RF Micro Devices® Press Release - February 15, 2010
RFMD Commences Volume Production of WCDMA/HSPA+ Power AmplifiersRF720x Product Family Mates With Leading 3G Reference Designs from Qualcomm And Other Leading Open Market Chipset Suppliers
for Smartphones and 3G Devices
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 15, 2010 /PRNewswire 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 it has commenced high-volume production of its RF720x WCDMA/HSPA+ power amplifiers (PAs). RFMD's RF720x product family is comprised of seven high performance PAs designed for smartphones and 3G devices implementing mode-specific, band-specific front end architectures. The RF720x product family accommodates all major WCDMA/HSPA+ bands and band combinations and is optimized to mate with reference designs from Qualcomm as well as other leading open market 3G chipset suppliers.
Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG), said, "RFMD's innovative RF720x product family delivers unmatched ease of implementation and is optimized to mate with the leading open-market 3G chipset reference designs. Accordingly, we anticipate the RF720x product family will extend RFMD's leadership in 3G while supporting our customer diversification goals, particularly in Korea, China and Taiwan. RFMD is currently forecasting double-digit growth in 3G in calendar 2010, based upon existing customer design activity."
RFMD's mode-specific/band-specific RF720x product family covers all major 3G frequencies (1-6, 8-11) and provides customers with leading performance and superior design flexibility. Each RF720x PA is designed with digitally controlled power modes that optimize performance to increase battery life in both 3G voice and 3G data operation. Additionally, the RF720x family leverages leading-edge functional density to integrate critical functions into the PA, thereby significantly reducing the board area required for front end implementations while lowering mobile device bill-of-material (BOM) costs.
RFMD's product portfolio for 3G applications accommodates all major RF architectures, including existing mode-specific/band-specific and mode-specific/multi-band architectures as well as emerging multimode/multi-band, converged architectures. RFMD also supplies a broad portfolio of 2G/2.5G power amplifier-based and switch-based components optimized for 3G handsets, providing a comprehensive RF product portfolio covering the entire cellular front end.
RFMD offers the mobile device industry's broadest and most innovative portfolio of radio frequency components, including cellular power amplifier modules, cellular transmit modules, cellular switch and filter modules, and front ends for Wi-Fi, WiMAX and GPS applications. RFMD's product portfolio is on display at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 15 to February 18.
Availability and Pricing
Production quantities of the RF720x family are available immediately. Pricing is available upon request by contacting an RFMD sales representative or by visiting www.rfmd.com/purchase.
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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