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RF Micro Ships 250M Amps

RF Micro Devices has shipped its 250 millionth power amplifier module

September 2, 2003

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a leading provider of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications applications, today announced that it has shipped its 250 millionth power amplifier (PA) module. RFMD is the fastest company in the industry to ship 250 million PA modules.

Eric Creviston, vice president of wireless products at RF Micro Devices, said, "We are proud to announce the shipment of our 250 millionth PA module, which is another major milestone for RF Micro Devices. In May 2003, just three months ago, we shipped our 200 millionth PA module, and we view today's announcement as further proof of our position as the world's leading PA provider for handsets."

Creviston continued, "This success is due in part to our proven design and manufacturing expertise, as well as the strength of our PowerStar™ products, which are the world's best-selling power amplifier modules with integrated power control. Our patent-pending PowerStar solutions have helped RFMD become the leading supplier of PAs for the GSM air interface standard, which accounts for approximately two-thirds of the world's cell phones."

Joe Grzyb, general manager of the power amplifier product line at RF Micro Devices, said, "By combining our aggressive pace of new product introduction, a passion for excellence in customer support and our position as the market leader in PAs, we anticipate continued strong acceptance of our PA products by the world's major handset manufacturers. We recently introduced the RF3146 next-generation PowerStar PA module with integrated power control. Based on our new, patent-pending Lead Frame Module™ packaging technology, the RF3146 offers our customers improved performance, reduced product size and lower cost. At the same time our Lead Frame Module packaging technology helps streamline our manufacturing process and we expect this will lead to improved margins on these modules."

Power amplifiers are one of the most critical components in the radio section of handsets and amplify the handset's signal through its antenna back to the base station. RFMD's PowerStar products simplify phone design and manufacturing, and significantly reduce customers' engineering time and resources in product test, in some cases by more than 50 percent, thereby accelerating time-to-market and reducing overall cost.

RFMD is the only company with product availability in cellular, wireless LAN, Bluetooth ®technology, GPS and satellite radio.

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