14 February 2011

RFMD unveils power platform for entry-level 3G handsets

RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA has expanded its 3G product portfolio to include a complete power platform for entry-level 3G handsets. The RF323x power platform, consisting of the RF323x and RF72xx product families, provides handset makers a complete reference design for the implementation of multi-region multimode 3G handset platforms.

RFMD says that the RF323x power platform addresses the challenges confronting handset makers as they seek to meet the increasing global demand for affordable smartphones. Using the RF323x, designers of entry-level 3G smartphones can achieve the optimum balance of cost, performance and flexibility in the RF front-end while satisfying critical requirements for quality and reliability in high-volume handset manufacturing, the firm claims.

“Our customers see cost as a key driver in the entry-level 3G segment and want flexible front-end solutions that scale easily to address multiple operator and regional requirements,” says Eric Creviston, president of RFMD’s Cellular Products Group (CPG). “Our high-efficiency 3G entry power platforms provide a full array of tiered options at compelling price points, setting the benchmark for ease of implementation and current consumption in a single, scalable reference design.”

The RF323x power platform features the high-efficiency PowerStar-based RF323x 2G transmit module with pin-compatible options supporting either one or two bands of WCDMA. The pin-compatible WCDMA power amplifiers (PAs) are available in two product family options addressing all major frequency bands: the RF724x family delivers DG.09 performance as low as 13mA through the use of multi-bias control; the RF722x family is optimized for chipsets using three-mode control schemes.

The RF323x power platform is compatible with major chipset providers including Qualcomm, Mediatek, Broadcom and ST Ericsson. Samples are available now, and volume production is anticipated in the March quarter.

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