Technical Education Webinar Series
Title: An Introduction to OpenRF: A New Approach to 5G Multi-Mode RF front-end Device Challenges
Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 8am PT / 11am ET
Sponsored by: Open RF Association
Presented by: Kevin Schoenrock, Corporate Strategy and Technology Planning, Qorvo, Open RF Association President and David Southcombe, Director Systems Engineering, Qorvo, OpenRF Working Group 1: Register Map Co-Chair
Founded in 2020, the Open RF Association (OpenRF™) is dedicated to expanding the functional interoperability of hardware and software across RF front-end and chipset platforms. OpenRF is delivering an open framework that standardizes interfaces without limiting innovation.
OpenRF is releasing an initial specification that provides a path to compliant RF front-end devices that are capable of being seamlessly integrated across 5G chipsets. In this webinar, attendees will learn about the highlights of the OpenRF specification, the organization’s approach to meeting 5G multi-mode RF front-end device challenges, and the benefits an open ecosystem brings to OEMs, chipset vendors and RFIC/RF front-end vendors including faster time-to-market, lower cost, improved performance, and expanded supply chain.
Kevin Schoenrock brings a wealth of leadership and vision with ~20 years of Mobile industry experience focused on the smartphone market along with assignments in IoT, automotive and infrastructure. He has held various leadership roles in Sales, Product Marketing, Technology Development, Business Development and Strategic Marketing at Sawtek, TriQuint Semiconductor, RF360 JV and Qorvo.
Currently serving in the capacity of Corporate Strategy and Technology Planning at Qorvo, Kevin drives the long-range business plans and strategic objectives for the Mobile division while aligning technology and investment initiatives across the corporation. Prior to this, he led the Product Marketing Team for the Mobile product portfolio. He earned his MSEE and MBA degrees from the University of South Florida.
David Southcombe has over 25 years engineering experience and 34 patents, focused on communication systems engineering for the past 20 years in both DoD and commercial applications. David has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Wheaton College (IL) with a minor in German, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois with a minor in International Engineering, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
His experience encompasses development of: radar, radar jammer, and autonomous sensor algorithm for ground and airborne platforms (including B52, F15, F22 & F35), beam steering and interferometer design, IFF interrogator & receiver design, IS-136 and UMTS protocol stack and hardware abstraction layer software, DSP algorithms for wireless modems, RF channel analysis (linear & non-linear), and even power reduction techniques and control solutions for vacuum cleaners. For the past 13 years he’s been at Qorvo architecting and designing mobile RF Front End solutions (RF, analog, and digital designs), including PMIC, PA modules, and switch modules. David designed digital buses used on the F35, and is a contributor to the MIPI RFFE Working Group and published standards.
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