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Cellular IoT

Hello, Cellular IoT

Courtesy of Qorvo

This article first appeared on Network World, by IDG contributor Brent Dietz.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an overused buzz phrase, but hype is finally giving way to some valuable IoT use cases. In 2017, 433.1 million smart home devices were shipped worldwide, according to IDC. Smart speakers are leading the way, and smart locks, fridges, thermostats, pet food dishes and more have become part of our daily, connected lives.

What would I do without my smart egg tray?

While there are plenty of smart “fill-in-the-blank” devices, the IoT still has some growing up to do. Battery life and standards still present significant challenges, and not all smart devices get along. The good news is, high-performance RF filters are providing faster data throughput, minimizing energy losses and extending battery life. Imagine a world where sensors need a charge only once in a decade?

Because the IoT is so broad, networkers must match the best radio technology to each device. Zigbee 3.0 is emerging as the technology of choice for the low-power mesh market, but Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread, LTE Cat-M1 (LTE-M), Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and many, many others power the IoT’s range of applications.

In other words, the IoT has more flavors than Froot Loops® cereal.

(Spoiler alert: Froot Loops are all the same flavor.)

All of us know Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but LTE-M and NB-IoT, not so much. These technologies fall under the umbrella of one of the fastest growing IoT markets: cellular IoT.

What is cellular IoT?

Cellular IoT connects IoT devices using existing cellular networks. This is smart (pun intended) for three reasons.

1. Availability

Cellular networks are widespread and ubiquitous, covering 90 percent of the world’s population, according to our partners at Nordic Semiconductor. U.S. carriers claim 99 percent LTE coverage or above and growing. Other technologies like Wi-Fi don’t have the same scale, requiring users to search for and connect to a local network (while avoiding rogue access points).

2. Cost

RF providers, wireless infrastructure companies and carriers have made massive investments in cellular networks to provide secure, reliable service to as many customers as possible. By leveraging existing infrastructure and mature technology, cellular IoT can connect millions of IoT devices with little additional investment. Nordic, for example, combined one of our existing 4G RF front ends with their IoT chipset to create a global cellular IoT solution. #mashup

3. Range

Cellular IoT meets the needs of low-power devices with the added range of mobile networks. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are useful for high bandwidth, but don’t reach far enough for long-distance communications. With cellular IoT, my smartphone can connect to a cell tower a few dozen miles away, and IoT devices can too.

Cellular IoT applications

Cellular networks are a logical connecting point for the IoT – but we’re not talking smart toasters.

Cellular IoT enables low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) applications, also called “massive IoT.” These are largely commercial applications that need to communicate reliably and securely over long distances, including smart cities, underground sensors and fleet monitoring. Nordic offers a few other good examples of NB-IoT and LTE-M applications on their blog:

A good application for NB-IoT is the use of remote environmental sensors to measure temperature, wind, pressure and so on. These devices can send regular updates from a fixed location while optimizing battery use. Such a device could last for up to ten years, or longer if solar-powered and in the right geographical position.

Similarly, an asset tracker with condition monitoring through several sensors, which is mobile and roaming from country to country, is well served by an LTE-M solution that offers highway speed mobility, international roaming between countries and operators, and efficient firmware updates. (“What is Cellular IoT?”; Nordic Semiconductor, April 2018)

Cellular IoT and 5G

5G is the future of mobile communication and IoT, promising blistering speeds and ultra-low latency for a wide range of devices/services. Of course, the road to 5G runs through 4G infrastructure, building on 4G as an overlay using fixed wireless, enhanced mobile broadband, low latency and automated data communication.

A world connected by the IoT

This has important consequences for cellular IoT. While 5G holds great promise for IoT devices, carriers don’t have to wait. Cellular IoT can be deployed today using 4G networks and will occupy a sizable portion of 5G networks in the future. As a next step, carriers must find ways to monetize the service and decide on reasonable prices for commercial customers.  My smart toothbrush probably doesn’t need a $5 per month cellular data plan … just sayin’.

The IoT is always going to be about making life easier by helping us make smarter decisions faster. We will see cellular IoT applications expand in a world of 5G, including the proliferation of high speed, low latency use cases like true, real-time vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication, and remote medical procedures.

Alone, IoT devices are just a bunch of “things.” But working together across cellular networks, these devices can secure our homes, monitor our health and make sure our eggs aren’t going bad in the fridge.

There’s that smart egg tray again.

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Brent Dietz

About the Author

Brent Dietz
Director of Corporate Communications

Brent has seen a lot of engineering and technology during 30+ years in the tech industry. His primary role is making geek-speak understandable to the non-geek public, reporters and nontechnical analysts. It’s challenging — simplifying without distorting — and it helps to have a sense of humor. Brent does, which he shares with readers from time to time.

Qorvo® Technology is Driving the Future of the Connected Car

Courtesy of Qorvo

NEW E-BOOK HIGHLIGHTS SOLUTIONS THAT ARE POWERING CONNECTED CARS AND 5G

GREENSBORO, NC – April 26, 2018 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, today released its newest e-book, Connected Car For Dummies®. The free guide, prepared in conjunction with publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc., discusses how RF systems and technologies are creating the connected cars of today and tomorrow. It is available for download here.

According to Counterpoint Research, the global connected car market is expected to grow 270% by 2022, with more than 125 million connected passenger cars forecast to be shipped between 2018 and 2022.1

Connected Car For Dummies® highlights trends related to connected cars. It makes it easy to understand Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication, and the implementation of massive MIMO and 5G infrastructures, which are essential to the evolution and safety of the connected car. The book explains how RF semiconductors are an essential building block that enables functionality and intelligence in connected cars.

Connected Car For Dummies® covers topics such as:

  • Connected car visions and trends of today and tomorrow
  • Heterogeneous connectivity, including V2X, telematics and infotainment
  • The connected car ecosystem
  • Connected car RF solutions
  • Key connected car takeaways

Roger C. Lanctot, director, Automotive Connected Mobility for Strategy Analytics, said Connected Car For Dummies® is, “Everything you could possibly want or need [to know] about car connectivity…without the complexity. A must read for anyone entering the field or trying to sell cars.”

Gorden Cook, general manager of Qorvo’s Transport Business Unit, said, “The connected car is redefining our driving experience and will become an integral part of our connected future. Qorvo’s expertise in RF technology for 5G infrastructure and for automotive applications — from LTE, V2X and V2V, to telematics, antennas and sensors — provides a unique perspective on this trend for readers of the Connected Car For Dummies®.”

Access to the complete series of Qorvo For Dummies® e-books is available here.

About For Dummies

To people who value knowledge, Dummies is the platform that makes learning anything easy because it transforms the hard-to-understand into easy-to-use. Through expert editorial, engaging experiences and an approachable style, learners at every level can confidently use their knowledge to fuel their pursuit of professional advancement and personal betterment. With a commitment to maintaining the highest editorial standards and a promise to continue developing new, innovative digital experiences, Dummies makes learning anything even easier. For more information, visit dummies.com. Dummies is a branded imprint of Wiley.

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.

1“125 Million+ Connected Cars Shipments by 2022; 5G Cars by 2020,” Counterpoint Research, April 3, 2018.

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

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This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. You should be aware that the forward-looking statements included herein represent management’s current judgment and expectations, but our actual results, events and performance could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. We do not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements or publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, other than as is required under the federal securities laws. Qorvo’s business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including variability in operating results, the inability of certain of our customers or suppliers to access their traditional sources of credit, our industry’s rapidly changing technology, our dependence on a few large customers for a substantial portion of our revenue, our ability to implement innovative technologies, our ability to bring new products to market and achieve design wins, the efficient and successful operation of our wafer fabrication facilities, assembly facilities and test and tape and reel facilities, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in response to changes in demand for our products, variability in manufacturing yields, industry overcapacity and current macroeconomic conditions, inaccurate product forecasts and corresponding inventory and manufacturing costs, dependence on third parties and our ability to manage channel partners and customer relationships, our dependence on international sales and operations, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, the possibility that future acquisitions may dilute our shareholders’ ownership and cause us to incur debt and assume contingent liabilities, fluctuations in the price of our common stock, additional claims of infringement on our intellectual property portfolio, lawsuits and claims relating to our products, security breaches and other similar disruptions compromising our information and exposing us to liability, the impact of stringent environmental regulations, and the impact of integrating the businesses of RFMD and TriQuint. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in more detail in Qorvo’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these forward-looking statements.

QPQ1287 Band Pass Filter by Qorvo

Courtesy of everything RF : QPQ1287 Band Pass Filter by Qorvo

The QPQ1287 from Qorvo is a high performance Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) filter that supports strict LTE rejection requirements for use in the B40 band from 2300-2400 MHz. It provides a low insertion loss and high rejection for LTE TDD systems under all operating conditions. The QPQ1287 is available in a 3 pad 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.73 mm surface mount package and is ideal for TD-LTE small cell base station applications.

Product Details

  • Part Number : QPQ1287
  • Manufacturer : Qorvo
  • Description : 2350 MHz RF BAW Filter for TD-LTE Small Cells

General Parameters

  • Type : BAW Filter
  • Application Industry : Wireless Communication
  • Application : LTE, Base Station
  • Frequency : 2300 to 2400 MHz
  • Bandwidth : 100 Mhz
  • Insertion Loss : 2.2 to 3.9 dB
  • Rejection : 5 to 65 dB
  • VSWR : 2.0:1 to 2.25:1
  • Return Loss : 8.3 to 9.3 dB
  • Impedance : 50 Ohms
  • Package Type : Surface Mount
  • Dimension : 2.00?x?1.60?x?0.73?mm
  • Operating_Temperature : -40 to 85 Degree C
  • Storage_Temperature : -40 to 105 Degree C
  • RoHS : Yes

QPC9314 Front End Module by Qorvo

Courtesy of everything RF : QPC9314 Front End Module by Qorvo

The QPC9314 from Qorvo is a front end module developed for TDD macro or picocell base stations. It consists of a high power switch and Low Noise Amplifier that operate from 2.3 to 2.7 GHz. This FEM integrates RF functional blocks such as a pin-diode based high power switch that can handle up to 52 Watts with an LTE signal (8 dB PAR) along with two LNA stages, and a 1-bit DSA to provide a high and low gain mode. This Switch/LNA module has a pin diode driver and dc-dc converter circuits integrated into the module and thus requires a single 5 V supply. The control voltage for the switch and gain control mode is with 3.3 V logic. The QPC9314 is available in a RoHS-compliant, 8×8 mm surface-mount leadless package. The switch LNA module is targeted for wireless infrastructure applications configured for TDD-based architectures.

Product Details

  • Part Number : QPC9314
  • Manufacturer : Qorvo
  • Description : 2.3 to 2.7 GHz High Power Switch LNA Module

General Parameters

  • Type : Transmit / Receive Module
  • Configuration : Switch, Low Noise Amplifier
  • Application Industry : Wireless Infrastructure, Base Stattion
  • Wireless Standard : LTE
  • Frequency : 2300 to 2700 MHz
  • Tx Power : 23 dBm
  • Tx Current : 140 mA
  • Voltage : 4.75 to 5.25 V
  • Rx Gain : 24 dB( Low Gain Mode), 33 dB(High Gain Mode)
  • Rx Noise Figure : 1.2 dB
  • Rx Current : 240 mA
  • Insertion Loss : 0.5 dB (Tx Mode)
  • Package Type : Surface Mount
  • Dimensions : 8 x 8 mm
  • RoHS : Yes
Qorvo QPD1025 :

Qorvo QPD1025 : 1,800 Watt GaN-on-SiC Transistor For Critical IFF and Avionics Applications

Courtesy of everything RF – Read article here : Qorvo QPD1025 : 1,800 Watt GaN-on-SiC Transistor For Critical IFF and Avionics Applications

Qorvo has introduced its highest power gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) RF transistor that has an output power of 1.8 KW. The QPD1025 is a 65 volts GaN Transistor operates from 1.0 to 1.1 GHz and delivers outstanding signal integrity and extended reach essential for L-band avionics and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) applications.

The QPD1025 is a 1800 W (P3dB) discrete GaN on SiC HEMT which operates from 1.0 to 1.1 GHz and supports both CW and pulsed operations. It has significantly better drain efficiency and beats LDMOS by nearly 15% in terms of efficiency, which is significant in IFF and avionics applications.

The device is available in an industry standard air cavity package and is ideally suited for IFF, avionics and test instrumentation. It is internally matched so it does not require an external matching network which saves considerable board space.

Qorvo offers the largest, most innovative GaN-on-SiC portfolio. The company’s products deliver high power density, reduced size, excellent gain, high reliability and process maturity, with volume production dating back to 2000.

Engineering samples of the QPD1025 are available now.

GaN-on-SiC Transistor

Qorvo® Introduces Industry’s Most Powerful GaN-on-SiC Transistor

Courtesy of Qorvo : Read full article here: Qorvo® Introduces Industry’s Most Powerful GaN-on-SiC Transistor

CRITICAL IFF AND AVIONICS APPLICATIONS GET BOOST IN SIGNAL INTEGRITY AND RANGE

GREENSBORO, NC – March 13, 2018 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, today introduced the world’s highest power gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) RF transistor. Operating with 1.8KW at 65 volts, the QPD1025 delivers the outstanding signal integrity and extended reach essential for L-band avionics and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) applications.

Asif Anwar, executive director of Strategy Analytics’ Strategic Technologies Practice, said, “Qorvo’s QPD1025 transistor represents a true game changer in this segment. It offers comparable pulsed power and duty cycle performance to silicon LDMOS and silicon bipolar devices, but with a marked improvement in efficiency. Qorvo further achieves this high power and efficiency without introducing exotic materials such as diamond into the process flow for thermal management, ensuring a solution that is cost effective.”

Roger Hall, general manager, Qorvo High Power Solutions, said, “This new high-power transistor will save customers time and money by eliminating the difficult exercise of combining amplifiers to create multi-kilowatt solutions. The QPD1025 has significantly better drain efficiency and beats LDMOS by nearly 15 percentage points of efficiency, which is significant in IFF and avionics applications.”

Qorvo offers the industry’s largest, most innovative GaN-on-SiC portfolio. The company’s products deliver high power density, reduced size, excellent gain, high reliability and process maturity, with volume production dating back to 2000. More information about the benefits of Qorvo’s GaN-on-SiC is available here, and in this video.

Engineering samples of the QPD1025 are available now.

QPD1025 1800 Watt, 65-Volt GaN RF Input-Matched Transistor
Frequency Range: 1.0 to 1.1 GHz
Linear Gain: 22.5 dB (@1.0 GHz Load Pull)
Typical PAE3dB: 77.2% (@1.0 GHz Load Pull)
CW and Pulse capable
Package: 4-lead NI-1230 (earless)

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.

Investor Relations Contact:
Doug DeLieto
VP, Investor Relations
+1-336-678-7088
Media Contact:
Katie Caballero
Marketing Communications Manager
Qorvo Infrastructure and Defense Products
katie.caballero@qorvo.com
+1 972-994-8546

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. You should be aware that the forward-looking statements included herein represent management’s current judgment and expectations, but our actual results, events and performance could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. We do not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements or publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, other than as is required under the federal securities laws. Qorvo’s business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including variability in operating results, the inability of certain of our customers or suppliers to access their traditional sources of credit, our industry’s rapidly changing technology, our dependence on a few large customers for a substantial portion of our revenue, a loss of revenue if contracts with the U.S. government or defense and aerospace contractors are canceled or delayed, our ability to implement innovative technologies, our ability to bring new products to market and achieve design wins, the efficient and successful operation of our wafer fabrication facilities, assembly facilities and test and tape and reel facilities, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in response to changes in demand for our products, variability in manufacturing yields, industry overcapacity and current macroeconomic conditions, inaccurate product forecasts and corresponding inventory and manufacturing costs, dependence on third parties and our ability to manage platform providers and customer relationships, our dependence on international sales and operations, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, the possibility that future acquisitions may dilute our shareholders’ ownership and cause us to incur debt and assume contingent liabilities, fluctuations in the price of our common stock, additional claims of infringement on our intellectual property portfolio, lawsuits and claims relating to our products, security breaches and other similar disruptions compromising our information and exposing us to liability, and the impact of stringent environmental regulations. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in more detail in Qorvo’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these forward-looking statements.

5G – Why It Is Massively Awesome

5G (http://www.qorvo.com/innovation/5g) not only increases your connection speed, it is ultra-reliable and everywhere. 5G makes use of technologies originally used for defense, like millimeter waves, massive MIMO and beamforming to fulfill the promise of universal connectivity.

QM77031 Front End Module by Qorvo

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Product Details

  • Part Number : QM77031
  • Manufacturer : Qorvo
  • Description : RF Front End Modules for LTE Applications

General Parameters

  • Type : Transmit / Receive Module
  • Configuration : Power Amplifier, Switch, Filter, Duplexer
  • Wireless Standard : LTE
  • Package Type : Surface Mount
  • Dimensions : 6.5 x 8.6 mm
  • Note : LTE Bands:1, 2(25), 3, 4, 7, 34, 39, 40 and 41

 

Qorvo® Enables Rapid Deployment of Narrowband IoT

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EXTENSIVE PORTFOLIO SUPPORTS 900 MHZ BASE STATION DEPLOYMENTS FOR CELLULAR IOT

BARCELONA, SPAIN – February 28, 2018 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, is enabling network providers to more easily deploy the Internet of Things (IoT) by adding greater connectivity to existing mobile cellular networks. Qorvo’s portfolio of high-performance, off-the-shelf, small signal products is facilitating an early network build-out using the 900 MHz frequency band.

ABI Research predicts low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) will be the world’s fastest-growing connectivity technology through 2025, supporting four billion IoT devices by that date.1

Qorvo’s small-signal product family delivers high linearity, low power consumption, low noise, small size and excellent integration. It includes transmit linear amplifiers, gain blocks and variable gain amplifiers, as well as attenuators, switches, filters, duplexers and low-noise amplifiers. Just a few of these solutions include:

Qorvo Part Number Description
QPA9805 600-1000 MHz 1/2 Watt Balanced Amplifier
RFDA0047 400-2700 MHz Dual Channel Digital VGA
RFDA0026 700-1035 MHz Digital VGA
SBB5089Z 50-600 MHz Cascadable InGaP HBT Active Bias MMIC Amplifier
TQL9066 50-1500 MHz High IP3 Dual Low Noise Amplifier
TQP3M9008 50-4000 MHz High Linearity Low Noise Amplifier Gain Block
TQP7M9101 400-4200 MHz, 0.25 Watt High Linearity Amplifier
TQP7M9102 400-4000 MHz, 0.5 Watt High Linearity Amplifier
TQP7M9103 400-4000 MHz, 1 Watt High Linearity Amplifier

Roger Hall, general manager of Qorvo High Performance Solutions, said, “We’ve seen the low-band infrastructure market grow about 20 percent in the last year, and it’s just getting started. Qorvo’s innovative small-signal products are enabling customers such as China Mobile to support large numbers of IoT devices using narrowband transmission, resulting in quicker time-to-market, greater flexibility and reduced costs.”

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.

1 “4 Billion IoT Devices Will Rely on LPWAN Technologies by 2025, Ecosystem Creation Matters,” ABI Research, December 2016

Investor Relations Contact:
Doug DeLieto
VP, Investor Relations
+1-336-678-7088
Media Contact:
Katie Caballero
Marketing Communications Manager
Qorvo Infrastructure and Defense Products
katie.caballero@qorvo.com
+1 972-994-8546

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. You should be aware that the forward-looking statements included herein represent management’s current judgment and expectations, but our actual results, events and performance could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. We do not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements or publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, other than as is required under the federal securities laws. Qorvo’s business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including variability in operating results, the inability of certain of our customers or suppliers to access their traditional sources of credit, our industry’s rapidly changing technology, our dependence on a few large customers for a substantial portion of our revenue, a loss of revenue if contracts with the U.S. government or defense and aerospace contractors are canceled or delayed, our ability to implement innovative technologies, our ability to bring new products to market and achieve design wins, the efficient and successful operation of our wafer fabrication facilities, assembly facilities and test and tape and reel facilities, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in response to changes in demand for our products, variability in manufacturing yields, industry overcapacity and current macroeconomic conditions, inaccurate product forecasts and corresponding inventory and manufacturing costs, dependence on third parties and our ability to manage platform providers and customer relationships, our dependence on international sales and operations, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, the possibility that future acquisitions may dilute our shareholders’ ownership and cause us to incur debt and assume contingent liabilities, fluctuations in the price of our common stock, additional claims of infringement on our intellectual property portfolio, lawsuits and claims relating to our products, security breaches and other similar disruptions compromising our information and exposing us to liability, and the impact of stringent environmental regulations. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in more detail in Qorvo’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these forward-looking statements.

Qorvo® Introduces RF Fusion™ Front End Module Solution with Breakthrough Functional Integration

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LEVERAGES QORVO’S BAW FILTER TECHNOLOGY, MULTIPLEXER DESIGN, AND SYSTEM-LEVEL EXPERTISE TO DELIVER LOW-, MID- AND HIGH-BAND COVERAGE IN TWO COMPACT PLACEMENTS

BARCELONA, SPAIN – February 26, 2018 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, today announced a new generation of RF Fusion™ RF front end (RFFE) modules that deliver breakthrough functional integration, including a combined mid/high-band module. The new RF Fusion modules leverage Qorvo’s unique combination of core capabilities to enhance performance, reduce power consumption and shrink total solution size, while also delivering greater carrier aggregation capability and enabling smartphone manufacturers’ expanding global coverage requirements.

“Mobile devices now use more than 40 bands and common carrier aggregation band combinations, which is driving an exponential increase in RF front end complexity. This has led to a shift to integrated RF front ends,” said Chris Taylor, Director of RF Component Strategies at Strategy Analytics. “Device OEMs want integrated front end solutions that satisfy operators’ increasingly difficult RF requirements and tight space constraints.”

Eric Creviston, president of Qorvo’s Mobile Products Group, said, “Qorvo is enjoying increasing demand for our most highly integrated RF Fusion™ modules. The performance benefits are clear for an expanding set of device manufacturers: RF Fusion delivers enhanced performance, extends battery life, reduces phone board layout requirements and accelerates time-to-market. A fully integrated module is a more efficient solution, enabling more features, including full support for common carrier aggregation band combinations.”

Compared to current implementations of integrated front end modules, Qorvo’s newest RF Fusion solution reduces the total number of RFFE placements from four to two, including a combined mid/high-band module. If implemented using discrete components, similar functionality could require as many as 80 placements. This savings is critical; as phones have grown from one to six or more antennas, and the new “full-screen user experience” takes hold, the layout for the RF core is even tighter.

These two new Qorvo modules enable a broad range of use cases, including a comprehensive list of regional carrier aggregation combinations, in a pre-validated RF subsystem, helping smartphone manufacturers reduce time to market, optimize their handset SKU portfolio and improve manufacturing yield.

Qorvo Part Number Functionality LTE Bands Size (mm)
QM77031
mid/high-band module
Three PAs, transmit/receive and antenna switches, BAW filters, duplexers and a multiplexer 1, 2(25), 3, 4, 7, 34, 39, 40 and 41

Power Class 2 (HPUE) specification
for higher output power on Band 41

6.5 x 8.6
QM77033
low band/very low band module
LTE and 2G PAs, transmit/receive and antenna switches and duplexers 8, 12, 20 and 26 6.0 x 7.6

Qorvo is at the forefront of Solving RF Complexity™ and is discussing its industry-leading portfolio of advanced RF Front End solutions and pre-5G and 5G wireless infrastructure at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018), from February 26 through March 1. Review our show news. Watch a videoshowing how RF Fusion reduces RF footprint.

Qorvo’s high-performance RF solutions simplify design, reduce product footprint, conserve power, improve system performance and accelerate the adoption of carrier aggregation. Qorvo combines systems-level expertise, broad manufacturing scale, and the industry’s most comprehensive product and technology portfolio to help leading manufacturers accelerate delivery of next-generation LTE, LTE-A, and IoT products. Qorvo’s core RF solutions set the standard for next-gen connectivity, with unmatched integration and performance at the heart of the connected world.

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.

Investor Relations Contact:
Doug DeLieto
VP, Investor Relations
+1-336-678-7088
Media Contact:
Abhiroop Dutta
Strategic Marketing Manager, Mobile
abhiroop.dutta@qorvo.com
+1 336-678-8074

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