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10 July 2008


RFMD commences volume shipments of Polaris products for new multimedia handsets

RF Micro Devices Inc (RFMD) of Greensboro, NC, USA is commencing volume shipments of its Polaris RF solutions for six new multimedia handsets, which are expected to be available in Q2/2008. RFMD says it is shipping to multiple ‘leading’ handset manufacturers and that the products supported by Polaris range from entry-level multimedia handsets to multi-function, multimedia smartphones. The shipments include Polaris 2, Polaris 3 and Polaris 3 Silver.

President of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG) Eric Creviston, said: "We are very pleased to commence volume shipments of Polaris into these new handsets in support of multiple customers. Our highly successful Polaris 2 has shipped more than 100 million units and is a field-proven solution. Our newer-generation Polaris 3, which continues to ramp successfully, delivers a smaller total solution size, improved ease of RF implementation and increased platform portability from handset to handset."

Based on customer forecasts, RFMD currently anticipates Polaris revenue to increase sequentially in the September 2008 and December 2008 quarters, and also expects sales of its Polaris RF solutions to extend into calendar year 2011. In May, RFMD announced it had discontinued development of future-generation 3G RF solutions. However, the company continues to fully support its EDGE RF solutions, including Polaris 2, Polaris 3 and Polaris 3 Silver.

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