RFMD(R) Commences WCDMA Shipments to Leading Tier-One Handset Manufacturer
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high- performance radio systems and solutions, today announced it has begun pre- production shipments of its RF3266 WCDMA power amplifier (PA) to a leading tier-one handset original equipment manufacturer (OEM), representing the commencement of a high volume ramp to this OEM. Leveraging proprietary technology and an industry-leading portfolio of 3G front ends, RFMD's RF3266 is powering a feature-rich 3G handset platform expected to support multiple handsets.
The most recent handset to be supported by the RF3266 is an ultra-compact slider phone supporting full quad-band EDGE and Band I WCDMA/HSDPA for global roaming coverage. As a 3G handset with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA support, the sleek new handset delivers full access to mobile operators' data services and also features a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, a large touchpad display, Bluetooth® functionality and support for Bluetooth® stereo headphones -- all to provide a complete multi-media experience to the end user.
Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Handset Products Group (CPG), said, "With the shipment of our industry-leading WCDMA front ends into this handset platform, RFMD further solidifies our momentum in the high-growth 3G multi-mode market and demonstrates our ability to deliver large production volumes of highly integrated, value-added RF solutions. We are very pleased to support this valued customer and anticipate a high-volume ramp in calendar 2008."
Manufacturers of 3G multi-mode handsets routinely select RFMD's industry- leading WCDMA PAs as a result of proprietary innovations, such as the low power mode featured in the RF3266, which enables 3G handsets to extend battery life during WCDMA/HSDPA operation. RFMD's RF3266 is a Band I, HSDPA-compliant WCDMA power amplifier with unique integrated power detection circuitry. The RF3266 is fully matched for easy implementation and is housed in a small 3x3x0.9mm package, providing the lowest profile WCDMA PA in the industry. The product's low power mode efficiency and linearity lineups enable handset manufacturers to optimize the transmit chain to meet various requirements of linearity, efficiency and output power. The RF3266 is designed to be the final WCDMA amplification stage in a 3G multi-mode mobile transmit lineup operating in the 1920MHz to 1980MHz band.
RFMD anticipates continued sales growth in the 3G handset market, which the Company forecasts will grow greater than 40% in 2008. RFMD is the leading supplier of 3G front ends, with a broad product portfolio catering to the varying requirements of all manufacturers and channel partners.
RFMD will showcase its industry-leading portfolio of cellular front end products at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 11-14, 2008, in Hall 8, Stand 8B79.
About RFMD: RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency systems and solutions. RFMD's cellular front ends, cellular transceivers, RF components and system-on-chip (SoC) solutions enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity and support advanced functionality in the cellular handset, cellular base station, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV networking, aerospace, defense, and global positioning systems (GPS) markets. Recognized for its diverse portfolio of state-of-the-art semiconductor technologies and vast RF systems expertise, RFMD is a preferred supplier to the world's leading mobile device and RF equipment manufacturers.
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