1x1 SISO Dual Band 802.11ac Transceiver IP

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1x1 SISO Dual Band 802.11ac Transceiver IP is a complete front-end optimized for dual band high performance WiFi applications. It is compliant with the IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards and designed for manufacturing in the TSMC 28nm HPC process, which makes it suitable for high-end applications like access points and wireless routers. The transceiver architecture is using direct conversion in both transmit and receive mode.


  • Dual band transceiver supporting IEEE 802.11a/n/ac and IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Concurrent dual band operation
  • Excellent RF performance providing best in class EVM performance
  • Integrated linear Power Amplifier
  • Reduced bias current with reduced output power, allowing optimized bias conditions for different use cases
  • Integrated receive and transmit switches2
  • Integrated analog channel filters
  • Easy to use with autonomous calibration routines and simple digital baseband interface
  • Internal auxiliary ADC for calibration purposes, RF power and temperature measurements
  • Fractional-N synthesizers with small frequency step size and integrated loop filter
Wi-Fi Block Diagram

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Catena is an international group of innovative companies, experts in system and architectures as well as in the design of Integrated Circuits and independent System IP. Since its establishment in 1986, Catena has been recognized as the partner of choice for global IC makers in designing wireless connectivity and sensor electronics system solutions created by world-class RF, signal processing and system architecture experts.

Catena provides full custom IC developments as well as complete system IP for various applications, enabling its customers fast time-to-market. The developments are mainly one chip solutions including RF, Analog, Mixed Signal, Digital Signal Processing, Embedded Cores, Embedded Software and tooling.

Catena is a 100% NXP-owned strong radio IP and design services resource (140 persons). It has experience with licensing to 3rd parties of “hard” (frontend) and “soft” (digital) radio IPs such as FM RX and TX, ZigBee, GPS RX, WIFI. Catena announced further partnerships with IP house CEVA and foundry Global Foundries.


  • 1.5 V analog supply with integrated regulators
  • 2.7 V PA supply
  • 0.9 V digital supply
  • 1.8 V digital IO supply
  • Supported frequency bands:
    • 2.412-2.484 GHz
    • 4.9-5.825 GHz
  • Supply current (per path)
    • Receive mode: 40 mA (in both bands)
    • Transmit TX mode at Pout = +16dBm:
      • From VDDA: 30mA (in both bands)
      • From VDDPA: 250 mA in low band and 300 mA in high band
    • Transmit TX mode at Pout = -2dBm:
      • From VDDA: 30mA (in both bands)
      • From VDDPA: 50 mA in low band and 60 mA in high band
  • 20, 22, 40 and 80 MHz modulation bandwidth
    • Up to +16 dBm linear OFDM average transmit power
  • 36 dB TX gain control
    • 4.5 and 6 dB noise figure for low and high band respectively
  • 64 dB RX gain control range
  • EVM performance (MCS-9)
    • Receive mode: -35 dB
    • Transmit mode: -35 dB