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
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 of the
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 implementation.
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.
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
RFFC507x series has an LO range of 85 MHz to 4500 MHz with mixer range extending up to 6000 MHz.
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 on-chip, the
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.
RFMD 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.
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