IQ Analog unveils 8-channel analog front-end IC

San Diego, Calif. — IQ Analog has claimed an industry first with the introduction of an 8-channel analog front-end IC for multi-channel wireless and communications applications such as MIMO radios. After three years of development, the IQA-F430 octal analog front-end (AFE) is currently fabricated in a 130-nm CMOS process, which will transition to 65-nm before the end of 2008.

The IQA F430 AFE provides 8 independent 12-bit, 80-Msps analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and 8 independent 12-bit, 20-MHz bandwidth digital-to-analog converters (DACs) for the main signal paths and 8 auxiliary 12-bit, 300-Ksps ADCs and 8 auxiliary 12-bit, 300-Ksps DACs for ancillary functions.

Designed to replace multi-chip solutions, the F430, for example, can replace a typical MIMO configuration that consists of 4 x 2 channel AFEs with a single 8-channel chip, reducing cost, size and power consumption.

Pricing: $95.00 for a fully enabled octal ADC-DAC. Derivative configurations (i.e., 4-channel, 2-channel, etc.) could range as low as $25.
Availability: Early November for the 130-nm CMOS devices; 65-nm CMOS targeted for early February 2009.
Product information: F430

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