RFMD Advances Two Positions In Leading Research Firm's Ranking Of Worldwide Subscriber RF And Baseband Semiconductor Application
GREENSBORO, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 2006--RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD) a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has listed RFMD as the world's seventh largest supplier of subscriber RF and baseband semiconductor application-specific devices, based on global revenue. RFMD advanced two positions, compared to its previous ranking as the number-nine supplier in Gartner's prior year report. According to the August 2006 report, entitled, "Market Share: Application-Specific Semiconductors for Mobile and Cordless Phones, Worldwide, 2005," Gartner also concluded that RFMD held the number-one worldwide position in power amplifier (PA) modules, with a market share that is more than twice its next largest competitor, as well as the number-two worldwide position in RF application-specific devices worldwide. Eric Creviston, RFMD Corporate Vice President of the Cellular Products Group, said, "We believe Gartner's independent, third-party research findings validate our ongoing market share gains and continued growth in excess of the rate of growth of our end markets. RFMD is extending its leadership position in wireless semiconductors by leveraging our unparalleled relationships with the world's top-tier mobile device manufacturers. We continue to gain market share in GSM/EDGE cellular transceivers, and we anticipate sequential revenue growth in transceivers in the current quarter, as well as year-over-year revenue growth in transceivers in calendar 2007, versus 2006. We have quickly become the world's leading supplier of transmit modules, and we expect transmit modules will continue to represent a growing percentage of our industry-leading PA product portfolio. Finally, RFMD is the world's leading supplier of wireless local area network (WLAN) power amplifiers for handsets, and we expect this high-growth segment of the wireless market will contribute increasingly to revenue as WLAN adoption in handsets grows more than six-fold by 2010."