16 February 2010


RFMD expands family of 2G transmit modules; to ship 100 millionth RF71xx TxM In March quarter

At this week’s 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA is expanding its family of dual- and quad-band GSM/GPRS transmit modules by launching three new products: the RF7170, RF7171, and RF7172.

The RF71xx family of transmit modules is reckoned to be the industry’s highest-volume GSM/GPRS transmit module product family, and the GSM/GPRS air interface standards represent the world's largest cellular market by volume. In December, RFMD announced that shipments of RF71xx transmit modules had surpassed 25 million, and that it expects to ship its 100 millionth in this quarter, reflecting increasing customer demand in Korea, China and Taiwan in particular. Quarterly volumes of RF71xx transmit modules are forecasted to grow throughout 2010.

“These new products expand RFMD”s RF71xx product family to include 10 transmit modules that cover a full range of functionality and layout requirements across the GSM/GPRS chipsets of all major platform providers,” says Paul Augustine, general manager of RFMD’s Component Solutions business unit. “Leveraging the proven success of our RF716x dual-band products, these quad-band transmit modules extend end-product coverage to higher-tier handsets while continuing to reduce our customers' costs and accelerate their time-to-market through the implementation of true platform solutions.”

The RF71xx product family is designed to meet or exceed the evolving RF component requirements of GSM/GPRS handsets, including high efficiency, reduced solution size and robust ESD protection, while also satisfying the need for quality, reliability and reduced handset bill-of-material (BOM) costs. All three new transmit modules (TxMs) offer quad-band transmit and dual-band receive capability, suiting platform designs. They also feature multiple LGA pin-out options, allowing optimum component routing.

All RF71xx TxMs are now production released,each priced under $1 in quantities of 10,000.

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