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27 February 2019

Qorvo’s mobile 5G portfolio enters high-volume production

Qorvo Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) says that its mobile 5G portfolio of highly integrated front-end modules (FEMs) is entering high-volume production. Supporting all major baseband chipsets, Qorvo reckons it is uniquely positioned to enable smartphone makers to develop handsets and mobile devices supporting global 5G network deployments starting in 2019.

“Qorvo has spent years preparing for the RF challenges of 5G, including development of the world’s first mobile 5G front end to support early trials,” says Eric Creviston, president of Qorvo’s Mobile Products group. “With the launch of our mobile 5G portfolio, Qorvo is scaling innovations such as our industry-leading GaAs HBT [gallium arsenide heterojunction bipolar transistor] process to support the impending global transition to the new standard,” he adds. “Unlike the previous transition from 3G to 4G, the first 5G handsets will require fully integrated front ends to meet the extraordinary performance and interoperability requirements of 5G within tight space constraints.”

Qorvo’s highly integrated modules include all the RF front-end (RFFE) functions required to support new and ‘re-farmed’ 5G bands targeted in early deployments, including filtering, transmit/receive switching, power and low-noise amplification and, in some cases, antenna switching. The portfolio uses Qorvo’s GaAs power amplifiers and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) filters to enable handsets using proven average power tracking (APT) technology to meet 5G requirements, including a full 100MHz of bandwidth at Power Class 2 (PC2). Leading manufacturers have designed 5G handsets and mobile hotspots using Qorvo’s technologies, the firm claims.

Qorvo’s mobile 5G portfolio includes the QM78203 module, which supports the full width of 5G bands n77, n78 and n79; the QM75041 band n41 module; and the QM77038 mid/high-band module. The portfolio also includes antenna-plexers and low-loss switches to support complex 5G signal routing requirements.

Qorvo is highlighting its portfolio of RF front-end solutions and pre-5G and 5G wireless infrastructure at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) in Barcelona, Spain (25-28 February).

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