RFMD Commences Volume Shipments of Next-Generation WCDMA/HSPA+ Power Amplifiers for Smart Phones and 3G
RF720x Product Family Designed for Seamless Operation With 3G Reference Designs From Qualcomm and Other
Leading Open Market Chipset Suppliers
N.C., Aug 10, 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 it has commenced high-volume production shipments of its
WCDMA/HSPA+ power amplifiers (PAs) to leading smart phone and 3G device manufacturers in Korea and
product family is currently supporting multiple new data-centric devices, and volume shipments are
forecast to increase materially in calendar 2010.
PAs maximize efficiency across all major 3G frequency bands (1-6, 8-11, 33, 34) to extend battery life
in both voice and data operation. RFMD's
PAs also feature the industry's highest mid-power to high-power switch point, enabling further
improvement in efficiency and higher data throughput in mid-power data modes up to 19 dBm - several decibels
better than current competitive offerings.
higher mid-power switch point is especially critical to manufacturers of next-generation 3G/4G smart phones, as
they seek greater reductions in output power in data-only operation. Also, by optimizing all switch points
(low-power, mid-power and high-power) for data-centric smart phones, the
product family reduces customer test times related to calibration, further lowering total system costs
while also accelerating time-to-market.
Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG), said, "RFMD's innovative new
product family represents the next-generation of discrete 3G power amplifiers for smart phones and 3G
product family helps smart phone manufacturers significantly enhance the consumer experience by
extending battery life and enabling smaller device form factors. The
product family also lowers our customers' total system costs and helps to maximize customer-level
factory throughput by minimizing design cycle times and test times.
"We are particularly excited about new
smart phone programs we are supporting in Korea and China, and we look forward to ramping new design wins in the
near-term in Europe and North America."
product family includes nine high performance PAs designed for smartphones and 3G devices implementing
mode-specific, band-specific front end architectures. The
product family accommodates all major WCDMA/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA bands and band combinations and is optimized
for seamless operation with reference designs from Qualcomm and other leading open market 3G chipset suppliers.
RFMD's 3G product portfolio accommodates all major RF architectures, including existing
mode-specific/band-specific and mode-specific/multi-band architectures as well as emerging multimode/multi-band,
converged architectures. RFMD also supplies a broad portfolio of switch-based components optimized for smart
phones and 3G devices, providing a comprehensive RF product portfolio covering the entire cellular front end.
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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