ON Semiconductor Launches Tunable RF Components for Smaller, Thinner Smartphones with Reliable Antenna Performance

  ON Semiconductor Launches Tunable RF Components for Smaller, Thinner
  Smartphones with Reliable Antenna Performance

Tunable RF Components allow smaller volume antennas, reduced power consumption
    and support increasing mobile data demands in the latest generation of
                                 smartphones

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- March 5, 2013

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficient innovations, has
introduced a new family of Tunable RF Components (TRFC) that address the
design challenges faced by engineers developing the latest generation
smartphones. The new devices optimally combine tuning range, RF quality factor
(Q) and frequency operation, providing a superior solution to existing fixed
approaches.

End-user demand for smaller, thinner handsets challenges designers to reduce
antenna volume without impacting performance. At the same time, the rapid
increase in demand for mobile data means that carriers worldwide are
increasing the number of bands that a smartphone must cover.
ONSemiconductor’s new TCP-30xx family of low insertion loss Passive Tunable
Integrated Circuits (PTICs) and TCC-103 PTIC Controller IC allow performance
to be tuned and optimized to counter lower antenna volume and increased
frequency coverage requirements. They also help overcome head- and hand-effect
problems.

With a 4:1 tuning range and capacitance values from 1.2 picofarad (pF) to 8.2
pF, the TCP-30xx PTIC series is offered in WLCSP and QFN package styles and
can be used to replace traditional “fixed-match” devices. ON Semiconductor’s
PTICs also allow for a more efficient use of the smartphone’s power amplifier
to reduce the current drain and help extend handset battery life. A
three-times improvement in data rates in marginal coverage areas can be
achieved with a significant reduction in dropped or missed calls.

Designed to work in conjunction with the company’s PTICs, a new PTIC Control
IC is also available. The TCC-103 is a high-voltage digital-to-analog IC that
provides control and bias in a tunable solution and is fully compliant with
the timing needs of cellular and other wireless system requirements. The
low-power IC features an integrated boost converter with three programmable
outputs (up to 24 V) and an interface that allows independent control of
multiple tuning elements from a single MIPI/SPI bus element. It is housed in a
WLCSP package for stand-alone or module integration.

ON Semiconductor’s proven expertise and technology in TRFCs are underlined by
over 10 million units shipped to date, a worldwide field application team to
support customer designs, and design tools that help speed and simplify the
optimization of antenna circuits.

“Significant design challenges exist in the smartphone market due to the
end-user’s desire for smaller, thinner, faster handsets,” said David Laks,
director of the TRFC product line at ON Semiconductor. “These devices need a
smaller antenna, but must operate reliably and process increasing amounts of
data. ON Semiconductor’s Tunable RF Components provide a superior solution
that helps smartphone hardware designers meet specific and diverse antenna
performance specifications of carriers as they deploy 3G and 4G LTE networks.”

Packaging and Pricing

The PTICs are offered in WLCSP and QFN packages and are priced at $0.50 (USD)
in quantities greater than 250,000 units.

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is driving innovation in energy efficient
electronics, empowering design engineers to reduce global energy use. The
company offers a comprehensive portfolioof energy efficient power and signal
management, logic, discrete and custom solutions to help customers solve
theirunique design challengesin automotive, communications, computing,
consumer, industrial, LED lighting, medical, military/aerospace and power
supply applications. ON Semiconductor operates aresponsive, reliable,
world-class supply chain and quality program, and a network of manufacturing
facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North
America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit
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