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Anadigics HELP3E PAs have three mode states to achieve high power-added efficiencies at low-range and mid-range output power levels. With a quiescent current of 4 mA, Anadigics says its PAs offer best-in-class linearity at maximum output power. The two independent PAs come in a single package.


RFMD revenues pounded due to weakness in entry level handset market


The firm’s revenue for the December 2011 quarter was approximately $225 million, 10% less than was forecast by the company


RF Micro Devices, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, has provided a quarterly financial update for its third fiscal quarter, ended December 31, 2011.


In RFMD’s Cellular Products Group (CPG), revenue was approximately $179 million, as sales of 2G components to China-based customers for entry-level handsets were below expectations. In RFMD’s Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), revenue was approximately $46 million, reflecting broad weakness in MPG’s end markets.


The Company noted customer demand softened during the December quarter, with end-of-quarter 2G demand significantly below customer forecasts. RFMD expects gross margin for the December 2011 quarter will decline approximately 9 points sequentially, due to the lower revenue, lower factory utilisation, and inventory reserves.


Sales of RFMD’s components for 3G/4G smartphones increased sequentially approximately 16% during the December 2011 quarter.


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Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD, said, “RFMD is navigating broadly lower demand in 2G handsets and softness across MPG’s markets. Despite this challenging macro environment, RFMD is winning new business with industry-leading products and technologies, and we fully expect to grow in fiscal 2013, supported by market share gains, new product launches, and expanding relationships with both channel partners and customers.”


In the March 2012 quarter, RFMD anticipates normal seasonality in the handset industry and in MPG’s end markets. The Company will provide additional guidance in its quarterly earnings announcement and corresponding conference call on January 24, 2012.


Skyworks diversifies to go sky high in GaAs market


Strategy Analytics says TriQuint, RFMD and Avago were the other main players in the gallium arsenide device market in 2011


Propelled by rapidly increasing rates of data consumption and sophisticated handsets with more GaAs content, the GaAs device market reached $5.45 billion of revenue in 2010.


The recently published Strategy Analytics report, “GaAs Device Vendor Market Share 2010: North America,” estimates that the GaAs device market grew by 35 percent since 2009.


The report addresses GaAs vendors in North America and concludes that Skyworks Solutions remains the largest GaAs device manufacturer. Skyworks increased its lead over second-place RFMD through a combination of product diversification and design wins at major handset manufacturers.


TriQuint Semiconductor is still in third place and is now less than half of a percentage point behind RFMD. Avago Technologies rounds


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