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To support the requirements of the new Data over Cable Service Interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1, RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD - Snapshot Report) recently unveiled its first power doubler amplifier in a multi-chip module. DOCSIS is an international telecommunications standard that permits the addition of high-speed data transfer to an existing cable TV (CATV) system.

RF Micro Devices’ amplifier family is developed for CATV transmission that includes power doublers and push-pull amplifiers delivering matchless performance in terms of output power, bandwidth, current consumption and reliability. The new RFCM3316 combines compact size with decreased current consumption. It helps cable television operators and multiple system operators by providing them a simpler mode to upgrade to meet new DOCSIS 3.1 requirements.

This new Gallium Nitride-based amplifier provides high output and gain benefits, which help operators to upgrade their existing equipment within current locations and thereby saving on both installation time and cost.
The volume production of RFCM3316 is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014, offering an easy upgrade to the DOCSIS 3.1 standard for operators and extending the life of existing networks.

Headquartered in Greensboro, NC, RF Micro Devices designs, develops, manufactures and markets radio frequency (RF) solutions for original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers in wireless and wired communications applications globally. RF Micro Devices is recognized for its diverse portfolio of semiconductor technologies and RF systems expertise. The company remains focused on inventing new products to maintain its competitive advantage worldwide.

RF Micro Devices currently has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Other stocks that look promising and are worth a look now are Nitto Denko Corp. (NDEKY), carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and Skyworks Solutions Inc (SWKS - Analyst Report) and Intersil Corp. (ISIL - Snapshot Report), both carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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