How to create the situation of ADI RF microwave “full coverage”?

With the development and application of technologies such as 5G communication, Internet of Things, and autonomous driving, radio frequency and microwave, as the key technologies, have also developed rapidly, and their applications have shown an explosive growth trend. In order to comprehensively and systematically introduce the latest research results in the field of radio frequency and microwave, Display the latest technologies and products in the field of radio frequency and microwave, and promote the exchange of industry, academia, research and application in the field of radio frequency and microwave, “Electronic Technology Application” magazine, “Information Technology and Network Security” magazine, ChinaAET will hold the “RF Microwave Theme Promotion Season” event from July to September 2020 to comprehensively introduce the academic research results, latest technologies and industry trends, new products and applications in the field of RF microwave.

As a company with expertise and technology across the entire radio frequency (RF) and microwave domains, Analog Devices offers the industry’s broadest capabilities and deep system design expertise in RF and microwave products. Recently, ADI’s RF and microwave product line accepted an exclusive interview with “Electronic Technology Application”, introducing the “full coverage” situation of ADI’s RF and microwave and the application of RF and microwave in automobiles, wireless sensor networks and other fields.

RF and microwave “full coverage”

“With our extensive capabilities, we can provide customers with a strong product library of optimized solutions. We support customers’ designs with complete signal chain capabilities, including RF, microwave and millimeter wave.” Analog Devices said.

Through industry consolidation, ADI delivers a rich portfolio of discrete components and integrated solutions, including a complete line of antenna-in-place products for applications from DC to beyond 110 GHz. These include the acquisition of Hittite, an innovative design company and manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits, modules, subsystems and instrumentation for RF, microwave and millimeter wave applications. With Hittite’s strengths in RF, microwave and millimeter wave technologies, ADI can provide customers with Building more comprehensive solutions and broadening solution capabilities in the industrial, communications infrastructure and automotive markets; acquisition of Symeo GmbH, a company focused on radar hardware and software for emerging driverless vehicles and industrial applications, whose innovative signal processing algorithms enable ADI can provide customers with radar platforms with significantly improved angular accuracy and resolution, and unique RF and sensor technologies that enable real-time position detection and distance measurement.

ADI also invests in a variety of manufacturing processes, including CMOS, SiGe, BiCMOS, SOI, GaAs, and GaN, resulting in a rich portfolio of power and integration, and shrinking product sizes, including industry-leading next-generation high-power amplifiers, Integrated RF transceivers, ultra-wideband phase-locked loops and synthesizers, etc., can provide customers with a rich and complete RF and microwave signal chain solutions for communication, test and measurement instrumentation, industrial and aerospace RF and microwave design play an important role.

Active safety systems in the automotive sector

In automotive applications, ADI’s long-standing system expertise and innovation has resulted in the Drive360™ product family, including radar-based autonomous vehicle perception detection, enabling customers to seamlessly integrate the powerful, High-quality sensor data and information processing while ensuring a safe autonomous future.

The vast majority of radar systems on the road today are based on 24 GHz and 77 GHz discrete RF technology, including phase-locked loops, ramp generators, transmitters, receivers, and ADCs, with ADI focused on improving performance and reducing overall radar system size size, weight and power consumption (SWaP). For more than 15 years, ADI has been pioneering these technologies to deliver active safety systems to the mass market and help customers integrate them into innovative products for next-generation active safety and autonomous driving systems.

ADI’s Drive360TM 28nm CMOS radar technology platform to the industry is built on the company’s established portfolio of ADAS, MEMS and radar technologies that have been widely used in the automotive industry over the past 20 years. Analog Devices is the first company to offer automotive radar technology based on an advanced 28nm CMOS process, and the new Drive360 radar platform brings exceptional RF performance to advanced driving safety and autonomous driving. The RF performance exceeds what is currently possible with state-of-the-art silicon germanium (SiGe) counterparts, enabling detection of small objects at long distances, giving the vehicle extra time for emergency avoidance. This 28nm technology platform has laid the foundation for the development of multiple products, and will also directly shorten the time-to-market for Tier 1 suppliers and car manufacturers, reducing design risks and development costs. This new platform is suitable for a variety of applications, including high-end long-range autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems, medium-to-short-range automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, reverse approach warning systems and close-range automatic parking.

The Drive360 28nm CMOS radar platform supports multiple advanced signal processing integrations and even custom IP integration, enabling designers to differentiate their system designs. The platform is equipped with a highly integrated power management supporting chip. The platform enables Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs to deliver the high performance that is essential for creating reliable solutions that can be applied to the emerging field of autonomous driving.

SmartMesh fully meets the challenges of wireless sensor network applications

With the popularity of the application of the Internet of Things, wireless sensor networks have been widely used in many fields such as daily life, industrial manufacturing, and environmental monitoring due to low deployment costs, convenient deployment, and low operating costs. Wireless sensor networks need to be more stable and reliable to ensure stable communication in various environments, require lower power consumption to reduce the cost of frequent battery replacements, have encryption, authentication and message integrity checks to ensure wireless communication information security, and Higher network node connection capacity to support multi-node connection requirements in the application environment.

ADI’s extensive application-proven SmartMesh® embedded wireless sensor network provides a solution that fully meets these needs, delivering >99.999% data reliability and >10-year battery life, making It becomes practical to deploy wireless sensor networks in the environment. More features include:

• Harsh RF environments with massive metal and concrete structures, including factories, data centers, commercial building surveillance, bridges, tunnels;

• Large area networks such as street parking applications, smart street lighting networks spanning multiple city blocks, commercial irrigation;

• Dense deployments, where thousands of nodes operate within radio range of each other, such as data centers, utility-scale solar fields;

• Networks on moving vehicles, including rail vehicles, cargo containers, semi-trucks or aircraft;

• Long extended network including pipelines, mines, tunnels, bridges, fence lines and smart street lighting;

• Remote monitoring, where all nodes must be powered by batteries or energy harvesting, such as oil field, agricultural or environmental monitoring.

SmartMesh networks consist of a highly scalable self-forming mesh of multi-hop nodes and network managers, called smart motes, that collect and relay data, network managers to monitor and manage network performance and security, and Exchange data with the host application.

SmartMesh motes and managers are complete wireless sensor network solutions. SmartMesh combines a time-synchronized channel-hopping link layer with hardware based on ADI’s Eterna® system-on-chip technology for a complete wireless networking solution that:

• >99.999% data reliability in the most challenging RF environments;

• With >10 years battery life, the sensor can be placed anywhere at the lowest cost;

• With encryption, authentication and message integrity checking functions to ensure network security;

• Is a complete wireless mesh networking solution that does not require network stack development.

How to tackle 5G test and measurement challenges?

Emerging RF and microwave standards represented by 5G continue to emerge. These evolving standards, complex technologies, wider spectrum ranges, and unprecedented test and measurement specifications will bring opportunities and challenges to test system design. As a partner with deep domain knowledge and expertise, ADI helps customers plan and build high-performance test and measurement equipment based on an industry-leading complete RF microwave signal chain, playing an active role in advancing the deployment of wireless communication technologies such as 5G .

ADI offers a variety of solutions to meet the needs of communications test equipment, such as high-speed converters with the performance required to implement state-of-the-art wide bandwidth transmit and receive channels, high performance PLLs, quadrature modulators and demodulators, wideband mixers , wideband switches and attenuators all deliver exceptional performance, providing the hardware foundation for the highest performance communications test solutions. Combined with the most complete portfolio of transceivers, data converters and RF components, all required signal chain components are available from ADI for one-stop support.

ADI has the most comprehensive product portfolio on the market for addressing 5G ET&M challenges. For example, by partnering with ADI: Keysight becomes the first company to pass industry-proven 5G RF test cases, making its UXM 5G available for 5G handset type approval; NI’s second-generation vector signal transceiver (VST) can significantly accelerate 5G prototyping and The speed of test development, and the more than 100 components provided by ADI provide strong support for the second-generation VST performance and size reduction; R&S®SMW200A vector signal generator and R&S®FSW signal and spectrum analyzer two The instruments are designed to address 5G challenges by generating and analyzing millimeter-wave signals with wide modulation bandwidths up to 2 GHz, well beyond the noise levels required by end equipment, and both products use Analog Devices’ data converters and RF devices.

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