60GHz Entertainment Connectivity Solution

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The past few years have witnessed the emergence of CMOS based circuits operating at millimeter wave-frequencies. In combination with a co-designed high volume manufacturing packaging, this represents a unique opportunity to develop low power 60GHz multi-gigabit radio at similar cost structure than a Bluetooth® radio, addressing the needs of a multitude of bandwidth hungry wireless multimedia applications such as high definition streaming and massive side-loading. In this paper, we discuss highly integrated 60 GHz single-chip CMOS digital radios and phased array solutions as the breakthrough enabling technology. Fully integrated CMOS implementations are presented, demonstrating the highest level of integration reported till date for 60GHz single-chip digital radios including embedded mixed signal baseband processor. As standardization efforts catalyzed the interest and investment of industry and agencies, 60GHz WPAN technology is poised to become in the fairly near future a ubiquitous entertainment connectivity solution for the consumer electronic market place.

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2009 IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband

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