RF Micro Devices® Press Release - December 8, 2011
RFMD Powers New Smartphones with Industry-Leading 3G/4G Products
-- RFMD's PowerSmart(TM) Power Platform and RF724x Ultra-High
Efficiency PAs Deliver
Unmatched Performance in
N.C., Dec. 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 it has commenced volume production of multiple 3G/4G power
amplifiers (PAs), in support of two leading smartphone families. The
two most recent smartphones supported by RFMD® feature RFMD's PowerSmart™
power platform and RFMD's RF724x family of ultra-high efficiency power
The first smartphone, featuring RFMD's PowerSmart,
is a stylish, all-touch handset featuring a brilliant 3.2" high resolution
display, a 5MP camera with flash and video recording, and preinstalled
social networking apps for a smoothly integrated mobile experience.
The second smartphone, featuring RFMD's RF7241, RF7242, RF7244, RF7245,
and RF7258, is a powerful, full-featured smartphone with a high resolution
touch display, a highly tactile keyboard, and a precise optical trackpad.
The smartphone will be available in multiple triple-band 3G versions
featuring RFMD's ultra-high efficiency 3G/4G PAs exclusively. Both smartphones
are manufactured by a leading North America-based smartphone manufacturer.
Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG),
said, "RFMD's industry-leading 3G/4G products continue to gain design
momentum with the world's leading smartphone manufacturers. Similar
to calendar 2011, we believe RFMD will be a clear share gainer during
calendar 2012, not only in UMTS/HSPA+, but also in 4G LTE."
RF724x UMTS/HSPA+ power amplifiers are ultra-high efficiency, single-mode
3G/4G components that reset the bar for performance in smartphones,
tablets, and other high-performance data-centric connected devices.
RFMD's RF724x power amplifiers deliver ultra-high peak efficiency of
48%-51%, significantly above current competitive offerings. The product
family currently covers WCDMA bands 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8, addressing the
most common UMTS/HSPA+ frequency bands and band combinations.
RFMD's PowerSmart power platform is a new product category reshaping
the future of multimode, multi-band cellular RF architectures. PowerSmart
features a revolutionary new RF Configurable Power Core™ that delivers
multiband, multi-mode coverage of all cellular communications modulation
schemes, including GSM/GPRS, EDGE, EDGE Evolution, CDMA, 3G (TD-SCDMA
or WCDMA) and 4G (HSPA+, LTE or WiMAX). The RF Configurable Power Core
in PowerSmart is compliant with all current and known future 4G data
standards (HSPA+, LTE QPSK, LTE 16QAM, and LTE 64QAM).
to the RF Configurable Power Core, which performs all power amplification
and power management functionality, RFMD's PowerSmart power platform
includes all necessary switching and signal conditioning functionality
in a compact reference design, providing smartphone manufacturers a
single scalable source for the entire cellular front end.
offers a broad portfolio of 3G/4G solutions in single-mode and multimode
converged and hybrid architectures to ensure compatibility with leading
chipset providers and enable global platform manufacturing. RFMD's 3G/4G
product portfolio reduces the thermal impact of data usage in smartphones
while enabling increased battery life during data-based applications,
such as web surfing, video calls and internet radio services.
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.
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
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