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29 October 2008


RFMD adds to SUF family of GaAs pHEMT amplifiers

RF Micro Devices Inc (RFMD) of Greensboro, NC, USA has added four broadband GaAs pHEMT amplifier integrated circuits (ICs) to its SUF family of products targeting multiple applications within the aerospace and defense (A&D), optical networks, and telecom infrastructure markets.

RFMD says that the new SUF-7000, -8000, -8500 and -9000 die-level GaAs pHEMT amplifiers extend the SUF family's operational frequency range from DC to 20 GHz, and deliver multiple combinations of P1dB, gain and linearity performance.

In many A&D applications, die-level amplifiers are preferred because they exhibit superior high-frequency performance characteristics versus packaged parts, enable flexibility for integration and help end-product designers to achieve smaller board layouts, adds the firm.

"Given the broadband frequency performance requirements of our defense customers, we are able to simultaneously deliver a family of new high performance ICs which address both military and non-military opportunities with the same IC solution," said Jeff Shealy, vice president and general manager of RFMD's Aerospace and Defense Business Unit. "Intelligent re-use of RF circuit design combined with our Optimum Technology Matching strategy are key to our ability to accelerate penetration in multiple RF markets."

In addition to A&D, optical networks, and telecom infrastructure markets, new markets, such as test and instrumentation, also see value in the SUF family, but may find it difficult to utilize die-level products in various applications. Accordingly, the firm says it is releasing packaged versions of select SUF family amplifiers for production during Q1/2009.

The SUF family of amplifiers are immediately available in mass production quantities.

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