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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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.