BOSTON, MA, IEEE MTT-S, June 11, 2009 -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components, today announced the expansion of the Company's WiFi product portfolio to include four new switch and switch/LNA products: the RF5500, RF5501, RF5510 and RF5511. The new family of front end solutions is designed to address the need for high performance and continued size reductions in mobile WiFi applications, including cellular handsets, personal navigation devices (PNDs), digital cameras and MP3 players.
The RF5500, RF5501, RF5510 and RF5511 each contain a single-pole, three-throw (SP3T) switch designed to enable multi-path operation in the embedded segment of the WiFi, or WLAN, consumer electronics markets. The RF5501 and RF5511 also integrate a low noise amplifier (LNA), providing for reduced footprint area with low insertion loss for RF architectures requiring additional Rx gain.
“We are pleased to expand our portfolio of WiFi switch and switch/LNA products to address the growing opportunities in WiFi-enabled mobile devices—with annual market growth expectations exceeding 15% in both calendar year 2010 and calendar year 2011,” said Rohan Houlden, general manager of RFMD's Wireless Connectivity Business Unit. “This new family of products delivers a flexible, size-reduced solution to customers seeking to enhance the RF performance of 2.4 GHz consumer and general market products.”
RFMD's WiFi and WiMAX Front End Portfolio
RFMD delivers a leading product portfolio enabling WiFi and WiMAX connectivity across multiple applications, including handsets, consumer electronics, desktop and laptop computers, client access cards, wireless access points, routers, consumer premises equipment (CPE) and base transceiver stations (BTS). RFMD's high performance WiFi and WiMAX products encompass all 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.16 applications and include amplifiers, power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers (LNAs), switches, switch/LNAs and highly integrated front end modules (with increased functionality such as baluns, couplers, filters and integrated passives).
Samples of the RF5500, RF5501, RF5510 and RF5511 are available immediately, and RFMD anticipates first revenue in the September 2009 quarter.
RFMD is exhibiting at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium 2009, June 9-11, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA, in Booth 2412.