GREENSBORO, N.C. and HILLSBORO, Ore. – July 15, 2015 – Qorvo, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRVO), a leading provider of core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and aerospace/defense applications, announced that components manufactured in its facilities played a critical role in the New Horizons’ Pluto exploration flight this month.
Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015
Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
"Through our partnership with Qorvo™, Johns Hopkins' graduate students were able to simulate, design and test a frequency tripler. Modified for a slightly different frequency, one of those narrowband tripler design variations was chosen for the Pluto mission's digital receiver," said Johns Hopkins University – Engineering for Professionals Professor John Penn. "We've worked with Qorvo for 25 years and we've designed technology for the Pluto space exploration mission; it's an exciting time to see this technology come to fruition."
Qorvo has also equipped the spacecraft with voltage control oscillators (VCOs) in the X-Band uplink doppler tracking & command receiver and X-Band downlink transmitter.
The New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto yesterday after traveling three billion miles since its launch in 2006. This spacecraft entered an area called the Kuiper Belt to collect data and imagery of Pluto and its moons to send it back to Earth for assessment.
"These components show how Qorvo technology stands up to the harshest environments, in space where reliability over several years is paramount," said Roger Hall, General Manager of Defense and Space Products at Qorvo. "Johns Hopkins and Qorvo's focus on empowering students to design, test and experience advanced technology has led to an important contribution to the New Horizons mission."
This mission marks the first ever visit to the Kuiper Belt, a large zone at least a billion miles beyond Neptune, which contains small, icy orbiting objects. The New Horizons spacecraft seeks to provide more information about how Pluto and its moons, and this "third zone of our solar system" are characterized versus the larger inner planets made up of rock and gas.
About Johns Hopkins
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, designed, built, and operates the New Horizons spacecraft, and manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. The Southwest Research Institute, based in San Antonio, leads the science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals give working adults a convenient way to advance their education and competitiveness with eighteen master's degree programs in traditional and newly emerging fields.
Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) is a leading provider of core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and aerospace/defense applications. Qorvo was formed following the merger of RFMD and TriQuint, and has more than 6,000 global employees dedicated to delivering solutions for everything that connects the world. Qorvo has the industry's broadest portfolio of products and core technologies; world-class ISO9001-, ISO 14001- and ISO/TS 16949-certified manufacturing facilities; and is a DoD-accredited 'Trusted Source' (Category 1A) for GaAs, GaN and BAW products and services. For the industry's leading core RF solutions, visit www.qorvo.com.
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