10/4/2002 - RF Micro Devices, a leading provider of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications applications, announced it has begun high-volume production shipments of two power amplifiers (PAs) and a triple-band LNA/mixer to Sanyo for use in the new Sanyo SCP-4900 code division multiple access (CDMA) 2000 1X handset. Shipments began in the June quarter and have already reached a multi-million dollar level.
The Sanyo SCP-4900 is a dual-band, dual-mode CDMA handset featuring GPS functionality, a large, 1.7-inch full-color screen, a built-in, hands-free speakerphone and a call-screening function that enables users to listen in as the caller leaves a message. The SCP-4900 features a WAP 2.0 web browser and JAVA capabilities and provides up to 4.5 hours of talk time and/or up to 16 days of stand-by time. The SCP-4900 is designed to take full advantage of the advanced voice and data capabilities of PCS VisionSM on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. Sprint's PCS Vision enables customers to use their Vision-enabled PCS devices to check personal and corporate e-mail, play games with full-color graphics and polyphonic sounds and browse the Internet wirelessly with speeds comparable to a home computer's dial-up connection.
Bob Bruggeworth, president of RF Micro Devices, said, "These shipments complement ongoing sales of power amplifiers and small signal devices to Sanyo, a global technology leader. We value our long-standing relationship with Sanyo and look forward to supplying components into additional Sanyo phones in the future. These additional shipments to Sanyo support our goals to increase PA market share while expanding our dollar content in wireless handsets through increased sales of small signal devices."
The SCP-4900 contains the RF2496 tri-band, quad-mode (CDMA cellular/PCS/AMPS/GPS) capable LNA/mixer and is manufactured on silicon germanium (SiGe). The handset also includes two linear power amplifiers - the RF2192 (900 MHz) and RF5154 (1900 MHz) - both of which are manufactured on gallium arsenide (GaAs) heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT).
About RF Micro Devices
RF Micro Devices, Inc., an ISO 9001-certified manufacturer, designs, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) primarily for wireless communications products and applications such as cellular and PCS phones, base stations, wireless LANs, and cable television modems. The Company offers a broad array of products - including amplifiers, mixers, modulators/demodulators, and single-chip receivers, transmitters and transceivers - representing a substantial majority of the RFICs required in wireless subscriber equipment. The Company's strategy is to focus on wireless markets by offering a broad range of standard and custom-designed RFICs in order to position itself as a "one-stop" solution for its customers' RFIC needs. RF Micro Devices, Inc. is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol RFMD.
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