RF Micro Devices (RFMD) - Press Release 11-12-2008
High Volume Shipments of 2G Transmit Module for Emerging Market Handsets
RF3283CR Enhances RF Performance Of System-On-Chip (SoC) Solutions
NEW YORK, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RF Micro Devices,
Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture
of high-performance semiconductor components, announced at its fourth
annual Analyst Day today that it had commenced high volume shipments
of its RF3283CR, a GSM/GPRS transmit module (TxM) optimized for GSM900/DCS1800
(2G) handsets. The RF3283CR is specifically designed to enhance the
performance of system-on-chip (SoC) RF solutions, which integrate the
cellular transceiver with the handset baseband.
2G handsets represent
the majority of volume in high-growth emerging markets and are increasingly
manufactured using SoC RF solutions. The adoption of SoC solutions in
2G handsets favorably impacts the total addressable market and value
proposition for RFMD(R), as the higher levels of functionality and systems-level
knowledge in RFMD's cellular front ends enhance SoC RF performance.
RFMD is uniquely positioned to optimize SoC RF performance and reduce
the complexity of SoC-based handset implementation, given the Company's
industry leadership in cellular front ends, its deep cellular systems-level
expertise and its proven experience supplying hundreds of millions of
cellular transceivers to leading handset manufacturers.
contains a cellular power amplifier, a pHEMT antenna switch and harmonic
filtering designed to reduce VCO pulling and enhance overall system
performance. The RF3283CR also features RFMD's TRP-enhanced PowerStar(TM)
integrated power control technology, which reduces current variation
by approximately 50% into non-ideal (3:1) loads, also known as "antenna
mismatch," thus easing handset implementation for OEMs seeking improved
TRP and SAR performance. Importantly, the RF3283CR delivers best-in-class
harmonic emissions and insertion loss performance, which are critical
front end parameters when mated with system-on-chip (SoC) solutions.
RFMD's RF3283CR delivers pin-to-pin compatibility with its highly successful,
high-volume predecessor, thereby easing implementation and accelerating
time-to-market of 2G handsets for leading handset development teams.
RFMD expects sequential growth in shipments of the RF3283CR in the December
2008 and March 2009 quarters. Additionally, RFMD expects to release
multiple new products in support of SoC solutions in fiscal 2010.
About RFMD: RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD) is a global leader
in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components.
RFMD's products enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity
and support advanced functionality in the cellular handset, wireless
infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV/broadband and
aerospace and defense markets. RFMD is recognized for its diverse portfolio
of semiconductor technologies and RF systems expertise and is a preferred
supplier to the world's leading mobile device, customer premises and
communications equipment providers.
Headquartered in Greensboro,
N.C., RFMD is an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer with
worldwide engineering, design, sales and service facilities. RFMD is
traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol RFMD. For
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SOURCE RF Micro Devices, Inc. 11/12/2008
Dean Priddy, CFO, 1-336-678-7975, or Doug DeLieto, VP,
Investor Relations, 1-336-678-7968, or Jerry Neal EVP, Marketing and
Strategic Development, 1-336-678-7001, all of RFMD