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RF Micro Devices' Polaris Total Radio Solution Selected as Key Ingredient for New Intel Cellular Processor

business2media, PTI  Greensboro, February 15, 2003
First Published: 16:10 IST(15/2/2003) | Last Updated: 16:10 IST(15/2/2003)

RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD) Thursday announced its POLARIS(TM) solution will provide key capabilities to the Intel(R) PXA800F cellular processor, also announced separately by Intel.

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POLARIS' architecture of selectable channel filters and digital baseband interfaces provides a seamless interface with wireless baseband products. By achieving compatibility of the POLARIS solution with the Intel PXA800F cellular processor, RFMD and Intel will be able to provide handset developers with a complete, highly integrated GSM/GPRS Class 12 solution that minimizes external components and power consumption while maximizing performance.

Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RF Micro Devices, said, "We're pleased to have achieved compatibility of the POLARIS solution with the Intel PXA800F cellular processor. We've worked closely with Intel to integrate our respective wireless products, and we're pleased to participate with them on this advanced total system solution for GSM/GPRS handsets. We share a strong focus for ease of implementation and low power consumption, and we believe the combination of our products offers a very compelling solution to handset manufacturers."

"Working with industry leaders like RF Micro Devices allowed Intel to bring a total solution to market around the Intel PXA800F cellular processor," noted Hans Geyer, vice-president and general manager for the PCA components group at Intel. "Together, our devices significantly enhance the mobile phone experience - making the possibility of smarter handsets with longer battery life even more of a reality today."

RFMD's POLARIS TOTAL RADIO solution is a highly integrated quad-band transceiver with power amplifier module for GSM, GPRS and E-GPRS applications. The POLARIS solution performs all major functions of the RF section, including both transmit and receive, and provides handset manufacturers the benefits of reduced component count, flexible baseband interfaces and lower cost of implementation. Driven by high levels of integration in both the transmit and receive functions, the POLARIS solution significantly reduces the number of components required to implement a complete GSM/GPRS radio.

The Intel PXA800F cellular processor is a full GSM/GPRS Class 12 solution that supports a rich feature set including MP3 and MPEG-4 decode, color screens and digital cameras. The Intel PXA800F cellular processor is built on the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel(R) PCA), a development blueprint that entails independent hardware and software development cycles for computing and communications subsystems to allow wireless applications to be brought to market more quickly.

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 CS 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. For more information about RFMD, please visit our website at www.rfmd.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to RF Micro Devices' plans, objectives, estimates and goals. Words such as"expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "project," "believe," and "estimate," and variations of these words and similar expressions, identify these forward-looking statements. RF MicroDevices' business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including variability in quarterly operating results, the rate of growth and development of wireless markets, risks associated with the operation of wafer fabrication facilities, the Company's ability to manage rapid growth and to attract and retain skilled personnel, variability in production yields, raw material availability, manufacturing capacity constraints, dependence on a limited number of customers and dependence on third parties. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in more detail in RF Micro Devices' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these forward-looking statements.

RF MICRO DEVICES(R) and RFMD(R) are trademarks of RFMD, LLC. All other trade names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Intel and Intel(R) PXA800F cellular processor are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Intel Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

CONTACT:

RF Micro Devices, Greensboro
Jerry D. Neal or Dean Priddy, 336/664-1233


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