RF Micro Devices® Press Release - November 12, 2009
Receives First GaN Product Purchase Order from
Nov. 12, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network)
Tier-One Wireless Base Station Manufacturer
-- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD), a global
leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components, today announced RFMD(R) has
received its first purchase order from a tier-one wireless base station original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for
a product featuring RFMD's state-of-the-art gallium nitride (GaN) process technology. The purchase order is for
180-watt GaN broadband power transistor (BPT) and is in support of the global expansion of 4G
BPT supports LTE at 750-800MHz, 3GPP/IS95 at 865-895MHz and multi-carrier GSM at 930-960MHz,
thereby enabling cost-effective and energy-efficient support of multi-standard base stations. The
is part of the RFG1M power device family, which addresses power requirements from 30-watt to
360-watt, offers wider bandwidth than incumbent LDMOS technology and supports wireless communication bands from
0.7GHz to 3.8GHz. The RFG1M power device family also features internal matching and is optimized for
high-efficiency techniques, such as Doherty and envelope tracking.
Jeff Shealy, VP and general manager of RFMD's Defense and Power business unit, said, "We are pleased to announce
our first GaN purchase order from this tier-one wireless base station OEM. The superior combination of output
power, bandwidth and efficiency make RFMD's GaN a compelling process technology and the
a compelling product for next-generation base station applications."
Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD's Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), added, "RFMD is excited to support the
development of next-generation base station transmit architectures. Given the superior performance characteristics
of our innovative GaN technology, we are enthusiastic about our overall growth opportunities, and we are actively
targeting the base station HPA market, which we expect will represent approximately half of the high-power RF
market within the next three years."
RFMD's state-of-the-art GaN process technology delivers superior RF
power per square millimeter and superior RF conversion efficiency, versus current semiconductor technologies, and
RFMD expects its GaN technology will become a disruptive technology across a broad range of commercial and defense
markets. In wireless base station applications, RFMD's GaN HPAs deliver industry-leading power performance at
significantly reduced energy requirements. This satisfies the increasing focus on "green" technologies by enabling
more efficient operation of network equipment and by reducing network-related energy costs.
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
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including variability in quarterly operating results, the impact of global macroeconomic and credit conditions on
our business, the rate of growth and development of wireless markets, risks associated with our planned exit from
our wireless systems business, including cellular transceivers and GPS solutions, the risk that restructuring
charges may be greater than originally anticipated and that the cost savings and other benefits from the
restructuring may not be achieved, risks associated with the operation of our wafer fabrication facilities,
molecular beam epitaxy facility, assembly facility and test and tape and reel facilities, our ability to complete
acquisitions and integrate acquired companies, including the risk that we may not realize expected synergies from
our business combinations, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, variability in
production yields, our ability to reduce costs and improve gross margins by implementing innovative technologies,
our ability to bring new products to market, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in
response to changes in demand for our products, dependence on a limited number of customers, and dependence on
third parties. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in more detail in RF Micro Devices'
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