RFMD : Broadband products improve CATV infrastructure

RF Micro Devices, Inc. has announced the addition of two products to its extensive portfolio of broadband transmission products. The two newly released products are RFMD’s D10040300GTH hybrid power doubler amplifier module and OS10040320PW optical receiver module. Both are designed for current- and next-generation CATV infrastructure applications.

The D10040300GTH hybrid power doubler amplifier module is specifically designed for CATV infrastructure applications including line amplification and hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) optical nodes. The D10040300GTH operates from 40MHz to 1 GHz while typically maintaining 30dB or better of gain across the entire frequency range — an industry first among available power doublers. The D10040300GTH helps cable operators to upgrade existing distribution networks to 1GHz and enables bandwidth-intensive services such as high-speed data, voice and HDTV. Operators can also exploit the linearity of the device to reduce the number of amplifiers in the network.

The OS10040320PW is a 1GHz hybrid high dynamic range optical receiver module designed for use in HFC optical nodes and deep fiber network installations. The OS10040320PW contains a single-mode optical input suitable for wavelengths from 1290nm to 1600nm, a terminal for monitoring the PIN diode current and an electrical output with an impedance of 75 Ohms. The equivalent input noise current (EINC) performance of the OS10040320PW is among the industry’s lowest at 5 pico Amps per root Hertz, typical performance, helping cable operators to implement “fiber deep” solutions as they upgrade to 1GHz networks. Specifically, by enabling the optical node portion of HFC networks to be placed deeper into CATV networks, the OS10040320PW minimizes requirements for more costly Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs).

Alastair Upton, general manager of RFMD’s Broadband Components business unit, said, “RFMD® is pleased to support multiple system operators (MSOs) and their infrastructure equipment providers with innovative new products such as the D10040300GTH and OS10040320PW. As MSOs continue to upgrade their CATV infrastructure to 1GHz and implement fiber deep programs, these new products help to lower overall upgrade costs and enhance system performance.”

Technical features of the D10040300GTH include:

• Industry-standard SOT115J package
• 30.5dB minimum gain at 1 GHz
• Extremely low distortion with typical CTB of -65 dBc and CSO of -65 dBc
(79 channels, 52dBmV at 550MHz, 7dB tilt)
• Superior return loss performance
• 440mA maximum current consumption at 24 VDC

Technical features of the OS10040320PW include:

• Industry-standard SOT115J package
• Superior return loss performance of 17dB, typical
• Excellent flatness of 0.7dB, typical
• Extremely low distortion
• 260 mA maximum current consumption at 24 VDC
• Low EINC, typically 5 pico Amps per root Hertz

Availability and Pricing

Samples and pre-production quantities of the D10040300GTH and OS10040320PW are available immediately. RFMD expects initial shipments of the D10040300GTH and OS10040320PW to commence in the September 2009 quarter. Please contact your local RFMD sales representative for pricing and sample fulfillment.

RFMD’s Broadband Transmission Portfolio

RFMD delivers a broad portfolio of high-performance RF components for broadband transmission applications, including line amplification and hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) and FFTx networks. Among RFMD’s extensive broadband transmission products are GaAs- and GaN-based CATV hybrid amplifiers, active and passive splitters, transformers, baluns, diplex filters, drop amplifiers and line drivers. RFMD’s Broadband Components business unit applies the Company’s Optimum Technology Matching® strategy and advanced module integration technologies to deliver its customers industry-leading broadband transmission solutions.

About RFMD:

RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: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

RF Micro Devices Inc.
Irma Swain, Director, Communications Manager
7628 Thorndike Road
Greensboro, NC 27409-9421, USA
Tel: +1 336-931-6653

Note: The above text is the public part of the press release obtained from the manufacturer (with minor modifications). EETimes Europe cannot be held responsible for the claims and statements made by the manufacturer. The text is intended as a supplement to the new product presentations in EETimes Europe magazine.

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