18 February 2011

RFMD FEM featured in smart-phones and tablets with TI WiLink platform

RF Micro Devices Inc says that global smartphone and tablet makers designing around the WiLink 6.0 and WiLink 7.0 platforms from Texas Instruments Inc (TI) can integrate its RF3482 front-end module (FEM) to gain reliable, flexible WiFi connectivity. Volume shipments of the RF3482 have begun, and RFMD estimates shipments will increase in support of key cellular and consumer device makers.

RFMD is supporting TI across multiple high-volume mobile and embedded consumer programs. “The RF3482 delivers high levels of integration and best-in-class solution size while meeting stringent IEEE 802.11b/g/n requirements,” claims Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD’s Multi-Market Products Group (MPG). “RFMD is highly focused on the rapidly expanding WiFi market and expects continued growth, supported by explosive growth in the smart-phone, tablet, PC, TV/Video, gaming, automotive, Smart Energy and consumer white-goods end-markets,” he adds.

The RF3482 is a single-chip integrated FEM for WiFi applications in the 2.4–2.5GHz ISM band. RFMD says that it greatly reduces customers' time-to-market and bill-of-material (BOM) cost by delivering a highly integrated single placement solution. In addition to satisfying smart-phone makers' requirements for aggressive size reductions in 802.11b/g/n front-end solutions, the RF3482 delivers high linear output power and reduces the number of components outside the core connectivity chipset, the firm adds.

“TI’s WiLink 6.0 and WiLink 7.0 platforms are powerful multi-radio solutions able to support a wide range of connectivity requirements for various end equipments,” says Eran Sandhaus, director of marketing, wireless connectivity solutions, TI. “Our customers seek complementary solutions that enhance the WiLink platform's capabilities exhibiting the same dedication to simplified integration and reliability as offered by TI’s technologies. RFMD’s RF3482 FEM is one such solution that customers can use,” he adds.

The RF3482 is manufactured using RFMD’s E/D-mode pHEMT fabrication process and is available in a small 3mm x 3mm x 0.45mm 16-pin QFN package. It is fully RF tested, meeting or exceeding the stringent RF front-end requirements of 802.11b/g/n systems.

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