1/7/2003 - RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a leading provider of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications applications, announced production shipments of the RF2498 tri-band, quad-mode front end receiver to a leading Japanese handset manufacturer for use in a new dual-band, tri-mode CDMA2000 1x handset.
In addition to the high data rates enabled by CDMA2000 1x, the handset features a color screen and an integrated digital camera with flash. Shipments began in RF Micro Devices' fiscal second quarter and are expected to reach a multi-million dollar level this fiscal year.
The handset is America's first wireless phone featuring a built-in digital camera. The camera features a digital zoom and LED flash and stores quality 640 x 480 VGA photographs in an online album with online enhancement tools. In addition to the camera, the handset features WAP 2.0, Java, an enhanced 2.1 inch 65 thousand-color TFT LCD display, games, personalized ring tones, built-in answering machine for call screening and voice-activated dialing. There is also an external display screen that offers quick identification of incoming phone calls either through numeric caller ID or photo-caller ID. The handset is available now nationwide and fully supports advanced voice and data capabilities enabled by the U.S. CDMA2000 1x PCS system, allowing customers to check e-mail, play games with full color graphics and polyphonic sounds and browse the Internet wirelessly.
Eric Creviston, vice president of RF Micro Devices' wireless products group, said, "We're very pleased to be in all of the U.S. CDMA handsets manufactured by this customer, and we anticipate additional production shipments into their new handsets in calendar 2003. In addition, our success in CDMA extends beyond this customer. Among the top-five handset manufacturers, four are currently manufacturing CDMA 1x phones, and we're shipping CDMA components to all four of them. In the September quarter, we grew sequentially 29 percent in CDMA small signal devices and 95 percent in CDMA power amplifiers, and the CDMA market remains a primary target for growth for RF Micro Devices."
The RF2498 tri-band, quad-mode cellular/PCS/AMPS/GPS LNA/mixer enables GPS capability for location-based and emergency services. The RF2498 is manufactured on silicon germanium and is one of several RFMD CDMA front end receivers currently shipping into handsets for both the U.S. and Asian markets.
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.
RF MICRO DEVICES(R) and RFMD(R) are trademarks of RFMD, LLC.
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