RF Micro Devices® Press Release - May 4, 2010
RFMD Expands Broadband Transmission Product Portfolio
World's First 1.2 GHz CATV Amplifiers Enable Enhanced, Bandwidth-Driven CATV Services
KOLN, Germany, May 4, 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 announced the industry's first 1.2 GHz broadband transmission products, enabling enhanced, bandwidth-driven services for CATV operators and their subscribers. The new products provide options for cable operators to upgrade their network infrastructure to 1.2GHz, enhancing their network performance and providing bandwidth for growing broadcast and narrowcast services such as HDTV and emerging 3D HDTV.
The new products include the RFPD2580, the RFPP2590, and the RFOS601x. The RFPD2580 is a power doubler amplifier that uses RFMD's GaN technology to achieve 22.5dB gain at 1.2GHz and best-in-class signal output capability. The RFPP2590 is a hybrid push-pull amplifier module that delivers extremely low distortion and consumes just 240mA from a 24V supply. The RFPP2590 is a companion part to the RFPD2580, and the two products combine to optimize performance in CATV line extender amplifiers deployed in CATV distribution networks.
The RFOS601x is an optical receiver module designed for use in hybrid fiber coax (HFC) optical nodes. Optical nodes reside at the edge of the fiber network, converting light into electrical signals for transmission to CATV set-top boxes and home routers. The low distortion of the RFOS601x enables "fiber-deep" networks, in which the optical network is extended closer to the CATV subscriber, supporting higher data rates and addressing the increasing demand for high bandwidth video and broadband services.
Technical features of the RFPD2580 include:
-- 45-1200MHz bandwidth
-- 22.5dB minimum gain at 1200MHz
-- Power consumption 450mA maximum at 24VDC
-- GaN technology
-- Best in class output capability
Technical features of the RFPP2590 include:
-- 45-1200MHz bandwidth
-- 23.0dB minimum gain at 1200MHz
-- Power consumption 240mA maximum at 24VDC
-- 0.8dB gain flatness
-- Extremely low distortion: CTB = -60dBc max, CSO = -65dBc max
Technical features of the RFOS601x include:
-- 45-1200MHz bandwidth
-- 6.3 pA/sqr(Hz) maximum at 1200MHz EINC
-- Typically 32dBA/W O/E at 1200MHz
-- Available with FC/APC (RFOS6012) or SC/APC (RFOS6013) optical connector
The RFPD2580, RFPP2590, and RFOS601x are all available in industry-standard SOT115J packages and are available for sampling immediately.
About RFMD's GaN Technology
RFMD is the first to introduce GaN technology in CATV Hybrids. The unique performance characteristics of RFMD's GaN technology allow CATV operators to achieve 3dB higher output power without an increase in current consumption, or a 20% reduction in current consumption without a decrease in output power. RFMD's GaN technology also helps carriers expand the utilization of their cable networks to better compete with satellite and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.
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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