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RF Micro Devices Press Release -  2/10/2009

RFMD® Expands High-Performance RF Switch Portfolio


GREENSBORO, N.C., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components, today announced the expansion of the Company's high-performance switch portfolio to include three new multi-throw RF switches: the RF1126, RF1131 and RF1132. The high-performance RF switches are designed to operate in multiple market segments, including antenna tuners, CDMA handsets and 3G multimode devices.

The RF1126 is a low-power, single-pole double-throw (SPDT) symmetric switch that offers industry-leading insertion loss and linearity performance suitable for signal routing and antenna switching applications. The RF1131 and RF1132 are single-pole three-throw (SP3T) symmetric switches designed for applications requiring high linearity performance, such as CDMA handsets and 3G multimode devices. The RF1131 and RF1132 are pin-for-pin compatible and offer performance trade-offs between linearity and insertion loss, enabling designers to select a switch based upon a specific application's performance priorities, thereby increasing platform capabilities.


Each of the three RF switches utilize RFMD's industry-leading gallium arsenide (GaAs) pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) manufacturing capabilities and leverage proprietary switch technology developed for use in RFMD's high volume cellular transmit modules.


Technical features of the RF1126:
-- Very small footprint, 2.0 x 1.3 x 0.35 mm QFN package
-- Very low insertion loss
-- Ideal for use in multi-band CDMA Rx diversity applications

RF1132 SwitchTechnical features of the RF1131 and the RF1132:
-- Very small footprint: 2.0 x 2.0 x 0.55 mm QFN package
-- Low insertion loss: RF1131 - 0.32 to 0.49 dB, RF1132 - 0.47 to 0.69 dB
-- Excellent Linearity (IIP3): RF1131 - 59 dBm (Cell) / 62 dBm (PCS),
                                            RF1132 - 65 dBm (Cell) / 63 dBm (PCS)
-- Ideal for use in multi-band CDMA single routing applications


Availability

Samples of the RF1126, RF1131 and RF1132 are available immediately. RFMD(R) anticipates revenue generated by its switch portfolio to grow throughout calendar year 2009.
RFMD will showcase its industry-leading portfolio of cellular front end products at the 2009 GSMA Mobile World Congress in
Barcelona, Spain, February 16-19, 2009, in Hall 8, Stand 8B79.
RFMD's Cellular Front End Components Portfolio
RFMD offers a broad portfolio of high-performance front end components addressing the increasingly complex challenges of the cellular market. RFMD's front end components address all cellular frequency bands and air standards and include discrete switches, antenna switch modules, LNAs, front end power management and RF power management.

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 more information, please visit RFMD's web site at www.rfmd.com.
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue" and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. You should be aware that the forward-looking statements included herein represent management's current judgment and expectations, but our actual results, events and performance could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. We do not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements or publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, other than as is required under the federal securities laws. RF Micro Devices' business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, 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' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these forward-looking statements.

RF MICRO DEVICES(R), RFMD(R) and FastWave(TM) are trademarks of RFMD, LLC. All other trade names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
SOURCE RF Micro Devices, Inc. 01/20/2009

CONTACT: Doug DeLieto, VP, Investor Relations, +1-336-678-7968,
or Jerry Neal, Executive Vice President, +1-336-678-7001, both of RFMD
Web Site: http://www.rfmd.com (RFMD RFMD)

 
 
 
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