Software tools, IP and licensable blocks that enable innovative filter designs for the mobile industry.
Resonant believes that its patented ISN technology will enable the company to design complex filter products at approximately half the unit cost and in approximately half the time of traditional approaches. The company’s large suite of proprietary mathematical methods, software design tools and network synthesis techniques enable it to explore a much larger set of possible solutions and quickly derive the optimum solution.
These improved filters still use existing manufacturing methods (i.e. SAW, temperature compensated (TC) SAW & BAW/FBAR) and depending on the requirements and capabilities of the given foundry, the company’s technologies have the ability to improve design efficiency through shorter design times and deliver designs utilizing lower cost manufacturing processes with performance comparable to designs using higher cost methods (i.e. BAW/FBAR).
While most of the industry designs surface acoustic wave filters using a coupling-of-modes (COM) model, Resonant uses circuit models and physical models. Circuit models are computationally much faster, and physical models are highly accurate models based entirely on fundamental material properties and dimensions. Resonant’s method delivers excellent predictability, enabling achievement of the desired product performance in roughly half as many turns through the fab.
Some of the single-band filter designs are for duplexers that have historically been TC-SAWs or BAWs while others are for discrete SAW filters that may need improvements in performance, size or cost. The single-band designs included “Wi-Fi Co-Existence” filters, which pass licensed wireless frequencies, while protecting Wi-Fi from interference, and designs for module applications which require wafer-level (WL) packaging and modeling of the module board. Using the ISN technology, combined with Resonant’s experience and know-how, the company can design innovative SAW filters that meet the performance requirements for many of these bands but at significantly less cost than that of BAW filters or even TC-SAW filters they would replace.
Wireless carriers worldwide are experiencing increasing demand for higher data speeds. Carrier aggregation (CA) allows multiple data streams from different frequencies to be added together to provide increased data rate for mobile device users. However, CA further complicates the required filter characteristics. Quadplexers (which multiplex four RF paths) enable CA on both receive and transmit paths and reduce the RF front-end complexity by removing switches. But complexity of the filter functionality increases dramatically. Resonant’s ISN technology is ideally suited to these difficult filter design problems that covers a wide frequency range with much more demanding performance requirements. The company is developing a family of high-performance multiplexer designs to address this growing market.
ISN technology will also enable Resonant to design novel filters that are more than simple replacements, but rather can enable an architecture change, or can provide a step function improvement in performance, size and cost to a handset manufacturer. These include:
Because Resonant’s models are fundamental, integration with its foundry and fab customers is eased because the models speak the “fab language” of basic material properties and dimensions. In addition, through its ISN Foundry Program, Resonant has pre-qualified a number of fabs, back end and packaging firms for faster production times.
Legacy COM filter designs are delivered to the foundry with definitions of aggregated physical properties, which requires the fab to figure out how to produce the filter. Resonant delivers the complete recipe to produce its filter designs, including basic material properties, density and dimensions.