Taoglas, MixComm Announce 5G NR mmWave Smart Antenna Subsystem

Taoglas®, a provider of next-generation IoT solutions and MixComm, has announced a technology partnership and their co-development of a 5G new radio (NR) mmWave smart antenna subsystem covering the 26.5-29.5 GHz band, the company said.

The new mmWave antenna subsystem can support both infrastructure and IoT OEMs´ integration of 5G NR devices and is ideal for small cells, repeaters and customer-premises equipment (CPE) designs.

The co-development is based on Taoglas´ innovative KHA16.23C smart antenna subsystem. It includes Taoglas patent pending design that has been integrated with MixComm´s newly announced 5G 28 GHz Beamforming “SUMMIT 2629” Front End IC. The KHA16.23C is a 2D antenna array integrated into a multi-layer PCB that contains the RFICs and 16 antenna elements; layers provided for power optimization and thermal control, digital control, and RF feed lines all in footprint of 53×84 mm. Depending on device implementation the Taoglas design is scalable with arrays up to 1024 elements.

MixComm´s 5G 28 GHz Beamforming SUMMIT 2629 Front End IC integrates novel power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, all-passive beamformer, calibration and control for a front-end module with optimal partitioning for 5G infrastructure. The device is fabricated in GLOBALFOUNDRIES 45RFSOI which is enhanced for mmWave applications. The SUMMIT2629 operates from 26.5-29.5 GHz and is the first of a family of MixComm mmWave devices.

Taoglas is a provider of next-generation IoT solutions, combining the latest in high-performance RF antenna design with advanced positioning, imaging, audio and artificial intelligence technologies for companies with unique IoT challenges. With 10 world-class design, support and test centers globally and a dynamic online ordering system, Taoglas helps companies deliver complex IoT solutions to market quickly and cost-effectively.

MixComm, based in Chatham, N.J., is a fabless semiconductor company developing transformative solutions for emerging wireless applications and markets. MixComm was co-founded in 2017 by Dr. Harish Krishnaswamy of Columbia University´s Engineering School and Frank Lane, formerly Senior Director at Flarion Technologies and Vice-President of Technology for Qualcomm. The company´s technology is based on breakthroughs from Dr. Krishnaswamy´s CoSMIC lab at Columbia University and is funded by Kairos Ventures. The founding team has a proven track record in RFIC research and development and in commercializing cutting-edge RF silicon at both startup and large semiconductor companies.