Scintera Announces Availability Of Breakthrough Power Amplifier Linearization Soc

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Scintera Announces Availability of Breakthrough Power Amplifier Linearization SoC

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

          Enables highly efficient broadband 3G and 4G networks

    Scintera Networks, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductors for wireless communications, today

announced the general availability of its SC1887: Adaptive RF Power Amplifier Linearizer (RFPAL) system-on-

chip (SoC). Adaptive linearization, commonly used to increase the efficiency and output power of macro

basestation power amplifiers, has previously been very complex and expensive, consumed a large amount of

power, and was not applicable to many newer system configurations. The SC1887 SoC operates directly at

the carrier frequency, and is a breakthrough in size, power, and simplicity for this advanced signal processing

function. SC1887 was first sampled in August 2009 and is designed into products currently in development by

leading power amplifier vendors and systems integrators worldwide.

    The deployment of heterogeneous and distributed 3G and 4G broadband wireless networks requires a new

approach to solve the problems of power consumption, size and cost of transmitters," said Art Reidel, chief

executive officer of Scintera. "Scintera is bringing solutions to the market that meet this need and enable the

deployment of highly efficient and cost effective next generation networks."

    Prior to the SC1887, engineers designing broadband transmitters were forced to use higher cost RF

components and accept low efficiency, or had to use expensive linearization schemes, with multiple high

power integrated circuits, which also increased system design and test cost. The SC1887 breaks these

complexity, power, and cost barriers by offering an easy to use, low power, single package solution that is

inserted into transmitter designs directly in line with the power amplifier. The RFin/RFout solution offers

standalone operation and requires neither complex software development nor access to baseband signals. As

a result, users are able to quickly bring to market linearized power amplifier solutions, in any configuration

required, while minimizing development and manufacturing costs.

    Packaged in a small form factor, 9x9 mm plastic package, the SC1887 can be implemented in less than 625

sq mm of board space and is easily integrated directly into power amplifier modules. Consuming less than 600

mW, the SC1887 is ideally suited to lower power transmitters such as those being widely deployed in

distributed 4G networks. Operating over the full range of frequencies covering all major cellular infrastructure

bands, this flexible solution supports a broad range of modulation standards such as CDMA, WCDMA, TD-

SCDMA and OFDMA (WiMax, LTE). 

    The SC1887 is the first implementation of Scintera's Gigahertz Signal Processing(TM) technology

(GSP(TM)). GSP is a programmable analog signal processor platform offering the advantages of digital signal

processing but at the reduced power and size of analog solutions. GSP is an ideal fit for the complex signal

processing required for power amplifier linearization as implemented in the SC1887.

    The SC1887 is available in volume production and can be purchased directly from Richardson Electronics

Ltd. Online at Pricing starts in volume at $70 at 100 pieces.

    About Scintera

    Scintera provides a programmable analog signal processing platform that delivers higher performance and

lower power consumption than traditional digital signal processing (DSP) solutions. Scintera is applying its

breakthrough technology to solve real-world problems in the wireless cellular infrastructure market. The

company is enabling the next generation of wireless networks, providing wider wireless coverage at higher

data rates with lower costs. Scintera is privately held and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For

further information, visit

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    The Scintera logo and Scintera are registered trademarks of Scintera Networks, Inc. Gigahertz Signal

Processing and GSP are trademarks of Scintera Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their

respective owners.

    For more information, please contact:

    Kris Rausch

    Scintera Networks, Inc.


    SOURCE:  Scintera Networks, Inc.

    CONTACT:  Kris Rausch of Scintera Networks, Inc., 



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