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Samsung taps RFMD chips for 3G handsets

Posted: 29 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:W-CDMA? RFDM chip? 3G handset?

RF Micro Devices Inc. has secured design wins on more than 10 upcoming Samsung Electronics 3G handsets. Based upon current customer forecasts, RFMD anticipates volume shipments to commence in the December quarter and accelerate into calendar 2009.

Samsung tapped RFMD to supply W-CDMA/High Speed Packet Access power amplifiers (PAs) and Edge PAs into a growing range of 3G handsets. New phones include the SGH-L700, the SGH-L770 and the SGH-G400. The SGH-L700 slider phone features a music player, FM radio, streaming Bluetooth audio, 2Mpixel camera and a separate, dedicated camera for video conferencing. The SGH-G400 features Bluetooth 2.0, 2.2-inch 262K color screen, microSD expansion slot and a 5Mpixel camera with auto-focus. The new phones represent a significant expansion of RFMD's 3G shipments to Samsung. RFMD began volume shipments into Samsung 3G handsets in the June quarter, with the launch of the SGH-U900 Ultra Edition III SOUL handset.

"We enjoy very strong business with Samsung in EDGE handsets, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with Samsung as we supply our innovative 3G front ends into their feature-rich, next-generation handsets," said Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's Cellular Products Group. "We are particularly enthusiastic about ongoing design activity in support of Samsung's future handset platform development efforts."

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