|By Business Wire||
|February 24, 2014 02:03 AM EST||
During the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ethertronics, a leading technology company enabling innovative antenna and RF system solutions to deliver the best connected experience, unveiled EtherChip™ EC303™. EC303 is the first in the RF Switch Antenna Tuning Chip™ series that takes Ethertronics even further into the RF Front End (RFFE) system. It is designed for a variety of applications including wireless phones, tablets, notebooks, M2M products, the Internet of Things and other wireless devices.
EtherChip EC303 disrupts the status quo in device design by re-engineering a traditional SP12T switch from the antenna perspective, combining antenna switching, antenna tuning and embedded RAM functionalities on a single substrate, without sacrificing performance. Using a 180nm SOI CMOS foundry, EC303 combines three SP4T RF switches with two 4-bit digitally tunable capacitors and embedded RAM to deliver and maintain high performance across all 2G and 3G bands, as well as the stringent, low 4G LTE bands.
With carrier aggregation on the rise, there is a significant demand for a single antenna to cover a wider frequency range. The antenna is the only RF sensor within a wireless device and reacts differently in high band and low band to environmental loading (hand, head, close proximity of objects, etc.). These differences pose a major challenge for OEMs to make it all work and deliver a superior user experience. A multi-feed antenna offers a distinct advantage since it enables independent control of frequency band subsets across all 2G/3G/4G LTE bands in a more efficient way. With EC303, Ethertronics solves these challenges for OEMS by delivering an antenna-centric RF silicon chip capable of decreasing optimization time and challenges, as well as meeting carriers’ targeted specs, and ultimately fulfilling the mobile user experience. Like other products in the EtherChip portfolio, EC303 is a critical step toward enabling a smarter AFEM (Antenna Front End Module) for cost-effective, efficient and scalable solutions with its embedded RAM. This is critical given that the space available for the RFEE 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.
“With EtherChip EC303, we are once again disrupting the status quo by providing OEMs with a single solution that will transform how they ultimately approach device design,” said Laurent Desclos, president and CEO at Ethertronics. “EC303 simplifies the design process for OEMs since it’s a single, complete solution that allows them to support carriers’ requirements and ultimately deliver an enhanced user experience. OEMs no longer need to grapple with integrating RF components that aren’t optimized to seamlessly work with one another. Given that EC303 is an antenna-centric RF silicon chip, it is able to provide the integration of complete antenna tuning and multiband signal path switching for today’s challenging mobile platform RFFEs, along with all control, bias and memory housekeeping functions. This antenna systems approach sets us apart from other antenna companies and positions us as a true antenna system player. EC303 draws on Ethertronics’ more than 14 years of global antenna integration experience, providing a single source for all antenna system aspects including the antenna, the related silicon and the application software tools to manage them. It underscores our continued commitment to helping our OEM customers come to market with smarter, high-performance products.”
Like Ethertronics’ recently announced EtherChip EC949™ and EC975™, EC303 also features embedded RAM. This feature makes EC303, EC949 and EC975 the industry’s only 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.
EC303 has an operating frequency of 100 MHz to 3000 MHz, making it ideal for 2G, 3G and lower 4G LTE band applications. All EtherChip products use SOI technology making them easily scalable and portable. SOI is a perfect alternative to higher cost technology. EC303 can be delivered as a die or a packaged device.
EC303 additionally features a flexible control interface that is OEM-selectable between SPI or MIPI protocols. This interface allows OEMs and integrators to speed up the integration and testing. In addition, by splitting the bands at the switch level, EC303 gains better control of the antenna characteristics and optimization, simplifying RF switching and RF switch linearity and insertion loss requirements. EC303 also provides inter-band isolation and enables additional isolation from multi-feed antennas, which eases requirements for carrier aggregation implementations.
In addition to EC303, Ethertronics offers multiple antenna switching configurations with the same tunability, embedded RAM, software and support offered by EtherChip products.
Ethertronics is showcasing EC303 and several of its other innovative products at GSMA Mobile World Congress 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 2014 awards, both of which are being announced during Mobile World Congress. To set up a meeting and learn more, please contact [email protected]. More information on EC303 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 protected].
"We have a tagline - "Power in the API Economy." What that means is everything that is built in applications and connected applications is done through APIs," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 1, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 695
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of...
Jul. 1, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,172
"AgilData is the next generation of dbShards. It just adds a whole bunch more functionality to improve the developer experience," noted Dan Lynn, CEO of AgilData, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 1, 2015 04:09 PM EDT Reads: 306
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of pro...
Jul. 1, 2015 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,012
The cloud has transformed how we think about software quality. Instead of preventing failures, we must focus on automatic recovery from failure. In other words, resilience trumps traditional quality measures. Continuous delivery models further squeeze traditional notions of quality. Remember the venerable project management Iron Triangle? Among time, scope, and cost, you can only fix two or quality will suffer. Only in today's DevOps world, continuous testing, integration, and deployment upend...
Jul. 1, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,901
"We provide a web application framework for building really sophisticated web applications that run on a browser without any installation need so we get used for biotech, defense, and banking applications," noted Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit (http://DevOpsSummit.SYS-CON.com), held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York
Jul. 1, 2015 02:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,023
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect t...
Jul. 1, 2015 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,156
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
Jul. 1, 2015 02:21 PM EDT Reads: 443
In the midst of the widespread popularity and adoption of cloud computing, it seems like everything is being offered “as a Service” these days: Infrastructure? Check. Platform? You bet. Software? Absolutely. Toaster? It’s only a matter of time. With service providers positioning vastly differing offerings under a generic “cloud” umbrella, it’s all too easy to get confused about what’s actually being offered. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Kevin Hazard, Director of Digital Content for SoftL...
Jul. 1, 2015 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,137
"A lot of the enterprises that have been using our systems for many years are reaching out to the cloud - the public cloud, the private cloud and hybrid," stated Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 1, 2015 12:54 PM EDT Reads: 505
One of the hottest areas in cloud right now is DRaaS and related offerings. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Dale Levesque, Disaster Recovery Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team, will discuss the benefits of the cloud model, which far outweigh the traditional approach, and how enterprises need to ensure that their needs are properly being met.
Jul. 1, 2015 12:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,037
The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In his session at Cloud Expo, Alex Gorbachev, President of Intelligent Systems Services Inc., shared foundation principles of Ceph architecture, as well as the design to deliver this storage to traditional SAN storage co...
Jul. 1, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,982
"Plutora provides release and testing environment capabilities to the enterprise," explained Dalibor Siroky, Director and Co-founder of Plutora, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 1, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,000
SYS-CON Events announced today that JFrog, maker of Artifactory, the popular Binary Repository Manager, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based in California, Israel and France, founded by longtime field-experts, JFrog, creator of Artifactory and Bintray, has provided the market with the first Binary Repository solution and a software distribution social platform.
Jul. 1, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 950
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world...
Jul. 1, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,232