Welcome!

News Feed Item

Ethertronics Further Revolutionizes the RF Front End with New Addition to Its EtherChip™ Portfolio of Antenna Tuning Chips

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 pr@ethertronics.com. More information on EC303 can be found at http://www.ethertronics.com/products/active/.

About Ethertronics

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 pr@ethertronics.com.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Infranics will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Since 2000, Infranics has developed SysMaster Suite, which is required for the stable and efficient management of ICT infrastructure. The ICT management solution developed and provided by Infranics continues to add intelligence to the ICT infrastructure through the IMC (Infra Management Cycle) based on mathemat...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Loom Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2015, Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI solution to predict and prevent problems in the digital business. Loom stands alone in the industry as an AI analysis platform requiring no prior math knowledge from operators, leveraging the existing staff to succeed in the digital era. With offices in ...
Virtualization over the past years has become a key strategy for IT to acquire multi-tenancy, increase utilization, develop elasticity and improve security. And virtual machines (VMs) are quickly becoming a main vehicle for developing and deploying applications. The introduction of containers seems to be bringing another and perhaps overlapped solution for achieving the same above-mentioned benefits. Are a container and a virtual machine fundamentally the same or different? And how? Is one techn...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Have you ever noticed how some IT people seem to lead successful, rewarding, and satisfying lives and careers, while others struggle? IT author and speaker Don Crawley uncovered the five principles that successful IT people use to build satisfying lives and careers and he shares them in this fast-paced, thought-provoking webinar. You'll learn the importance of striking a balance with technical skills and people skills, challenge your pre-existing ideas about IT customer service, and gain new in...
"I think that everyone recognizes that for IoT to really realize its full potential and value that it is about creating ecosystems and marketplaces and that no single vendor is able to support what is required," explained Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud at Ericsson, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor - all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
What if you could build a web application that could support true web-scale traffic without having to ever provision or manage a single server? Sounds magical, and it is! In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Munns, Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services, will show how to build a serverless website that scales automatically using services like AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon S3. We will review several frameworks that can help you build serverle...
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development ...
"Peak 10 is a national cloud data center solutions managed services provider, and part of that is disaster recovery. We see a growing trend in the industry where companies are coming to us looking for assistance in their DR strategy," stated Andrew Cole, Director of Solutions Engineering at Peak 10, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The essence of cloud computing is that all consumable IT resources are delivered as services. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, demonstrated the concepts and implementations of two important cloud computing deliveries: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). He discussed from business and technical viewpoints what exactly they are, why we care, how they are different and in what ways, and the strategies for IT to transi...
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership abi...