RF & Microwave

First 5G RF chipsets ship from Arctic Semiconductor

16 February 2023

SiTune Corp. has rebranded itself as Arctic Semiconductor and has started shipping its first 5G silicon RF chipset.

Called IceWings, the 5G RF chipset has been chosen by several customers that will use the ICs to improve signal quality and low power consumption in 5G wireless radios, Arctic said. This could be in the development of small cells, private networks, fixed wireless access (FWA), macro base stations and massive MIMO platforms.

The IceWings RF 5G transceiver contains four integrated transmitters and receivers, supports a range of standards in signal frequencies below 7.2 GHz and enables millimeter wave (mmWave) applications. The chipset allows for platforms to be created with better yield, low power consumption and a lower cost, Arctic said.

Arctic, under the SiTune name, developed IceWings and other 5G chipsets for more than three years and the company holds 40 patents for the technology. These patents will carry over to the new branded company.

Why it is important

According to Arctic, about 5% to 9% of the world’s electricity supply is used on telecommunications and IT. With 5G accelerating in the communications space, energy consumption could rise 160% by 2030, according to Datacenter Forum.

If power consumption could be lowered, it could lead to lower infrastructure costs, which are crucial to successful deployment of 5G. Arctic is aiming to lower power consumption while offering improved performance for both network equipment and user devices.

“The benefits of 5G will be felt for decades, but the energy and infrastructure costs are a challenge today,” said Vahid Toosi, founder and CEO of Arctic Semiconductor. “Offering cost-effective components that beats 3gpp specification while lowering power consumption are the key to fully scale 5G globally. That’s why we’ve chosen to focus on 5G and are committed to create solutions that are energy efficient as well as high performance.”

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