GREENSBORO, NC (PRWEB) September 16, 2004
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a leading provider of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications applications, today announced that Air2U, a leading Taiwanese designer and manufacturer of wireless consumer electronics products, is using RFMDs SiW3000 UltimateBlue single-chip Bluetooth component in its USB adapter. The adapter has been certified by Microsoft as an authorized device for testing the compatibility of Bluetooth wireless products operating with the Windows XP system. The Air2U USB adapter is available in a WHQL qualification development kit from the RFMD® eStore at http://www.rfmd.com/order.asp.
Dr. Gregory Chu, chairman of Air2U, said, We selected RFMDs single-chip Bluetooth component because of their ability to deliver a highly integrated ROM-based solution. Also, the unique architecture of the SiW3000 enabled us to eliminate the need for external flash and other active RF components, allowing us to produce a low-cost USB adapter.
Mike Yin, director of product marketing for the Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) product line at RF Micro Devices, said, The Air2U USB adapter incorporating RFMDs single-chip SiW3000 Bluetooth solution enables customers to quickly meet the rigorous WHQL test requirements and achieve Microsoft interoperability and qualification in order to use the highly recognized Designed for Windows logo. The WHQL certification ensures compatibility and interoperability with Microsoft products and is essential, as the recently released Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Windows XP is designed to support Bluetooth protocol stack software.
In order to use the Designed for Windows logo on products enabled with Bluetooth technology, device manufacturers are required to submit their products to Microsofts Windows Hardware Qualification Lab (WHQL) for compatibility testing. The Air2U USB adapter is an approved development tool that allows device manufacturers to quickly confirm interoperability between their products and the Windows XP operating system.
About the SiW3000 UltimateBlue IC
The SiW3000 is a highly integrated, single-chip Bluetooth solution that combines a direct conversion radio modem with an ARM7TDMI® processor core, Bluetooth baseband logic and complete protocol software in ROM (read only memory). All active RF components have been integrated into the CMOS-based IC, making it a complete low-cost solution. The SiW3000s robust, mature baseband delivers the extra MIPS (millions of instructions per second) required to integrate additional software and enables full scatternet support without performance degradation. The SiW3000 is Bluetooth Specification Version 1.2 qualified and supports Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH). The single-chip solution also integrates RFMDs UltimateBlue Coexistence Technology to address the unique interference issues when Bluetooth and 802.11 wireless technologies are collocated in the same device (such as a notebook PC), allowing users to operate Bluetooth and other 2.4GHz wireless technologies simultaneously while maintaining optimal system throughput, range and responsiveness.
Air2U, a customer-oriented manufacturer in Taiwans high technology hub – Hsinchu Science-based Industry Park, has expertise in designing and manufacturing wireless consumer electronic products and a full array of Bluetooth wireless applications, which are increasingly essential for mobile users. Its products range from Bluetooth high fidelity audio solutions, voice solutions for Bluetooth mobile phones, to Bluetooth datacomm solutions.
About RF Micro Devices
RF Micro Devices, Inc., an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer, designs, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications products and applications. The Company is a leading supplier of power amplifiers, one of the most critical radio frequency (RF) components in cellular phones. The Company is also the leading manufacturer of GaAs HBT, which offers distinct advantages over other technologies for the manufacture of current- and next-generation power amplifiers. The Companys products are included primarily in cellular phones, base stations, wireless local area networks (WLANs), cable television modems and global positioning systems (GPS). The Company derives revenue from the sale of standard and custom-designed products. The Company offers a broad array of products including amplifiers, mixers, modulators/demodulators and single-chip transmitters, Bluetooth® products and receivers and transceivers that represent a substantial majority of the RFICs required in wireless subscriber equipment. The Companys goal is to be the premier supplier of low-cost, high-performance integrated circuits and solutions for applications that enable wireless connectivity. RF Micro Devices, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol RFMD. For more information about RFMD, please visit http://www.rfmd.com.
In May 2004, RF Micro Devices acquired Silicon Wave, Inc., a leading provider of low-power highly integrated RF communication system components for the global Bluetooth wireless market. RFMDs Bluetooth product portfolio includes highly integrated single-chip Bluetooth solutions, which incorporate stand-alone CMOS radio modems and CMOS radio processors that leverage system-on-chip (SoC) technology to integrate the radio modem and digital baseband functions onto a single chip and eliminating external flash memory. RFMD is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to RF Micro Devices plans, objectives, estimates and goals. Words such as expects, anticipates, intends, plans, projects, believes and estimates, and variations of these words and similar expressions, identify these forward-looking statements. RF Micro Devices 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, molecular beam epitaxy and other foreign and domestic manufacturing facilities, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, variability in production yields, our ability to reduce costs and improve gross margins by implementing innovative technologies, our ability to bring new products to market, our ability to increase production capacity quickly in response to increases in demand for our products, 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.
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