Satellite Technology Feature Article
NXP Debuts Extraordinarily Tiny LNAs
By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor
The GPS LNAs are low noise amplifiers from NXP Semiconductors (News - Alert) which offer the best reception in a smallest footprint. The company’s LNAs provide the best reception of weak GPS signals by dynamically suppressing strong cellular and WLAN transmit signals, which is an industry first.
Recently, the company introduced the BGU8006 low-noise amplifier; the tiniest GPS LNA on the market today. This LNA is created for very small portable devices. The latest GPS LNAs have a footprint of just 0.65 x 0.44 x 0.2 mm and they need only two external components and are available in a tiny WLCSP (wafer-level chip-scale package). According to the company, this saves 38 percent in PCB space compared to the smallest solution on the market today.
Facilitated by NXP's state-of-the-art QuBIC4Xi SiGe:C BiCMOS process technology, the new BGU8006 LNA makes use of adaptive biasing techniques, the company stated in a press release.
“Smartphones, tablets, personal navigation devices and automotive telematics applications all suffer from communication delays when network reception is poor, and have to wait for data to refresh as the GPS searches for satellite signal. Our new BGU8006 LNA helps to maintain optimal GPS signal reception for as long as possible -- on a chip that is so small, it isn't even visible to the naked eye," said Erick Olsen, marketing director, RF small signal product line, NXP Semiconductors.
Recently, the company announced that the newly introduced Nexus 7 will provide its PN65 NFC solution to offer improved mobile user experience. Providing an NFC radio controller and an embedded secure element, the PN65 is validated and integrated on the latest release of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The tablet builds on the introduction of NFC features in Nexus-branded smartphones and innovations like Google (News - Alert) Wallet facilitated by NXP technology. Jelly Bean includes NXP's NFC open source software stack.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman