GaN-Based Amplifiers support DOCSIS 3.1 cable networking.

Press Release Summary:

DOCSIS 3.1 products include 1.2 GHz power amplifiers as both hybrids and multi-chip modules (MCMs) that use GaN HEMT process technology. Of 11 amplifiers, 6 are gallium nitride (GaN)-based products that support DOCSIS 3.1 requirements. Specific offerings include power doubler amplifiers, push pull amplifiers, optical receivers, reverse path amplifier, and digital step attenuators. GaN technology offers power density required to meet high-power CATV requirements and increase data rates.

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RFMD Expands Industry-Leading GaN Product Portfolio to Support DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Networking at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

Industry's Broadest Gallium Nitride (GaN) Amplifier Family Allows CATV Operators and MSOs to Easily Upgrade Networks to Meet DOCSIS 3.1 Requirements

DENVER -- SCTE Cable-Tec Expo -- RFMD (Nasdaq:RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions, today unveiled 11 new amplifiers of which six are gallium nitride- (GaN-) based products to support the requirements of the new data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1. RFMD will showcase its portfolio of industry-leading CATV components for customers at its booth/meeting room (#2044) at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver from September 22-25.

RFMD's DOCSIS 3.1 family includes 1.2GHz power amplifiers as both hybrids and multi-chip modules (MCMs) that use state of the art GaN HEMT process technology and offer optimal linearity and output power while providing robust reliability. The newest addition to RFMD's product portfolio for DOCSIS 3.1 includes new power doubler amplifiers, push pull amplifiers, optical receivers, a reverse path amplifier, and a family of digital step attenuators. With the addition of these new products, RFMD now offers more than 25 products tailored for DOCSIS 3.1 applications, making it the industry's broadest offering.

RFMD's downstream amplifiers operate from 40MHz to 1.218GHz with extremely low distortion levels and excellent input and output return loss (20dB typical). The reverse path amplifiers work up to 300MHz with high gain and highly integrated functions. RFMD's GaN technology offers the power density required to meet high power CATV requirements. RFMD has been shipping high-volume CATV GaN-based amplifiers for the past five years.

RFMD's award-winning GaN family allows cable operators and MSOs to easily upgrade existing CATV infrastructure to meet the power amplifier requirements of the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard, increasing effective downstream data rates from 160 Megabits per second (Mb/s) to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbit/s), and upstream data rates from 120 Mb/s to 1 Gbit/s when compared to DOCSIS 3.0. Due to the high output and gain benefits derived from RFMD's GaN amplifiers, cable operators can upgrade their existing equipment within current locations, saving on both installation time and cost.

"We continue to expand our family of GaN products, providing cable operators and MSOs an easy, cost-effective upgrade path to DOCSIS 3.1 to extend the life of their existing networks," said Gorden Cook, general manager of RFMD's Power Broadband Business Unit. "RFMD remains the only company shipping GaN amplifiers for CATV in high volumes and in the device and MCM packages customers need today, and we look forward to sharing additional information about this growing family of products at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo."

About RFMD

RFMD (Nasdaq:RFMD) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions. RFMD's products enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity, and support advanced functionality in the mobile device, wireless infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN or Wi-Fi), cable television (CATV)/broadband, Smart Energy/advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), 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. RFMD is an ISO 9001-, ISO 14001-, and ISO/TS 16949-certified manufacturer with worldwide engineering, design, sales and service facilities. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at



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