15 February 2010


RFMD begins volume production of RF720x WCDMA/HSPA+ PAs

RF Micro Devices (RFMD) Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA says it has commenced high-volume production of its RF720x WCDMA/HSPA+ power amplifiers (PAs). The RF720x product family is comprised of seven PAs designed for smartphones and 3G devices implementing mode-specific, band-specific front end architectures. RFMD’s RF720x range accommodates all major WCDMA/HSPA+ bands and band combinations and is optimized to mate with reference designs from Qualcomm as well as other leading open market 3G chipset suppliers.

"RFMD's innovative RF720x product family delivers unmatched ease of implementation and is optimized to mate with the leading open-market 3G chipset reference designs. Accordingly, we anticipate the RF720x product family will extend RFMD's leadership in 3G while supporting our customer diversification goals, particularly in Korea, China and Taiwan. RFMD is currently forecasting double-digit growth in 3G in calendar 2010, based upon existing customer design activity," says Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group (CPG).

The mode-specific/band-specific RF720x product family covers all major 3G frequencies (1-6, 8-11). Each RF720x PA is designed with digitally controlled power modes that optimize performance to increase battery life in both 3G voice and 3G data operation. Additionally, the RF720x family leverages leading-edge functional density to integrate critical functions into the PA, thereby significantly reducing the board area required for front end implementations while lowering mobile device bill-of-material (BOM) costs, says the firm.

Production quantities of the RF720x family are available now.

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