Active Isolation Enhancer also cancels EMI in handsets.

Press Release Summary:

Situated in wireless handset, QHx220 samples noise source and emulates RF coupling channel between noise source and victim receiver antenna. This enables anti-noise signal to be applied directly to victim receive path to cancel EMI and bolster signal integrity. While able to cancel in-band or out-of-band aggressors, approach may also be used to increase isolation between antennas or inside duplexers and switches. This promotes transmit power in repeaters or sensitivity in receivers.

Original Press Release:

QHX220 - Active Isolation Enhancer and Interference Canceller

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is emerging as a major concern in next generation wireless communication systems. As wireless terminals now support multiple services and features that utilize high data rates simultaneously, removing interference within wireless terminals like handsets has become a challenge.

Reducing the Electromagnetic Interference recovers the receiver sensitivity, enabling simultaneous operation of multiple radios, and improves the overall quality of service of communication devices. Intersils QHx220 is situated in a handset to sample the source of the noise and emulate the RF coupling channel between the noise source and victim receiver antenna. In doing so, an anti-noise signal can be applied directly to the victim receive path to cancel the EMI and achieve the signal integrity benefits. This approach makes it possible to cancel both in-band (within the victim Rx band) or out-of-band aggressors. This is a revolutionary approach since it is only possible to cancel out of band noise using conventional Rx filters.

In addition QHx220 may be used to increase the inherent isolation between antennas or inside duplexers and switches, thus allowing to increase the transmit power in repeaters or yielding higher sensitivity in the receivers. Both measures finally resulting in a better coverage, larger cell size, smaller antennas or lower power of infrastructure components such as basestations, pico-and Femtocells as well as repeaters.

The QHx220 integrates the sampler path LNA gain stages as well as the DACs required to control the I and Q control voltages (used to set the magnitude and phase of the cancellation signal). Both the gain, and control voltages are programmable using a SPI bus interface.

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