January 1, 2018

    There are many amazing things that come in “fives” … Olympic rings, points on a star, fingers on a hand, The Beach Boys (or maybe the Jackson 5 or Backstreet Boys, if you're a bit younger). So, here are five amazing Qorvo blog topics that received the most attention in 2017. We call it our Top 5 blog posts – check them out and catch up on any you missed!

    Base Station Types: Macro Cells, Micro Cells & Pico Cells

    #1: Small Cell Networks and the Evolution of 5G

    Pico cells, femtocells, micro cells, macro cells: The world of base stations is a mix of technologies and applications. This blog was the first in a 2-part series looking at small cell base stations. Part 1 covers the basics of small cells and how they fit into the evolution of 4G and 5G, while Part 2 looks at the latest trends and design challenges in the small cell market. Read more >

    Power Class Output Levels

    #2: Power Class 2: What You Need to Know

    RF front-end design for mobile handsets will continue to get more difficult as bands increase, frequencies go higher, and capacity solutions like carrier aggregation expand. And that's before designing for new standards, such as Power Class 2. Read Qorvo's advice for meeting this new HPUE standard. Read more >

    802.11ax: The Next Generation of Wi-Fi

    #3: Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax): 5 Things to Know

    Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the next evolution in the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard and will become prevalent in very dense environments, such as urban apartment complexes, college campuses, concert venues or sports stadiums. Although the IEEE standard is still in development and likely won't be publicly released until 2019, this blog post looks at five key things you need to know about the next generation of Wi-Fi. Read more >

    Filters For Dummies®, Volume 1

    #4: 10 RF Filter Technology Facts You Need to Know

    Surface acoustic wave (SAW), bulk acoustic wave (BAW), duplexers, temperature drift, filter loss: This excerpt from RF Filter Technologies For Dummies® contains the key RF filter facts that any design engineer, manager, salesperson, customer or supplier should know. Read more >

    The spinning wheel of death

    #5: The Easy Way to a 1 Gbps RF Front-End on Smartphones

    Let’s face it: We all hate watching that spinning buffering symbol on our phones, and we always want more data. Although we have to wait a few years for 5G speeds to arrive, gigabit phones and their promise of fast speeds today are a hot topic in the mobile world. David Schnaufer explains an easy incremental path to achieve gigabit download and upload speeds on 4G LTE architecture. Read more >


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