Smartphone manufacturers are introducing full-screen handsets with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. The form factor hurts antenna performance, resulting in poorer connectivity and lower data rates unless compensated for by the RF front-end. This Qorvo white paper discusses these challenges faced by phone designers and offers solutions.
Accelerating 5G standards development is creating pressure for smartphone manufacturers to add 5G new radio (NR) support to handset designs. 5G introduces new challenging requirements and initial mobile deployments will create additional complex RF challenges. Innovative new RF solutions will be required to solve the complex challenges of 5G.
Qorvo reported revenue and earnings above guidance for fiscal Q2 of 2018, reflecting volume from mobile phone ramps at Apple and Chinese manufacturers and strong demand from the defense, Wi-Fi and IoT markets. During the quarter, the company took “targeted actions” that reduced headcount by some 300 people.
Qorvo published a free, downloadable calculator supporting a wide range of RF matching circuit tasks. MatchCalc™ provides ideal component values for matching S1P or S2P files to the desired system or reference impedance. MatchCalc offers capabilities not available in other downloadable tools and frees RF designers to work remotely.