RFMD Unveils Portfolio of Cellular Front End Modules for 3G/4G Switch
and Signal Conditioning Applications
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 addition of four new products to RFMD's expanding portfolio of front end modules for 3G/4G
switch and signal conditioning applications.
RFMD's switch and signal conditioning product portfolio includes antenna switch modules, switch filter modules,
switch duplexer modules, RF power management components, and low noise amplifiers. The four newly introduced
products — the RF8889A, the RF1291, the RF1194A, and the RF1196 — are each optimized to solve the complex RF
requirements of 3G/4G smartphones related to high band count and harmonics.
Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG), said, "RFMD's highly integrated,
high-performance cellular front end modules solve our customers' increasingly complex RF requirements and deliver
unmatched ease-of-use benefits related to size, performance and platform flexibility by offering ascending levels
of switch, filter and duplexer functionality within a single module. Importantly, our expanding portfolio of
antenna switch modules, switch filter modules and switch duplexer modules is highly complementary to all of our
power platforms and provide our customers a single scalable source for the entire cellular front end."
The RF8889A and RF1291 single-pole 10 throw (SP10T) antenna switch modules (ASMs) deliver industry-leading
linearity performance and excellent insertion loss for high-throw count applications and are compatible with
reference designs from Qualcomm, Intel and ST-Ericsson. The RF8889A and RF1291 are specifically targeted at
smartphone applications in which the coexistence requirements of multiple radio standards
(GSM/WCDMA/LTE/WiFi/Bluetooth®) place critical importance on switch linearity and harmonic performance.
RF1194A switch filter module (SFM) delivers the linearity and insertion loss performance of the RF8889A and RF1291
ASMs and expands upon their functionality by adding GSM Rx SAW filters. The RF1196 switch duplexer module (SDM)
delivers the switch and filter capabilities of RFMD's ASMs and SFMs and expands upon their functionality by
integrating a WCDMA band 1 duplexer. The RF1196 is first in a family of RFMD SDM products that significantly
reduce total solution size by delivering complete front end integration of all switch and filter requirements in a
single front end module.
RFMD offers the industry's most innovative portfolio of radio frequency components, including cellular power
amplifier modules, cellular transmit modules, antenna switch modules, switch filter modules, switch duplexer
modules, and front ends for Wi-Fi, WiMAX and GPS applications. RFMD also offers an expanding portfolio of wireless
infrastructure products, including the world's most efficient broadband GaN power amplifier for 3G/4G base
RF systems expertise and is a preferred supplier to the world's leading mobile device, customer premises and
communications equipment providers.
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
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