The TriConnect™ TQP6M9017 is full WLAN/BT front-end module in an ultra small 4mm x 4mm footprint package for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth applications. The TQP6M9017 contains 2.4GHz PA, 5GHz PA, directional detectors, front-end switch, Bluetooth path, and receive LNA + baluns. The architecture and interface are optimized for next generation WLAN integration into handset devices. The front-end module features CMOS compatible control voltages to facilitate ease of use. The front-end module is manufactured in TriQuint’s high-reliability E/D pHEMT and HBT technologies and is assembled in thin profile 4mm x 4mm x 0.5mm ETSLP-24 Pb-Free package.
Another interesting note is that Texas Instruments, a once-prominent partner of RIM/Blackberry, now finds itself with very few design wins within the Blackberry Z10. TI’s biggest socket win is the WL1273L – a single-chip radio incorporating 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, and FM. Qualcomm has muscled them out.
Other design winners include TriQuint for their TQP6M9017 dual-band WLAN module, RF Micro Devices (RFMD) – who provides the linear power amplifier modules that facilitate multi-mode communications like LTE, and Avago – with two power amplifiers (ACPM-5017 and ACPM-7051). Synaptics’ Clearpad 3203 is the capacitive touchscreen controller for the Blackberry Z10.
The Blackberry Z10 is also NFC-ready as we discovered was Inside Secure’s SecuRead IC5C633I4 NFC solution module. This component was also found in the LTE version of the Playbook.
All in all, the Blackberry Z10 seems to incorporate many of the component selections of the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE. It’s not certain if these decisions the designers made on what semiconductors, ICs and other modules to use were by design or by accident but based on the relative success of the Samsung Galaxy S3, it isn’t a bad model to draw from. It remains to be seen if a name change and a new product philosophy will make an impact in smartphone market with established leaders like Samsung or Apple, however, it is a positive step forward that the company now has handsets that can compete at the software and hardware level with the best handsets the industry has to offer.