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RFMD introduces "RF Fusion" complete RF front end solution for 4G devices

February 24, 2014
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RF Micro Devices Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency (RF) solutions, introduced "RF Fusion" - a complete RF front end (RFFE) solution for global 4G world phones and tablets that integrates all major transmit and receive RF functionality, from the transceiver to the antenna. RFMD's first generation RF Fusion (the RF7503) is designed for best-in-class performance and supports full global coverage of all major cellular networks, from 2G to 4G, in a miniature, highly integrated placement. RFMD is in the advanced stages of supporting lead customer design activity and anticipates commercial availability this year.

Leading smartphone manufacturers using RF Fusion can fulfill the promise of global world phone coverage without sacrificing performance at the RF component level, while also significantly reducing board space and accelerating implementation, versus competitive complete RF front end solutions.

Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's cellular products group, said, "With RF Fusion, smartphone manufacturers now have the flexibility to design a single, scalable platform across all major global modes and bands without sacrificing performance, space, or time. RF Fusion is a breakthrough achievement that draws heavily upon RFMD's deep system-level expertise, our advanced packaging and assembly capabilities, and our performance leadership across all major RF functionality, including power amplification, cellular switching, filtering, antenna tuning and control, and advanced power management."

RFMD's RF Fusion leverages best-in-class power amplifier (PA) efficiency (APT- and ET-enabled), best-in-class cellular switching performance, and highly optimized filtering and duplexing (BAW and SAW) to deliver superior system-level performance. By leveraging RFMD's advanced packaging technologies and deep system-level expertise, RF Fusion delivers the industry's best system-level performance in the industry's smallest form factor, greatly simplifying and accelerating the implementation of multimode, multi-band (MMMB) global world phones and tablets.

The market for 4G smartphones, tablets, and other data-centric mobile devices is expected to expand rapidly as 4G LTE connections proliferate. The number of 4G LTE connections is forecast to grow from 238 million in 2013 to 2 billion in 2018 (a CAGR of 43%), according to industry analyst firm Strategy Analytics.

RFMD's RF Fusion complete RFFE solutions will be available in multiple geography-specific SKUs and will be compatible with additional RFMD RF solutions to support all major regional cellular modes and bands, providing leading smartphone manufacturers a single scalable source for the entire cellular front end.

 For more information about RFMD's RF Fusion complete RFFE solution visit: http://rfmd.com/rf-fusion

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