OpenRF consortium could save time, money for smartphone industry

Major chipset and RF front-end suppliers have joined to form the Open RF Association (OpenRF) consortium, aiming to reduce some of the complexity, time, and costs of building a smartphone.

The group, whose founding members include Broadcom, Intel, MediaTek, Murata, Qorvo, and Samsung, plan to develop a framework to standardize hardware and software across RF front end and modem platforms.  

Qualcomm, a leader in the wireless chipset space that has targeted RF front end (RFFE) as its next big business, is notably absent from the list. In July, the chip giant said it expected to take over the number one position in RFFE by the end of the year and was on track to capture more than 20% of the market by the end of 2022.   

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