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5G phased array development platform

Avnet and Fujikura have collaborated on a 5G FR2 phased array antenna development platform for mmWave frequency bands. The platform allows engineers to develop and prototype 5G mmWave systems based on the AMD-Xilinx Zyng UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen3 device and Fujikura’s FutureAccess phased array antenna module (PAAM). Avnet’s RFSoC Explorer software, a native MATLAB application, is used for configuring and controlling the digital and RF settings.

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, the Fujikura PAAM operates in the 3GPP FR2 frequency bands n257 (28 GHz), n258 (26 GHz), and n261 (27 GHZ). The calibration-free module integrates an 8×8 antenna element, proprietary RFICs, and a filter. It also provides fast beam switching at <200 ns, including command transaction time. Power consumption during transmission and reception is 16 W and 7 W, respectively.

The PAAM development board teams with the AMD-Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU208 evaluation kit. This OEM package features a base board populated with the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZU48DR with integrated gigasample data converters and programmable gain control. In addition, the baseboard is bundled with an add-on clock board, breakout board, and N79 band loopback board.

The Avnet-Fujikura 5G mmWave PAAM development kit is scheduled to be available in Q1 2023. For more information and to request early access, click here.



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