After buying Irish chip firm Decawave, Qorvo reveals plans to boost its engineering capacity in Ireland with Dublin and Cork engineers creating the radio systems of tomorrow.

Wireless systems maker Qorvo is to create 100 new highly-skilled engineering positions in Cork and Dublin over the next two years.

Qorvo expects to fill engineering positions that span UWB radio system architecture and modelling, transceiver and baseband designs, power management, system on chip (SoC) integration, embedded software, physical design and IC characterisation.

“This investment further enhances the reputation of the Irish semiconductor industry, adding to Ireland’s already strong reputation in microelectronics R&D”

In early 2020, Qorvo completed its acquisition of Ireland-based Decawave, a pioneer in in UWB and a leading provider of UWB solutions for mobile, automotive, and industrial and consumer IoT applications. The Decawave team is now a part of Qorvo Mobile Products.

Decawave, which was founded by Ciarán Connell and Michael McLaughlin in 2007, was acquired last year for a reported $400m (€363m).

5G future

“As Qorvo’s development center for advanced UWB technology research, core standards (IEEE) and product development, with on-site lab and automated testing, this investment enables Qorvo to scale activities and capabilities to better serve UWB customers and applications,” explained William McFadden, Qorvo’s senior director of Engineering in Ireland.

The new jobs will be added to Qorvo’s operations in Dublin as well as a new UWB R&D design operation planned for Cork. The investment in UWB development will expand Qorvo’s presence in Ireland and increase its focus on next-generation technologies and products.

“This investment further enhances the reputation of the Irish semiconductor industry, adding to Ireland’s already strong reputation in microelectronics R&D,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 29 June 2021