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RFMD® Selected by Leading Manufacturer of Smartphones to Supply Highly Integrated GPS LNA Module

April 30, 2009
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GREENSBORO, N.C., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components, today announced that the Company has been selected by a leading smartphone manufacturer to supply its RF2815 GPS LNA module for use in a soon to be released CDMA smartphone.

This new smartphone is expected to launch in the second half of calendar 2009 in North America. The feature-rich, dual-band CDMA device will be manufactured by the leading Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer and will feature a leading open source mobile operating system.

RFMD's RF2815 is a GPS LNA module with integrated filter designed for GPS-enabled CDMA mobile devices. The RF2815 integrates a low noise-figure LNA, SAW filter and supporting components in a compact 3.3 x 2.1 x 1.0 mm module. The RF2815 is optimized for both small solution size and leading performance and was selected over competing solutions due to its high level of integration and excellent RF performance.

Paul Augustine, general manager of RFMD's Component Solutions Business Unit, said, "Today's smartphones and battery-powered multimedia devices are increasingly featuring robust GPS functionality and location-based services. RFMD's RF2815 is well positioned to satisfy the technical requirements of this expanding market segment, which demands small solution size and energy efficient solutions. Our wide technology base and RF multi-chip module (MCM) capabilities enable RFMD to support high performance cellular front end discrete product opportunities and provide our customers a performance advantage over fully integrated CMOS solutions. This design win is especially significant to RFMD as it extends our leadership in smartphones and continues our revenue growth related to SAW filter integration in front end products."

RFMD enjoys a leading share in smartphones and forecasts growth in smartphones in calendar 2009. Additionally, RFMD anticipates revenue generated by its CDMA front end portfolio will grow in calendar year 2009.

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