RFMD® Expands Assembly Capacity To Accommodate Strong Product Demand
Expansion Boosts Internal Assembly, Will Include Advanced Flip Chip Capabilities
Greensboro, NC (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RFMD (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions, today announced it has successfully completed a recently announced expansion of its test, tape and reel, and assembly facility, located in Beijing, China. In addition to newly qualified internal assembly capacity for power amplifiers (PAs), switch-based products, and antenna control solutions, RFMD is also qualifying advanced flip chip capabilities for its 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE and TD-LTE products.
RFMD anticipates the expansion will enable it to quickly accelerate internal assembly to accommodate broad customer demand for its expanding portfolio of RF solutions. The capacity expansion efforts and resulting increase in internal assembly are expected to contribute to RFMD's stated goal of expanding non-GAAP gross margin by 300-400 bps by the March 2014 quarter, as compared to non-GAAP gross margin of 34.4% achieved in the March 2013 quarter. On August 26, 2013, RFMD announced it was on track to achieve another major gross margin expansion initiative -- the ramp of its new low-cost CMOS PA for entry market 2G handsets.
RFMD's high-performance RF solutions are broadly adopted across multiple growth markets and applications, including smartphones, handsets, tablets, notebooks, Wi-Fi, CATV, and hi-rel applications. The increasing use of RF technology is core to the collective value of wireless connections between people, data, processes, and objects, and is central to the popular concept of the Internet of Things. According to Cisco, the Internet of Things is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25% during 2012 to 2020, reaching approximately 50 billion connected devices by 2020.
RFMD (Nasdaq: RFMD) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions. RFMD's products enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity and support advanced functionality in the mobile device, wireless infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN or Wi-Fi), cable television (CATV)/broadband, Smart Energy/advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and aerospace and defense markets. RFMD is recognized for its diverse portfolio of semiconductor technologies and RF systems expertise and is a preferred supplier to the world's leading mobile device, customer premises and communications equipment providers. RFMD is an ISO 9001-, ISO 14001-, and ISO/TS 16949-certified manufacturer with worldwide engineering, design, sales and service facilities. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at rfmd.com.
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