RF Micro Devices (RFMD), a leader in the design and manufacture of high performance semiconductor components, announced the opening of a customer support center in Bangalore, India. The new customer support center in Bangalore highlights RFMD's large presence in Asia and underscores the company's commitment to one of world's fastest growing markets for RF semiconductor components.

RFMD's Bangalore customer support center houses applications engineering, customer service, sales management and technical sales. The Bangalore center significantly expands RFMD's ability to support regional manufacturers in Greater India, who are increasingly developing leading-edge products for wireless and other applications. The available customer base in India spans multiple growth markets, including aerospace and defense, broadband, cellular, WiFi and WiMAX, and wireless infrastructure.

Greg Thompson, RFMD's vice president of sales for its Multi-Market Products Group, said, "The opening of RFMD's newest customer support center demonstrates our strong commitment to providing local support to regional customers in high-value growth markets. Our Bangalore center will provide product designers in India with real-time access to our world-class technical support; this center will also provide assistance to a wide range of customers as they drive greater levels of functional integration in RF applications across multiple growth segments. We are excited to offer customers in India greater access to the most diverse portfolio of RF components available."

The Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) forecasts the semiconductor market in India will increase 29.9 percent annually to US$36 B in sales by 2015, primarily as a result of growth in the design, development and consumption of electronic devices. The ISA forecasts the semiconductor market in India will total US$5.5 B in 2009, up from US$2.7 B in 2007.

Since the opening of RFMD's first office in Taiwan in 2000, RFMD has continued to expand its presence in Greater Asia. With the opening of the Bangalore center, RFMD employs nearly 100 sales, applications engineering and customer service employees working in seven customer support centers throughout Asia.