Electronic Design

RFMD PAs Going Into Samsung 3G Phones

Samsung has chosen two power amplifiers from RF Micro Devices Inc. for use in more than 10 upcoming 3G handsets. The Wideband CDMA/High-Speed Packet Access power amplifier and the EDGE power amplifier deliver superior performance and current consumption compared to competitive offerings, according to RFMD. The devices allow OEMs to deliver feature-rich 3G handsets that maximize performance and improve battery life.

The new phones include the SGH-L700, the SGH-L770, and the SGH-G400. The sleek SGH-L700 slider phone features a music player, fm radio, streaming Bluetooth audio, a 2-Mpixel camera, and a separate, dedicated camera for video conferencing. The feature-rich SGH-G400 features Bluetooth 2.0, a 2.2-in., 262k color screen, a microSD expansion slot, and a 5-Mpixel camera with auto-focus.

Based on current customer forecasts, RFMD anticipates volume shipments to begin in December and accelerate into 2009.


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