By 2020, experts project that 50 billion connected devices will be in use globally. The Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes, connected cars, fitness monitors and other emerging technologies are increasingly relying on global wireless networks to connect.

Advanced Materials in 5G and the IoT

Fifth Generation (5G) networks demand greater material performance to support these IoT devices. Rogers’ diverse portfolio of high frequency, high performance materials enable these complex 5G technologies that create our mobile networks, including antennas, backhaul radios and power amplifiers. And our R&D teams are collaborating every day with design engineers to develop additional unique material solutions for 5G technology.

5G is pushing the limit of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) designs including antennas, control functions and amplifier circuits. PCB attributes such as copper surface roughness, Dk variations, thermal dissipation, passive intermodulation, coefficient of thermal expansion and thickness variations affect 5G designs more than previous generations.

5G: Higher Frequencies

Next-gen 5G wireless networks promise more capacity and capability than 4G LTE systems, using wider channel bandwidths, new antenna and modulation technologies and higher carrier frequencies even through millimeter wave frequencies.

The transition to 5G will require the widespread use of higher, millimeter-wave frequency of 28 GHz and above. Evolving 5G infrastructure will depend on low-loss circuit materials engineered for these high frequencies.

Our new RO4835T laminates and RO4450T bonding materials are well suited for millimeter-wave frequencies as part of the inner core of 5G hybrid multilayer PCBs. They work well with other materials to provide the many functions needed by 5G wireless base stations, including power, signal control and signal transfers.

5G Resources for Design Engineers

Meeting the demands of evolving 5G infrastructure, engineers need to address the right balance of material performance and cost.

5G and Connectivity

For engineers and manufacturers, we created online educational resources about material considerations for 5G designs. You can access technical information and helpful videos on our 5G resources page.

“The Road to 5G” Video Series

Our Road to 5G videos offer quick and easy ways to learn how to specify PCB materials for 5G to get ready for this next revolution in wireless communications.

Other Resources

Stay connected with our team and learn more about 5G technology by subscribing to our Tech Support Hub.

Selected quotes from our recent earnings call. Read the corporate financials news release: Rogers Corporation Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

In Q1 2018, our net sales were $214.6 million, compared to 2017 first quarter net sales of $203.8 million.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Growth Drivers

We have significant growth opportunities in our existing markets, particularly in advanced mobility and advanced connectivity, where the global outlook is strongly positive.

Strong growth in our Advanced Mobility markets, especially EV/HEV and ADAS, were highlights in the quarter. This strength was offset by lower demand in wireless infrastructure as the market transitions to 5G technology. As the 5G technology evolves, Rogers is seeing substantial design-ins and pilot installations around the world. We have significantly greater material content in these highly sophisticated systems. We are actively expanding capacity to support upcoming market demand.

Revenue mix and operational challenges largely in the Advanced Connectivity Solutions business were the primary factors contributing to our lower than anticipated margin performance during Q1. Our actions to resolve these operational issues, as well as the strong outlook in our key markets, give us confidence in our ability to achieve our 2020 objectives.

We remain focused on the four pillars of our proven growth strategy: market-driven, innovation leadership, synergistic M&A, and operational excellence.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Rogers’ Business Units

Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) reported 2018 first quarter net sales of $73.5 million, a 6.5% decrease compared to 2017 first quarter net sales of $78.5 million. The decrease in 2018 first quarter net sales was largely driven by lower demand in wireless 4G LTE, portable electronics and satellite TV applications, partially offset by continued strength in demand for automotive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) revenues. Looking ahead, most experts are projecting that 5G deployments will accelerate in the first half of 2019, with a diverse portfolio of solutions that offer support for very high frequencies and solve thermal issues. ACS is well positioned to capitalize on this evolution to more complex systems.

Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS) reported 2018 first quarter net sales of $78.1 million, a 1.6% increase compared to 2017 first quarter net sales of $76.9 million. EMS net sales increased on higher demand in portable electronics, general industrial and electric and hybrid electric vehicles, partially offset by lower demand in mass transit and other applications. We are pleased with the traction EMS is gaining in a number of next-generation materials. These include battery pressure pads that enable cooling of EV/HEV batteries as well as unique ceiling solutions that protect the batteries from water, dust and other extreme environmental conditions. We expect demand in this market to continue as more EV and HEV models are introduced.

Power Electronics Solutions (PES) reported 2018 first quarter net sales of $57.7 million, a 35.3% increase compared to 2017 first quarter net sales of $42.7 million. 2018 first quarter net sales increased due to broad based demand across markets, including particular strength in electric and hybrid electric vehicles, renewable energy and laser diode coolers. As these markets expand and the technology requirements become more challenging, the PES solutions portfolio is uniquely positioned to address this complexity.

 

Q1 2018 Earnings Call Full Transcript 

Q1 2018 Financial Press Release

Q1 2018 Earnings Call Slides

A global push to reduce CO2 emissions, as well as government incentives and consumer demand, is leading the world’s largest automotive manufacturers to accelerate plans to introduce all-electric and hybrid-electric (EV/HEV) models.

At the same time, advanced safety features that were once limited to luxury models – like forward collision warning and blind spot detection – are being introduced on more mass models.

Rogers delivers solutions for a host of Advanced Mobility solutions that address the toughest material challenges in these applications.

Many of the world’s best-selling EVs/HEVs include Rogers advanced materials.

  • Our curamik® Performance silicon nitride substrates for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors offer high thermal conductivity and reliability which are essential for EV/HEV applications.
  • PORON® and BISCO® elastomer materials provide unique sealing and vibration solutions, protecting HEV batteries from environmental elements while reducing noise.
  • Our compact and light-weight power distribution and thermal management solutions enable increased driving ranges for EV/HEV vehicles. ROLINX® CapEasy and ROLINX® CapPerformance capacitor-busbar assemblies can save size, weight, and energy while efficiently distributing energy in powertrains: www.rolinx.com

Maximizing Electric Power Efficiency with Vehicle Electrification

Automotive design engineers are looking for innovative solutions to maximize electric power efficiency of EVs/HEVs. As vehicle electrification continues, designers need to ensure sufficient and efficient power to all electrical components of the car, including electrical power steering, air conditioning, oil pumps.

Semiconductor-based power systems not only improve battery efficiency, but also optimize overall system cost, minimize power losses and more.

When creating these power systems, designers choose ROLINX® busbars and curamik® ceramic substrates. For example, our silicon nitride substrates for wide-band gap semiconductors offer high thermal conductivity and reliability.

Connectivity and Safety

The growing adoption of safety features in mass market models has accelerated the demand for innovative Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) utilizing a variety of sensor technologies and safety systems.

New Car Assessment Programs (NCAP) worldwide are driving more robust crash avoidance technologies, requiring innovative ADAS. Automotive design engineers strive to meet high performance and reliable connectivity challenges.

Rogers’ high-frequency materials are the first choice for engineers when designing ADAS technologies such as adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and more.

In honor of Earth Day 2018, Rogers Corporation is proud to host the Everyday Acts of Green Contest. For this contest, we are asking you to share the acts of green that are incorporated into your everyday lives. In return, Rogers will be making a donation to an environmental organization.

What exactly are acts of green?

Anything you do that works to preserve the environment and help protect our planet’s air, water, land, wildlife, and ecosystems.

Need some ideas? Try submitting pictures that show…

  1. The harvest from your home garden.
  2. Your recycling center at home or at work.
  3. Energy-saving devices at home or at work.
  4. Your favorite beach or park that you help keep clean.

The Earth Day movement focuses on helping create a cleaner and more sustainable environment in acts of all sizes. Whether at home, work, school, or in the community, every act helps contribute to a greener tomorrow.

How to Participate

  1. Take some pictures. You’re out there making the world a better place, show us how you do it!
  2. Enter your photo to the contest landing page by 5:00 PM EST, April 22, 2018
  3. Share and ask your friends to vote. The photo with the most votes wins!

For each photo submitted, $10 will be donated to one of the following environmental organizations, as selected by the winner:*

Thank you for helping us raise awareness on the importance of protecting our environment. We look forward to seeing your photos and celebrating #EarthDay2018 together.

*Up to $1,000, winner selected by amount of votes.

 

Rogers Annual Party in China

On March 7, 2018, in Rogers Corporation, by mdippel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year, Rogers Asia holds a party in China to celebrate the company’s year of work and the upcoming Chinese Lunar Spring Festival. Held in Suzhou, this year’s annual party theme of “Power the Future” encouraged employees to reflect on Rogers’ history; from humble beginnings in 1832 as a paper mill to growing into a multinational enterprise in engineered materials 186 years later.

More than 900 employees attended the event, sparking an electrifying setting from start to finish. Before entering the banquet room, attendees walked through a “Time Tunnel” displaying Rogers’ innovative history presented on a series of murals. At the end of the tunnel, a large 3D Rogers’ Spaceship model presented a fun photo opportunity. Rocking music and heartfelt applause welcomed guests into the party, creating a fun atmosphere that lasted throughout the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To kick things off, the Asia Management and Asia Leadership Teams presented an energizing dance performance. Then, after an inspiring speech from President and CEO Bruce Hoechner and Rogers Asia President Helen Zhang, both Bruce and Helen joined Chief Human Resources Officer Gary Glandon and VP of Process Excellence and Supply Chain Gustavo Araujo to sing the classic ballad “Sweet Caroline.” The night continued with performances given by staff from different departments, culminating in a freestyle dance for all attendees at the end of the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heavy snow and cold weather outside did not detract from the warm party environment. In fact, there is a Chinese proverb that states a heavy snow brings a fruitful year, a statement we will work to bring to fruition for Rogers in 2018.  Thank you to those who celebrated at the Annual Party and to all employees who continue to help Rogers power, protect, connect our world.  Be sure to check out the video for a preview of our rich Rogers’ culture.