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RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD®), a leader in the design and manufacture of high performance semiconductor components, announced that the company has been selected by a leading manufacturer of smartphones to supply its high performance RF1450 single-pole 4-throw (SP4T) switch into an upcoming multi-featured CDMA smartphone device. RFMD's RF1450 will operate as the antenna switch in the CDMA smartphone and was selected over a competing part due to its robust performance and superior linearity. The dual-band CDMA smartphone is expected to launch in the second half of calendar 2009 and target the consumer smartphone market.
The new design win for RFMD represents the first new business the company has won at this growing smartphone manufacturer in multiple years. RFMD expects the design win will support its diversification efforts across customers and air interface standards and bolster its growth expectations in smartphones in calendar 2009. The design win is also expected to support RFMD's ongoing efforts at this smartphone manufacturer to secure additional business across multiple RFMD product portfolios, including 3G transmit systems, cellular front ends, cellular switches, GPS LNA/filter modules, DC-to-DC converters and WLAN components.
RFMD enjoys a leading share in smartphones and in feature-rich 3G multi-mode devices. More than 30 percent of RFMD's front-end revenue in the December 2008 quarter was in support of 3G devices.