RF Micro Devices® Press Release - May 13, 2010
RFMD Unveils Complete Front End Module for Handheld
WiFi and Bluetooth Systems
N.C., May 13, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD), a global
leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance RF components and compound semiconductor technologies,
today unveiled a highly integrated new front end module (FEM) that delivers a complete integrated solution for
handset/handheld WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth(R) systems.
FEM integrates a 2.5 GHz Power Amplifier (PA), multi-throw switch (SP3T), Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) and
power detector coupler. The RF5755 also features integrated matching circuitry with output harmonic attenuation,
reducing the bill of materials (BOM) and manufacturing costs. The RF5755 is packaged in a small 16-pin QFN package
(3mm x 3mm x 0.5mm), minimizing layout area in customer applications.
The highly integrated
delivers many features and customer benefits: high linear output power (20 dBm) allowing higher
efficiency and lower EVM for 11n applications; the ability to switch between WiFi transmit, WiFi receive, or
Bluetooth (transmit or receive); reduced need for a high loss/attenuation filter at the FEM output; high IIP3 and
gain; simultaneous receive of WiFi and Bluetooth with positive gain in both paths (utilizing the SPST switch after
the LNA); and a direct-to-battery connection eliminating the need for additional DC circuitry. Additionally, the
integrated power detector coupler decreases sensitivity to voltage supply, temperature, and VSWR and improves the
accuracy of the closed loop power control.
FEM is fully tested, including EVM and all DC parameters, providing a reduced size, single-placement
solution that minimizes system footprint, reduces costs, and accelerates time-to-market for high linear output
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
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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global macroeconomic and credit conditions on our business and the business of our suppliers and customers,
variability in operating results, the rate of growth and development of wireless markets, risks associated with
the reduced investment in our wireless systems business, our ability to execute on our plans to consolidate or
relocate manufacturing operations, our reliance on inclusion in third party reference designs for a portion of our
revenue, our ability to manage channel partner and customer relationships, risks associated with the operation of
our wafer fabrication facilities, molecular beam epitaxy facility, assembly facility and test and tape and reel
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not realize expected synergies from our business combinations, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel
and develop leaders, variability in production yields, raw material costs and availability, our ability to reduce
costs and improve margins in response to declining average selling prices, our ability to bring new products to
market, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in response to changes in demand for our
products, dependence on a limited number of customers, dependence on gallium arsenide (GaAs) for the majority of
our products, and dependence on third parties. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in
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VP, Investor Relations
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