RF Micro Devices® Press Release - December 19, 2009
RFMD Ships Pre-Production Gallium Nitride (GaN)-Based CATV Hybrid Amplifiers to Major U.S.-Based CATV Equipment
RFMD'S GaN Hybrid Amplifiers Provide Highest Available RF Output Levels for Cable Operators in Fiber Deep
GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec 9, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, announced today that RFMD has commenced pre-production shipments of high-performance gallium nitride (GaN)-based CATV hybrid amplifiers to a major U.S.-based cable television (CATV) equipment provider.
Operators of hybrid fiber coax (HFC) networks are installing fiber capacity deeper into their networks ("fiber deep" networks) in order to address the increasing demand for higher throughput video and broadband services. Accordingly, CATV equipment providers looking to reduce the cost of fiber deep networks are seeking semiconductor devices capable of higher RF output levels than those available from today's state-of-the-art GaAs-based devices.
RFMD's GaN CATV hybrid amplifiers provide industry-leading RF output levels, and cable operators using RFMD's GaN can reduce the number of amplifiers required in emerging architectures, also known as N+1 architectures, and achieve up to 20-percent cost savings in fiber deep networks.
"We are excited to announce pre-production shipments of our GaN-based CATV hybrid amplifiers to this major CATV customer," said Alastair Upton, general manager of RFMD's Broadband Components business unit. "With our GaN semiconductor expertise and our world-class CATV manufacturing capability, RFMD is uniquely positioned to bring the next generation of high-performance CATV amplifiers to the CATV equipment market."
RFMD's initial GaN shipments to this CATV customer are intended for use in optical nodes, and subsequent shipments are also expected to be used in line extender amplifier applications. Volume production is expected in the first half of calendar 2010.
RFMD has a leading position in the design and production of high-performance CATV hybrid amplifiers and leads the industry in the application of GaN technology to the CATV market. RFMD is currently shipping GaN-based CATV hybrid amplifiers to CATV equipment suppliers in Europe, Japan and North America.
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.
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