Mobile Product design team in the UK launches Qorvo payload 22 miles into space, returns it safely to Earth

    Greensboro, NC, January 2, 2020 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq: QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, announced today that its UK-based Mobile Product design team launched and safely returned a Qorvo payload 22 miles into space. The launch was part of a team-building exercise and a commemoration of Qorvo's fifth anniversary. Qorvo was formed on January 2, 2015 following the merger of RFMD and TriQuint Semiconductor, two companies with many decades of RF expertise in commercial and defense markets.

    Qorvo's UK design team, led by Andy Coulthard, director of Mobile Product Design Engineering, undertook the launch of an acrylic Qorvo logo mounted with one of its best-selling antenna switch parts, the QM13114. Nearly 1.2 billion of these Qorvo UK team-designed antenna switches were shipped last year for integration in marquee smartphones by the world's leading OEMs.

    The Qorvo payload was launched via hydrogen-filled balloon, ascending 22 miles into space and flying over 50 miles across England – from Chippenham to Watlington – before a successful recovery by Andy and the UK design team. The Reading-based team tracked the 3.5-hour flight via a car-mounted radio receiver/antenna. A short video of the launch can be seen here.

    While a 22-mile space launch might seem impressive, it's a small feat for Qorvo products which have been traveling through deep space for several decades. The New Horizons spacecraft transmitted breathtaking views of Pluto when it was 8,000 miles from the dwarf planet in July 2015, thanks to Qorvo's frequency tripler, voltage-controlled oscillators and power amplifiers. More recently, New Horizons beamed photos of Ultima Thule, a peanut-shaped asteroid in the Kuiper Belt 4.1 billion miles from Earth.

    "We're very proud to commemorate the progress Qorvo has made in five years and in achieving our vision to connect the world -- not only connecting with deep space probes, but much closer to home via Qorvo-enabled smartphones, 4G and 5G base stations, IoT devices and broadband networks," said Coulthard. "We look forward to building on that success in 2020 and beyond."

    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 to learn how Qorvo connects the world.

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