the highly-integrated digitally-controlled crystal oscillator (DCXO) to minimize the radio bill-of-materials. Unlike competing polar architectures that require custom components, the Aero IIe architecture is compatible with PAs and basebands from all leading vendors in the market.
“Many cellular service operators have upgraded their existing networks from GSM/GPRS to EDGE to offer new services such audio and video download as well as multi-media streaming that was not possible before with 2G networks,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, vice president of Silicon Laboratories. “Handset makers need optimized silicon solutions that deliver the highest performance with minimal calibration complexity to facilitate high-volume production of EDGE handsets in the market. The Aero IIe one-step transmitter calibration for EDGE dramatically simplifies the manufacturing flow resulting in increased production yield and throughput for handset manufacturers.”
The Aero IIe transceiver is the fourth generation of Silicon Laboratories’ proven Aero transceiver family which has shipped into more than 225 million handsets worldwide. The Aero IIe is designed in a standard 0.13-micron CMOS process and available in a tiny 5 x 6 mm package. With the option of a receive SAW filter bank, the Aero IIe transceiver enables an entire quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio to be implemented with only 26 components and 3.3 cm2 board space, making it ideal for feature-rich GSM/GPRS/EDGE handsets, smart phones and PDAs.
The Aero IIe transceiver is available in a standard 5 x 6 mm 36-pin QFN package. Pricing begins at $5.24 in quantities of 10,000. The Aero IIe transceiver is sampling now, and an evaluation board is available for $250. Click here for the data sheet.
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