Anokiwave Releases 256-element, Reconfigurable 26 GHz Phased Array Antenna Kit for mmW 5G

Anokiwave, a San Diego, California based company that recently opened its millimeter wave design verification lab (Ref. Coverage), reports that the company is adding the 256-element, reconfigurable 26 GHz array to its family of Phased Array Antenna Innovator Kits. The company says that the new kit further enables the roll-out of mmW 5G systems. The AWA-0142 is driven by the Anokiwave AWMF-0135 26GHz 5G Quad Core IC with embedded functions for remote telemetry and low-latency steering™.

The AWA-0142 operates as a 256-element, reconfigurable active electronically scanned antenna that covers the 24.25 – 27.5 GHz band. It delivers +60 dBmi (1 KW) of EIRP with an effective Rx NF of 5dB. Anokiwave says its Active Antennas are the first commercially available family of phased-arrays that can help develop and measure radio links and channel models, as well as allow for rapid prototyping and testing of electronically beam-steered radio links using low-latency beam update rates.

Anokiwave developed the AWA-0142 with Ball Aerospace for mmW 5G wireless markets. The company says an integrated controller can steer the beams to predetermined positions within a wide scan volume with minimal latency and system sensitivity.

“We see 26 GHz as another important 5G band, especially in Europe and China,” stated Ian Gresham, Anokiwave Technology Fellow. “With the introduction of this latest array to the current portfolio of Active Antenna Innovator kits, Anokiwave is paving the way for network operators to roll out 5G coverage using the mmW bands. The array is based on our 1st generation 26 GHz 5G Quad Core IC, and allows for real-time active beam-steering applications in a single 256-element or in a 4×64 element configuration that enables 4×4 MIMO testing.”

The AWA-0142 26 GHz Active Antenna Innovator’s kits are now available, and Anokiwave customers may also license the technology for their own array development.