RF Micro Devices® Press Release - March 29, 2011
RFMD's PowerSmart™ Wins Compound Semiconductor Industry's
N.C., March 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 that Compound Semiconductor magazine has recognized the Company's
PowerSmart™ power platform (RFRD6460) as the compound semiconductor
industry's most innovative device of 2011. The award was presented on
March 22, 2011, by Compound Semiconductor magazine during the 2011 CS
Industry Awards in Frankfurt, Germany.
RFMD's revolutionary PowerSmart
power platforms feature an RF Configurable Power Core™ that delivers
multiband, multi-mode coverage of all cellular communications modulation
schemes, up to 4G LTE 64QAM. PowerSmart power platforms also include
all necessary switching and signal conditioning functionality in a compact
reference design, providing leading device manufacturers a single scalable
source for the entire cellular front end.
The exceptional design
flexibility of RFMD's PowerSmart power platforms enables designers of
smartphones and tablets to eliminate months of development time and
cover broader segments of the market with a single design, while saving
considerably on size, current consumption and R&D cost, versus competitive
Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD, said,
"We are extremely pleased that Compound Semiconductor magazine has recognized
RFMD's PowerSmart as the compound semiconductor industry's most innovative
device of 2011. RFMD is sharply focused on expanding our leadership
in compound semiconductors into multiple markets, and we believe PowerSmart
is at the forefront of a technology shift to converged front ends in
multi-mode, multiband smartphones.
"In addition to our GaAs-based
PowerSmart technology, RFMD's efforts in GaAs-based concentrated photovoltaics
and GaN-based high power amplifiers are serving to extend the role of
compound semiconductors in the world's fastest growing markets."
"Compound Semiconductor is proud of the CS Industry Awards and the
overwhelming response from the compound semiconductor industry," said
Richard Stevenson, Editor. "We feel it is important to highlight the
technological achievements within the industry, such as RFMD's PowerSmart.
These categories and products represent key areas of innovation in the
chip manufacturing process."
RFMD recently commenced volume production
shipments of the RFRD6460 PowerSmart power platform in support of the
Samsung Galaxy S 2 family of 3G/4G smartphones and tablets and the LG
Optimus 3D. The Company has a strong intellectual property position
in support of PowerSmart, with multiple patent applications in process.
Compound Semiconductor magazine is the most authoritative and widest
read title serving the compound semiconductor community worldwide.
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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N.C., RFMD is an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer with
worldwide engineering, design, sales and service facilities. RFMD is
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