Open RF Association Boosts Industry Collaboration to Develop 5G Device Power Profile Study

BEAVERTON, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Open RF Association (OpenRF™), an industry consortium dedicated to building an open 5G ecosystem of interoperable hardware and software across member multimode RF (radio frequency) chipset and front-end platforms, today announced that it has completed the first phase, in collaboration with Signals Research Group, of a study determining the RF power levels used in 5G handsets to help the industry better optimize data rate performance and, in ultimately improve battery life.

“This project is an important step towards optimizing the battery life of 5G devices,” said Kevin Schoenrock, president of the Open RF Association. “Comprehensive data on the power levels of 5G handsets will be essential for our members and the industry to develop cutting-edge technologies to set the performance standard for next-generation wireless devices.”

Members and affiliates of the Open RF Association provided data and analysis for the study, which the consortium will use to create a histogram showing the RF power levels used in 5G handsets under real-world network conditions. Understanding network use cases will enable OpenRF members to develop best-in-class optimized solutions.

“With field data collected from a commercial 5G SA network and detailed analytical work done by Signals Research Group on behalf of OpenRF, 5G PA characterization profiles are now in place,” said Michael Thelander, President of Signals Research Group. “These profile curves will greatly benefit OpenRF and its member companies.”

The study is the first in a series commissioned by the Open RF Association to help update and improve power profile data as IoT wireless handsets and devices evolve as 5G networks build. over time. The newly established usage curves will provide the industry with a key data set to enable interoperable system optimization among OpenRF members to improve system performance over time. OpenRF will continue to work with Signals Research Group on the continued development of the study. Mobile Experts, Inc. will also support the collection and integration of additional data as the study evolves to impact all 5G devices.

Signals Research Group is a leading field research and consulting services company covering the wireless telecommunications industry and Mobile Experts, Inc. is a market analysis company for the mobile infrastructure and handset markets mobiles.

The initial study is expected to be released for members in June 2022. The consortium welcomes additional field data from carriers and chipset vendors interested in further developing baseline real-world transmitter performance. To learn more about the project or provide data, please contact the Open RF Association.

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The Open RF Association recently released its initial version 1.0.0 specification for its members, providing the foundation for interoperability between the RF front end and the chipset. Membership is open to anyone involved in the manufacturing of smartphone chipsets, RF front end products, OEM suppliers and related industrial businesses. Members have access to all specifications and can help shape the future of OpenRF by participating in the five different working groups. Membership has three levels: Strategic, General and Associate. Learn about the benefits of membership and download the membership application from the OpenRF website.

About OpenRF

The Open RF Association (OpenRF) is an industry consortium dedicated to building a 5G ecosystem of functionally interoperable hardware and software across member multimode RF front-end and chipset platforms. OpenRF is led by industry leaders Broadcom, Intel, MediaTek, Murata Manufacturing, Qorvo and Samsung. For more information, visit

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