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June 7, 2023
While 5G signifies promising possibilities to consumers, it often evokes thoughts of limited design options for electronic engineers creating 5G products. However, a new standardized approach called Open RAN (Open Radio Access Networks) offers greater flexibility and choice in designing and implementing 5G products. This blog post outlines how designers can leverage a more open standardized architecture, allowing them to mix and match components from several vendors.
May 31, 2023
DOCSIS 4.0 is pushing the upstream into the realm of what was considered the downstream spectrum. By providing four new splits, the spectrum range can be from 5 MHz all the way to 684 MHz—a challenge when designing amplifiers for upstream applications. This blog post provides an overview of DOCSIS 4.0 and offers resources for a deeper dive.
May 25, 2023
Designing mobile devices that have many antennas is a tricky give-and-take process. This blog will help navigate you through the steps to achieve a cellular and Wi-Fi design with optimized antenna efficiency, small form-factor and RF range.
May 8, 2023
Stumped by smart home connectivity design complexities? It’s time to take “Matter[s]” into your own hands. Learn how Wi-Fi 7 and the Matter standard will improve designs for the end-user experience and bridge interoperability challenges to create a seamless home network.
April 11, 2023
Qorvo finished 2022 with honors when recognized as the Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). Read about how Qorvo meets the requirements for this exceptional award.
April 6, 2023
Three Qorvo design engineers in Denmark found themselves on the national stage for what they wrote during their Qorvo internship. Lauge Føns Dyring, Kasper Bruun Olesen and Jakob Brask, were honored with a Danish Engineering Association (IDA) award for their project that addressed a challenging design specification for advanced 5G and 6G handsets. Read the blog post to learn more about this exciting achievement.
March 7, 2023
Lithium-ion technology has become the powerhouse for battery-powered devices, offering countless benefits over other battery chemistries. But it doesn’t come without shortcomings—it’s essential to manage them to ensure they safely charge and discharge. This blog post explores the history and challenges of lithium-ion, as well as the Intelligent Battery System Management solutions to control run time, flexibility and safety.
March 2, 2023
Automotive manufacturers are looking for better ways to secure modern cars. Read why they’re adopting Ultra-Wideband (UWB) precision location technology with the Digital Key protocol to create a secure bubble around a vehicle.
February 15, 2023
GaN has been around since the early 1990s, and since then has become the go-to technology for many military, space and commercial applications. Its unique material properties are helping markets like 5G become commonplace. This post will help you better understand everything you need to know about GaN, including those things you may not have realized.
February 1, 2023
The technological world of antenna tuning has changed dramatically throughout the last decade. Antennas have become smaller, more powerful and process more RF signals. At the core of these developments is silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology – providing the tuning for design flexibility and outstanding performance improvements.
January 13, 2023
Efforts such as reducing a company's carbon footprint to lessen its impact on the environment, working to eliminate human trafficking and creating equal opportunities that offer living wages are businesses' moral obligations. It’s the responsibility of everyone who works for us or does business with us, including customers and partners to share in those efforts. This year’s report also provides more data on our energy consumption, waste management program and information on early career programs and workforce training and development.
January 4, 2023
Thanks to their minimal size, high efficiency, and low power consumption, small devices like wearables, hearables and IoT devices are dependent on PMICs. With the help of Qorvo’s Configurable Intelligent Power Solutions (ActiveCiPS™), these tiny, high-performance PMICs maximize system efficiency and performance while providing design flexibility and lowering the bill-of-materials cost.
December 20, 2022
What do lost car keys, Wi-Fi speed and antennas have in common? They are all topics that most interested our Qorvo blog visitors in 2022, and all have to do with connectivity. Read the blog posts that made the top five list.
December 12, 2022
Each generation of smartphone adds more features and complexity. But sizes of smartphones generally do not grow. This means designers need to fit these new features inside the same area as previous generations. In this blog, we explore some design techniques to assist smartphone system designers with creative ways to make more room.
December 5, 2022
Good news for 5G IoT designs is on the horizon. Unlike smartphones, IoT doesn’t need all the rich capabilities of the current 5G specifications, and RedCap (Reduced Capability) reduces requirements for IoT devices, which opens the door for simpler designs, reduced cost and smaller devices. Read on to learn more about the exciting possibilities.
November 16, 2022
The acquisition of UnitedSiC has extended Qorvo’s reach into the fast-growing markets for electric vehicles (EVs), industrial power, circuit protection, renewables and data center power. This post is a collection of blogs that provide you with a deep dive into a comprehensive understanding of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors and design techniques.
November 3, 2022
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) continues to push the envelope on the technology front. To extend the United States’ leadership in GaN and millimeter wave performance capabilities, the DoD recently awarded Qorvo with funding to develop 90nm GaN—a move that will push innovations in both defense and the commercial space. This blog post provides more information about the award and why Qorvo was selected for this effort.
October 27, 2022
The ever-changing technologies, solutions and applications keep chip manufacturers on their toes to evolve their processes to provide world-class solutions for customers. This is especially true when it comes to the quality control process. Here, Wade Cole, Senior Director of High Performance Analog, Connectivity and Sensor Quality at Qorvo, explains the trends and how RF and power solution suppliers keep pace.
October 13, 2022
Want to know the latest and greatest information about RF and power solutions from the experts? Need tips or inspiration for your designs? We’re excited to bring you our virtual learning series for the third year in a row: The Qorvo Design Summit, November 8-10, 2022.
September 30, 2022
The home and business ecosystems continue to develop and expand. To ensure these areas work effectively, efficiently and without interference, RF filter technology is a critical component. Learn four compelling facts making RF filter technology a part of our everyday lives and how you can explore these and more in our second edition RF Filters For Dummies book.
September 6, 2022
Specifications for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for tuners have changed. With new manufacturing capabilities and better standards, Smartphone manufacturers have eased up on requirements, enabling increased flexibility and creativity in designs. Find out what it means for you.
August 26, 2022
Many RF designers can relate to Frederick Douglass’ famous quote, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” This is especially true when designing for 5G. The technology promises to transform wireless communications, but it comes with design struggles. Enter, power amplifier modules (PAMs) to the rescue. Here’s what you need to know.
August 19, 2022
In today’s high-performance power designs, edge rates (V/ns) have increased, which reduce switching losses, allowing for higher frequency, smaller magnetics and improved power density. However, these fast edge rates increase the possibility of EMI design-related issues that interact with circuit parasitics, causing unwanted oscillations and voltage spikes. With good design practices, these can be addressed using a small snubber. Learn how.
August 18, 2022
Using a tiny communication chip that detects objects within centimeters, Ultra-Wideband technology is the key to finding your keys. Learn more about this very low-power device that is designed into electronics all around you.
August 2, 2022
When it comes to GaN PAs, biasing can be a complex balancing act. It’s a critical task, and if not done right, it can be costly. Our new video demonstrates how those using GaN PAs use a power management module to them power-up and power-down effectively. Take a look.
July 25, 2022
Wi-Fi 7 is on the horizon. Now’s the time to start talking about what it will offer and enable. Its capabilities combined with Matter – the industry-unifying standard for connected things – will open doors to new designs and new solutions to current design challenges. Here’s what you need to know.
July 12, 2022
When you add Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology to the mix, remarkable things happen. Take for instance Noccela’s High-Performance Ranging (HPR) algorithm when fused with UWB dramatically changes industrial operations and provides athletic teams with precise data to help them win the day. Read on to understand what’s behind the endless possibilities when using UWB.
June 30, 2022
An internship can be a simple bullet point on your resume or the first step toward finding a meaningful career opportunity. It's the ultimate way to test drive a career and discover what you really want to pursue. Or, in some cases, what you don't want to. Continue reading for tips on choosing an internship that's right for you.
June 16, 2022
CATV providers are walking a fine line when upgrading their networks. They need to meet customer demands for capacity without degrading performance and reliability. Many are turning to GaN technology to help keep their balance. Here’s why.
May 31, 2022
The Internet of Things (IoT) is soon to be a trillion-dollar industry, according to Statista. The world is watching it and its ecosystem spawn new technology, products and applications beyond our imaginations. This post highlights key information about IoT from our latest book, “Internet of Things for Dummies.”
May 24, 2022
So, you snagged an internship – congrats! With the right mindset, this opportunity can be an enriching experience and create a launching pad for your career. This blog post covers five tips to make the most out of your experience.
April 27, 2022
Are you feeling the challenges with the complex mix of communication standards in home networking? If the answer is “yes,” you probably want to watch this demo that shows a unique approach to ensuring reliable communications.
April 20, 2022
As the Wi-Fi standard is expanding its spectrum and range globally, countries have unique challenges, which lead to different approaches to roll outs. Explore Asia’s deployment strategy with Jeff Lin – as he helps engineers traverse the complexities and the solutions to a more straightforward implementation.
March 2, 2022
Imagine being able to design your application with pin point accuracy - down to a few centimeters. Meet ultra-wideband (UWB) and the exciting applications it’s enabling.
February 25, 2022
Much of emergency calling (eCall) RF front-end design resides around the antenna, switch, and circuit loss due to either components or matching. This blog post explores these challenges and provides straightforward approaches to fully optimize your design.
February 16, 2022
Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives go well beyond simply adhering to laws and regulatory frameworks. Qorvo’s CSR efforts give way to innovation, spread generosity and goodwill, and cultivate pride among all of our stakeholders - employees, investors, and community members. And it has a direct impact on you, our customer and partner. Read the blog post to understand how and why.
January 20, 2022
In the world of power conversion, measuring performance comes down to two main interdependent values: efficiency and cost. The results of simulation and practical examples show that SiC FETs can provide a significant performance boost to power converters. Learn more.
January 20, 2022
The totem-pole power factor correction circuit has been an idea in search of a technology to implement it effectively. Now SiC FETs are found to be ideal switches to get the maximum benefit from the topology. Learn how.
January 19, 2022
Wi-Fi is an international standard – but rollouts differ by region. How different is the Wi-Fi rollout in Europe? Igor Lilicevic explores the European Union’s Wi-Fi deployment to help engineers navigate their way through the complexities.
January 17, 2022
Wi-Fi Front-End Modules (FEMS) are now enabling new and exciting applications beyond traditional mobile devices. Because of the latest advancements in Wi-Fi technology, we are experiencing an explosion of innovative wireless ecosystems like gaming, military, and industrial applications. Here’s what you need to know.
January 12, 2022
Smart home networks are on the rise. And so are new applications to support them. One particularly promising use case is intelligent lighting systems. In this blog post, we provide the recipe—with just the right ingredients—for developers to bring the application to "light."
December 22, 2021
Acquisitions of key technologies, such as Ultra-Wideband, MEMs, silicon carbide, programmable power management — to name just a few — opens up a world of opportunities for Qorvo customers. Philip Chesley, who has recently taken the reins for its Infrastructure and Defense Products, expounds on his plans to build on Qorvo’s momentum.
December 21, 2021
The advent of DOCSIS 3.1 improved upstream and downstream traffic capacity for CATV providers. Next-generation DOCSIS 4.0 products are now under design. The right CATV amplifier can substantially improve solution efficiency.
December 14, 2021
Observing star rotation and exploring the surface of Apollo 15 landing site close up are just two examples of the fascinating research the Green Bank Telescope facilitates. This post examines the Qorvo technology that aids and accelerates space exploration.
December 13, 2021
As we approach the ideal semiconductor switch with hyper-fast edge rates, voltage overshoots and ringing start to be a problem. Learn how a simple RC snubber for SiC FETs can overcome these challenges and yield further efficiency gains.
December 9, 2021
While many of us are still processing 2020, 2021 is already coming to a close! The end of year marks the time we bring you the top blogs of the year, which is a reflection of what is important to our readers. This year had a definite theme. Read the blog to find out.
December 2, 2021
Deciding factors might be subjective and dynamically change, but when you are selecting a semiconductor in the design of an EV power converter, you would hope it’s a bit more scientific. UnitedSiC, now Qorvo, offers a way to calculate the trade-offs to consider – number and rating of parallel devices, switching frequency, operating mode, efficiency target, acceptable junction temperature rise, apportioning of conduction and switching loss, and cost, to name a few. Learn more.
December 2, 2021
The recent, unprecedented spike in business and home Wi-Fi is pushing wireless vendors to quickly respond with innovative solutions to address the explosion of new use cases. Qorvo Wi-Fi expert Jeremy Foland explores this and how the Wi-Fi Alliance is helping to open new opportunities in the home, school, and business.
December 1, 2021
Mechanical circuit breakers are low-loss, but are also slow and wear out. This post outlines how solid-state solutions with SiC FETs solve these problems with losses that are set to fall.
November 22, 2021
With the holiday nearing, we have thanks on our minds. For Brent, it’s a cornucopia of thanks for the RF industry and the many ways it’s enhanced our lives — some of which may surprise you.
November 3, 2021
Designing cost-effective power management systems for low-, mid-, and high-power applications to meet customer demands presents numerous challenges, especially in the face of today’s IC shortages. Qorvo’s fully customizable PMICs offer a solution.
October 25, 2021
Curious about what’s next for RF or power technology? Eager to get your design challenges solved? Need some inspiration to innovate the next best thing? Great news: Qorvo’s virtual learning series is back. At these live events, our experts will cover topics from 5G, Wi-Fi, UWB, IoT, to GaN, biosensors, and answer your burning questions.
October 22, 2021
EVs will eventually be the preferred mode of transportation. From the outside, they look and act like the automobiles that dominate the roads and highways today. But the difference is what’s inside—an electric motor and the way energy is exchanged, which comes with tradeoffs. This post examines design considerations for EVs to maintain efficiency, overall performance and range.
October 19, 2021
For use cases that require precise timing and pinpoint location detection, ultra-wideband brings a wealth of capabilities to the table. This post examines UWB's characteristics that allow for a fully immersive, real-time, highly entertaining experience. Read about the technology's star performance in Le Premier Royaume — an interactive theater experience.
October 7, 2021
Are you trying to get better efficiency gains out of your power converter designs? You may want to consider SiC FETs. Learn how they are a secure way to get better efficiency out of all common conversion topologies with all the consequent benefits.
September 28, 2021
With the large influx of wireless devices producing more interfering RF signals, reducing noise and impeding interference on the receiver is becoming more important. Learn how semiconductor and system designers approach this challenge while enabling more densified effective communications for 5G, defense, and aerospace applications.
September 22, 2021
Qorvo’s Brent Dietz is musing again. This time he’s busting myths and clearing up confusion about Ultra-wideband. Hint: it’s not fashion nor music related.
September 13, 2021
When is negative feedback positive? When you’re a control engineer who wants decent gain and phase margins. This post outlines how Gen 4 SiC FETs provide designers with ideal performance and multiple device options while enabling more design flexibility that delivers the optimum cost-efficient power design.
August 17, 2021
Many moving parts guided the landing of Perseverance Rover on Mars - Qorvo’s included. This blog post details the nail-biting and fascinating entry, descent and landing (EDL) of the spacecraft and how Qorvo played a role in this incredible mission.
August 10, 2021
Selecting parts for your power design can be tricky…and sometimes overwhelming. For SiC FET and SiC Schottky diodes, the FET-Jet Calculator V2 takes the guesswork out of the equation. Learn more about this flexible tool that helps you select devices and visualize their performance, enabling quick and accurate first-pass designs.
August 10, 2021
Engineers are always looking for the simplest solution to complex system design challenges. Look no further for answers in the U-NII 1-8, 5 and 6 GHz realm. Here we review how state-of-the-art bandBoost™ filters help increase system design capacity and throughput, offering engineers an easy, flexible solution to their complex designs, while at the same time helping to meet those tough final product compliance requirements.
July 31, 2021
Learn how an engineering team met a cordless vacuum customer’s rigorous requirements: maximum suction, a lightweight form factor, and a long, reliable product lifecycle. Take a look at the design details using modern brushless DC motor (BDLC) paired with a power application motor controller to meet the challenge.
June 29, 2021
Learn from award-winning, young engineer Michael Roberg, who shares his insights about the future of circuit simulations and reveals how he kicked off his engineering career—in the sixth grade.
June 14, 2021
For radar systems to increase in performance and capabilities, they need to use multiple frequency bands to operate in a variety of environments and conditions. Learn how a reconfigurable power amplifier design is enabling these modern radar system advancements.
June 2, 2021
Switches date back to the 18th Century when electricity was first harnessed, and the quest for the perfect switch has been dependent on ever-changing technology changes and application demands. This post follows the journey of switch design and the various techniques to achieve perfection.
May 27, 2021
Digitally guiding visitors through the Museum of the Bible proved to be a challenge based on the concrete and steel building that houses it. However, after integrating UWB technology, even large groups of museum guests can individually experience every location with pin-point precision.
May 20, 2021
Designing IoT devices for different protocols is a challenge. And it sometimes leaves customers with the frustration of connecting a new device to their network. ConcurrentConnect™ is a new technology that delivers simultaneous support for multiple ultra-low power wireless protocols. Learn how you can easily add it to your IoT product design.
April 20, 2021
The demand for smaller, faster, and less expensive electronic devices is nothing new. And to meet these demands, power management is crucial and more important than ever to understand. This blog post explains some essential power management basics and the latest trends and applications.
April 1, 2021
Did you know that vehicles today have more electronics and radios in them than the first space capsule sent to the moon? To reap the benefits of all the technology, each of these communication radios must work seamlessly without interference. Here’s what you need to know to avoid “traffic jams” in your V2X designs.
March 16, 2021
Simulators can tell you a lot, but they can’t tell you which power transistors will optimize your design or if it’s going to break at certain stress levels. However, this is where the online FET-Jet Calculator steps in. Learn how it makes device selection easy and can accurately predict system performance.
March 16, 2021
The excitement around 5G is shared on a global scale. And for good reason: 5G promises lightening speeds up to 20 times faster than 4G LTE, and opens up an array of innovative applications and opportunities beyond our imagination. But it also requires overhauling the current network infrastructure. A key component that powers the new infrastructure is found in GaN technology. Here we discuss why GaN is so important to this effort, the best practices for embedded designers using GaN, and how it will enable future innovations.
February 25, 2021
Fostering innovation in 5G is vital to the industry reaching its full potential and to usher in next-generation technologies. Enter OpenRF, an industry consortium to advance these efforts. Here, Qorvo’s Kevin Schoenrock answers Microwave Journal’s questions about how OpenRF is creating a 5G ecosystem of functionally interoperable hardware and software across multi-mode RF front end and chipset platforms.
February 25, 2021
Silicon Carbide (SiC) is often touted for the advantages it provides for the electric vehicle (EV) sector, like elevated voltage ratings, superior power conversion efficiency levels and the ability to deal with heightened temperatures. This post discusses design considerations for EVs and examines how various SiC technologies help you overcome the design challenges.
February 10, 2021
What does motor control have to do with delivering on the promises of the next-generation electronic devices? Answer: A whole lot. Here’s a short-list of what you need to know and where to go for more.
January 26, 2021
A smart home is truly intelligent when its wireless products communicate seamlessly. Consumer interest in devices that are plug-and-play continues to grow and manufacturers are seeing demand rise when they offer that service. Enter Matter, the overarching standard that will get everybody “talking”.
January 4, 2021
To fully understand the value and impact that Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology delivers, we need to look at the big picture. Here we chart the evolution of location technologies, how UWB is shaping the landscape and forging a new path to the future. Learn about the potential for this exciting new technology.
December 22, 2020
We’re wrapping up the year with a musing from Brent Dietz, who has put to words what all of us are thinking about 2020. However, he also points out the good news too, especially for the semiconductor industry. Here are his thoughts on the year that felt like an era.
December 14, 2020
2020 is coming to an end, and with that, we bring you the list of Qorvo’s top five blog posts. This year, it’s a mash-up of what seems to reflect the year’s events: virtual connections, the expansion of 5G, contact tracing and more. Take a look.
December 9, 2020
There’s no doubt about it – the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our lives. It’s pushed us to connect virtually in more frequent and surprising new ways. Tony Testa explores how this and other Wi-Fi trends are changing the connectivity landscape.
November 29, 2020
Designers of modern power converters must try to dispassionately compare power switches for their application from a slew of competing claims for ‘best performance.’ The problem is comparing apples with apples as no single electrical parameter can be said to be better without considering its trade-off with other measures, such as switch on-resistance. Read more.
November 9, 2020
Home automation is booming. More than ever, there’s demand for new wireless applications – security systems, smart entertainment and more. Tony Testa explores home automation and how it is influencing our daily lives.
November 5, 2020
Design engineers are continuously dealing with more complex product solutions. Learn how the Wi-Fi 5.2 GHz bandBoost™ filter can reduce design complexity and help with standard coexistence, increase system performance, and optimize time-to-market.
November 2, 2020
Who wants to get products to market faster? Everyone. Explore our library of resources built to help – a comprehensive suite of tools to aid in calculating various key metrics needed for deploying successful RF designs.
October 16, 2020
How do you find the balance between fast switching speeds and adding more complexity to your designs? This blog post explains the tradeoffs and offers a more effective and efficient approach that relieves design challenges and unleashes the full power of SiC devices.
October 8, 2020
IoT is a mix of many technologies, protocols, applications, and devices. Skip the complicated discussions on IoT and see how Tony Testa provides all the key facts in a simple short Q&A blog post.
October 5, 2020
A major design consideration in all mobile devices is improving RF range and connectivity. To ensure antenna efficiency is maintained, the best tuning devices are required. This blog provides insight into what components are ideal for optimizing antenna performance.
September 8, 2020
This month, Tony explains how the combination of mesh network topology and ultra-wideband technology are expanding use cases for IoT applications in exciting new ways.
September 2, 2020
Designing for multiple mobile antennas? Losing efficiency? Here’s a guide to help you develop products using COFF capacitive devices that provide superior antenna performance for system efficiency and high range capabilities.
August 12, 2020
Thanks to the microprocessor, power tools have evolved and given way to the brushless DC motor. Learn how motor control integrated circuitry and software transforms the power tool and amps up your competitive advantage.
August 6, 2020
Wi-Fi 6 will increase connectivity speeds and capacity and in the near future Wi-Fi 6E will take it to the next level. Learn about the next generation 802.11ax standard Wi-Fi 6E and how to unlock the full potential of this new higher 6 GHz frequency.
July 31, 2020
Wide band-gap semiconductors have already shown their advantages in power switching applications but have not yet made inroads into the very high voltage/high power area where IGBTs are dominant. However, ‘Supercascodes’ using SiC FETs are set to challenge the status quo. Follow along to understand the history of supercascodes and how they’ve resurfaced to enable modern designs.
July 27, 2020
Even in times like these, designing the next RF device never ceases. Join our Qorvo experts for a variety of educational sessions online. The goal is to help engineers build better solutions and conquer obstacles across a range of hot topics like 5G, wireless connectivity, Ultra-wideband and IoT. Reserve your spot now for these upcoming virtual sessions.
July 9, 2020
Without RF filters, wireless signals would collide and interfere with each other – ultimately dropping data transfers. This month Tony Testa provides insight into Qorvo’s bandBoost™, coexBoost™ and edgeBoost™ filters and how they help mitigate the signal challenges of our wireless communications.
July 3, 2020
Do you want to design Amazon-compliant devices faster? And with more differentiation? Of course you do! Here, Cees Links talks about Qorvo’s collaboration with Amazon and how it can help you do just that.
June 30, 2020
The acquisition of Custom MMIC has extended Qorvo’s mmWave capabilities and product offerings for defense and commercial markets, including 5G. This post is a collection of blogs that provide you with a deep dive into a comprehensive understanding of MMIC technologies and design techniques.
May 29, 2020
Besides satellite communications and 5G, the ever-expanding appetite for data is creating demand for solutions that support higher-frequency bands. This post provides insights into the exciting world of satcom – the key trends and approaches to unlocking the potential of Ka-Band power amplification.
May 15, 2020
With the business disruption caused by the coronavirus, the world of retail is undergoing unprecedented pressure. In this post, we explore four innovative IoT and RF opportunities to help transform the retail experience.
May 7, 2020
Learn how Ultra-Wideband (UWB) can pinpoint location and distance with centimeter precision — making it a great fit for COVID-19 contact tracing and many other new applications.
April 20, 2020
Boost your knowledge of the Wi-Fi 4, 5, 6 and 6E standards. This month, our Wi-Fi experts break down the differences among these standards to help you understand what’s best for your design.
April 14, 2020
Your guide to navigating 5G implementation is here. This post provides an excerpt of the recently updated 5G RF For Dummies book. Now in its 2nd edition, it provides insight into the vital technologies relevant for enabling 5G rollouts.
April 1, 2020
As engineers, we don’t like surprises. As much as we’d like to use ‘typical’ figures gathered from datasheets in our designs, surprises do happen—especially when it comes to temperature. This post prompts some in-depth thinking about crucial parameters for power transistors and how they are affected by temperature.
March 24, 2020
The cost-benefit relationship is complex and always changing, which often makes it difficult for power engineers to quantify. This post takes a look at how SiC semiconductors are one answer based on continuous improvements and cost-competitive performance compared with older technologies.
March 20, 2020
65 Volt GaN is revolutionizing the next generation of radar systems. Learn more about its outstanding signal integrity and extended reach essential for L-Band and IFF applications.
March 13, 2020
With anywhere from 20 to 100 wireless signals simultaneously transmitting and receiving within today’s Smart Home, how do designers create products that provide the optimal Wi-Fi experience? Learn how mesh Wi-Fi network designs are doing just that in this latest blog post.
February 24, 2020
Brent Dietz is back to musing. This time he ponders about the recent intersection of nature and 5G infrastructure right in his own backyard.
February 10, 2020
IoT brings us a world of new possibilities where virtually everything is connected. This blog describes where IoT is taking us and the solutions that are helping to make it all happen.
January 31, 2020
Qorvo was on the global stage of innovation among 4,400 exhibitors at CES 2020. We showcased new advancements in the exciting world of 5G, Wi-Fi, IoT and Automotive. Read the highlights.
January 27, 2020
While there are many benefits of brushless DC motors in consumer and industrial applications, there are also design challenges. This blog outlines the options for noise and energy reduction.
December 23, 2019
It’s the end of the year and time for our annual top blog list! 5G topics were definite winners. Check out what other topics made the cut.
December 17, 2019
This month’s Wi-Fi Tech and Trends post provides helpful advice from Tony Testa on how to cool down your design when faced with RF front-end thermal challenges.
November 18, 2019
Need to know how to assess your GaN product lifetime? This blog post features a how-to video to help you analyze and determine GaN thermal considerations in your product design.
November 12, 2019
With the release of subharmonic mixers, it’s important to understand the benefits of working with these products over fundamental mixers, particularly when mixing at very high frequencies. Here we explain the central differences between mixers and where subharmonic mixers come into play.
October 31, 2019
Read this 6-part series that explores the fast-growing application areas like electric vehicles, battery charging and data centers, and how new devices based on promising technologies are legitimate options to replace silicon.
October 30, 2019
Tony Testa continues his Wi-Fi Tech and Trends blog series with practical advice on designing your applications for Wi-Fi 6 and unlocking the full potential of the new standard.
October 22, 2019
The distributed, or wideband, amplifier is a unique circuit in high frequency microwave engineering, and often its architecture can be misunderstood. To help avoid confusion, we explain the inner workings of a distributed field effect transistor (FET) amplifier and how best to use this circuit in a microwave system.
October 15, 2019
With the explosive growth of emerging 5G networks, this post offers best practices and the latest insights into massive MIMO base station trends and key topics regarding the RF Front-End.
October 3, 2019
Qorvo's RF Accelerator program can support your next big IoT or wireless RF design project – even help bring it to market. Read about this novel approach that uses crowdfunding, mentoring and open hardware.
September 25, 2019
Qorvo has a lengthy history in foundry services – dating back 30 years, and still available today – serving defense companies, small business and universities. Our open foundry is a critical service for driving innovation for new technology and processes.
September 16, 2019
Tony Testa’s blog series explores Wi-Fi Tech & Trends with this month’s focus on interference. System interference can be addressed in many ways. Tony provides his perspective on options to achieve the best outcome for your wireless applications.
August 28, 2019
This blog discusses the importance of basic S-parameter and stability analyses as part of the PA design process. We also introduce useful resistive stabilization techniques to help avoid instabilities that can affect convergence of non-linear simulations as well as cause unwanted oscillations on the bench.
August 19, 2019
While many power engineers learn how to get a workable result with their prototypes manually, lead forming in the production environment needs to be better controlled. The consequences otherwise can lead to a myriad of issues. This blog post talks about pitfalls to avoid and recommendations to follow for reliable results.
July 18, 2019
Phase noise is rapidly becoming the most critical factor addressed in sophisticated radar and communication systems. This is because it is the key parameter defining target acquisition in radars and spectral integrity in communication systems. In part 2 of this blog series, we examine what can be done to lessen the effects of phase noise in your microwave systems using Custom MMIC's solutions.
July 9, 2019
Phase noise is rapidly becoming the most critical factor addressed in sophisticated radar and communication systems. This is because it is the key parameter defining target acquisition in radars and spectral integrity in communication systems. Understand the generalities of phase noise and how it can affect the performance of different microwave systems.
July 2, 2019
Qorvo’s Katie Caballero recaps the 2019 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) show in Boston where she uncovered hot topics about 5G and the opportunities it will enable.
June 5, 2019
The role of small cells is increasing with each “G”. Gain helpful insight into the latest small cell environment trends along with practical advice on how to overcome some of the anticipated RF challenges with 5G.
April 25, 2019
Antenna efficiency plays a critical role in overall smartphone RF performance — especially with the transition to 5G. Learn four key elements to understand about antenna tuning in 4G and 5G mobile devices.
April 8, 2019
It's a common question: What standard should be used when designing products for the Internet of Things (IoT)? Qorvo's Cees Links weighs in on the best choices.
March 19, 2019
Electronic phased-array radars come in many sizes and forms, providing reliable signal detection and identification. What are the differences, benefits and drawbacks and how do MMICs play a role in advancing them? Here are some answers.
March 15, 2019
It should come as no surprise that the pending arrival of 5G was THE big story from Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. Qorvo's Alexis Mariani shares our top highlights from the show.
March 5, 2019
Qorvo's Brent Dietz is back from Mobile World Congress — renamed MWC19 Barcelona — and shares his five 5G takeaways (aka, "5Gees") about this year's upbeat and historic event.
February 1, 2019
FDX DOCSIS® 3.1 and 10 Gbps symmetrical streaming will require highly linear devices enabled for digital predistortion (DPD) — including 75-ohm cable TV switches. Explore how DPD works in CATV optical nodes and considerations for selecting the right switch for your application.
January 8, 2019
How does an automotive RF engineer design a connected vehicle? This blog highlights some strategies and design tips to maximize RF coexistence, integration, antenna design, thermal management, battery life and vehicle reliability in today's connected car.
December 20, 2018
It’s the end of 2018 … which means it’s time for our annual Top 10 list! Did your favorite Qorvo blog post make the cut?
December 19, 2018
In an homage to the classic Christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," Qorvo's Brent Dietz ponders what life would have been like without Wi-Fi. What if Wi-Fi had never been born?
December 6, 2018
What exactly is the IoT? How does it work? How can it help us in our daily life? Qorvo's Cees Links lends his insights in our series of "IoT Minute" videos.
December 4, 2018
Paraphrasing Mark Twain, reports of the death of CATV technology are greatly exaggerated. According to Qorvo's Brent Dietz, projections at the recent Cable-Tec Expo 2018 are that data rates from HFC networks will reach 30 to 60 Gbps.
November 30, 2018
Wide bandgap devices, such as silicon carbide (SiC), offer transistors that can sustain high power densities, but need to be offered in packages with low thermal resistances, such as the TO-247. However, connections to this package often result in high inductances. Learn how a technique called the Kelvin connection, when implemented carefully, offers a solution to the inductance issue.
November 20, 2018
This Thanksgiving, Qorvo's Brent Dietz takes a moment to be thankful for all our connected “things.”
November 15, 2018
Qorvo's Cees Links weighs in on which technology might win in the battle for wireless connectivity. (A hint? It's not what you think.)
October 31, 2018
V2X technology enables a car to communicate with everything — other vehicles, the infrastructure and more. This excerpt from our Connected Car For Dummies® e‑book dives into the RF systems and networks that connect the car to the environment, cloud and infotainment.
October 2, 2018
Simulating current-voltage (I-V) waveforms at intrinsic ports can help improve your GaN power amplifier design and optimize for a particular mode or class of operation. Guest blogger Dr. Larry Dunleavy of Modelithics explains how in this ongoing blog series about GaN HEMT nonlinear models.
September 27, 2018
Qorvo's Brent Dietz sits down with millennial Alexis Mariani for a Q&A about the radio frequency (RF) industry and why it's good to work in it. This blog originally appeared in "Tech Translated" on Network World.
August 31, 2018
LTE‑M. NB‑IoT. eMTC. LTE Cat‑M1. LTE Cat‑NB. It's a veritable mouthful of acronym soup, all to describe two categories of cellular IoT (or mobile IoT).
Check out our blog post to learn more about the two biggest standards, their potential uses and some implementation options for device makers looking to add cellular connectivity.
August 23, 2018
Resistors, capacitors and inductors will continue to be challenged because of, well, the law of physics. There’s nothing we can do about the challenges, so electronics designers have, since the days of thermionic valves, learned to work around these factors by developing clever circuit topologies. It turns out that, physics being physics, what worked for valves is equally applicable to today’s high-performance semiconductors. Read more.
August 21, 2018
Qorvo's Brent Dietz explains how power management is key to managing RF devices and networking. This blog originally appeared on "Tech Translated" on Network World.
August 16, 2018
Back in 2002, Cees Links made some predictions about the future of Wi-Fi. Check out which came true — and where he thinks it might go from here.
August 3, 2018
The last post in our ESD series explains how to use modeling and simulation to ensure your mobile device's ESD protection will pass system-level IEC stress testing — before you ever lay out the phone's PC board.
August 2, 2018
Part 2 in our ESD series covers the on-board components you could use for ESD and the best approaches to protect your mobile system design.
July 26, 2018
It’s no secret that it’s important to approach ESD strategically in your mobile designs. This blog, the first in a three-part series, introduces why you need to care about more than device-level ESD protection.
July 12, 2018
Networking can be complicated. But keep these made-up words in your back pocket, and you’ll have an easier time answering the proverbial question, “So, what do you do for work, again?”
This article from Qorvo's Brent Dietz originally appeared on "Tech Translated" on Network World.
July 10, 2018
A distributed Wi-Fi indoor infrastructure — the next generation of Wi-Fi mesh — could change our vision of how we consider the smart home and its connections to the Internet of Things. Learn how distributed Wi-Fi and a system of access points connected as "pods" can bring the smart home of the future to life.
July 6, 2018
The International Microwave Symposium continues to be one of the largest and most important events for the RF, microwave and millimeter wave industry. Read on for the latest in product advancements that Qorvo announced at IMS 2018.
June 27, 2018
Qorvo's Brent Dietz checks in with a few of his favorite things from IMS 2018, inspired by 5G, GaN and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Start the music.
June 13, 2018
Communications to and from space challenges networking reliability and efficiency on a whole new level. Qorvo's Brent Dietz breaks them down in this blog post that originally appeared on "Tech Translated" on Network World.
June 7, 2018
Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 — or FDX for short — is one approach CATV operators are trying to increase the capacity of their HFC networks to support next-gen data requirements. Learn more about this new technology, its biggest challenges and how MSOs and RF suppliers are bringing it to life.
May 31, 2018
Understanding the impact and nuances of I‑V curves is a fundamental part of learning how to design GaN power amplifiers. Read Part 2 in our series on the basics of using nonlinear models to make your design process more accurate and efficient.
May 31, 2018
GaN power amplifier design requires some different approaches and thinking compared to LDMOS or GaAs. Learn how nonlinear simulation models, like those from Modelithics, can help speed up your design processes, in Part 1 of an introductory series.
May 9, 2018
Alone, IoT devices are just a bunch of “things.” But working together across cellular networks, these devices can secure our homes, monitor our health and make sure our eggs aren’t going bad in the fridge. Qorvo's Brent Dietz explains how in this blog that originally published on "Tech Translated" on Network World.
May 4, 2018
No one is born to be a world-record holder. But aided by technology and connected apps, the Internet of Things (IoT) can have a strong impact on an athlete's training and performance. Let's look at one real-world example from a professional cyclist.
April 13, 2018
Every new technology brings new design challenges, and fixed wireless access is no different. Learn the five decisions you should evaluate when designing an FWA system.
April 9, 2018
Filters, like antennas, are an increasingly important part of the networking mix. Brent Dietz breaks down their role in a variety of applications, in this article that first appeared in "Tech Translated" on Network World.
April 6, 2018
Did you miss Mobile World Congress 2018? Catch up on the key Qorvo news and 5G highlights from Abhiroop Dutta.
March 22, 2018
Cees Links explores how industrial IoT can produce real value for electric motors and factories, in this fourth blog in an ongoing series on the IoT's impact on society.
March 16, 2018
After digesting the tapas and paella, Qorvo's Brent Dietz shares three takeaways from this year’s MWC in Barcelona: 5G, IIoT and diversity.
March 9, 2018
Antennas truly are the tiny, unsung heroes of wireless networking. Whether you’re at home, in the car, or walking around with a phone in your pocket, it’s antennas that keep you connected. Qorvo's Brent Dietz explains more in this blog originally published in "Tech Translated" on Network World.
February 28, 2018
Reducing design cycle time and increasing costs savings are handsome benefits when designing and assembling microwave systems. Here we provide 3 important considerations related to performance and size, weight, power and cost to achieve these benefits while enhancing system designs.
February 27, 2018
Understanding the polling features in the Zigbee standard can help to optimize the power consumption of IoT products. Take a closer look at Zigbee's polling mechanism and an example using a fire alarm sensor application.
February 13, 2018
From large, commercial office buildings to your own home, the Internet of Things offers an array of energy efficiency benefits. Qorvo’s Cees Links explains how in the third of a five-part series on the IoT.
February 9, 2018
As costs come down, gallium nitride offers a clear advantage over today’s technologies in power size and efficiency. Brent Dietz explains GaN's use in a variety of applications, in this blog that originally appeared in "Tech Translated" on Network World.
January 30, 2018
There are many ways to address interference issues when designing Wi-Fi access points, but high-Q bandedge filters are one strategy to make use of every bit of spectrum available.
January 18, 2018
A qualified automotive part may have similar specs as a commercial product, but don’t be fooled. Learn what those additional tests and stringent standards really mean.
January 1, 2018
Check out our most-viewed posts of the year, and catch up on any you missed.
January 1, 2018
Qorvo's Brent Dietz retells the classic Dickens tale, updated for our networked, always-connected world. This blog originally appeared in "Tech Translated" on Network World.
December 19, 2017
From outdoor Wi-Fi to target wait time and tighter system requirements, Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) brings a number of challenges for RF engineers. Read some of our design tips for the next gen of Wi-Fi.
December 13, 2017
It's through 4G wireless infrastructure and technologies like carrier aggregation, small cells, massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) and beamforming that we'll satisfy our need for 5G speed. Brent Dietz explains in this blog originally published on Network World.
December 13, 2017
GaN HEMTs are depletion mode devices. Learn the proper way to bias GaN devices in this short tutorial video.
November 27, 2017
Qorvo's Cees Links examines how three parameters interact for IoT security, in the second of a five-part series on the Internet of Things.
November 14, 2017
In the Wi-Fi world, product temperature is a critical challenge that design engineers must address. This post explains some of the thermal considerations for Wi-Fi connectivity.
November 3, 2017
Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.1 offers a number of benefits for cable providers, telecom operators and consumers alike. Brent Dietz explains how in this blog post originally published on Network World.
October 31, 2017
As the IoT pushes automation to new heights, people will perform fewer and fewer "simple tasks." Cees Links explores how the IoT will affect jobs and the labor market, in the first of a five-part series on the IoT.
October 24, 2017
There was a time when cell phone brands reflected European and U.S. dominance of the market. No longer, says Qorvo's Brent Dietz. The world's largest mobile market is producing its own smartphones, and they are coming to a store near you.
October 17, 2017
The transition to 5G is bringing new terminology and technologies to life in the commercial space. Learn more about the key RF communication technologies that will enable 5G base stations and networks.
September 29, 2017
How can we get to gigabit download and upload speeds on a smartphone? David Schnaufer explains an easy incremental path to achieve this on 4G LTE architecture.
September 20, 2017
Brent Dietz explores a love for muscle cars, new and old, with the geek chic of connected and autonomous vehicles. This blog first appeared in "Tech Translated" in Network World.
September 7, 2017
5G isn't just an incremental improvement over 4G. Let's explore what 5G technology is, the characteristics of 4G and 5G, and the path to 5G deployment.
August 23, 2017
Although the IEEE 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard — now called Wi‑Fi 6 — is still being defined, Qorvo explains five key things to understand about the next generation of Wi‑Fi.
August 22, 2017
Brent Dietz explores the state of dead zones in the age of Wi-Fi and the Internet of Things (IoT), in this "Tech Translated" blog originally published on Network World.
August 9, 2017
Our homes are getting smarter. Technology is getting better, faster. Learn how Qorvo's Senior Lifestyle System helps aging seniors and their loved ones.
August 5, 2017
Feel like it's too hot this summer? Well, we're not the only ones sensitive to the heat. Qorvo's Brent Dietz reminds us that RF systems can become temperamental when they get too hot and often require special technologies to keep running as advertised.
July 26, 2017
5G will be here before we know it. Check out the top ten milestones to watch for as 5G becomes a reality.
July 12, 2017
Qorvo's general manager Roger Hall recaps the 5G highlights from IMS 2017 — what’s here and now.
June 20, 2017
Discover how solid-state power amplifiers and spatial combining provide new levels of power for electronic warfare, satellite communications and testing.
June 1, 2017
The design complexity and number of bands in small cells are only increasing. Read Qorvo’s take on the top trends and how to overcome the challenges of designing small cells.
June 1, 2017
The waves surrounding Hawaii next week may be dwarfed by the tsunami of hype about 5G expounded at the International Microwave Symposium. Worried that you might get swept out to sea, Qorvo's Brent Dietz offers this cautionary perspective.
May 26, 2017
Qorvo's Cees Links explains how a 1975 magazine article and his local Radio Shack made him want to be an engineer, in this blog originally published on ECN.
May 17, 2017
Pico cells, femtocells, micro cells, macro cells: The world of base stations is a mix of technologies and applications. Learn how small cells fit in today and as we head to 5G.
May 1, 2017
Gather 'round the kitchen table as industry observer Brent Dietz patiently explains the meaning of WECA, Wi-Fi, #WiFi and mobile Wi-Fi.
April 20, 2017
GaN is a relatively new technology compared to Si and GaAs, but it has become the technology of choice for high-RF, power-hungry applications.
March 31, 2017
Wireless gets all the fame and glory, while wired networks do the heavy lifting. Let's not forget that, says industry watcher Brent Dietz, as wired networks are good business.
March 6, 2017
Another LTE power standard has emerged to further complicate the RF front-end design for mobile handsets. Read Qorvo's advice for meeting the new Power Class 2 standard.
March 1, 2017
With the new term "alternative facts" propagating across our culture, Brent Dietz looks at a few of the alternative facts in the RF world and sets the record straight.
January 23, 2017
Brent Dietz offers a few New Year's resolutions for the RF industry to help 2017 load faster and run better.
December 21, 2016
Thankfully, for those answering holiday questions about hinterplexers, the world is digital. There's an app for slide rules and a whole world of online RF resources to uncover the most arcane RF/microwave facts. Brent Dietz shares his favorites.
November 22, 2016
Looking for gift ideas for the office Yankee Swap? Brent Dietz has done the work for you, compiling a list of high-tech gifts that are sure to be re-gifted.
November 10, 2016
Welcome to our fully integrated Qorvo.com! Browse our top new features in this quick reference guide.
October 26, 2016
In a world where success is often equated with being big, small has always been prized in electronics. And there's no better example than the RF front-end of a smartphone, says Qorvo's Brent Dietz.
September 26, 2016
Brent Dietz has been counting all the varieties of GaN, some you've heard of and some you probably haven't. They're all vying for a place in the market, which leads Brent to say, "GaN on!"
August 18, 2016
Have you listened to any of this quarter's earnings calls? If not, you're missing entertainment and a glimpse at the future of RF. Not to worry, though. Brent Dietz has been listening for you.
July 26, 2016
Carriers are turning to carrier aggregation to tame your carrier aggravation. Confused? Don't be. Brent Dietz says it's really pretty straightforward — except for the engineering.
June 20, 2016
When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), Brent Dietz has found there's only one thing we all agree on: we don’t agree on what it is. Brent offers his ideas about what the IoT is and what it isn't.
May 19, 2016
Trade shows force us to redefine our sense of everything. Food has a different meaning; money has a different meaning; and if you've opted for front-lit foam board displays, your competitor has likely opted for GaN-powered neon and pyrotechnics.
April 1, 2016
To help commemorate April Fools’ Day, here are five of our favorite "made up" industry terms and what they mean for our hyper-connected world.
March 11, 2016
Multiplexer solutions help simplify and accelerate the adoption of carrier aggregation (CA) in 4G LTE-Advanced devices, and bring many advantages to RF front-end designers.
March 8, 2016
The world's cable and TV operators are facing increasing competition in their core business. They want to find new services and revenue streams, and the answer could be smart home services, says Cees Links.
February 25, 2016
What are some of the key market trends that innovative RF filters are addressing in today's modern LTE environment? Here are nine to remember.
February 9, 2016
The connected car fits nicely into the developing ecosystem around the Internet of Things, or IoT, and will enable a host of driving efficiencies benefiting car drivers and manufacturers. Learn how Qorvo's QPA5525Q power amplifier is helping to drive the connected car market and 802.11p applications.
February 4, 2016
If a manufacturer wants to be successful in the new and highly competitive Internet of Things market, it needs to understand two important concepts, says Cees Links. Read this blog post to learn more.
January 22, 2016
This excerpt from RF Filter Technologies For Dummies® contains key RF filter facts that any design engineer, manager, salesperson, customer or supplier should know.
December 22, 2015
The holidays are here, and we in the RF semiconductor industry face the grim task of explaining what on Earth we do for a living. Brent Dietz offers suggestions for not losing your relatives and friends when you talk about your work.