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28 February 2017

Qorvo expands RF Flex portfolio to Gen-5, to accelerate mid-tier smartphone deployment

Qorvo Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) has expanded its RF Flex RF front-end (RFFE) product range. The new Gen-5 portfolio combines high performance with design flexibility, allowing manufacturers to rapidly develop and launch mid-tier smartphones that meet the challenging requirements of carrier aggregation (CA), says the firm, noting that mid-tier smartphones represent the largest and fastest-growing segment of the smartphone market.

“Leading smartphone manufacturers helped drive the rapid adoption of our highly adaptable and scalable RF Flex modules in 2016,” says Eric Creviston, president of Qorvo’s Mobile Products group. “Our newest RF Flex RFFEs, the Gen-5 portfolio, build on this success and support both uplink and downlink CA to dramatically reduce handset design cycles and accelerate the introduction of mid-tier smartphones,” he adds.

Smartphone makers can customize the RF Flex Gen-5 portfolio by adding Qorvo’s premium filters for regional coverage. RF Flex Gen-5 supports all major 4G basebands.

RF Flex Gen-5 delivers power output and linearity as well as ultra-low insertion loss across low, medium and high bands. This maximizes performance headroom, helping smartphone makers meet the challenging requirements for intra-band uplink CA as well as three-carrier inter-band downlink CA, says Qorvo.

The QM56022 features low-, medium- and high-band power amplifiers (PAs) and band-select switches in the most popular footprint for mid-tier smartphones. It delivers linearity, output power and current consumption that meets strict operator requirements for uplink intra-band CA. It also supports the newly emerging standard for Power Class 2/high-performance user equipment (HPUE) on Band 41.

The QM57508 features an antenna coupler and 2G PA module optimized to overcome the increasing post-PA losses in today’s most complex antenna configurations. It includes a low-loss, high-throw-count switch supporting CA, and supports three-antenna architectures, offering what is claimed to be excellent isolation and rejection with four high-band, five mid-band and seven low-band TRx ports.

Qorvo is showcasing its portfolio of RF front ends at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) on Stand 2i25 (Hall 2) in Barcelona, Spain (27 February – 2 March).

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