Press Release Summary:
Comprised of cellular transceiver module and cellular transmit module, POLARIS 2(TM) TOTAL RADIO(TM) solution is suited for handsets operating on GSM/GPRS and GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. Optimized performance in transmit module is achieved through Optimum Technology MatchingÂ® with GaAs HBT power amplifier, GaAs pHEMT switch, and CMOS controller. System can interface with range of basebands through support of very low IF and zero IF receive architectures.
Original Press Release:
RFMD Showcases POLARIS(TM)2 TOTAL RADIO(TM)Module Solution for Edge
SAN DIEGO--Jan. 17, 2006--RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD), a leading provider of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications applications, today announced the commercial launch of its complete POLARIS 2(TM) TOTAL RADIO(TM) Module solution, which is comprised of a cellular transceiver module and a cellular transmit module for handsets operating on the GSM/GPRS and GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. The performance, size and cost advantages of the POLARIS 2 TOTAL RADIO Module solution enable handset manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively introduce smaller, more feature-rich handsets capable of delivering the advanced levels of functionality and services of today's high data-rate networks.
The highly integrated and size-reduced two-module implementation of RFMD's POLARIS 2 TOTAL RADIO Module solution is expected to capitalize rapidly on the commercial success of RFMD's three-placement POLARIS 2 TOTAL RADIO, which is the industry's highest-volume EDGE radio chipset. Commercial shipments of the POLARIS cellular transceiver module for EDGE commenced in the December 2005 quarter, and the complete POLARIS module solution is ramping now to an additional customer for multiple GPRS and EDGE handsets in 2006.
"POLARIS transceivers are the preferred RF solution in millions of handsets to date, and we anticipate continued success as multiple high-volume GPRS and EDGE handsets enabled by our best-of-breed transceivers are launched and ramp to volume in 2006 and 2007," said Eric Creviston, Corporate Vice President of Cellular Products at RFMD. "With its low component count, reduced size and advanced levels of integration, our POLARIS Module solution enables leading handset manufacturers to incorporate more advanced features into their high volume GPRS and EDGE handsets while also accelerating their products' time to market."
RFMD's POLARIS 2 TOTAL RADIO Module solution is a complete, two-placement radio consisting of transceiver and transmit modules designed to support up to four frequency bands while operating under the GSM, GPRS and EDGE air interface standards. Features and benefits of the POLARIS 2 TOTAL RADIO Module solution include the following:
-- Smallest form factor currently in volume production
-- Streamlined supply chain through a two-module (RF6026 and RF3178) complete radio implementation
o Reduced time-to-market with Rx SAW filters and passive components integrated into the transceiver module (RF6026)
o Optimized performance in the transmit module (RF3178) achieved through Optimum Technology Matching(R) - GaAs HBT power amplifier, GaAs pHEMT switch and CMOS controller
-- Ability to interface with a range of basebands through support of very low IF (VLIF) and zero IF (ZIF) receive architectures, and the availability of both analog and digital baseband interfaces
RFMD's POLARIS transceiver product portfolio is comprised of the POLARIS 1 transceiver chipset for GSM/GPRS handsets, the industry leading POLARIS 2 TOTAL RADIO transceiver chipset for GSM/GPRS/EDGE handsets and the highly integrated and size-reduced POLARIS 2 TOTAL RADIO Module solution for both GSM/GPRS and GSM/GPRS/EDGE handsets.
About RF Micro Devices
RF Micro Devices, Inc., an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer, designs, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications products and applications. The Company is a leading supplier of power amplifiers, one of the most critical radio frequency (RF) components in cellular phones. The Company is also the leading manufacturer of GaAs HBT, which offers distinct advantages over other technologies for the manufacture of current- and next-generation power amplifiers. The Company's products are included primarily in cellular phones, base stations, wireless local area networks (WLANs), cable television modems and global positioning systems (GPS). The Company
derives revenue from the sale of standard and custom-designed products. The Company offers a broad array of products including amplifiers, mixers, modulators/demodulators and single-chip transmitters, Bluetooth(R) products and receivers and transceivers
that represent a substantial majority of the RFICs required in wireless subscriber equipment. The Company's goal is to be the premier supplier of low-cost, high-performance integrated circuits and solutions for applications that enable wireless connectivity. RF Micro Devices, Inc. is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol RFMD. For more information about RFMD, please visit www.rfmd.com.
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