RF Micro Devices® Press Release - October 26, 2010
RFMD Unveils New Family of Integrated Configurable Components
- Innovative New Components Deliver Industry-Leading Performance,
Superior Functional Integration
and Extended Range
N.C., Oct 26, 2010 (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, today announced a new family of integrated configurable
components for multiple markets. The highly integrated components, comprised
RFFC507x product families, perform multiple common RF functions
in a reduced footprint while delivering the flexibility necessary to
develop radio systems that operate over a wide dynamic range and across
a broad range of frequencies and channel bandwidths.
RFFC507x product families integrate RFMD's world-class fractional-N
PLL/VCO combination with RF mixers to provide radio designers an elegant
radio partitioning option with very high performance, superior integration
and no compromise in flexibility. The
RFFC507x represent the second generation of RFMD's innovative RF205x
family of integrated configurable components, which enables radio designers
across industries to shrink circuit board area, reduce risk and shorten
product development time -- all of which lower the total cost of radio
RFFC507x expand upon the capabilities of the RF205x family by enhancing
performance and extending frequency range to serve even more industries
and applications. General purpose in nature, RFMD's newest family of
integrated configurable components is applicable to fixed and mobile
infrastructure, radio repeaters, super-heterodyne radios, diversity
receivers, frequency band shifters, CATV, software-defined radios, point-to-point
radios, satcom, VHF/UHF radios, military, industrial and other applications.
The product family's wide bandwidth enables use in multiple
systems and applications. The
RFFC207x series has a local oscillator (LO) range from 85 MHz to
2700 MHz, with a 30 MHz to 2700 MHz mixer on-chip. The
RFFC507x series has an LO range of 85 MHz to 4500 MHz with mixer
range extending up to 6000 MHz.
With industry-leading integrated
phase noise of 0.18deg rms at 1GHz, the
RFFC507x improve system performance for radio designers. Additionally,
the integrated fractional-N synthesizer features an advanced sigma-delta
modulator to achieve ultra-fine step sizes and lower spurious products,
while integrated mixers enable a smaller implementation (5mm x 5mm)
than competing solutions. Finally, by integrating the entire LO path
RFFC507x eliminate the need for designers to work with the highly
sensitive interface from VCO to mixer, saving valuable design time and
improving end product manufacturing yields.
RFFC507x series also deliver industry-low power consumption. The
components' bandwidth and phase noise specifications are achieved using
only 125 mA from a 3-volt supply (single-mixer, high linearity setting),
and the current can be reduced to 100 mA by reducing the programmable
mixer linearity setting. Importantly, the 4500MHz components use only
10mA more than the 2700 MHz components.
All of the components
can be programmed through a simple 3-wire serial interface. They also
feature a unique programming mode that allows up to four devices to
be controlled from a common serial bus. By eliminating the need for
separate chip-select control lines between devices and host controller,
this lowers the cost of implementation and the risk of interference
between RF and digital lines on the target PCB. Finally, two frequencies
can be loaded into the device when it is initialized, allowing convenient
switching between frequencies, and lock detect and general purpose pins
are available, enabling control though the serial bus.
is showcasing its industry-leading integrated configurable components
at the Electronica Tradeshow, in Munich, Germany, November 9-12 at booth
#A4.135. Product brochures will be available at the show, or they can
also be obtained online at
www.rfmd.com or by
contacting RFMD at (336) 664-1233.
Availability The single-mixer,
2700 MHz RFFC2072 starts at $7.00 per 10,000 units, and the single-mixer,
5000 MHz RFFC5072 starts at $9.00 per 10,000 units. Samples and evaluation
boards are available now, and production quantities are expected to
be available by the end of the December 2010 quarter.
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD)
is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance
radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies.
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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