RFMD Expands Portfolio of Industry-Leading 5GHz WiFi Front End Modules
(FEMs) for Handsets, Smartphones and Tablets
-- RFMD's WiFi FEMs Address Wide Range of High-Performance Applications
and Target Explosive Growth in WiFi End Markets
N.C., March 8, 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 the expansion of its industry-leading 5 GHz WiFi product portfolio
to include three new 5 GHz high-band WiFi front end modules (FEMs) with
integrated power amplifiers (PAs). The three new 5 GHz FEMs — the RF5686,
the RF5506, and the RF5516 -- deliver industry-leading high power and
high linearity and are optimized for the rapidly growing smartphone
and tablet markets.
The global WiFi market is growing rapidly and is forecast to represent
a greater than $1 billion total addressable market (TAM) by 2014. Adoption
of dual-band WiFi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) in handsets is estimated to increase
from approximately 25% of all handsets in 2011 to approximately 50%
of all handsets in 2012, with increasing emphasis on the 5 GHz band
for use in 3G/4G smartphones. The anticipated growth in tablet devices
is also forecast to support 5 GHz FEM adoption, as mobile WiFi chipsets
for tablets increasingly adopt dual-band functionality.
the growing market demand, RFMD has developed industry-leading FEMs
with high levels of integration, small package sizes, and best-in-class
linearity performance. RFMD offers a broad portfolio of highly integrated
FEMs that include the PA, the switch, filtering, baluns and an optional
low noise amplifier (LNA) for both single-band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) and
dual- band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) operation. RFMD's WiFi product portfolio
also includes discrete PAs, switches and switch/LNA products that support
integrated chipset solutions.
Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD's
Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), said, "RFMD forecasts the WiFi market
will expand significantly as dual-band adoption increases and as volume expands
across a variety of end markets, including smartphones, tablets, home
automation, WiFi TV, automotive and personal computing. Because carrier
requirements continue to demand higher power levels, this is placing
an even greater focus on product performance and increasing the reliance
on RFMD's core technology and product development capabilities."
Samples and production quantities of the RF5686, RF5506, and RF5516
are available now through RFMD sales representatives and through the
RFMD online store at www.rfmd.com.
Product brochures are available and can be downloaded from RFMD's website
or by contacting RFMD at 336-664-1233.
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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