Last week at Broadcom’s FY 1st quarter earnings announcement that the company will retain its wireless assets. Further, Broadcom revealed that they are under NDA and have signed a three-year supply agreement with their largest smartphone customer (presumably Apple). The agreement provides “technology and road map alignment in essential RF components” with a focus on 5G phones.Read More Subscribers Only
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Will Qualcomm’s ultraSAW Filter Be Enough to Experience True 5G? The short answer: It depends on what frequency band you are on.
As 5G devices are being introduced into the market and mobile operators are proliferating their networks, the importance of the RF front-end (RFFE) for 5G devices has become the hot topic. In order to efficiently manage the number and range of frequencies which use 5G technology, smaller and more efficient filters will be required as part of the handset design. Qualcomm touts its modem to antenna solution and has furthered this endeavor with its recent announcement of its new “ultraSAW” filters which is said to offer a 1 decibal (dB) improvement in insertion loss (the loss of power when a signal travels though a system), relative to bulk-acoustic (BAW) filters in the 600 MHz to 2.7 GHz frequency range, and at a lower price point. BAW filters usually cost more relative to SAW filters.Read More Subscribers Only
There is tremendous synergy among mobile, automotive, and IoT applications and much potential using UWB. Given Apple’s new U1 chip and other OEMs now looking to provide UWB solutions in their handsets, UWB solutions will become more mainstream. Qorvo has strategically placed itself in the forefront as now being one of the leading suppliers of UWB chipsets.Read More Subscribers Only