RF Micro Devices Begins Shipments of 802.11a Wireless LAN Chipsets

1/8/2003 - RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a leading provider of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications applications, announced it has initiated its first shipments of 802.11a wireless local area network (WLAN) chipsets. The Company anticipates shipments will ramp in the March quarter and will accelerate throughout the calendar year.

The higher data rates supported by 802.11a products and the increased channel capacity of 5 GHz provide a cost-effective and efficient medium to accommodate high bandwidth applications, such as multimedia for large numbers of users. In addition, the deployment of 5 GHz 802.11a WLAN technology will enable the future implementation of interoperable dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks.

Jerry Neal, RF Micro Devices' executive vice president of marketing and strategic development, said, "We're extremely pleased to have begun shipments of our 802.11a wireless LAN chipsets. There are very few companies currently shipping 802.11a chipsets and even fewer shipping both 802.11a and 802.11b products. In addition to our broad range of wireless LAN products, we also offer customers the benefits of advanced power amplifier capabilities, secured integrated circuit capacity and proven low-cost manufacturing - all of which we believe are contributing to our ongoing market share gains."

Neal continued, "Today's announcement proves our growing presence in the wireless LAN market can benefit quickly and substantively from our acquisition of Resonext Communications. Additionally, as a leading supplier of handset components, we expect the convergence of wireless LAN and handsets. The technologies developed by Resonext will have a major, strategic importance for RFMD as new standards and requirements emerge. We intend to leverage our combined strengths as customer requirements evolve to higher bandwidth 802.11a and multi-mode a/b/g combination products."

David Tahmassebi, managing director of RFMD's wireless LAN product line and formerly CEO of Resonext, said, "We believe the quick traction of our 802.11a products validates our ongoing efforts in this high-growth market. In addition to previously announced customers, we are actively engaged with leading original design manufacturers (ODMs) in Taiwan and other consumer electronics manufacturers. We are excited by our growth prospects for 802.11a and upcoming dual-band products."

The Company's 802.11a and dual-band chipsets were successfully demonstrated at COMDEX Fall 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Company has been sampling 802.11a chipsets to customers since the June quarter and has announced supply agreements with Enterasys Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ETS), a leading broadline provider of enterprise networking solutions and Taiyo Yuden, a $1.3 billion worldwide component manufacturer.

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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