Infineon launches new generation multi-band HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS RF transceiver for mobile devices

Infineon Technologies AG has announced sample delivery of SMARTi UE2, the latest generation multi-band HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS RF transceiver for mobile devices.

The digital architecture reduces the number of power amplifiers from five to one and integrates all Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) and interstage filters. The reduction in power amplifiers leads to improvements for next generation smartphones which claims to see the RF PCB area shrink by 40 percent, cost of ownership reduce by 40 percent and current consumption is saved by more than 25 percent compared with today's solutions.

“The SMARTi UE2 provides outstanding benefits for all the major key performance indicators: cost, size, current consumption and RF performance,” said Stefan Wolff, Vice President of the Wireless Solutions Division and General Manager of the Smartphone and RF business at Infineon. “Our proven leadership in RF will enable our customers to create new smartphones and mobile internet devices with extremely flexible form factors and extended battery life time.”

Infineon offers a complete form-factor reference design with co-developed RF front-end components like power amplifiers and switches from leading component suppliers reducing efforts and time-to-market for customers. SMARTi UE2 samples have been provided to lead customers and mass production is scheduled to start in fourth quarter 2010.

SMARTi UE2 supports Quad-Band EDGE and Six-Band HSPA+ for global roaming and best area and indoor coverage. The transceiver boosts data rates up to 28.8 Mbps in downlink and 11.5 Mbps in uplink at highest signal quality with Rx Diversity and MIMO. SMARTi UE2 and all the RF front-end components are controlled through a standardized digital DigRF V3.09 interface. Built-in routines and a High Level Command (HLC) programming allow the shortest calibration time and simple system integration of the RF subsystem. The interface and programming model is backward compatible to the successful SMARTi UE family and matches perfectly to Infineon HSPA and HSPA+ Baseband modems X-GOLD 61x and X-GOLD 62x.

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