RF Micro Devices® Press Release - May 24, 2010
RFMD Unveils Portfolio of I/Q Converters for Wireless Backhaul Applications
ANAHEIM, Calif., May 24, 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 portfolio of 10.0 GHz - 16.0 GHz GaAs pHEMT I/Q converters. The innovative I/Q converters are the
first in a series of new microwave radio front ends to be launched by RFMD for wireless backhaul applications.
RFMD's growing portfolio of microwave radio front ends helps network operators to quickly and cost-effectively
upgrade their backhaul networks to satisfy the increasing requirements of global mobile data uptake. The broadband
frequency performance of RFMD's newest I/Q converters enables a single product to support multiple radio bands.
This allows customers to use one part across multiple radio systems, greatly simplifying inventory management.
Additionally, each new I/Q converter features I/Q mixer topologies to reduce unwanted sideband filtering and
support IF frequencies from DC to 4GHz, helping to simplify the radio design process.
available microwave radio front ends are the
RFRX5933A and the
RFRX5933A are available in a compact 5mm x 5mm QFN package, and the
RFMX5986A is offered in a fully-molded 4mm x 4mm QFN package.
RFRX5933A targets receive applications and is an integrated 10.0 GHz - 16.0 GHz downconverter comprising a low
noise amplifier (LNA), I/Q image rejection mixer and LO buffer amplifier. The broadband
RFRX5933A exhibits an impressive noise figure of 2dB while maintaining 13dB conversion gain, 25dBc of image
rejection and IIP3 performance of 3dBm. With an input power of -20dBm, the
RFRX5933A offers radio designers a minimum IMD3 performance of -50dBc.
RFMX5986A 10.0 GHz - 16.0 GHz I/Q image rejection mixer integrates an LO buffer amplifier. Offering a
conversion loss of 8dB, 25dBc of image rejection and IIP3 performance of 25 dBm, it is an ideal partner for
designers wishing to deploy a standalone MMIC or discrete LNA.
RFUV5945A targets transmit applications and is an integrated 10.0 GHz -- 16.0 GHz upconverter comprising an
I/Q image rejection mixer, LPA and LO buffer amplifier. The
RFUV5945A delivers OIP3 of up to 24dBm and a conversion gain of 13dB.
RFMD's 10.0 GHz - 16.0 GHz I/Q converters deliver superior levels of integration to enable smaller radio
board footprints, decreased design time and automated board assembly. The I/Q converters are ideally suited for
current- and next-generation microwave radio applications.
Availability and Pricing
Samples and pre-production quantities are available now through
RFMD's online store or through local RFMD sales channels. The
RFUV5945A is priced at $19.97 in volumes of 10,000; the
RFRX5933A is priced at $18.75 in volumes of 10,000; and the
RFMX5986A is priced at $11.35 in volumes of 10,000.
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
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