The F6212 is a 16-channel dual-beam receive active beamforming RFIC multi-chip module designed for application in Ka-Band SATCOM planar phased array antennas. The IC has eight RF input ports, two RF output ports and 16 (8 per beam) phase/amplitude control channels. The eight input ports of the IC may be driven by eight single-polarized elements or four dual-polarized elements of an electronically scanned array (ESA). Each channel has 6-bits of digital phase and gain control resolution spanning 360° and 26dB of dynamic range, enabling precise beam pattern and polarization control.

The IC operates from two supply rails of 2.1V–2.5V and 0.95V–1.05V with a typical channel gain of 28dB. The chip includes power management features such as a low power standby mode, independent enable controls on every channel and a single-beam mode activated via a dedicated control pin. An integrated Hi-Q bandpass filter provides rejection of SATCOM Tx and 5G mmWave signals, improving the dynamic range without additional power consumption. The device SPI bus and control pins operate from standard 1.8V logic at speeds up to 50MHz. Advanced digital modes and large on-chip memory allow for <100ns beam position switching times at the array level, greatly reducing dead time and latency.

Finally, the compact and CTE-matched FC-BGA organic package with all single-ended 50Ω matched RF ports and 0.5mm pitch greatly simplifies the physical integration of these devices onto large antenna panels.

Features

  • 17.7GHz–21.2GHz operation
  • Supports 4 dual-pol or 8 single-pol elements
  • Two simultaneous and independent beam outputs
  • Integrated Hi-Q transmit reject filter
  • 28dB typical channel gain
  • 26dB gain control with 0.45dB step size
  • 360° phase control with 6-bit resolution
  • 2.3V and 1V nominal supply inputs
  • Standard 1.8V digital logic
  • Temperature compensation
  • Temperature sensor with digital readout
  • Advanced digital modes with fast beam steering
  • On-chip beam-state memory
  • 7.6 × 7.6 × 0.9 mm, 165-pin FC-BGA

descriptionDocumentation

Title language Type Format File Size Date
Datasheets & Errata
star F6212 Short-Form Datasheet Datasheet - Short-form PDF 181 KB
User Guides & Manuals
RF Product Selection Guide Guide PDF 1015 KB
Other
Complete Line-up of mmWave Beamforming ICs Product Brief PDF 728 KB

file_downloadDownloads

Title language Type Format File Size Date
Software
SATCOM Receive Evaluation Software r0.0.5.1 Software & Tools - Evaluation Software ZIP 3.84 MB

memoryBoards & Kits

Part Number Title Type Company
F6212EVS Evaluation System for the F6212 Evaluation Renesas