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5-GHz WiFi front end modules (FEMs) for handsets, smartphones and tablets

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By eeNews Europe

The latest three 5-GHz FEMs — the RF5686, the RF5506, and the RF5516 — deliver industry-leading high power and high linearity and are optimized for the rapidly growing smartphone and tablet markets.

The global WiFi market is growing rapidly and is forecast to represent a greater than $1 billion total addressable market (TAM) by 2014. Adoption of dual-band WiFi (2.4-GHz/5-GHz) in handsets is estimated to increase from approximately 25% of all handsets in 2011 to approximately 50% of all handsets in 2012, with increasing emphasis on the 5-GHz band for use in 3G/4G smartphones. The anticipated growth in tablet devices is also forecast to support 5-GHz FEM adoption, as mobile WiFi chipsets for tablets increasingly adopt dual-band functionality.

To satisfy the growing market demand, RFMD has developed FEMs with high levels of integration, small package sizes, and best-in-class linearity performance. RFMD offers a broad portfolio of highly integrated FEMs that include the PA, the switch, filtering, baluns and an optional low noise amplifier (LNA) for both single-band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) and dual- band (2.4-GHz/5-GHz) operation. The company’s WiFi product portfolio also includes discrete PAs, switches and switch/LNA products that support integrated chipset solutions.

Samples and production quantities of the RF5686, RF5506, and RF5516 are available now.

For further information: www.rfmd.com.


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