HSPA+ Power Amplifiers support 48-51% peak efficiencies.

Press Release Summary:

Covering WCDMA bands 1/2/4/5/8, RF724x series is comprised of single-mode 3G/4G components designed to enhance performance of smartphones, tablets, and other data-centric connected devices. Package occupies 3 x 3 mm footprint, and PAs can deliver DG.09 performance as low as 13 mA when combined with companion DC/DC converters or chipsets featuring on-chip DC/DC converter functionality. Other features include high directivity coupler and 2-bit GPIO control logic.

Original Press Release:

RFMD® Introduces Power Amplifiers with Breakthrough Peak Efficiency

RFMD's RF724x 4G HSPA+ Power Amplifiers Deliver Up To 51% Peak Efficiency

Production Orders Received From A Leading Smartphone Manufacturer

BARCELONA, Spain -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, today announced availability of the Company's RF724x family of HSPA+ power amplifiers. RFMD's RF724x 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 support ultra-high peak efficiency of 48%-51%, significantly above current competitive offerings. Additionally, when combined with one of RFMD's companion DC-DC converters or with chipsets featuring on-chip DC-DC converter functionality, RFMD's RF724x power amplifiers can deliver best-in-class DG.09 performance as low as 13 mA - directly translating into superior 3G talk time. RFMD's RF724x product family is comprised of five PAs covering WCDMA bands 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8, addressing the most common 3G/4G frequency bands and band combinations.

Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG), said, "RFMD's RF724x power amplifiers are specifically designed to reduce the thermal impact of data usage in smartphones while enabling increased battery life during data-based applications like web surfing, video calls and internet radio services. We anticipate significant customer adoption this year, and we expect our first production shipments will commence for a leading North American smartphone manufacturer later this quarter."

All RF724x power amplifiers are packaged in a standardized 3x3 mm footprint, significantly improving smartphone platform flexibility and ease of implementation. RFMD's RF724x power amplifiers also feature an integrated high directivity coupler, standard 2-bit GPIO control logic, and low insertion phase shift between bias states.

RFMD offers a broad portfolio of 3G solutions in single-mode and multimode converged and hybrid architectures to ensure compatibility with leading chipset providers and enable global platform manufacturing.

About RFMD

RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components. 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 more information, please visit RFMD's web site at www.rfmd.com.

RF MICRO DEVICES® and RFMD® are trademarks of RFMD, LLC. All other trade names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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