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POLARIS solution powers multimedia handsets

Posted: 15 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G? RF solution? multimedia handset?

RF Micro Devices Inc. has commenced volume shipments of its POLARIS RF solutions in support of six new feature-rich multimedia handsets that expected to be available in 2H 08.

The shipments are in support of multiple leading handset manufacturers, and the handsets range from entry level multimedia handsets to multi-function, multimedia smart phones. RFMD's volume shipments include POLARIS 2, POLARIS 3 and POLARIS 3 Silver. POLARIS 3 Silver combines the performance advantages of POLARIS 3 with RFMD's patent pending MicroShield integrated RF shielding to reduce time-to-market and minimize cost of implementation.

"We are very pleased to commence volume shipments of POLARIS into these new handsets in support of multiple customers," said Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's cellular products group. "Our highly successful POLARIS 2 has shipped more than 100 million units and is a field-proven solution. Our newer-generation POLARIS 3, which continues to ramp successfully, delivers a smaller total solution size, improved ease of RF implementation and increased platform portability from handset to handset."

Based upon existing customer forecasts, RFMD currently anticipates POLARIS revenue will increase sequentially in the September and December 2008 quarters, and RFMD currently expects sales of its POLARIS RF solutions will extend into calendar year 2011. On May 6, RFMD announced it had discontinued development of future-generation, 3G RF solutions. The company continues to support fully its successful Edge RF solutions, including POLARIS 2, POLARIS 3 and POLARIS 3 Silver.

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