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Monday, November 01, 2010

Samsung rides on RFMD for GalaxyTab

Greensboro-based Radio Frequency Micro Devices (RFMD), Incorporated has announced that Samsung Electronics has picked its highly integrated Wireless Fidelity (WiFI) component for its Android tablet, known as GalaxyTab.

Confirming this development, president of RFMD’s Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), Mr. Bob Van Buskirk, said that specifically, RFMD is supplying Samsung with the RF5521 front end module (FEM) for the low-band 2.4 GHz frequency, and the RF5515 low noise amplifier (LNA) and RF5355 power amplifier (PA) for the high-band 5.0 GHz frequency.

He said that volume shipments have begun, and RFMD anticipated increase in its WiFi shipments to Samsung; in mobile tablet devices as well as in smartphones as single-band and dual-band design wins ramp into volume production.

“With 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth® 3.0, the Samsung GALAXY Tab takes mobile communication to a whole new level,” he said, stressing that by combining Samsung innovation with the Android OS 2.2, the Tab is truly an always on communication and entertainment tool.

“Its large battery (4,000 mAh) provides more than 7 hours of movie viewing time and because it’s powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor, it’s designed to deliver high performance,” he declared.

He explained that the RF5521 FEM, RF5515 LNA and RF5355 PA are on a leading WiFi reference design and was selected primarily due their combination of performance, integration and small footprint size.

While the RF5521 FEM combines a low noise amplifier (LNA) with bypass and a single pole three throw (SP3T) switch, he noted that the RF5515 and RF5355 operate in tandem to provide a 5GHz RF front end solution that exceeds competitive performance and price levels while it delivers extended range capability.

“Each of the components is targeted at high-performance mobile applications using WiFi and Bluetooth combination systems,” he said.

He expressed delight to support the Samsung Galaxy Tab and looks forward to growing the WiFi business with Samsung across both smartphones and mobile tablet devices.

“As we drive to extend our product leadership in a wide range of RF components, our customers can rely on RFMD’s ability to deliver highly integrated solutions that provide superior performance in a reduced-size footprint, significantly enhancing the end user’s wireless connectivity experience,” he said.

He emphasized that the mobile embedded WiFi market is growing at a rapid pace, and dual-band WiFi (2.5GHz/5GHz) is in the early stages of adoption in the expanding market for mobile internet devices (MIDs).

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