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Qorvo releases High Power 802.11ac Power Amplifiers Enhance Performance of Home and Customer Premise

Qorvo today announced a new family of, high power, high efficiency 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi products for home applications, including access points, gateways, routers, and set-top boxes.

"The Wi-Fi market continues to be one of the fastest RF growth segments. Qorvo's power amplifiers enable the range and throughput capabilities for the industry's highest performing Wi-Fi solutions." said President of Infrastructure and Defense Products, James Klein. "Qorvo's technology is now built into the world's leading SoC reference design that will power the connected devices for the Internet of Things.

The RFPA5512, RFPA5522, RFPA5542, TQP5523 and TQP5525 family of 802.11ac power amplifiers offer high-power performance at 5GHz over a range of linear power levels while minimizing power consumption. Notably, with up to eight streams and multi-user multiple inputs, multiple output (MIMO) technology, the end product has the ability to support multiple devices and a higher number of simultaneous users. This technology is also important as it connects wireless devices across longer-range access points with increased data throughput, thereby supporting applications such as broadcast-level streaming capabilities.

Qorvo's Wi-Fi power amplifiers provide market-leading power-added efficiency (PAE) of 17% for 802.11ac and greater that 20% for 802.11n. The additional power-added efficiency savings of 4-5% over previous generations significantly reduces thermal issues in new Wi-Fi use case scenarios, such as MIMO applications. Moreover, the integrated input and output matching eliminates the need for external components, greatly reducing the layout area, bill of materials, and manufacturing costs for customer applications. The amplifiers feature an industry-standard footprint to conform to existing designs and are gaining excellent traction with the leading Wi-Fi chipset manufacturers.

The family of power amplifiers delivers system-level compliance in band-edge performance to meet the upcoming FCC regulations and significant performance requirements related to radiated harmonics. The devices are sampling in a 4mm x 4mm QFN package that meets or exceeds the power requirements of IEEE 802.11a/n/ac RF systems.

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