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RFMD intros complementary components for multimode 3G handsets

Posted: 15 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G? transceivers? cellular? RFMD? handset?

RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD) has introduced a portfolio of complementary cellular components designed to address the increasing complexity of cellular front-ends in multimode 3G handsets.

The portfolio of complementary components, which initially includes cellular switches, DC/DC converters and LNAs, increases RFMD's opportunity in handsets beyond transceivers and power amplifier-based front-end solutions.

Multimode handsets
The increasing complexity of cellular front-ends in multiband, multimode 3G handsets is driving customer requirements for platform flexibility and energy conservation in handset designs. The company's newly introduced high-linearity, ultracompact LNAs and low-loss, high-linearity switches facilitate platform flexibility by easing the implementation of additional bands for multiregion support. Additionally, the company's low-noise DC/DC converters extend battery life and reduce thermal dissipation in 3G multimode handsets by efficiently reducing the power supply voltage delivered to the power amplifier and thus reducing total dissipated power of the system.

Multiregion support
Eric Creviston, corporate VP of RFMD's cellular products group, said, "The demand for complementary cellular components in 3G multimode handsets is growing significantly faster than the handset market, as UMTS handsets proliferate and as new UMTS regions are added. With our broad product portfolio for 3G front-ends and our industry-leading manufacturing scale, RFMD is able to address this increased demand, while also solving the growing requirements for energy conservation, platform flexibility and multiregion support."

RFMD is showcasing its new complementary components and front-end solutions for 3G multimode handsets at the 2007 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.




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