Maxim LTE/3G Multimode RF Transceiver Enables Successful Deployment Of HetNet Small Cell Base Stations
Maxim has today introduced the MAX2580, a single-chip multistandard RF to Bits small cell radio transceiver. This highly integrated solution requires very few external components to execute an all-band, multimode, multiple-input multiple-output radio design. The MAX2580 design package also includes full system-level reference designs to shorten time to market. This RF transceiver is ideal for mobile operators planning residential, enterprise, or outdoor small cell deployments in their next-generation heterogeneous networks.Anti
•High-performance radio: supports all LTE bands from Band 1 to Band 41 with selectable channel bandwidths from 1.4 MHz to 20 MHz; supports FDD-LTE, TD-LTE and WCDMA modes; enables the full breadth of indoor and outdoor small cell solutions.
•High integration: 2x2 MIMO RF to Bits architecture; integrates complete RF front-end, IF amplifiers, fractional-N synthesizers, all decimation, interpolation and channel selection filters, plus a parallel JESD207 data interface; the power amplifier pre-driver delivers 0dBm output power level.
•Fast time to market: full system-level reference designs available for indoor and outdoor applications.
“Maxim’s latest LTE/3G transceiver continues to showcase our relentless focus on delivering highly integrated and high-performance RF solutions for small cell base stations,” said Vickram Vathulya, Managing Director of RF Solutions at Maxim Integrated. “As small cell deployments expand from consumer to enterprise and outdoor applications, we are well aligned with our ecosystem partners to deliver fully qualified reference designs and accelerate our customer design lifecycles.”
“As mobile operators transition from high-mobility 2G voice coverage to high-capacity LTE/3G mobile data coverage, cost drivers and capacity constraints will motivate them to implement heterogeneous networks, including multimode small cells,” said Joe Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts.
MAX2580 is the newest LTE/3G small cell transceiver following the MAX2550-MAX2553 WCDMA and cdma2000 small cell transceivers. The MAX2580 is sampling now to qualified customers and will be available in the second half of 2013.
The MAX2580 will be on display at Maxim’s stand at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain on February 25-28. Maxim will be located in Hall 6 Stand 6G100.