RF Micro Devices Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, announced it will showcase its newest RF switches – the RF1200 and RF1450 – at the IEEE Radio and Wireless conference in Long Beach, CA, January 9-11, in booth 513.

The RF1200 and RF1450 utilize RFMD’s industry-leading GaAs manufacturing capability and leverage the switch technology developed for use in RFMD’s transmit modules. These high-performance switches enable front-end applications in multiple market segments, including multi-mode GSM/WCDMA cellular handsets, antenna tuners, IEEE802.11a/b/g WLAN and cellular infrastructure.

“RFMD’s entry into the RF switch market segment expands the company’s total addressable market while complementing our growing product portfolio of industry-leading cellular transmit modules,” said Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD. “Our first two RF switch product offerings – the RF1200 and RF1450 – enable complex front-end applications of feature-rich multi-mode handsets, improve overall RF system performance and help enable new architectures. We expect to grow revenue in the RF switch market as we introduce new products and leverage our growing leadership position in cellular RF.”

The RF1200 is a single-pole double-throw (SPDT) high-power switch that meets all linearity requirements for WCDMA and features low insertion loss, low control voltage and very good harmonic characteristics. It is fabricated with 0.5μm GaAs pHEMT process and is packaged in a very compact 2x2 mm, 6-pin, leadless QFN package.

The RF1450 is a single-pole four-throw (SP4T) high-power switch specifically designed to provide superior linearity performance for multimode WCDMA applications. The RF1450 includes integrated decoding logic, allowing just two control lines needed for switch control. It is packaged in a compact 3x3x0.6 mm, 16-pin, leadless QFN package.

The RFMD RF1200 and RF1450 are currently in production to initial customers at a price of $0.59/10K for the RF1200 and a price of $1.19/10K for the RF1450.