High data rates and low latency optimize 28 GHz fixed wireless base stations

    GREENSBORO, NC – December 10, 2018 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has expanded its offering for 5G applications with the industry’s first 28 GHz Gallium Nitride (GaN) front-end module (FEM).This new FEM reduces overall system costs for base station equipment manufacturers as they expand into 5G.

    According to SNS Telecom & IT, the 28 GHz frequency band is widely preferred for early 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) deployments1, enabling operators to meet the speed, latency, reliability and capacity requirements of 5G.

    The QPF4001 FEM integrates a high linearity LNA, a low loss transmit/receive switch and a high-gain, high efficiency multi-stage PA in a single MMIC. The compact 5x4 mm air-cavity laminate surface mount package is optimized for the phased array element spacing at 28 GHz for 5G base station architectures.

    Qorvo’s new GaN FEM enables smaller, more powerful and efficient millimeter-wave, phased array systems, which will steer signals to areas of greater bandwidth demand. Using Qorvo’s highly efficient 0.15-micron GaN-on-SiC technology in this application allows the user to more efficiently achieve higher EIRP levels while minimizing array size and power dissipation, resulting in a lower cost system.

    James Klein, president, Qorvo Infrastructure and Defense Products, said, “Qorvo is making 5G a reality by leveraging our long history of millimeter-wave technology. Thirty years of solving the power, size and efficiency challenges of integrated circuits for the point to point, satellite communications and defense industries are now shaping Qorvo’s 5G innovations. Our GaN technology is used in dozens of 5G field trials, and this new module will enable further reductions in size and power consumption, which are essential for the very small arrays critical to mmW frequencies.”

    Engineering samples of the QPF4001 FEM are available now to qualified customers.

    QPF4001 28 GHz Single-Channel GaN MMIC FEM
    Frequency Band: 26-30 GHz
    Integrated MMIC: 3-stage PA, 3-stage LNA, Low-Loss T/R switch
    Saturated Output Power: 30 dBm
    Pavg: 23 dBm at 3% EVM
    Package: 5x4 mm SMT (designed to meet mmW lattice spacing requirements)

    Telecom equipment manufacturers are realizing significant improvements in efficiency and operational bandwidth with Qorvo’s GaN-on-SiC products, which deliver high power density, reduced size, excellent gain, high reliability, process maturity, and volume production dating back to 2000. The QPF4001 complements Qorvo’s portfolio of innovative 5G products, including the 39 GHz FEMs for 5G, announced in June 2017. Qorvo’s popular e-book, 5G For Dummies, is available here.

    About Qorvo

    Qorvo (Nasdaq:QRVO) makes a better world possible by providing innovative Radio Frequency (RF) solutions at the center of connectivity. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers' most complex technical challenges. Qorvo serves diverse high-growth segments of large global markets, including advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks and defense radar and communications. We also leverage unique competitive strengths to advance 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and other emerging applications that expand the global framework interconnecting people, places and things. Visit www.qorvo.com to learn how Qorvo connects the world.

    1 “5G for FWA (Fixed Wireless Access): 2017 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts,” SNS Telecom & IT, August 2017

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