RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components, announced, in conjunction with its fourth annual Analyst Day, that it has broadened its portfolio of 3G front ends for the open market with the release of two new WCDMA/HSDPA power amplifiers (PA) – the RF3267 and the RF6266. The newly introduced, highly integrated WCDMA/HSDPA PAs are designed to support the critical needs of next-generation, multi-band, multimode 3G handsets and smartphones. Based upon current customer forecasts and design activity, RFMD anticipates volume shipments of the RF3267 and RF6266 to commence in the current quarter.
RFMD’s RF3267 is a Band 1 (1920 to 1980 MHz) WCDMA/HSDPA PA with a digitally controlled low-power mode, which allows operation up to 19 dBm with reduced current consumption. The RF3267 features an integrated coupler, which allows handset designers to eliminate the external coupler traditionally placed at the output of the PA. The integration of additional functionality is achieved without growing the industry-leading 3 x 3 x 0.9 mm package size, which was first introduced with the successful prior generation PA (the RF3266). By maintaining pin-for-pin compatibility with the highly successful prior generation PA, RFMD’s RF3267 assists handset original equipment manufacturers (OEM) seeking to shrink handset RF sections in support of more compact and thinner devices.
RFMD’s RF6266 WCDMA/HSDPA PA combines a similar feature set to the RF3267 with a compact 3 x 3 x 0.9 mm package and the ability to operate in either Band 5 (824 to 849 MHz) or Band 8 (880 to 915 MHz). Used in combination, the RF3267 and RF6266 provide a compact solution for multi-band, multimode 3G handset designs targeted for the North American or European Union (EU) markets.
RFMD is capturing additional 3G revenue as the company introduces innovative cellular front-end standard products to the open market and as increasingly complex 3G multimode handsets require additional content, including duplexers, filters and front-end power management. The majority of the world’s handset manufacturers utilize standard products to satisfy their cellular front-end requirements, and RFMD expects to introduce a record number of cellular RF standard products for the open market in calendar year 2009.