DIGITALLY TUNABLE COMPONENTS FOR 5G & M-MIMO

5G telecommunications are anticipated to reach the market in 2020. As 5G emerges, so too are technologies to facilitate its implementation. Yet, the majority of technologies available increase chip area requirements and have high power consumption.

University of Utah researchers have developed a delta-sigma modulated switched capacitor transmitter, frequency tunable digital power amplifiers, and a multiphase beam steering transmitter ideal for 5G applications. This tunable modular approach allows flexible hardware configuration, such as placing components at the antenna, improving
overall efficiencies.