17 February 2010


RFMD expands 3G portfolio with 2nd-generation TD-SCDMA PA

RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA has expanded its 3G front-end product portfolio with the RF7234, the firm’s second-generation TD-SCDMA power amplifier (PA). The dual-mode RF7234 (TD-SCDMA and WCDMA band 1) follows the RF3266 first-generation TD-SCDMA PA, which has secured multiple design wins across leading TD-SCDMA reference designs and is forecast to support multiple top-tier handset makers in Asia and Europe, RFMD adds. Samples of both the RF3266 and RF7234 are available now.

The firm claims that both the RF7234 and RF3266 deliver superior performance at peak power conditions and ample margin across spectral emissions mask requirements — meeting or exceeding the critical performance metrics of today’s TD-SCDMA handsets. Accordingly, RFMD is supporting multiple TD-SCDMA reference designs, including MediaTek and T3G, and it expects robust growth in TD-SCDMA handsets this year, driven by Samsung, ZTE, BYD, LG and other leading handset makers.

“RFMD is introducing a record number of new cellular components this year in support of our customers' new handset builds,” says Eric Creviston, president of the firm’s Cellular Products Group (CPG). “We are particularly focused on expanding our leadership in 3G with a broad product family that is cost- and feature set-optimized for this rapidly emerging, high-growth category,” he adds.

The RF7234 and RF3266 expand RFMD’s 3G product portfolio (on display at this week’s 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain), which accommodates all major RF architectures, including existing mode-specific/band-specific and mode-specific/multi-band architectures as well as emerging multimode/multi-band, converged architectures. The firm’s 3G products also include a broad range of GSM/GPRS and EDGE power amplifier-based and switch-based components optimized for 3G mobile internet devices, providing a comprehensive RF product portfolio covering the entire cellular front end.