Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and RF360 Holdings Singapore PTE. Ltd. (RF360 Holdings) a Qualcomm and TDK Joint Venture are the first to announce a hexaplexer RF solution that incorporates their latest bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter technologies to support optimal performance, size and cost for increasingly complex frequency band combinations. The new hexaplexer solution complements our product line of filters, duplexers, and multiplexers, by addressing diverse carrier aggregation configurations that operators have been deploying to enhance user experience as they expand Gigabit LTE coverage, speed and capacity. The new solution can benefit original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by simplifying carrier aggregation support in Qualcomm Technologies’ power amplifier modules, thereby improving size and cost efficiency of design and helping accelerate time to global launch. For consumers, the low insertion loss of the hexaplexer solution is designed to support long battery life and superior data rates.
As smartphones are reaching Gigabit LTE speeds, the number of cellular bands within the phones is also rapidly increasing to provide support. Advanced filtering technology is needed to support carrier aggregation across a wide variety of frequency bands while managing interference issues and delivering excellent radio performance. The new hexaplexer solution integrates into power amplifier modules including duplexers (PAMiDs) modules and provides a key acoustic building block for these next generation PAMiD modules. The BAW- and SAW-based hexaplexers are an upgrade over the previous generation quadplexers. They are also key to designing single antenna devices with sleek form factors by supporting competitive RF performance for carrier aggregation in Gigabit LTE and future 5G multimode devices.
“With the insatiable demand for data speed, capacity and ever-increasing carrier aggregation complexity, OEMs and operators are challenged to keep pace with consumer expectations for a premium connected user experience,” said Christian Block, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm’s RF front end business unit. “Qualcomm Technologies and RF360 Holdings hexaplexer solution integrating our latest BAW/SAW filter technologies is designed to deliver optimal performance while inspiring design flexibility.”
The new hexaplexer solution is scheduled for production in 2018 with leading OEMs expected to launch commercial devices in 2019.