Courtesy of Qorvo : Ultra-Compact, GaN X-Band FEMs for Radar Applications
FOUR-IN-ONE PACKAGING COMBINES SIZE, WEIGHT, POWER AND COST ADVANTAGES WITH HIGH RF SURVIVABILITY
GREENSBORO, NC – June 12, 2018 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, high-performance, X-band front end modules (FEMs) designed for use in next-generation active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. These export-compliant gallium nitride (GaN) products also meet the need for high RF power survivability essential for mission-critical operations.
The demand for RF front end components for radar applications is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2022, growing at 9% CAGR over the next five years. The market for RF GaN devices for defense applications such as radar, electronic warfare and communications is projected to grow at 24% CAGR over the next five years, as the adoption rate of GaN significantly outpaces other technology choices.1
The new Qorvo FEMs – the QPM2637 and QPM1002 – are built on the company’s innovative GaN technology, which enables higher efficiency, reliability, power and survivability, as well as savings in size, weight and cost.
The GaN FEMs provide four functions in a single compact package, including an RF switch, power amplifier, low noise amplifier and limiter. They can withstand up to 4W of input power on the receive side without permanent damage, compared with a typical gallium arsenide (GaAs) low noise amplifier, which can be damaged by less than 100mW of input power.
Roger Hall, general manager of High Performance Solutions at Qorvo, said, “Qorvo’s field-proven GaN technology has enabled our customers to solve many challenges associated with the design of AESA radar systems, including greater power output and reliability. The introduction of our new export-compliant GaN modules enhances our ability to deliver the highest levels of integration with four parts in one, so that customers can choose the smallest, highest-performance FEMs for mission-critical radar systems.”
These new products — which are EAR99 export compliant — are now sampling to qualified customers.
|Small Signal Gain||21dB||25dB|
|RF input power survivability||4W||2W|
|Small Signal Gain||32dB||33dB|
|PAE||38% @36dBM||32% @35dBm|
|Size||6.0 x 5.0 x 1.8 mm||5.0 x 5.0 x 0.85 mm|
|#RF input receiver ports||Dual||Single|
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.
1Strategy Analytics and Qorvo company estimates
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