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RFMD(R) Expands Portfolio of Broadband Components With New IQ Modulators Featuring Integrated Local Oscillators


RFMD’s World-Class IQ Modulators Drive Superior Integration and Industry-Leading Performance


RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, today announced it has extended its portfolio of broadband components to include two new low power IQ Modulators featuring integrated fractional-N synthesizers and voltage controlled oscillators (VCO).


The RFMD2080 and RFMD2081 are broadband devices capable of generating output frequencies from 45MHz to 2700MHz. They are suitable for a wide range of applications, including satellite communications, Point-to-Point radio, software defined radio, and other wireless and wireline applications requiring QPSK/QAM modulators. The broadband nature of the components and the integration of the local oscillator offer customers a competitive combination of functionality, versatility, and size.


The RFMD2080 features a baseband interface incorporating programmable filtering and gain control. Optimized for low power operation, the device has current consumption of 150mA from a 3V supply, allowing customers to create more environmentally friendly systems with reduced power consumption. Both the RFMD2080 and RFMD2081 are programmable using a simple 3-wire serial interface and offered in QFN 5x5mm packages.


Alastair Upton, general manager of RFMD’s Broadband Components Business Unit, said,”RFMD’s new IQ Modulator products


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significantly reduce implementation size and complexity, power consumption and cost for our customers. We are very pleased to offer these market-leading devices, which leverage our optimal technology matching (OTM®) strategy and highlight our ‘green’ approach to product development and performance.”


Nanometrics to open Singapore Advanced Metrology Centre


The advanced modelling capabilities at the new centre expands support to the firm’s Asia customer base.


Nanometrics Incorporated, a provider of advanced metrology systems, is opening the “Singapore Advanced Metrology Centre”, an applications development center for customers using Nanometrics metrology systems.


The centre provides dedicated support throughout Asia for customers requiring advanced modelling of complex structures and recipe development. Nanometrics investment and commitment to additional applications resources reflects the rapid growth and adoption of optical critical dimension (OCD) technology in semiconductor manufacturing due to smaller, more complex structures and new materials.


The Singapore location provides access to a large pool of technical talent and a significant concentration of the company’s customers. In addition to applications development staff, the facility also includes sales and service support for Nanometrics customers. It also serves as a training center for regional customers and Nanometrics’ branch offices.


“This expansion is important to our efforts to improve responsiveness in Asia and to better serve our customers,” said Nagesh Avadhany, vice president of applications engineering and training programs. “We are pleased to have a highly-skilled local staff of engineers and scientists who now form the core of our regional applications team. They bring to Nanometrics a vital resource to build our customers’ confidence in our ability to enable their


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