RF Micro Devices® Press Release - March 29, 2011
RFMD's PowerSmart™ Wins Compound Semiconductor Industry's
Most Innovative Device Award
GREENSBORO, 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 offerings.
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.
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 Select Market under the
symbol RFMD. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at
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