RF Micro Devices introduces MEMS for 3G phones

November 19, 2007 — RF Micro Devices, (NASDAQ: RFMD) , which designs and manufactures high-performance radio frequency systems, has introduced RF MEMS transmit/receive switch and mode switch for 3G handsets.

The company says its MEMS switch technology will help accelerate 3G deployment by significantly reducing the product footprint and improving efficiency.

RFMD’s MEMS switches will also be used to create a tunable power amplifier, the company said.

“Existing RF MEMS switch technology is based on small fabrication lots and wafer-to-wafer packaging techniques, which result in high device cost,” said Gabriel M. Rebeiz, a University of California at San Diego professor and early pioneer in MEMS development, in an RFMD news release. “The RFMD approach, with its high level of integration on silicon addresses this problem head-on and will result in improved yield, higher performance and much lower cost.”

In addition to RF MEMS switches, RFMD is also actively pursuing the commercialization of other MEMS devices, such as RF MEMS filters, resonators and MEMS sensors. The company expects its MEMS technology, coupled with its existing core competencies in high- performance radio frequency systems, will ultimately enable single-chip front ends and software defined radios capable of accommodating any wireless protocol — cellular or noncellular.

The company is planning to build a MEMS fab in Mooresvile, N.C.

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