RFMD Announces Additional Expansion of Foundry Services to Include Molecular Beam Epitaxial (MBE) Products and
Foundry Services to Leverage Industry Leadership in Compound Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing to
Deliver Flexible Set of MBE-Related Epitaxial Products and Services
GREENSBORO, N.C., Sep 30, 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 the Company has further expanded its Foundry Services to deliver
multiple molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) platforms, epitaxial characterization and epitaxial development
structures, including specialty and high-volume, arsenic- and phosphorus-based processes.
RFMD's MBE Foundry Services offerings include working with customers to develop epitaxial structures and
MBE growth conditions, delivery of epitaxial wafers grown to exact customer specifications, and developing
epitaxial design of experiments (DOEs). MBE Foundry Services will leverage the Company's expertise in high-volume
manufacturing and experience in the development of several generations of epitaxial structures to support
customers by delivering quality products with world-class cycle times.
Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD's Multi-Market Products Group, said, "We have the industry's fastest
cycle times, and we expect to use that as a key performance discriminator in our MBE foundry service. We have one
of the world's largest MBE production facilities and two of the world's largest compound semiconductor wafer
fabrication facilities in operation, which enable us to deliver a flexible set of MBE-related products and
services while driving shorter time-to-market."
Depending on a customer's development requirements, RFMD's MBE Foundry Services team will help design an
epilayer structure and MBE process to optimize the performance of an existing epistructure. The team provides
experience with growing and developing structures such as BiHEMTs, BiFETs, MOSFETs, VCELs and metamorphic, along
with a range of material offerings on gallium arsenide (GaAs) substrates, including:
Gallium arsenide (GaAs)
-- Indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs)
-- Aluminum gallium
-- Indium gallium phosphide (InGaP)
-- Aluminum indium phosphide
The announcement of MBE Foundry Services marks another significant step in RFMD's
diversification strategy. RFMD will leverage its existing foundry experience in supporting MBE-based customers.
"We are committed to growing our foundry services and have the installed capacity to meet our internal needs and
the needs of our external foundry customers," said Bob Van Buskirk.
"RFMD's introduction of GaN-based foundry services in 2009 has provided a flexible business platform to
launch MBE services this year," added Chris Santana, director of RFMD's MBE operations. "We now have all the
aspects of a full-service, commercial turn-key foundry in place, including purchasing and IP agreements, work-flow
procedures and web-based customer support processes, and we have tailored those commercial business processes and
systems to our MBE-based service."
RFMD's MBE Foundry Services holds an additional distinct advantage in the industry with its ability to
offer ultra-high vacuum (UHV) cleaning services. Wet cleaning capabilities include wet mechanical cleaning, wet
bead blasting, acid wet chemical etch, base wet chemical etch, and other services on a variety of stainless steel,
refractory metal and PBN ceramic parts.
Customers will gain access to a seasoned RFMD's Foundry Services support team with firsthand knowledge of
foundry customers' expectations and requirements. RFMD's Foundry Services support team combines more than 50 years
of foundry services experience, both as foundry customers and foundry suppliers.
To arrange a meeting with RFMD Foundry Services staff during European Microwave, in Paris, France,
September 28-30, 2010, or during Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Symposium, in Monterey, California,
the week of October 4th, 2010, please contact
RFMDFoundryServices@rfmd.com. Additional information can be obtained by visiting RFMD's website at
http://www.rfmd.com and clicking on "Foundry."
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
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