Pharrowtech launches first-generation evaluation board

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Belgium-based start-up Pharrowtech has launched its first-generation evaluation board.

It allows telecom vendors to test the capabilities of the start-up's mmWave RFIC technology and its suitability for delivering gigabit-speed broadband access to locations that are too difficult to reach with fibre.  

Pharrowtech – which was founded in 2018 as a spin off from imec – said it will soon conduct field trials with "a leading service provider”.

Marco Bello, VP marketing and product management at the firm, said: “Over the last two years we have been laser focused on developing a product that is robust and reliable, capable of delivering consistent high throughput which is comparable to fibre. This is essential to remove the barriers to enabling ubiquitous, low-cost and high-speed internet to everyone.

"We have already received significant interest from key industry players and today’s platform launch means service providers, ODM/OEMs will be able to evaluate the full potential of our technology for themselves," Bello added.

The Belgium-based start-up said the mmWave 60GHz unlicensed spectrum band "offers an alternative capable of delivering reliable gigabit data speeds similar to fibre at a fraction of the deployment and ownership costs".

Pharrowtech designs and develops RFIC hardware and associated software that caters to the 60GHz mmWave band.

The Pharrowtech mmWave RFIC technology can be paired with Renesas' RWM605x family of baseband wireless modems to deliver a full chipset solution. This combination will allow vendors to evaluate multi-gigabit performance for their next generation wireless access solutions.

In 2019, the company secured more than €6 million in seed funding from imec-Xpand, Bloc Ventures and the KBC Focus Fund.