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Fujikura Collaborates with Avnet to Accelerate Customer 5G mmWave Phased Array System Development

June 15, 2022
Fujikura Ltd.

Fujikura Ltd., a leading supplier to the telecom market, is working with Avnet Inc. to develop a leading edge 5G FR2 phased array antenna development platform for mmWave frequency bands. This platform enables customers to quickly develop and prototype advanced 5G mmWave systems using AMD Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC Gen3 and Fujikura’s FutureAccessTM Phased Array Antenna Module (PAAM), controlled by Avnet’s proven RFSoC Explorer® software.
This software can be extended to control the entire system from antenna to digital will enable them to implement and test mmWave beamforming applications quickly without HDL or software coding.

“We’re seeing an acceleration of the 5G market as higher bandwidth applications are driving the need for mmWave technology, especially in the industrial and telecom segments,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of Products and Emerging Technologies, Avnet. “Through our work with Fujikura, AMD-Xilinx and Mathworks, we’re bringing together the key building blocks of mmWave radio solutions allowing designers to quickly prototype communications algorithms, reduce engineering time, and get into the 5G market even faster.”

The Fujikura PAAM operates in the 3GPP FR2 frequency bands n257 (28 GHz), n258 (26 GHz), and n261 (27 GHZ) allowing for use in both indoor and outdoor applications. It is a complete PAAM module with highly integrated 8x8 antenna element, RF ICs, filter, and optimal TCO. This high level of integration enables compact product design and quick time to market. And with high-power efficiency and extremely fast beam switching (<200ns), Fujikura PAAM based systems can obtain industry leading performance. Also, with calibration free architecture and Fujikura’s extreme attention to quality, end customers will have a major advantage in system integration, manufacturing, deployment, and longevity.

“We are committed to the 5G mmWave technologies, which substantially expands 5G value proposition with applications in Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), Mobile Broadband, High Density Indoor Coverage in venues such as stadiums and shopping malls, etc.”, Said Kenji Nishide, Head of Electronic Technologies R&D Center at Fujikura. “We are excited to partner with Avnet, a global leader in the technology distribution, and bring Fujikura innovative PAAM solutions to worldwide customer base via this collaboration.”

For more information and to request early access please visit: https://avnet.me/fujikura-collaborate

About Fujikura
Fujikura has been providing highly reliable products and services in the four business fields of energy, information and communications, electronics, and automotive electrical equipment since its establishment in 1885. Currently, this company is working in the mmWave wireless communication field as its new business. The company is developing 5G mmWave devices for both licensed and unlicensed bands, making full use of its proprietary technologies of phased array antenna design, flexible printed circuit board manufacturing, and electromagnetic field analysis. For more information, visit Fujikura corporate Company website: https://www.fujikura.co.jp/eng/
Product website: https://mmwavetech.fujikura.jp/5g/

About Avnet
As a leading global technology distributor and solutions provider, Avnet has served customers’ evolving needs for an entire century. We support customers at each stage of a product’s lifecycle, from idea to design and from prototype to production. Our unique position at the center of the technology value chain enables us to accelerate the design and supply stages of product development so customers can realize revenue faster. Decade after decade, Avnet helps its customers and suppliers around the world realize the transformative possibilities of technology. Learn more about Avnet at www.avnet.com . (AVT_IR)