Greensboro, N.C.Designed to meet the front-end requirements of emerging market handsets, RF Micro Devices Inc. recently introduced the RF716x family of dual-band (EGSM900/DCS1800 or GSM850/PCS1900) GSM/GPRS transmit modules that provide a small footprint, improved efficiency and robust ESD protection.
Each GSM/GPRS transmit module (TxM) in the RF716x product family is class 12-compliant and features two symmetrical (interchangeable) receive (Rx) ports for ease of routing during implementation. The RF716x product family includes functionally identical TxMs with "mirrored" footprints, maximizing layout design flexibility and easing implementation across handset platforms. Each RF716x TxM leverages RFMD's GaAs pHEMT and patented PowerStar integrated power control technology while integrating transmit filtering for optimum harmonic performance.
All TxMs in the RF716x family include an electrostatic discharge (ESD) filter to provide antenna port ESD protection at a rating of 8kV contact discharge (CD).
Pricing: Less than $1 each in quantities of 10,000.
Availability: The RF7168 dual-band (EGSM900/DCS1800) TxM is the first available product in the RF716x family and is available today. Samples of the RF7166, RF7167 and RF7169 are expected to be available in the March 2009 quarter.
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RF Micro Devices Inc., www.rfmd.com