|[February 03, 2014]
Ethertronics Expands EtherChip™ Portfolio with First-Ever Antenna Tuning Chips Featuring Embedded Memory Capabilities
SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)--
Shortly after shipping its one billionth antenna, Ethertronics,
a leading technology company enabling innovative antenna and RF system
solutions to deliver the best connected experience, today announced that
the company is expanding its EtherChip™ line with the industry's
first-ever antenna tuning RF silicon chips featuring embedded memory
Designed for a variety of applications including wireless phones,
tablets, notebooks, M2M products, the Internet of Things, and other
wireless devices, the new EtherChip EC975™ and EC949™ antenna tuning
chips take Ethertronics even further into the RF front end system. They
are a critical step toward enabling a smarter AFEM (Antenna Front End
Module) for cost-effective, efficient and scalable solutions. This is
critical given that the space available for the RF front end gets
squeezed each year forcing component vendors to reduce the overall
footprint for RF components inside devices while asking for more complex
band coverage and configuration flexibility.
New Features Provide Significantly Better Performance and Easier OEM
Both EC975 and EC949 feature embedded RAM (News - Alert), making them the industry's
first-ever antenna tuning chips with built-in memory capabilities.
Embedded RAM allows the tunable capacitor and/or the RF switch to be
controlled through the application layer, instead of the baseband
software. OEMs will benefit from much easier integration as they won't
need to modify baseband software or add additional hardware.
Ethertronics also provides its proprietary application software to
optimize the process of integration. EC975 and EC949 each also include a
MIPI interface, which is becoming the industry standard for mobile
devices, in addition to a conventional SPI interface. Both EC975 and
EC949 have an operating frequency of 100MHz to 3000MHz, making them
ideal for the lower 4G LTE (News - Alert) bands as well as 2G and 3G applications.
"The additions of EC975 and EC949 to our EtherChip prduct portfolio
underscore our continued focus on innovations designed to re-architect
the RF Front End (RFFE). The RFFE continues to get squeezed for space as
more functionality is added to devices, such as global roaming and
carrier aggregation, while batteries and screens continue to increase in
size," said Claudio Anzil, vice president of semiconductor operations at
Ethertronics. "These devices are specifically developed to enable higher
performance, smaller form factor mobile antennas for demanding standards
like LTE, through innovative antenna tuning techniques. Embedding RAM
capabilities also streamlines the integration process for OEMs as they
now aim to have a single SKU and solution. Leveraging our 14 years of
global antenna integration experience, Ethertronics provides a single
source for all antenna system aspects including the antenna, the related
silicon and the application software tools to manage them. Our goal is
to simplify the life of the OEMs, to make it easier for them to enhance
the user experience and support the carriers' demands. OEMs will be
pleased with these new products that are designed to add more 'smarts'
to their wireless devices."
EC975 leverages Ethertronics' patent-pending Air InteRFace Digital
Conditioning™ (AIRFDC™) technology to provide tuning capacitance;
seamlessly adjusting the characteristics of a cellular antenna to its
dynamic requirements - such as retuning for frequency shift,
environmental effects, or more bandwidth. Its advanced design
additionally supports the ability to compensate for the detuning of the
antenna system due to hand and head effects.
EC949 incorporates Ethertronics' patented IMD technology with dynamic
impedance matching and band switching by combining one tunable capacitor
and a four-port switch within a very small form factor; providing more
degrees of freedom and flexibility for system designers.�Utilizing Ether
Switch&Tune™ technology, EC949 enables global roaming across all
2G/3G/4G LTE bands from a single antenna element. EC949 also enables
carrier aggregation with high efficiency, especially to meet the
requirements of intra- and inter-band aggregation for LTE Advanced
standard specifications, as it is able to access two or more bands
Ethertronics is showcasing EC975, EC949 and several of its other
innovative products at GSMA Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) and Showstoppers in
Barcelona, Spain. The company's EtherChip 2.0™, part of the EtherChip
family of products, has been shortlisted for the GSMA Global Mobile
Awards and the Telecoms.com (News - Alert) 2014 awards, both of which are being
announced during Mobile World Congress. To set up a meeting and learn
more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on EC975 and EC949 can be found at http://www.ethertronics.com/products/active/.
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Ethertronics is a technology company
enabling innovative antenna and RF system solutions to deliver the best
connected experience for operators, OEMs, and consumers. The company -
via its Antenna, Systems and Chip Divisions - is established in
designing and manufacturing high-performance embedded antenna system
solutions supporting a wide range of applications. Ethertronics'
patented Isolated Magnetic Dipole™ (IMD) technology has a legacy as a
strong foundation for passive, as well as active antennas designs.
Ethertronics' technology has been selected by major customers with
worldwide shipments over 250 million annually. Ethertronics maintains a
global network of design centers and manufacturing operations. For more
information, visit www.ethertronics.com,
and for images of Ethertronics' products contact email@example.com.
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