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Sivers IMA launches new radar products

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Sivers IMA is pleased to announce the new RFE02401/00 24 GHz radar front-end, RSE02401/00 complete radar sensor and EVK02401/00 evaluation kit. Designed to enable rapid development of custom tailored radar solutions, these products provide a platform for the evaluation and integration of radar sensing technology into a wide variety of systems. Radar products developed for the 24 GHz license free ISM band enables highly accurate distance and speed measurement in scenarios such as level measurement, anti-collision and object detection.

Utilizing a packaged radar RFIC, the platform is optimized for high-volume, low cost production. The RFE02401/00 radar front-end integrates patch antennas, a digital PLL for stable and fast frequency synthesis, and user reconfigurable signal conditioning. An ARM M7 family MCU combines with the front-end the complete RSE02401/00 sensor and provides generous computing capability and a wide variety of I/O interfaces, with USB, SPI and UART as standard interfaces. For users with proprietary or industry specific protocols, Sivers IMA can provide custom tailored integration services. The EVK02401/00 evaluation kit includes the RSE02401/00 sensor and graphical user interface software, enabling access to both raw radar signal data and processed measurements from the MCU, and allows users to test the sensor and front-end while connected to a PC, or directly integrate the sensor into their own product.

“These new radar products are a result of our focus on a complete radar platform solution that simplifies for customers to quickly add radar capabilities to their products, that for example need speed or distance measurement using radar technology,” says Anders Storm, CEO of Sivers IMA. “Previously, radar has been considered too expensive as a sensing technology in many markets, or too technically challenging to work with for customers with little or no previous radar experience. Over the years we have received extensive feedback from the market for radar sensing, and these new products reflect well what new radar customers expect. For the first time, Sivers IMA can now offer a complete radar sensor that can be customized for every unique application at the right price”.

The EVK02401/00 will be launched for commercial availability at European Microwave Week in Nürnberg, Germany from October 9-12, 2017. Potential customers will be able to see a live demo of the evaluation kit in a variety of scenarios, and receive more information regarding developing their own radar solutions based on Sivers IMA’s platform.

For more information: 
Anders Storm, CEO
Tel: +46 70 262 6390
E-mail:  anders.storm@siversima.com 

This information is insider information that Sivers IMA is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication trough the agency of the contact person set out above, on September 5, 2017. 

Sivers IMA Holding AB is a leading and internationally renowned supplier, publicly traded under SIVE. The wholly owned subsidiaries Sivers IMA and CST Global develop, manufacture and sell cutting-edge chips, components, modules and subsystems based on proprietary advanced semiconductor technology in microwave, millimeter wave and optical semiconductors. Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Learn more at http://siversima.com .

Hyper scale data centers

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The Communication and sensor society is a reality. According Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast [1] Global mobile data traffic grew 63 percent and the number of mobile devices and connections grew to 8.0 billion in 2016. More and more things get connected; cars, trains as well as wearable devices. Video is still the main traffic driver with video traffic accounting for 60 percent of total mobile data traffic in 2016, [1]. In figure 1 you can see some examples of actual usage need for some New IoT Devices.

 
Figure 1: New IoT Devices in the Mix: What If They Were on the Mobile/Cellular Network? [1]

It is noticeable that the communication and sensor society is driving some big trends. One of these trends are the hyper scale data centers [2] that use massive amounts of fiber connections within the data center. Hyperscale data centers are projected to number 485 by 2020 [3]. By 2020, 92 percent of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers versus only 8 percent by traditional data centers. Driven by the Internet of Things, the total amount of data created (and not necessarily stored) by any device will reach 600 ZB per year by 2020, up from 145 ZB per year in 2015.

 
Figure 2: Cisco Global Cloud Index, Data Center Growth [3]

CST Global which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA offers for example Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSELs) which are essential building block of modern, optical, communication systems. VCSELs offer a high bandwidth, power-saving and low-cost solution for links used within hyper scale data centers and high-performance computing. Sivers IMA believe hyper scale data centers is a high growth market, in the same way wireless mmWave multigigabit is another very interesting growth market we address. Hence being able to offer VCSELs for optical communication systems is very compelling and exciting, and we are now addressing several growth trends within the communication and sensor society.      

Anders Storm
CEO
Sivers IMA

Ref [1] http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/mobile-white-paper-c11-520862.html

https://www.ericsson.com/assets/local/mobility-report/documents/2016/ericsson-mobility-report-november-2016.pdfRef [2] http://worldstopdatacenters.com/hyper-scale-data-centers/

Ref [3] http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/global-cloud-index-gci/white-paper-c11-738085.pdf

Sivers IMA announce a new agreement for mmWave wireless application

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Sivers IMA announce a new agreement for mmWave wireless applications with a large, multi-billion dollar, Japanese electrical equipment manufacturing company for development and sales of mmWave products. A memorandum of understanding, MoU, has been signed where both parties will contribute to the development of highly competitive products, that offers the best price and performance, for the global wireless gigabit communications market.

The mobile data traffic will continue to grow exponentially over the next five years1) and mmWave will be used to support this growth for backhaul, fronthaul, small cells and fixed wireless networks.

“We are extremely proud that a big and renowned Japanese company choose to cooperate with us. It confirms that our competence and capacity is cutting edge and that our products are right on target”, says Anders Storm, CEO of Sivers IMA.

For more information:
Anders Storm, CEO
Tel: +46 70 262 6390
E-mail: anders.storm@siversima.com

1) According to Ericsson mobility report: https://www.ericsson.com/assets/local/mobility-report/documents/2016/ericsson-mobility-report-november-2016.pdf

This information is insider information that Sivers IMA is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication trough the agency of the contact person set out above, on June 13th , 2017.

Sivers IMA Holding AB is a leading and internationally renowned supplier, publicly traded under SIVE. The wholly owned subsidiaries Sivers IMA and CST Global develop, manufacture and sell cutting-edge chips, components, modules and subsystems based on proprietary advanced semiconductor technology in microwave, millimeter wave and optical semiconductors. Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Learn more at http://siversima.com .

mmWave will be an important part of 5G-networks

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By Anders Storm
CEO Sivers IMA

For more details please read more here: www.siversima.com

We now live in a society which is based on constant communication, access to Internet is as important as food and water. According to the Ericsson mobility report [1] mobile data usage has increased by about 50% every year since 2011 to 2016, and it will keep on growing exponentially by 10x until 2022. On top of this there is going to be approximately 30 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the internet by 2022 (1.5 billion over cellular networks). These numbers are almost unimaginable. This has moved us into a new paradigm, the communication and sensor society. It is happening as we speak and the growth is exponential the coming 5 years. To address this growth, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) organization is working on a new cellular standard which is the 5th generation mobile networks, also called 5G. According to 3GPP the first drop of ‘New Radio’ features, will be in Release 15, which will form the first Phase of 5G deployment and full compliance with the ITU’s IMT-2020 requirements is anticipated with the completion of 3GPP Release 16 at the end of 2019, in phase 2 of the 3GPP 5G effort. mmWave for 5G is also connected to the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), which will agree on and revise the world-wide radio regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum (see Figure 1 for the 5G roadmap). This means that “true” commercial deployment of 5G will not happen until 2020. However, USA Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have already in June 2016 released radio-frequency spectrum for 5G. The newly freed spectrum includes 3.85 GHz of licensed spectrum from 27.5-28.35 GHz (called 28 GHz) and 37-40 GHz (called 39 GHz) as well as 7 GHz of unlicensed spectrum from 64-71 GHz (which is more for WiGig type “5G”).

 

Figure 1: 5G roadmap according to European Commission Ref [2]

Also in the US, Verizon Wireless, US largest wireless operator has released a pre-5G standard [3]. And focus is on a fast as possible launch of pre-5G services on 28 and 39 GHz. Hence, it is safe to assume that there will be pre-5G mmWave services in the US much earlier than 2020. To show their intentions, Verizon also recently made sure that they have the licenses available for this spectrum. By acquire US spectrum license holder Straight Path Communications for $3.1 billion USD. Straight Path was holing 735 mmWave licenses in the 39GHz band and 133 licenses in the 28GHz band, which will cover the entire US. This is a very strong message and commitment to future 5G mmWave services, by Verizon

Which service can we expect to be the first 5G service? Most players in the industry agrees that wireless broadband to the home or office will be the be first service. This is also called Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and ABI Research forecasts FWA subscribers to grow at a 30% CAGR to top 151 million in 2022 [5]. “The arrival of 5G technology will completely transform fixed wireless broadband network deployments,” says Khin Sandi Lynn, Industry Analyst at ABI Research“ [5].

mmWave will also be used for backhaul, as well as fronthaul applications for 5G network. For example, the European union funded project MiwaveS, which Sivers IMA actively contributed to, has focused on how to bring 10 Gbps mmWave backhaul to 5G networks [6], using E-band and V-band. 10 Gbps wireless systems and fiber backhaul will be key to solve the future backhaul need for 5G. Ericsson is for example predicting that almost 100% of the backhaul by 2021 will be Mircowave/mmWave and fiber (see figure 2).

 

 Figure 2: From Ericsson, Industry Analyst Quarterly Telebriefing Ref [7]

 There is still a debate when 5G mmWave will be in smartphones. Qualcomm has released information about their new Snapdragon X50 5G modem [8]. The first mm-wave frequencies that will be used in this is 28 GHz. Samples of the X50 modem will be available in the second half of 2017, with production in the first half of 2018, which means that the first mm-wave solution in handsets might be available in 2018. However, that is still in theory only.

To summarize, US is moving quickly to deploy pre-5G using mmWave. This will be the first time wwWave will be part of the cellular access network, starting with FWA as the first use case. Ericsson is predicting that there will be 550 million 5G subscribers excluding FWA by 2022 [1]. If and when mmWave 5G will be in your mobile phones is too early to tell, but it is obvious that mmWave is becoming more and more important for cellular networks and Sivers IMA is in a great position to leverage the long experience and unique capabilities within mmWave. 

 

Anders Storm
CEO
Sivers IMA

 

Ref [1] https://www.ericsson.com/assets/local/mobility-report/documents/2016/ericsson-mobility-report-november-2016.pdf

Ref [2] https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/eu-and-japan-announce-cooperation-5g-mobile-technology

Ref [3] http://www.5gtf.net/

Ref [4] https://www.mobileworldlive.com/featured-content/home-banner/verizon-outbids-att-to-seal-3-1b-straight-path-deal/?utm_campaign=MWL_20170511&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Ref [5] ABI Research forecasts worldwide fixed wireless broadband

Ref [6] http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/5g-project-miwaves-targeting-millimeter-wave-backhaul-for-small-cells

Ref [7] http://ericsson-lg.tw/ericsson/industryanalysts/telebriefings/quarterly_information_briefs/doc/q4-2016/ericsson-microwave-presentation-q416-20170222.pdf

Ref [8] https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/modems/5g/x50

Fiber to the home

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Please read the full article here: www.siversima.com

Sivers IMA announced the acquisition of CST Global in April 2017. When we announced the acquisition we also promised to share more details about the optical communication market which is one of several products areas CST Global offers solutions. In this post, we will focus on FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) which is part of the Fiber to the X (FTTX) market.

FTTX is the generic term for any broadband network architecture using optical fiber to provide all or part of the local loop used for last mile communication. FTTH is used to reach the boundary of the living space, such as a box on the outside wall of a home (i.e. the optical network terminal). To implement the last mile FTTH networks, passive optical networks are used to deliver for example end-user triple-play services over the network directly from an operator’s central network.

Passive optical network (PON) is a telecommunications technology that implements a point-to-multipoint architecture, in which unpowered fiber optical splitters are used to enable a single optical fiber to serve multiple end-points without having to provision individual fibers between the hub and customer. A PON consists of an optical line terminal (OLT) at the service provider’s central office (hub) and several optical network units (ONUs) or optical network terminals (ONTs), near end-users. A PON reduces the amount of fiber and central office equipment required compared to point-to-point architectures. A passive optical network is a form of fiber-optic access network to the home, a complement to Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), which is emphasizing on wireless access.   

 

Figure 1: OLT/ONU/ONT Ref [1]

Each OLT normally connects to up 32 ONU or ONTs (see figure 1). CST Global offers optical laser chip products for both the first generation and second generation PON systems. The first generation ONU/OLT designs utilise 1310nm Fabry-Perot (FP) lasers. The second-generation system is the ITU standard Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) which require the higher performing 1310nm Distributed Feedback (DFB) lasers to support higher data rates and longer link distances. CST Global has DFB lasers specified for the ITU 1.25 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps data rates. CST Global has shipped more than 35 million lasers to the world-wide PON ONU/OLT market and continues to increase capacity to meet increasing demandThe GPON downlink from the OLT requires a 1490nm laser diode at 2.5Gbps, as specified by the ITU standard. CST Global offers 1490nm, 2.5Gbps DFB laser for this application to provide an optical laser solution for the down link in addition to the higher volume up link device. On top of this, CST Global has a roadmap for 2017 for XPON (10G-PON), which is the latest generation 10 Gbps standard. On top of FTTX market, Nokia also sees 10G-PON as an important part of the future 5G transport/backhaul networks [2]. This connects the CST products not just to Sivers IMA’s FWA offering but also to the future backhaul networks for 5G, where Sivers IMA’s mmWave products will be a complementary product to 10G-PON for backhaul for 5G networks, which further explains the strategic rationale for having access to both type of technologies.   

According to Grand View Research (December 2016), the PON market is in a growth phase. In 2015, the total market was 5.8 Billion USD and will by 2025 be 43,5 Billion USD (see figure 2). This is equal to a CAGR of 22,2% until 2025.

 

Figure 2

As mentioned in blog about FWA, Ovum believes [3] FWA will compliment FTTX/FTTH for the future broadband subscription. See figure 3 below from Ovum, showing FTTX being more than 50% of the future broadband subscription (i.e. 500 Million) and FWA will be competing for the other 500 million of the worldwide market. 

 

Figure 3

This sums up the potential for FTTH as well as explains parts of the the strategic rationale for the Sivers IMA’s acquisition of CST Global and the reasons why we see such great benefits having access to both optical and mmWave technologies.   

Anders Storm
CEO
Sivers IMA

Ref [1]  https://www.slideshare.net/mansoor_gr8/gpon-fundamentals

Ref [2]  https://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2017/02/14/nokia-next-generation-fiber-technology-delivers-high-capacity-low-latency-mobile-transport-solution-for-5g-era

Ref [3] http://www.samsung.com/global/business-images/insights/2016/Whitepaper_5G-Fixed-Wireless-Access-0.pdf

Antennas for millimeter wave solutions

“Anything is possible!

Around the world, people are gaining the power to create new communities, engage across boundaries, make the world more inclusive, and change the way we do business. Transformation is happening everywhere and in every culture, country, and industry”, extract from www.ericsson.com February 2nd, 2017.

End-user behavior and technology development interacts, iterates and increase the speed of innovation on a daily basis. This can be seen in every corner of society ranging from the dense metropolitan areas with “smart city” ambitions to the outskirt of rural areas, where a connected home or a connected village can be the difference between starvation and prosperity. This rapid development continuously puts new requirements on products and solutions and fuels innovation on a daily basis.

Bandwidth and speed are parameters of great interest when end-users consume “gigabits by the hour”. Traditionally, fiber based connections and optical technology has been seen as the only real future proof solution to support the never-ending appetite for capacity. Recently though, we have seen proof points that the fiber based approach does not solve this challenge since considerations around cost and speed of rollout needs to be taken into account to get a viable business case for the operator and the end-user.

It is not long ago we could read about Google Fiber, stating that they will use wireless technology as a strategic component when building a broadband network and providing broadband services to their customers. Recently in Sweden, we also saw a letter to the editor in the biggest financial newspaper [1], where it was highlighted that if the Government shall be successful in their aggressive plans to provide “broadband to the Swedish people”, they need to subsidize not only the fiber rollout, but also the wireless alternatives, i.e. it should be seen as a network wide approach and not only focused on the wireline parts of a network. To some extent, this is old news, but still very interesting when being active in the wireless arena.

This blog is focusing on millimeter wave RF technology and its position on the market and this time I want to highlight one important part of a millimeter wave solution; the antenna.

The antenna is a considerable part of the solution, both from a performance and a cost perspective. The antenna is the key component to address interference and distance. Depending on the antenna design, you can have a wider or more narrow antenna beam that can help you prevent interference and disturbance from other radio sources. You can also design an antenna to provide more or less antenna gain, where a higher gain will help you to reach further. Since the antenna concentrate the emitted energy into the antenna beam, the narrower the beam, the higher gain the antenna can offer.

Since this is “polluting” the open space with radio waves, normally the regulatory bodies have standardized how antennas can be use in various frequency bands. In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put certain requirements on e.g. antenna gain or Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP). The EIRP is defined as the output power from a radio plus the antenna gain for a specific antenna. Traditionally, the minimum antenna gain has guaranteed a narrower antenna beam, which reduces interference outside the wanted antenna direction. Since the V-band (60 GHz) is subject to higher free atmospheric loss, the risk of interference is less and therefore the regulations have been changed in the US to allow for lower gain antennas and higher output power. The FCC V-band regulations now allow to have an EIRP of +40 dBm and it is up to the supplier to design with a high gain and low output power or a lower antenna gain and high output power. This type of less stringent regulations allow for other type of antennas, for example with lower gain and transceivers with higher output power, which for example could be WiGig based solutions, that fits the new paradigm much better.

Parabolic antennas
Traditionally the most common antenna technology has been the parabolic antennas for point to point connections. The parabolic antenna is widely used in various use cases ranging from huge satellite communication antennas with a dish diameter of several meters to the point to point radio link communication use case, where the dish diameter is typically 0.2 to 0.6m depending on frequency. The typical antenna gain is between 30 and 46 dBi. Since the traditional point-to-point communication is sending on one frequency and receiving on another simultaneously (FDD mode), there is a need to separate the received signal from the transmitted signal to avoid interference. This is done by using a diplexer between the antenna and the radio transceiver. These diplexers add both cost and complexity, since they often require tuning during production.

Lens antennas
Lens antennas use the mechanical shape of a plastic lens that is fed by a waveguide or planar (PCB) antenna element. It combines low cost, mechanical robustness, flexibility and good electrical performance also for millimeter wave frequencies. This technology can be combined with e.g. a patch antenna technology to improve the performance in terms of directivity and antenna gain. The typical lens antenna for point-to-point links offer a gain between 30 and 45 dBi. Lens antennas can also offer some steer ability if used with electrical beam steering.

Slot antennas
This antenna type often consists of a flat metal surface or even lower cost plastics with one or many holes or slots cut out. These slots are fed with the millimeter wave signal and radiate the electromagnetic wave. The antenna radiation pattern is determined by the shape, size and number of slots. The main advantage of this type of antenna is its size, the relatively simple design, flatness and lower cost in production compared to parabolic antennas.

GAP™ antennas
GAP™ antennas is a type of slot antenna but based on the gap waveguide technology [2], to offer an antenna that combines low cost with good performance and the possibility to integrate both diplexer functionality and beamforming support in its mechanical structure. According to Gapwaves, the first generation of antennas will be available with gain ranging from 26 to 43 dBi at E-band. This type of antenna is a cost competitive alternative to the more common parabolic antennas. Future versions of GAP™ antennas will also enable integration of active electronics into the antenna structure. This will open up the possibility for electrical beam steering and beam forming by using multiple send and receive channels. During Mobile World Congress, Sivers IMA used GAP™ antennas from Gapwaves in our live demo setup.

Patch antennas
An even less costly antenna type is the patch antenna. This is often made of PCB or ceramic low cost substrate, which allow for very low cost and very small form factor. The disadvantage is that it is not typically the type of antenna you use to get a very high gain, e.g. the typical antenna gain ranges from 10-27 dBi depending on antenna size. For example, a 24 dBi antenna for V-band is quite small, only 5×7 cm with less than 5 mm thickness, using 16Tx and 16Rx patches with 5 elements for each path. Recent FCC requirements, gives the possibility to use low gain antennas. This makes it easy to combine low cost, low gain patch antennas with the advantage of electronic beam forming. Typically, these antennas are used when transmitter and receiver are using the same frequency to send and receive during different time slots (TDD), which is the case for solutions like WiGig. Sivers IMA is developing beam forming patch antennas together with Uppsala University, within a project co-funded by Vinnova. It is also worth noticing that patch antennas with beam steering and beam forming will be a very important part in future 5G millimeter wave access solutions.

Conclusion
The antenna is a critical component in all point-to-point or point-to-multi point links, which significantly impacts link budgets and the robustness of the communication system. It is therefore a crucial component to address to achieve better performance, greater functionality and lower cost for a complete link solution.

The regulatory framework allows for the combination of a transceiver with relatively high output power together with a low cost, high performing antenna with relatively low gain and beam forming functionality. This is valid for key markets on the 60 GHz V-band, whereas regulatory discussions are ongoing to make relevant adjustments also for the E-band.

Since the antenna in various use cases will be a vital part in our customer’s implementation, it is necessary to focus and drive innovation also in the antenna space. Our ongoing antenna development together with Uppsala University is an absolute proof point to this, whereas it is also important to monitor the development of emerging technologies with a particular focus on antenna gain in combination with beam forming capabilities. Antenna technology will be critical success factors in both V- and E-band applications as well as for WiGig and 5G use cases.

Anders Storm
CEO
Sivers IMA

[1] http://www.di.se/opinion/debatt-tradlost-billigare-och-lika-bra-som-nedgravt/

[2]  http://www.gapwaves.com/

Mobile World Congress 2017

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organized by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, 27 February – 2 March 2017. Over the last 3 years Sivers IMA has decided to not have a conventional stand since we see much greater benefit from meeting our customers in a private meeting room where we can demo our solutions and have deeper conversations about the market and our products. This year we had 36 meetings booked with new, old and potential customers. On top of this, we took of course the opportunity to look at the overall market message as well as what our customers and the competition was showing.

WiGig (802.11ad) in smartphones
Many of 2017’s most high-profile handsets were announced over the course of the show, including the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Huawei P10 and LG G6. However, one of the major topics was that one phone was not released, the Samsung S8, which means that neither was the new Qualcomm SoC, the Snapdragon 835, which has support for WiGig (802.11ad). The rumor has it that the Samsung S8 is one of the first of the big five that will support the Snapdragon 835. Hence, for consumer electronics it will still take some time until 802.11ad makes it entry in a bigger way, but since consumer electronics is not in Sivers IMA focus, this has no impact on us. It is however interesting to follow what will happen. Now the rumor says that S8 is to be released in May, with the Snapdragon 835 onboard.

The new and the traditional
It became clear at MWC that there are two different ways of viewing the use of millimeter wave for point to point (PtP), point to multipoint (PmP) and mesh networks. The traditional way, which derives from traditional telecom vendors originating in the microwave industry that has sold point to point links for a long time. Then there is the new way to see PtP, PmP and mesh network, for example to be used for fixed wireless access (FWA) or fast low cost data and telecom links.

Looking at the traditional market, E-band is now an established market with a good number of links sold per year as well as good future growth. V-band on the other hand falls into the non-traditional “new paradigm”, where the biggest interest is within the PmP and mesh networks, supporting beam forming and beam steering, as well as for low cost links using the new V-band in ÚS (66-71 GHz). Many companies see 66-71 Ghz as very interesting, since it can be used with much lower oxygen attenuation in the air compared to “normal V-band” and hence gives an E-band type of link budget in the license free spectrum.

5G is, of course, also part of the new paradigm and is a very hot topic. Its clear that the first use case for 5G will be FWA. However, since the final worldwide frequencies for 5G is not yet set, a lot of the talk was around what frequencies will be used. The best bet right now is 28 and 39 GHz for millimeter wave. Also, the discussions about the new Ericsson/IBM 5G chip using 28 GHz were quite interesting for Sivers IMA, since they have chosen to use a SiGe 130 nm technology, very comparable to the SiGe technology we have used for our beam forming 60 GHz WiGig chip. They also use low cost patch antennas, similar to the antennasSivers IMA is now developing. This of course strengthens us in our belief that we have chosen the right silicon technology and antenna technology and that Sivers IMA will be able to offer both great RFICs and antennas for 5G. 

Conclusion
For Sivers IMA it was a great week with good product feedback, where our demos have been highly appreciated. Sivers IMA was for example the only company able to show 57-71 GHz and 256 QAM at MWC this year. We are of course also very pleased with signing our first WiGig contract at MWC for our TRX-BF01, which shows that we have very competitive products. It is also encouraging to see ABI Research, that forecasts that FWA subscribers will grow at a 30% CAGR to 151 million in 2022 [1], which is why infrastructure WiGig and 5G solutions have been the biggest interest at MWC this year

 

Anders Storm
CEO
Sivers IMA

Sivers IMA enters partnership with Integrated Device Technology

Sivers IMA announces a partnership with Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDTI) to provide a state-of-the-art mmWave V-band solution for infrastructure applications. The joint solution will be based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard and incorporate the new IDT® RapidWave ™ dual modem together with the new Sivers IMA high-end RFIC TRX-BF01.

This new 60 GHz RFIC contains a beam forming transceiver including 16 Tx and 16 Rx channels. Sivers IMA will also be able to deliver a high gain patch antenna as part of the full solution. The partnership will produce a carrier-grade, high-speed mmWave V-band solution targeting data and telecommunication infrastructure applications for the networks of today and tomorrow. The leading use cases for this ground breaking technology are fixed wireless access (FWA), meshed networking and backhaul.

”We are very pleased and excited to join forces with IDT in conquering the growing IEEE 802.11ad infrastructure market and I am impressed by the joint work and cooperation performed by our teams so far,” says Anders Storm, CEO of Sivers IMA. “The combination of capabilities from the Sivers IMA and IDT products will create a solution exhibiting very high throughput, immunity against interference and outstanding link budget that will add value to any potential customer wanting to explore the use of the wide license free 60 GHz spectrum.”

“This collaboration with Sivers IMA is a reflection of IDT’s strategic focus, investments, and commitment to mmWave enablement within wireless infrastructure,” said Sean Fan, vice president and general manager of IDT’s Computing and Communications Division. “We see great opportunities for utilizing the mmWave bands for access and backhaul applications.”

The IDT and Sivers IMA combined solution will provide an optimized infrastructure solution unlike anything existing on the market today. For example, IDT’s RapidWave RWM6050 dual modem is designed in 28nm CMOS technology and offers unprecedented integration including  dual modems in a single chip, enabling many data and telecommunication infrastructure uses cases. Sivers IMA’s RFIC is developed in Silicon-Germanium technology, offering state-of-the-art RF performance packaged in an eWBL capsule for easy surface mounting. The Sivers IMA RFIC and the IDT RapidWave  RWM6050 is expected to sample to key customers in Q2 2017.

Under the partnership, IDT will have access to resell the Sivers IMA RFIC, and Sivers IMA will sell the RWM6050 module solution to select customers.

For more information: Anders Storm, CEO

Tel: +46 70 262 6390

E-mail: anders.storm@siversima.com

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Sivers IMA is a leading manufacturer of micro- and millimeter wave products for connecting and quantifying a networked world. Sivers IMA has a long history and is internationally renown as a reliable supplier of high quality components used in telecommunications links, RADAR sensors and test & measurement equipment . Headquarters is located north of Stockholm in Kista, Sweden. Learn more at http://siversima.com .

Sivers IMA launches new 60 GHz RFIC chip for WiGig

Sivers IMA today proudly announce the upcoming launch of a new beamforming transceiver RFIC at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 27thto March 2nd. The TRX-BF01 is a WiGig/802.11ad compliant 16+16 beam forming transceiver. It is a carrier grade, high speed WiGig RFIC targeting data and telecommunication infrastructure applications for the networks solutions of today and tomorrow. TRX-BF01 can be used in high speed fixed wireless access (FWA), meshed networking and backhaul as well as fronthaul solutions. It is currently supporting the 60 GHz V-band.

The continued 10x growth in mobile data traffic until 2022* is pushing the boundaries for new and innovative wireless solutions. WiGig, millimeter wave and beamforming will be vital technologies to support this tremendous growth.

“With this new RFIC, Sivers IMA will take a crucial step in becoming a leading supplier of millimeter wave RFICs for data and telecommunication infrastructure solutions. With the state of the art technical performance and very high level of integration, Sivers IMA offers unique value to our customers.” says Anders Storm, CEO of Sivers IMA.

TRX-BF01 has 16 Tx +16 Rx digitally controlled beamforming channels, all in one chip. It includes all building blocks in Silicon Germanium, in a small 12,5×12,5 mm eWLB capsule. The built in full PLL and VCO have excellent phase noise and hence offer best in class EVM performance and can be used with the 64 QAM single carrier modulation, compliant to the 802.11ad standard, allowing for speeds up to 7 Gbps in the air. Silicon Germanium offers state of the art performance compared to many CMOS RFICs for millimeter wave , in some cases more than 100 times higher output power per Tx channel.

Prototypes of this new chip will be available to key customers and partners during Q2 2017.

For more information: 

Anders Storm, CEO

Phone: +46 70 262 6390

E-mail: anders.storm@siversima.com

* Ericsson Mobility report (Nov 2016)  

Sivers IMA is a leading manufacturer of micro- and millimeter wave products for connecting and quantifying a networked world. Sivers IMA has a long history and is internationally renown as a reliable supplier of high quality components used in telecommunications links, RADAR sensors and test & measurement equipment . Headquarters is located north of Stockholm in Kista, Sweden. Learn more at http://siversima.com .  

Ubiquitous sensing will overtake the world – but is it truly useful?

The availability of low cost, solid state sensors in huge volumes will allow for nearly ubiquitous sensing of our entire world, as a part of the Internet of Things. From surveillance cameras for keeping property secure to vibration sensors detecting the next earthquake, we are poised to live in an era when we will be able to understand the physical environment on a scale we have never been able to before. Tiny electronic devices, embedded in everything from toasters to bridges will be possible. Is the tsunami of data this ocean of sensors will provide truly useful? And who will succeed in this space – those who can collect the most data, or those who understand best how to analyze it? Perhaps the sheer volume of information will hide the important signals in a flood of noise. Solving this problem will be difficult; there are however some key principles that can help in this regard – choosing the correct sensor for the task, and taking advantage of the principle of sensor fusion to increase the depth and quality of the information gathered.

We are moving from an era of sensors based on mechanical and electromechanical principles to an era of almost purely electronic solid state devices. This brings huge improvements in reliability, size and cost. These advances mean that sensors can be placed in many new places, and can be used for many new applications. Radar has also seen progress from these developments, and radar based systems are now common for uses such as automotive anti-collision sensing or motion based door opening. Many of these products are now relying on packaged silicon ICs assembled using conventional pick and place processes and PCB based antennas. This is in contrast to “traditional” microwave systems, which relied on discrete mechanical and electronic components, often hand assembled and tuned. Radar is thus poised to become another commodity sensing technique. Several tech industry players have started to unveil concepts using these technologies, such as Google with its Project Soli for user interfaces based on hand gestures. This project has developed a radar front end in a single plastic package, intended for integration in smartwatches and phones. Through this project, Google has also illustrated two of the inherent advantages of radar over competing sensing technologies – it is concealable and non-contact.

Sivers IMA has followed these developments in radar closely, and has developed several products taking advantage of these advances. The RS3410X/00 is one such product – an integrated radar front end operating at 9.5 to 9.975 GHz intended for safety and security applications. Due to the inclusion of a frequency synthesizer it can be used for FMCW based distance measurement, in addition to Doppler based motion and speed detection. It uses reliable and low cost packaged components, and is designed for surface mounting, enabling low cost, and integration with PCB antennas.

Since one can measure motion, speed or distance, a sensor using the RS3410X/00 can be used to detect a wide variety targets in the environment, either as a primary device, or in combination with another sensor to provide redundancy or data fusion. The inherent immunity to weather and light conditions provides an advantage over technologies such as video cameras, and laser or infrared technology. One can also reduce the likelihood of false alarms due to the type of information that can be extracted from a radar signal.

So how would all of these features and concepts combine in a real-life application to provide a better solution in this world covered in sensors? Say one wants to use image recognition techniques to measure and monitor traffic flow along a multi-lane road. In most conditions this would be a straightforward problem using a single camera, but sometimes special cases arise – perhaps it is snowing, reducing visibility. One could try to add more or closer cameras to compensate, but this illustrates the problem of a flood of the wrong information, as the signal processing problem now becomes far more complex and therefore expensive. Using a sensor based on the RS3410X/00 in combination with the video camera would allow this problem to be solved, as the radar can penetrate the precipitation, while not adding significant computing overhead. The radar would also enable accurate speed measurement of the vehicles, enabling a deeper level of understanding of the traffic being measured. All of these factors combine to make it extremely useful in solving two of the main problems we will encounter in this new world of ubiquitous sensing – selecting the correct sensor for the application, and understanding the data that is gathered.

Alex Vaivars
Product Manager – Radar

Please, read more about Sivers IMA’s radar sensors here: http://siversima.com/products/radar-sensors/