RF Micro Devices® Press Release - February 23, 2010
RFMD Anticipates $5 Million in R&D Contracts in Calendar 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C., Feb 23, 2010
(GlobeNewswire 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 it has been awarded $3.2 million in R&D contracts by the United States Department of Defense related to
GaN microelectronics, including materials, device fabrication and high power circuits.
The $3.2 million in
R&D contracts extends RFMD's contract backlog for calendar 2010 to approximately $5 million. Since calendar 2004,
RFMD has been awarded approximately $13 million in R&D contracts by the U.S. Government.
Jeff Shealy, VP
and general manager of RFMD's Defense and Power business unit, said, "We are gratified to receive these R&D
contract awards from the U.S. Department of Defense, and we look forward to furthering our research and
development efforts related to GaN microelectronics, including materials, device fabrication and high power
circuits. GaN technology is superior to other semiconductor process technologies in power per square millimeter,
bandwidth and breakdown voltages, and the unique physical properties of RFMD's GaN technology deliver
industry-leading reliability performance."
Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD, said, "Given the
superior performance characteristics of RFMD's GaN technology, we expect it to be a disruptive technology across a
broad range of defense applications, including radar, communications and electronic warfare. RFMD's
state-of-the-art GaN technology is also applicable to a growing number of commercial applications, such as public
mobile radio, 3G/4G base stations, CATV line amplifiers, as well as exciting new applications in high performance
"Importantly, RFMD's GaN technology is manufactured in the same high-volume manufacturing
facility as our industry-leading GaAs products, providing RFMD a measurable competitive advantage and enabling
further improvement in RFMD's return on invested capital (ROIC)."
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