RF Micro Devices® Press Release - November 15, 2011
RFMD Expands Broadband Product Portfolio with Market-Leading
-- Products Feature RFMD's Low-Power, Wide-Bandwidth GaN-Based Technology
Amplifiers for CATV Networks
ATLANTA, Nov. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SCTE Cable-Tec Expo®
-- 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 introduction of a new
product family of high performance differential amplifiers for cable
television (CATV) networks. The broadband CATV products leverage RFMD's
product and technology leadership to deliver enhanced functionality
and improved performance to CATV access networks worldwide.
RFMD's newest broadband CATV products (the RFCM2680, RFPP2870, RFAM2790,
and RFCA8818) leverage the Company's combination of advanced compound
semiconductor technologies, high-volume module assembly, and industry-leading
manufacturing scale to enable measurable improvements in efficiency,
size, and performance. RFMD's GaN technology, in particular, delivers
unprecedented gains in performance and power efficiency, at a time when
both are increasingly critical to CATV network deployment.
Upton, general manager of RFMD's Broadband Components business unit,
said, "To accommodate the explosive consumer demand for digital content,
multi-system operators (MSOs) are seeking more bandwidth, higher output,
and lower distortion, while also requiring lower power consumption to
reduce operating expenses and lower total system cost to mitigate the
cost of capital-intensive network changes. RFMD's broadband CATV products
are designed to address these challenges and meet our customers' current
and future needs for efficiency, size, and performance. By delivering
advanced functionality and enhanced performance across a broad range
of CATV applications, RFMD is helping our customers to achieve new levels
of performance in the CATV marketplace."
The RFCM2680. The RFCM2680 is the world's first GaN-based surface mount
power doubler. Capable of delivering +61dBmV output power, the RFCM2680
consumes 20% less current for the same linearity performance, compared
to GaAs technology.
Samples of the RFCM2680, RFPP2870, RFAM2790, and RFCA8818 are available
now through RFMD's online store, or through local RFMD sales channels.
- The RFCM2680's surface mount package allows up to 50% savings
in board area over industry-standard SOT115J packages.
- The RFPP2870 is a GaN-based push-pull amplifier featuring high
gain 28dB (minimum at 1003MHz) and excellent linearity at low distortion
levels. It is available in an industry-standard SOT115J package.
- The RFAM2790. The RFAM2790 functions as an Edge QAM amplifier
or a push-pull amplifier with +46dBmV output power. Its inner-stage
attenuator provides 8-28dB gain range and it features power-down
functionality for power save mode. The part meets DOCSIS 3.0 specifications
with 7dB margin.
- The RFCA8818. The RFCA8818 is a push-pull amplifier featuring
low noise performance (2dB noise figure). It is optimized for CATV
line driver stages and delivers 17dB gain, +34dBmV minimum output
power, and internal input and output matching.
RFMD's extensive portfolio of CATV products includes SOT115J packaged
amplifiers, MMICs, modules, frequency modulation components, and passive
components. RFMD is showcasing its portfolio of industry-leading wired
broadband components at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, in Atlanta, Georgia,
in Booth 1546, from November 15 until November 17, 2011.
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.
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.
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