SINGAPORE: Fujitsu Semiconductor Asia Pte Ltd (FSAL) introduced the MB86L13A LTE (FDD and TDD) optimized transceiver. The new transceiver has been developed for LTE-only applications and features the architecture pioneered by Fujitsu that eliminates the need for external low noise amplifiers (LNAs) and inter-stage surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters.
Along with the MB86L11A 2G/3G/4G multimode, multiband transceiver released last month, the new device augments the Fujitsu MB86Lxxx family of transceivers which are now shipping in volume.
The MB86L13A, which covers the frequency spectrum from 700 to 2700 MHz, is sampling now and will be available in volume starting Q2 2012.
“The MB86L13A can speed time to market for baseband providers looking to add robust LTE capabilities to their existing 2G/3G solution,” said Andy Chang, associate VP of Fujitsu Semiconductor. “The new device provides multiband LTE support on a single IC, complementing the 2G/3G-only solutions offered by platform partners for the growing LTE market.”
The MB86L13A multiband LTE transceiver delivers world-class performance for current drain and RF parameters. The advanced application programming interface (API), which is available on the other Fujitsu transceivers, minimizes factory calibration time, provides flexible port mapping and adds monitoring of customized key performance indicators (KPIs). Fujitsu already offers 2G/3G/4G multimode, multiband (MMMB), single IC transceivers.
The availability of multiple transmit, receive and diversity ports on the MB86L13A offers significant flexibility to map ports and bands for roaming requirements. The transceiver uses an open standard MIPI DigRFSM 4G v1.0 interface to the baseband. The device supports all global FDD bands 1-21, 23-25, and TDD bands 33-41. The MB86L13A supports all LTE bandwidths up to 20MHz. Future transceivers on the roadmap for this year include a 3GPP Release 10-compliant, single RFIC solution.
Fujitsu MB86Lxxx family
The Fujitsu MB86Lxxx family transceivers are deployed by multiple baseband providers worldwide, with millions of units shipped to date.
Fujitsu began shipping the industry’s first SAW-less transceiver for 2G/3G networks, the MB86L01A, in 2009. In 2010, Fujitsu introduced the MB86L10A, the industry’s first 3G and LTE SAW-less transceiver, which has been successfully integrated into dongles, tablets and multimode 2G/3G/4G smartphones. The MB86L12A became the third production-ready Fujitsu 2G/3G/4G SAW-less transceiver with support for the upgraded MIPI DigRF standard.
In February, Fujitsu introduced the MB86L11A 2G/3G/4G multimode, multiband SAW-less transceiver with several advanced transmit features, including enhanced power control, envelope tracking, and antenna tuning.
Fujitsu’s MB86L13A now augments the rest of the family to support existing 2G/3G platform vendors. The addition of the MB86L13A LTE transceiver enhances the Fujitsu family of transceiver offerings, providing the quick time-to-market solutions required by device manufacturers.
“The Fujitsu MB86Lxxx family transceivers offer advanced features, low power consumption, a small footprint and a highly flexible API to bring down the total cost of the device and dramatically speed up time to market for new products,” said Chang. “This represents Fujitsu’s commitment to addressing the pressing needs of the market, and delivers a timely solution that enhances value for our customers.”