Greensboro, N.C - RF Micro Devices, Inc. recently announced it has begun volume shipments of a linear EDGE cellular front end to a tier one handset original equipment manufacturer (OEM), representing the commencement of a high volume ramp to this OEM anticipated in calendar 2008. Leveraging proprietary technology and an industry-leading product portfolio, RFMD is delivering its innovative, high-linearity RF3159 quad-band EDGE (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) front end in support of a platform resulting in multiple feature-rich handsets.
With the commencement of these first shipments, RFMD is expanding its leadership in EDGE cellular front ends and is now supplying production volumes to all five of the cellular handset industry's largest OEMs. RFMD shipped more than 210 million EDGE front ends in calendar year 2007.
The first handset at this customer to be supported by the RF3159 is a sleek clamshell MP3 music phone with dedicated music controls, external memory and stereo headphones. The tri-band handset also features an FM radio, Bluetooth(R) stereo and 1.3 megapixel camera, with additional support for portable speakers and Bluetooth(R) stereo headphones.
"RFMD is pleased to support this leading tier-one OEM on this popular, music-enabled platform," said Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Handset Products Group (CPG). "RFMD's focus on integration and industry-leadership across all air interface standards enable handset manufacturers to design feature-rich handsets with compelling form factors and advanced multimedia functionality. We expect the ramp of the RF3159 will enable this OEM to quickly and cost-effectively develop additional phones while strengthening its growing portfolio, and we look forward to additional shipments of EDGE front ends to this customer in calendar 2008."
The shipments of RFMD's RF3159 linear EDGE front end underscore RFMD's position as the leading supplier of EDGE front ends. RFMD anticipates continued sales growth in the EDGE handset market in 2008.
The RF3159 is a high linearity quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE power amplifier designed to support EDGE transceivers utilizing linear transmit architectures, including transceivers by Infineon Technologies, MediaTek and NXP Semiconductors. The RF3159 PA module is fully matched for easy implementation and is housed in a small 6 x 6 mm package. The product's gain and linearity lineups enable handset manufacturers to optimize the transmit chain to meet various requirements of linearity, efficiency and output power. The module is designed to be the final amplification stage in a dual-mode GSM/GPRS/EDGE mobile transmit lineup operating in the 824 MHz to 915 MHz and 1710 MHz to 1910 MHz bands.