Qorvo® Powers Electronic Warfare Systems with New Spatium® Ultra-Broadband Amplifiers

THREE NEW PRODUCTS HAVE THE OUTPUT POWER OF TUBE AMPLIFIERS IN COMPACT, SOLID-STATE MODULES

GREENSBORO, NC – March 2, 2017 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has introduced three new solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) modules that further expand the power and frequency range of the company’s Spatium® amplifier family. The modules are optimized for electronic warfare applications, enabling defense customers to use ultra-wideband SSPA technology as an alternative to traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs).

“The need for wider bandwidth, higher frequency and higher performance will drive growth for gallium nitride (GaN) in defense applications, with the market approaching $342 million by 2020,” said Asif Anwar, director of Strategy Analytics’ Strategic Technologies Practice. “The Spatium technology with GaN places Qorvo in an ideal position to address defense TWTA replacements without compromising high power and broadband performance.”

Spatium products feature ultra-efficient RF power-combining capabilities built on GaN on silicon carbide (SiC) MMIC technology. This creates a highly stable, reliable, high-performance TWTA alternative for demanding airborne, electronic warfare, test and simulation applications. Solid-state Spatium modules have longer service lifetimes than comparable TWTAs, and offer advantages in size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C).

Roger Hall, general manager of High Performance Solutions at Qorvo said, “Our new Spatium amplifiers give RF designers unprecedented efficiency with output power from hundreds to thousands of watts. Spatium excels in broadband applications; now solid-state solutions can outperform TWTAs with a much lower total ownership cost.”

The new modules include a 2-6 GHz/300-watt unit, a 2-18 GHz/60-watt unit, and a 2-8 GHz/150-watt unit. Each is available in two configurations – as a solo Spatium amplifier building block, or as a Spatium-based rack mountable box with a driver, internal power supply and fan, suitable for bench-top demonstration or laboratory test equipment. The table below outlines specifications. Limited demonstration units are available to qualified defense customers.

Part Number Configuration Frequency Pout (Nominal) Gain (Nominal) PAE (Nominal)
QPB1005 Spatium + Bias Board 2-6 GHz 300 W 26dB 30%
SPB1003 Rack Mount Demonstrator 2-6 GHz 300 W 60dB 30%*
QPB1000 Spatium + Bias Board 2-18 GHz 60 W 23dB 15%
QPR1001 Rack Mount Demonstrator 2-18 GHz 60 W 55dB 15%*
QPB1006 Spatium + Bias Board 2-8 GHz 150 W 30dB 25%
QPR1003 Rack Mount Demonstrator 2-8 GHz 150 W 60dB 25%*

*The efficiency of the rack mount units is for the Spatium only.

Additional information about Qorvo solutions for mission-critical applications can be found here: www.qorvo.com/defense.

Qorvo is the leading GaN RF supplier for the defense and cable industries.* Since 1999, Qorvo has been driving GaN research and innovation, offering proven GaN circuit reliability and compact, highly efficient products. Qorvo is a Defense Manufacturing Electronics Agency accredited 1A Trusted Source, having completed the Defense Production Act Title III GaN on SiC program in 2014. The Company remains the only GaN supplier to achieve Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 9. Qorvo drives the innovation of GaN products for next-generation systems – from DC through Ka-band – that offer robust performance, low maintenance and long operational lifetimes.

About Qorvo

Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) makes a better world possible by providing innovative 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 our 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.

Qorvo is a registered trademark of Qorvo, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries.

*Strategy Analytics, 2016

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