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news digest ♦ Telecoms 3G entry smartphones.


The new RF solutions are designed to solve the increasingly complex RF requirements of entry-level 2G and 3G smartphones related to cost, band count, and thermal dissipation.


RFMD believes it is uniquely positioned with a complete portfolio of GaAs and silicon-based RF solutions for the entry smartphone segment.


The company’s newest entry solutions include GaAs- and silicon-based power amplifiers and transmit modules for 2G and 3G entry smartphones, enabling RFMD to deliver complete RF reference designs, from the transceiver to the antenna.


RFMD intends to expand its entry solution product portfolio in calendar 2013 to include fully integrated silicon-based multimode power amplifiers and multimode transmit modules, bringing unprecedented levels of integration to the entry and mid-tier smartphone segments.


Industry analysts estimate quarterly shipments of entry smartphones will reach record levels, as new smartphone models proliferate across all tiers and as entry smartphone prices drop below $100.


Leading manufacturers of entry smartphones are leveraging RFMD’s entry solutions product portfolio to achieve the optimum balance of cost, performance and flexibility while satisfying critical requirements for quality and reliability in high- volume manufacturing.


RFMD is enabling the rapid growth in the entry smartphone segment by providing a complete suite of GaAs- and silicon- based 2G and 3G solutions optimised for the cost, size and performance requirements of entry devices. RFMD’s entry solutions product portfolio is compatible with all leading baseband chipset providers, including Qualcomm, Intel, Broadcom, Mediatek, Spreadtrum and others.


Firecomms meets escalating demand for fibre optics in China


With a new appointment and distribution agreement, the company is extending its presence in China


Firecomms, a provider of fibre optic solutions and optical transceivers, has appointed a new Director of Sales and Marketing for its new sales office in Shanghai.


The firm has also signed a distribution agreement with DongTing Technologies Shenzhen Co. to meet the increased demand for its products in China.


“Continued investment in public infrastructure and production automation has led to significant growth in China’s renewable energy, transportation and industrial automation markets; applications that require a broad array of rugged and reliable


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fibre optic solutions,” says Hugh Hennessy, Firecomms’ Vice President and Sales and Marketing.


“This trend, together with our new LC terminated solutions and RedLink® range of Avago Versatile Link compatible components, requires us to significantly expand our footprint in China to meet the growing demand for our products.”


Hennessy adds, “Not only are we pleased to announce the opening of a new regional sales office in Shanghai, we’re very excited to announce the appointment of Weikang Jiang to the newly created role of Director of Sales and Marketing for the Greater China region. Formerly at Avago Technologies’ Industrial Fibre Product division, Jiang brings a wealth of experience to the organisation and is highly respected in the industrial fibre marketplace.”


Jiang will drive the expansion of Firecomms’ presence in the wider Chinese marketplace and, from Firecomms’ new regional sales office in Shanghai, will serve customers in Greater China through direct sales and regional distributors.


DongTing Technologies, the company’s newest distributor, has a proven track record in serving industrial customers, a key industry for Firecomms fibre optic transceivers. From its headquarters in Shenzhen, DongTing Technologies serves customers throughout China.


“Offering a perfectly aligned synergy with our product portfolio and excellent coverage throughout Mainland China, DongTing Technologies is an ideal partner in the fast-growing industrial fibre market,” says Jiang. “DongTing Technologies’ extensive experience working with customers in the power, automation and transportation industries is a big advantage as these are key markets for Firecomms fibre optical transceivers.”


“DongTing is pleased to leverage our abundant resources in different territories to bring Firecomms optical solutions to our strategic accounts and new customers in our key industrial markets,” says Fred CAI, General Manager of DongTing Technologies. “The broad usage of Firecomms products also will enable us to explore new and growing market segments throughout Mainland China.”


Firecomms’ line of fibre optical transceivers includes RedLink, a series of DC-capable transmitters and receivers for industrial command and control applications that are drop-in compatible with the Versatile Link range of products, LC connectors, and OptoLock plugless fibre optic transceivers.


In addition to its industrial fibre optic transceivers, Firecomms offers an accompanying line of cable assembly solutions to enable quick field installations without extensive training.


Skyworks wins SkyOne contracts


The highly integrated front-end solution for advanced mobile applications incorporates Skyworks’ GaAs, SOI, SiGe and CMOS processes


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