RFMD powers flagship LG smartphones
LG has selected RFMD to supply multiple components to support its LG Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus 3D Max smartphones. Both of these smartphones are anticipated to be available globally in 2012. The LG Optimus 4X HD features a 4.7-inch HD display (1280 x 720), Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 21 Mbps HSPA+ performance, front (1.3 MP) and rear (8 MP) cameras, and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, all encased within 8.9 mm. The LG Optimus 3D Max features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 8 GB of storage, a 5 MP dual-lens camera, Android 2.3 "Gingerbread," and LG's "exclusive brightened" WVGA 4.3-inch display, all housed in a compact 9.8 mm shell. The RFMD components enabling LG's flagship smartphones include the company's PowerSmart power platform, and its RF5501 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi front end module. RFMD says its PowerSmart features a revolutionary RF Configurable Power Core that delivers multiband, multi-mode coverage of all cellular communications modulation schemes, including 4G, up to LTE 64QAM. The RF5501 Wi-Fi front end module is claimed to satisfy smartphone and tablet manufacturers' requirements for aggressive size reductions in 802.11b/g/n front end solutions, whilst delivering high linear output power and reduced component count. Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD, says, "RFMD is pleased to expand our relationship with LG and support these flagship smartphones with our industry-leading cellular and Wi-Fi components. RFMD's PowerSmart power platforms continue to lead a product category that is reshaping the future of multimode, multi-band cellular RF architectures, and we anticipate sequential growth in PowerSmart shipments throughout the calendar year."