December 19, 2006 -- Silicon Laboratories, Inc. today announced that Samsung has selected the Aero IIe EDGE transceiver for multiple handset platforms. The Aero IIe transceiver is a high-performance RF transceiver for GSM/GPRS/EDGE handsets, smart phones and data modems. Based on Silicon Laboratories' proven Aero transceiver architecture, the Aero IIe transceiver offers a high level of integration, small footprint and industry-leading performance to enable lower total system costs for handset makers.
To simplify manufacturing for handset makers, the Aero IIe transceiver employs a dual-transmitter architecture for EDGE that eliminates the transmit SAW from conventional linear architectures without the calibration complexity of existing polar radios. The Aero IIe transceiver also includes the highly-integrated digitally-controlled crystal oscillator (DCXO) on chip to minimize the radio bill-of-materials. Unlike polar architectures, which require custom components, the Aero IIe transceiver architecture is compatible with power amplifiers and basebands from multiple leading vendors in the market. In addition to small size, the Aero IIe transceiver's proven digital receiver technology also delivers the highest receive sensitivity.
The Aero IIe transceiver is the fourth generation of Silicon Laboratories' Aero transceiver family. The Aero IIe is designed in a standard 0.13-micron CMOS process and available in a 5x6-mm package with single-ended transmit outputs to provide an entire quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio with only 14 components.