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Qorvo® Introduces Industry’s Smallest and Most Power-Efficient Family of Wi-Fi Front-End Modules

10 - 01 - 2017

Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has introduced a new family of 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Front-End Modules (FEMs) that pave the way for smaller, more energy-efficient wireless routers, gateways and other networked devices in the home. The seven new FEMs support high-bandwidth throughput with minimal power consumption in a small form factor and maximum reliable range.

With more than 1.2 Gbps throughput per stream, the 5 GHz FEMs offer the highest data rates possible for delivering a new generation of home Wi-Fi applications that expand capabilities to the consumer. This includes Quantenna’s True 8x8™ QSR10G Wi-Fi platform – the world’s first 802.11ac 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi product line.

James Chen, senior director of Marketing for Quantenna Communications, said, “We have worked with Qorvo to integrate their innovative FEM solutions on our QSR10G platform, which provides leading-edge Wi-Fi performance. This enables residential gateways and wireless access points to support demanding applications such as real-time video, data, voice, IoT and other services.”

The Wi-Fi industry continues to evolve to address greater throughput demands for the ever-increasing number of connected devices. Global shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled consumer electronics (CE) devices, including mobile handsets and tablets, are forecast to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016, accounting for 76 percent of total CE devices shipped.*

Cees Links, general manager of the Wireless Connectivity business unit at Qorvo said, “Our new family of Wi-Fi products delivers the highest reliable throughput with the lowest power consumption. We are making it easier than ever for designers to create small and attractive home Wi-Fi connected devices with advanced capabilities.”

The new Qorvo FEMs support the latest generation of 802.11ac and Wave 2 1024QAM home Wi-Fi products, and consume 2 watts less power than similar products available today. This is enough to eliminate the fan from some Wi-Fi networking devices, resulting in reduced power consumption and size. The 5 GHz FEMs are available now for sampling; the 2.4 GHz models will be available in first quarter 2017. The table below outlines specifications for the new Qorvo Wi-Fi FEM family.