RF Micro Devices(R) Expands Industry-Leading Family of 2G Transmit Modules

BARCELONA, Spain , Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components and semiconductor technologies, today introduced three new products – the RF7170, RF7171, and RF7172, expanding RFMD's industry-leading family of dual- and quad-band GSM/GPRS transmit modules.  

The RF71xx family of transmit modules is the industry's highest volume GSM/GPRS transmit module product family, and the GSM/GPRS air interface standards represent the world's largest cellular market by volume. In December, 2009, RFMD announced it had surpassed shipments of 25 million RF71xx transmit modules, and RFMD expects to ship its 100 millionth RF71xx transmit module in the current quarter, reflecting increasing customer demand, particularly in Korea, China and Taiwan . Quarterly volumes of RF71xx transmit modules are currently forecasted to grow throughout calendar 2010.

Paul Augustine , general manager of RFMD's Component Solutions Business Unit, said, “These new products expand RFMD's RF71xx product family to include 10 transmit modules that cover a full range of functionality and layout requirements across the GSM/GPRS chipsets of all major platform providers. Leveraging the proven success of our RF716x dual-band products, these quad-band transmit modules extend end-product coverage to higher tier handsets while continuing to reduce our customers' costs and accelerate their time-to-market through the implementation of true platform solutions.”

RFMD's RF71xx product family is designed to meet or exceed the evolving RF component requirements of GSM/GPRS handsets, including high efficiency, reduced solution size and robust ESD protection, while also satisfying the need for quality, reliability and reduced handset bill-of-material (BOM) costs. All three new transmit modules (TxMs) offer quad-band transmit and dual-band receive capability, making them ideal for platform designs. Additionally, the transmit modules feature multiple LGA pin-out options, allowing for optimum component routing.  

RFMD offers the mobile device industry's broadest and most innovative portfolio of radio frequency components, including cellular power amplifier modules, cellular transmit modules, cellular switch and filter modules, and front ends for Wi-Fi, WiMAX and GPS applications. RFMD's product portfolio is on display at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain , February 15 to February 18 .

Availability and Pricing

All RF71xx TxMs are production released and available immediately. Each TxM in the RF71xx family is priced under $1.00 in quantities of 10,000. For more pricing information, please contact your local RFMD sales representative or visit

About RFMD

RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies. 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

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