Qorvo® and National Instruments (NI) have collaborated to test the first commercially available 5G RF front-end module (FEM). The testing demonstrations were held during the 20th GTI Workshop in London, U.K..

Qorvo’s QM19000 5G FEM, which combines a power amplifier and low noise amplifier into a single package, is targeted for mobile devices operating in the 3.4 GHz spectrum. The FEM was tested with the advanced NI PXI system as part of an ongoing effort to help customers design and test 5G technology for early deployments of 5G in mobile devices.

The flexibility of the NI PXI system enabled rapid testing of Qorvo’s 5G FEM design with a wide range of waveforms–all while re-using the same hardware. PXI test systems, based on NI’s vector signal transceiver (VST) technology, deliver a smarter approach to automated test. NI’s software-centric approach enables semiconductor customers to address their most difficult test coverage, measurement quality and time-to-market requirements.

Paul Cooper, director of carrier liaison and standards, Qorvo Mobile Products, said, “The wide bandwidth, excellent RF performance and the flexibility of NI’s PXI test system were critical in helping us introduce the industry’s first commercially available 5G FEM. Qorvo’s focus on innovation was clearly demonstrated at the 20th GTI Workshop in London.”