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RFMD surpasses shipment milestone with breakthrough CMOS PAs

August 26, 2013
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RFMD, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions, announced it has shipped more than one million RF7196D high-power, high-efficiency CMOS power amplifiers (PAs). The ultra-low cost RF7196D is RFMD's newest and most innovative CMOS PA, delivering a revolutionary combination of cost, size and performance. It is in mass production in support of multiple high-volume 2G and 3G handset platforms, and shipments are expected to increase rapidly, reaching approximately 10 million units by the end of the September quarter.

RFMD is seeing strong adoption of its CMOS power amplifier technologies in next-generation handset platforms targeting emerging markets. The Company is migrating its diverse set of customers of 2G power amplifiers (both GaAs and CMOS) to its ultra-low cost RF7196D and expects shipments will more than double in the December quarter and exceed 100 million units worldwide in calendar 2014.

Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG), said, "RFMD's ultra-low cost CMOS PA technology delivers excellent overall performance at highly competitive costs versus prior generations. We intend to launch a broad portfolio of innovative new CMOS products in the coming quarters, and we forecast strong growth in emerging markets across a highly diversified customer set."

Industry analysts forecast the total addressable market for RF applications in emerging markets will increase at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 20% through 2018 as next-generation 3G and 4G air standards are introduced, as existing subscribers upgrade their devices, and as new subscribers are added. 

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