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23 February 2016

Qorvo joins 3GPP to promote development of 5G standard

Qorvo Inc (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) has joined 3GPP (the 3rd Generation Partnership Project) as a guest delegate to assist in the development of key aspects of 5G next-generation wireless communications standards.

3GPP is a global group of organizations responsible for developing the telecoms standards used by wireless networks worldwide, including 3G, 4G and the forthcoming 5G specifications. The 5G standard is expected to be released in two phases. Phase 1 (due for completion in 2018) will focus on frequencies below 6GHz and define specifications for a prioritized subset of vertical markets. Phase 2 (due in 2019) will focus on frequencies above 6GHz and define specifications for an expanded list of vertical markets. 3GPP has identified three high-level use cases for 5G specifications: Enhanced Mobile Broadband to support consumers' rapidly growing consumption of video and other data-intensive mobile applications; Massive Machine Type Communications for Internet of Things (IoT) applications involving very large numbers of connected devices; and Ultra-reliable and Low Latency Communications for situations where reliability, security and network performance are critical, such as self-driving vehicles, medical applications and industrial control systems.

Qorvo is engaging in 5G field trials with infrastructure providers and expects to leverage its new role in the development of 5G standards to broadly expand its growth opportunities in wireless connected devices and infrastructure products.

"The 5G standard is expected to undergo significant progress in 2016 as telecommunications standards and use cases are further developed by 3GPP," notes president & CEO Bob Bruggeworth. "Qorvo's partnership with 3GPP will support key aspects of the 5G roadmap under development by the RAN (Radio Access Network) Technical Specification Group, which is working on specifications for multiple elements within the telecommunications ecosystem, from base-stations to connected devices," he adds. "Qorvo is well positioned to adopt and deploy 5G solutions, given our past success in transitioning technology from 3G to 4G."

Qorvo is showcasing its expanding portfolio of RF solutions for smartphones, tablets and other high-performance mobile data devices at the 2016 GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain (22-25 February).

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