RFMD Introduces First Silicon Switches for 3G Smartphones
and Other High Performance Applications
Spain, Feb 16, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in
the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies,
announced today that the Company has successfully qualified and released its first high power RF CMOS switch using
high-resistivity silicon substrates sourced at a leading silicon foundry. RFMD(R) is leveraging this new process
technology, as well as patent-pending design and circuit-related technology developed by RFMD, to introduce a
product portfolio of high-performance silicon switch-based products for next-generation 3G and 4G smartphones, as
well as other cellular handset, wireless infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV/broadband and
aerospace and defense applications.
Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG), said, "RFMD's CMOS-based cellular switches deliver
meaningful performance, size and cost benefits, including excellent linearity and isolation capabilities, which
are critical to today's multi-band 3G handsets. We are forecasting significant customer adoption in calendar 2010
driven by leading 3G smartphone manufacturers."
Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD, added, "For RFMD, these new CMOS-based products - and our
entire Switch and Signal Conditioning product portfolio - highlight the increasing dollar content opportunities
available to RFMD and the continued success of our diversification efforts. Equally important, our CMOS-based
switch portfolio enables further improvement in our return on invested capital (ROIC) as we migrate technologies
and IP developed by CPG into the markets served by RFMD's multi-market products group (MPG)."
CMOS-based cellular switches meet or exceed the stringent linearity and isolation requirements of next-generation
3G and 4G smartphones while providing superior ESD performance (HBM data rated at 2000V). Also, by integrating the
controller and RF switch on the same circuit, RFMD's patent-pending circuit-related technology and the innovative
high-resistivity CMOS technology reduce product size while improving product performance. Accordingly, RFMD's
silicon switches deliver a lower cost and higher performance 3G solution than is obtainable from competing silicon
process technologies, including silicon-on-sapphire (SOS).
RFMD's first high
power CMOS-based cellular switches include the
, a single-pole, three-throw (SP3T) switch, and the
, a single-pole four throw (SP4T) switch. RFMD has sampled both products to tier one customers, and
commercial production is expected to commence in the first half of calendar 2010. Subsequent CMOS-based products
will address increasing levels of end-product complexity and will include RFMD's growing portfolio of switch
filter modules and switch duplexer modules for 3G smartphones.
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.
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 traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the
symbol RFMD. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at
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