Microwave Journal

RFMD Announces Continued Adoption of POLARIS(TM) 2 Total Radio(TM) Module

February 14, 2007
BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2007--RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, today announced new design wins for its POLARIS(TM) 2 TOTAL RADIO(TM) module for multiple EDGE handsets. RFMD's POLARIS 2 and POLARIS 2 Radio Module transceiver solutions are the industry's best selling solutions for EDGE handsets. The new design wins were secured through RFMD's participation on the cellular handset reference design of a leading baseband manufacturer. RFMD's POLARIS 2 Radio Module is mated up with several reference designs, and RFMD anticipates additional design wins for its POLARIS 2 Radio Module as a result of its broad partnerships with baseband manufacturers and leading handset manufacturers. The POLARIS 2-enabled handsets will be new mid-range multimedia mobile devices expected to be in the market later this year, with production volumes throughout calendar year 2008. Approximately 50 million handsets enabled by POLARIS were shipped in calendar year 2006, serving nearly all phone tiers, from low-end replacement phones to feature-rich multimedia devices. Throughout calendar year 2007, RFMD expects additional new handsets to ramp using its POLARIS 2 Radio Module, including low-cost replacement handsets and feature rich multimode handsets. RFMD is winning cellular transceiver designs by providing systems-level innovation to leading handset original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs) and baseband partners. RFMD's innovative transceiver solutions reduce the increasing RF complexity of next-generation EDGE and Multimode WCDMA/EDGE handsets, thereby speeding handset time to market and helping to reduce costs. Future generations of RFMD's industry-leading transceiver solutions will include additional innovations, such as integrated RF shielding and DigRF 3G compliance. RFMD is a founding member of the DigRF working group, and RFMD is a leading participant in the development of DigRF 3G. The EDGE handset market is forecast by industry analysts to grow by a compound annual growth rate of greater than 15% from 2007 to 2011. RFMD will showcase its POLARIS(TM) 2 TOTAL RADIO solution at the 2007 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 12-15, 2007, in Hall 8, Stand 8B79.