Qorvo® announced a portfolio of RF front ends for LTE Power Class 2 – also known as high performance user equipment (HPUE). Smartphones that incorporate Qorvo’s RFFEs can combine the speed and capacity advantages of high-band spectrum with the coverage advantages of mid-band spectrum.

Major mobile network operators using TD-LTE Band 41 (2.5 GHz) are requiring Power Class 2 in handsets beginning in 2017 to drive global adoption. High-band spectrum, such as 2.5 GHz, carries massive quantities of data at very high speeds but lacks the range of mid- or low-band spectrum. Qorvo’s Power Class 2 portfolio delivers higher power at the cell edge, optimizing spectral efficiency. Sprint and China Mobile are two of the leading network operators using Band 41.

Dr. John Saw, Chief Technology Officer at Sprint, said, “HPUE provides our customers with up to 30% greater 2.5 GHz coverage. Qorvo’s HPUE-capable technologies were invaluable in helping us demonstrate its feasibility and drive rapid certification of this new standard. We are delighted that Qorvo’s RFFE portfolio will help smartphone manufacturers quickly develop devices that will connect to our networks.”

Eric Creviston, President of Qorvo’s Mobile Products group, said, “Thanks to our close collaboration with Sprint, Qorvo will play a key role in the rollout of Power Class 2 and HPUE. This important new standard will help meet the ever-growing demand for mobile data as we transition to higher frequency bands on the road to 5G.”

Qorvo’s proprietary BAW technology and high efficiency PAs make it possible for high frequency bands to transmit data with equal or better performance than lower frequency bands. Qorvo’s HPUE portfolio includes RF Fusion™ modules for flagship phones and RF Flex™ modules for mid-tier phones. Two new RF Fusion additions include the compact QM75001H, which reduces board area by 35% and supports both envelope tracking and carrier aggregation, and the highly-integrated QM78068, which incorporates an additional antenna switch and an ultra-high performance BAW-based Band 7 PA/Duplexer. The RF Flex addition is the QM56022, which integrates high-, mid- and low-band multimode PAs packaged in the most popular footprint for mid-tier phones.

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 the delivery of next-generation LTE, LTE-A, and IoT products. Qorvo’s core RF solutions set the standard for next-gen connectivity, delivering unmatched integration and performance at the heart of the connected world.

Qorvo will showcase the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of advanced RF Front End solutions at Mobile World Congress, from February 27 through March 2 in Hall 2, Stand 2i25.