Millimeter and Microwave Solutions (mmWave)

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IDT offers high performance RapidWave™ products paving the way to higher data rates and lower deployment costs. Millimeter wave (mmWave) is a disruptive technology that will revolutionize the way networks are planned and deployed by eliminating wires without sacrificing performance. The RapidWave portfolio spans a wide range of mmWave frequencies addressing many applications including fixed wireless access (wireless to the home), small cell backhaul, wireless backhaul, video/media backhaul, and 5G remote radio head fronthaul.

Delivering Advanced Millimeter Wave Solutions

IDT's RWM6050 RapidWave modem IC provides a common modem solution to address the high frequency microwave band through the mmWave band of spectrum. The configurable radio interface provides a common platform to connect custom RF solutions to address a wide frequency spectrum. The RWM is a multi-gigabit TDD (or FDD) solution making it an ideal modem for roof-top backhaul in E-band (71-95GHz), 5G small cell LTE backhaul in Ka-band (28/39GHz) and fixed wireless access in V-band (57-71GHz) deployments.

The RWM6050 modem delivers key advantages for telecom infrastructure applications. The dual modem architecture simplifies network planning and deployment of small cells and mesh networks.  The integrated MAC and PHY, alongside a complete software kit, provide a well-defined API that delivers a rich set of attributes and functionality configurable within the modem. In addition, the system-level mixed-signal integration improves overall cost- and power-efficiency.

About Millimeter Wave (mmWave)

Millimeter wave, also known as mmWave or just mmW, is a band of spectrum that is being used in various high-speed applications including consumer, communications, defense and security. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has designated this spectrum 'extremely high frequency' (EHF); describing radio frequencies from 30 to 300 GHz. Radio waves in this band have wavelengths from one to ten millimeters, hence the term: millimeter wave.

The high frequency is advantageous in that it allows for more bandwidth and higher data rates, making it an attractive solution for wireless infrastructure applications. Furthermore, due to its small wavelength, mmWave experiences higher atmospheric attenuation than longer-wavelength (lower frequency) signals. While this limits its range of distance, the attenuation characteristics make it ideal for frequency reuse and enhanced information security.