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RFMD(R) Unveils First 1.2 GHz Power Doubler Amplifier Supporting New DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Specification



RFMD(R) Unveils First 1.2 GHz Power Doubler Amplifier Supporting New DOCSIS
3.1 Cable Specification

RFCM3316 Combines Compact Size With Decreased Current Consumption, Allowing
CATV Operators and MSOs an Easy Upgrade Path to Meet New DOCSIS 3.1
Requirements

GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RFMD (Nasdaq:RFMD), a
global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio
frequency solutions, today unveiled its first power doubler amplifier in a
multi-chip module to support the requirements of the new data over cable
service interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1.

RFMD's new Gallium Nitride- (GaN-) based RFCM3316 allows cable operators and
MSOs to easily upgrade existing CATV infrastructure to meet the power
amplifier requirements of the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard, increasing effective
downstream data rates from 160 Megabits per second (Mb/s) to 10 Gigabits per
second (Gbit/s), and upstream data rates from 120 Mb/s to 1 Gbit/s when
compared to DOCSIS 3.0. Due to the high output and gain benefits derived from
RFMD's GaN-based RFCM3316, cable operators can upgrade their existing
equipment within current locations, saving on both installation time and cost.

"Our new power doubler amplifier solution underscores RFMD's product
leadership by creating an easy upgrade to the DOCSIS 3.1 standard for CATV
operators and MSOs, extending the life of existing networks," said Norm
Hilgendorf, president of RFMD's Multi-Market Products Group. "The RFCM3316 is
a drop-in replacement to its predecessor, the RFCM2680, combining a small
footprint with adjustable current consumption. Early customer feedback has
been positive, and we look forward to supporting them as they roll out new
DOCSIS 3.1-compliant products beginning in early 2014."

The RFCM3316 operates from 40MHz to 1200MHz and provides an extremely high
output level of 60dBmV under a 1.2GHz channel loading with < 10-10 BER and
42dB MER and -80dB CTB and -80dB CSO. This modular, surface mount device saves
about 50 percent in board space compared to traditional SOT115J packages,
while maintaining excellent linearity and ruggedness. Due to the efficient
nature of the GaN process, the product can also operate at 20% less current
than Gallium Arsenide-based products at a comparable distortion level.

The RFCM3316 is now sampling with key customers, and volume production is
expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014. RFCM3316 is the newest
addition to RFMD's differential amplifier family developed for CATV
transmission that includes power doublers and push-pull amplifiers delivering
unmatched performance in terms of output power, bandwidth, linearity, current
consumption and reliability. RFMD will showcase its portfolio of
industry-leading CATV components at its booth (#1362) at the SCTE Cable-Tec
Expo to be held in Atlanta, Georgia from October 22 -24.

About RFMD

RFMD (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 Wi-Fi), 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 providers. RFMD is an ISO
9001-, ISO 14001-, and ISO/TS 16949-certified manufacturer with worldwide
engineering, design, sales and service facilities. For more information,
please visit RFMD's web site at rfmd.com.

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to,
statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and
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that the forward-looking statements included herein represent management's
current judgment and expectations, but our actual results, events and
performance could differ materially from those expressed or implied by
forward-looking statements. We do not intend to update any of these
forward-looking statements or publicly announce the results of any revisions
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, the
inability of certain of our customers or suppliers to access their traditional
sources of credit, our industry's rapidly changing technology, our dependence
on a few large customers for a substantial portion of our revenue, our ability
to implement innovative technologies, our ability to bring new products to
market and achieve design wins, the efficient and successful operation of our
wafer fabrication facilities, assembly facilities and test and tape and reel
facilities, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in
response to changes in demand for our products, variability in manufacturing
yields, industry overcapacity and current macroeconomic conditions, inaccurate
product forecasts and corresponding inventory and manufacturing costs,
dependence on third parties and our ability to manage channel partners and
customer relationships, our dependence on international sales and operations,
our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, the
possibility that future acquisitions may dilute our shareholders' ownership
and cause us to incur debt and assume contingent liabilities, fluctuations in
the price of our common stock, additional claims of infringement on our
intellectual property portfolio, lawsuits and claims relating to our products,
security breaches and other similar disruptions compromising our information
and exposing us to liability and the impact of stringent environmental
regulations. 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.

CONTACT: At RFMD(R)
         Doug DeLieto
         VP, Investor Relations
         336-678-5322
        
         Media Contact
         Brent Dietz
         Director of Corporate Communications
         336-678-7935
         brent.dietz@rfmd.com

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