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RFMD®Achieves Point-To-Point Radio Shipment
Company Expects Continued Growth In Microwave
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 RFMD(R) has shipped
its 1,000,000th integrated circuit (IC) for high performance microwave
point-to-point (PTP) radio applications. RFMD's microwave PTP radios
are used in multiple applications, including broadband communications
and cellular backhaul networks.
According to John Pelose, general manager
of RFMD's Wireless Infrastructure business unit, "The shipment of our
1,000,000th integrated circuit for point-to-point applications underscores
the breadth of our PTP portfolio and the increasing capabilities of
RFMD's Wireless Infrastructure business unit. RFMD now offers a broad
portfolio of high frequency amplifiers and radio chipsets operating
up to 26 GHz. Our expanded capabilities in microwave radio applications
are fostering new growth opportunities for RFMD, not only in PTP radios,
but also in Aerospace & Defense."
RFMD extended its microwave IC product portfolio
with the acquisition of Filtronic Compound Semiconductors Ltd In February,
2008, and continues to strengthen its PTP product portfolio today. RFMD
currently offers the industry's broadest portfolio of RF components
for microwave PTP radio applications, including radio chipsets, monolithic
microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifiers, discrete transistors,
high-power high-frequency switches and signal sources (voltage controlled
oscillator (VCO) and phase lock loop (PLL) modules).
The demand for microwave PTP radios in cellular
backhaul applications continues to grow, as cellular infrastructure
networks support global increases in minutes-of-use (MOU) for voice
and data services, such as mobile video. In cellular backhaul networks,
PTP radios are used to wirelessly connect cellular base stations to
a mobile operator's core network, providing an alternative to the more
costly and throughput-limited leased line transport approach. Moreover,
PTP radios continue to migrate to higher carrier frequencies in order
to support increased data rates in backhaul applications. In addition
to cellular infrastructure, new markets for PTP radios include trunking,
enterprise networks, broadcast networks and last mile access.
About RFMD: RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:
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 more information, please visit
RFMD's web site at www.rfmd.com.
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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
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