Design win; Wi-Fi front-end modules offer efficiency, small footprint

February 02, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Qorvo has recently listed parts that it presents as the smallest and most power-efficient family of high-throughput 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz FEMs, to support newest generation of Wi-Fi devices.

The seven added FEMs support high-bandwidth throughput with minimal power consumption in a small form factor and maximum reliable range. With more than 1.2 Gbps throughput per stream, the 5 GHz FEMs offer the highest data rates possible for home Wi-Fi applications, including Quantenna’s True 8x8 QSR10G Wi-Fi platform – the first 802.11ac 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi product line.


James Chen, senior director of Marketing for Quantenna Communications, said, “We have worked with Qorvo to integrate their innovative FEM solutions on our QSR10G platform, which provides leading-edge Wi-Fi performance. This enables residential gateways and wireless access points to support demanding applications such as real-time video, data, voice, IoT and other services.”


The Wi-Fi industry continues to evolve to address greater throughput demands for the ever-increasing number of connected devices. Analysts expect that global shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled consumer electronics (CE) devices, including mobile handsets and tablets, will have reached 2.4 billion units in 2016.


These Qorvo FEMs support the latest generation of 802.11ac and Wave 2 1024QAM home Wi-Fi products, and consume 2W less power than similar products available today. This is enough to eliminate the fan from some Wi-Fi networking devices, further reducing power consumption and size. The 5 GHz FEMs are available now for sampling; the 2.4 GHz models will be available in first quarter 2017. The table below outlines specifications for the new Qorvo Wi-Fi FEM family.