RFMD(R) Launches Multi-Market Products Group
GREENSBORO, N.C., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency systems and solutions, announced today the establishment of the Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), following RFMD's successful completion of the acquisition of Sirenza Microdevices Inc., which was announced yesterday. MPG will be led by Bob Van Buskirk, former president and CEO of Sirenza. MPG joins the Cellular Handset Products Group (CPG), led by Eric Creviston, in reporting to Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD.
"We expect the formation of the Multi-Market Products Group will enable RFMD to significantly diversify its business and drive new, profitable growth opportunities beyond the cellular handset market," stated Bob Van Buskirk, president of MPG. "RFMD has a tremendous range of technologies, products and supply chain capabilities that MPG can leverage and deploy to better serve our broad base of multi-market end markets and global customers."
Selected examples of technology, products and supply chain benefits include:
-- The deployment of RFMD's high-performance gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor process technology into power amplifiers (PAs) for CATV applications, power modules for revolutionary new light-generation applications and PA modules for cellular infrastructure and emerging WiMAX infrastructure applications -- The re-deployment of existing cellular handset IP into a wide range of broadband, consumer and wireless connectivity products -- The addition of existing CPG products, currently incorporated into highly integrated cellular handset RF solutions, to MPG's current, industry-leading standard products portfolio, such as mixers, RF switches, variable gain attenuators, control devices and PA ICs -- Access to advanced technologies currently in development by RFMD, including micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), integrated RF shielding, state-of-the-art multi-chip module (MCM) packaging and advanced gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor technologies, including next-generation GaAs HBT and GaAs pHEMT -- The realization of significant supply chain efficiencies, including enhanced component and semiconductor wafer sourcing, cost-efficient IC packaging from common suppliers and greatly improved R & D development cycle times through RFMD's industry-leading, vertically integrated wafer fabs, IC/module assembly facilities and test facilities MPG will drive its business through five market-oriented business units: -- Aerospace and Defense -- Broadband and Consumer -- Wireless Connectivity -- Wireless Infrastructure -- Standard RF Components
Each of MPG's five business units, and additional information regarding the anticipated benefits described above, will be discussed during RFMD's 2007 analyst day, which will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. ET and will last until approximately 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 15. A simultaneous live broadcast of the event will be webcast over the Internet and will be available to any interested party at http://www.rfmd.com. The live webcast will be listen-only and will be archived for replay.
About RFMD: RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq GS: RFMD) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency systems and solutions for applications that drive wireless and broadband communications. 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.
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 www.rfmd.com.
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