RF Micro Devices(R) Announces Flexible Gallium Arsenide Sourcing Strategy

RF Micro Devices(R) Announces Flexible Gallium Arsenide Sourcing Strategy

Company Expects to Optimize Internal Manufacturing Capacity, Lower Costs, and
Generate More Predictable Operating Results

GREENSBORO, N.C., March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RF Micro Devices, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of
high-performance radio frequency solutions, announced today a new Gallium
Arsenide (GaAs) sourcing strategy intended to increase manufacturing
flexibility, expand gross margin, and support aggressive growth.

RFMD will phase out manufacturing in its Newton Aycliffe, UK-based GaAs pHEMT
facility and transition most GaAs manufacturing to its GaAs HBT manufacturing
facility in Greensboro, NC. RFMD will also partner with leading GaAs HBT
foundries for additional capacity. The Newton Aycliffe GaAs pHEMT facility had
been RFMD's primary source for cellular switches, which RFMD has transitioned
to higher performance, lower cost silicon on insulator (SOI). The transition
will occur over the next nine to 12 months to support existing millimeter wave
customer contracts. Once implemented, RFMD expects annual cost savings of
approximately $20 million, or $5 million per quarter.

Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD, said, "RFMD is enjoying increasing
demand for our GaAs- and silicon-based RF solutions by delivering the
industry's highest performance and most innovative products and technologies,
including power amplifiers, switches, antenna tuners, and envelope tracking
solutions. The combination of our industry-leading internal GaAs manufacturing
capabilities and our external GaAs and silicon foundry partnerships support
our longstanding commitment to Optimum Technology Matching,^® satisfy the full
breadth of our customers' performance, size, and cost requirements, and give
RFMD unlimited growth potential. We expect these structural changes to have a
lasting positive effect on the Company's cost structure, resulting in
meaningful gross margin expansion."

RFMD is actively seeking a buyer for the Newton Aycliffe facility. If a buyer
cannot be found, the facility will be closed once contractual obligations are

About RFMD

RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD) is a global leader in the design and
manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions. RFMD's products
enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity and support advanced
functionality in the mobile device, wireless infrastructure, wireless local
area network (WLAN or WiFi), cable television (CATV)/broadband, Smart
Energy/advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and aerospace and defense
markets. RFMD is recognized for its diverse portfolio of semiconductor
technologies and RF systems expertise and is a preferred supplier to the
world's leading mobile device, customer premises and communications equipment

Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., RFMD is an ISO 9001-, ISO 14001-, and
ISO/TS 16949-certified manufacturer with worldwide engineering, design, sales
and service facilities. RFMD is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market
under the symbol RFMD. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at

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to these forward-looking statements, other than as is required under the
federal securities laws. RF Micro Devices' business is subject to numerous
risks and uncertainties, including variability in operating results, risks
associated with the impact of global macroeconomic and credit conditions on
our business and the business of our suppliers and customers, our reliance on
a few large customers for a substantial portion of our revenue, the rate of
growth and development of wireless markets, our ability to bring new products
to market, our reliance on inclusion in third party reference designs for a
portion of our revenue, our ability to manage channel partner and customer
relationships, risks associated with the operation of our wafer fabrication,
molecular beam epitaxy, assembly and test and tape and reel facilities, our
ability to complete acquisitions and integrate acquired companies, including
the risk that we may not realize expected synergies from our business
combinations, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop
leaders, variability in production yields, raw material costs and
availability, our ability to reduce costs and improve margins in response to
declining average selling prices, our ability to adjust production capacity in
a timely fashion in response to changes in demand for our products, dependence
on gallium arsenide (GaAs) for the majority of our products, dependence on
third parties, and substantial reliance on international sales and operations.
These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in more detail in
RF Micro Devices' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports and
statements 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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         Doug DeLieto
         VP, Investor Relations
         Dean Priddy
         At The Financial Relations Board
         Joe Calabrese
         Vice President

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