RF Micro Devices® Achieves ISO/TS 16949 Certification
for Automotive Quality Management Systems
April 18, 2012 Press Release
Greensboro, N.C., April 18, 2012 – RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD), a global leader in the design and
manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, today
announced it has been granted ISO/TS 16949 certification. The ISO/TS 16949 certificate is the highest
international quality standard for the automotive industry, and ISO/TS 16949 certification demonstrates RFMD’s
commitment to excellence in product design and manufacturing processes for automotive applications.
ISO/TS 16949 certification is supported by the automotive industry and incorporates ISO technical specifications
that are more stringent than ISO 9001 quality management system requirements. The goal of the ISO/TS 16949
standard is to enhance existing quality management systems, which, when combined with customer-specific
requirements, support continual improvement through defect prevention and a reduction in variation and waste in
the supply chain. The ISO/TS 16949 standard combines North American and European automotive requirements and
serves the global automotive market.
president and CEO of RFMD, said, “We are pleased to achieve ISO/TS 16949 certification and reinforce RFMD’s
commitment to continuous improvement in support of our customers. This milestone underscores our commitment to the
most stringent standards for manufacturing processes and work procedures, positioning RFMD to significantly expand
our presence in the automotive industry.”
The ISO/TS 16949 certification granted to RFMD covers RFMD’s
manufacturing facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina.
ISO/TS 16949 certification, developed by the
International Automotive Task Force (IATF) in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) the world's largest developer of standards, aligns existing automotive quality systems standards within the
global automotive industry, and aims to eliminate the need for multiple certifications to satisfy customer
requirements and provide a common approach to a quality management system for automotive production. The IATF
consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers including, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General
Motors Corporation, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault and Volkswagen.
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD) is a global
leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor
technologies. RFMD’s products enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity and support advanced
functionality in the cellular handset, wireless infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV/broadband
and aerospace and defense markets. RFMD is recognized for its diverse portfolio of semiconductor technologies and
RF systems expertise and is a preferred supplier to the world's leading mobile device, customer premises and
communications equipment providers.
Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., RFMD is an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer with worldwide
engineering, design, sales and service facilities. RFMD is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the
symbol RFMD. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at www.rfmd.com.
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performance could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. We do not
intend to update any of these forward-looking statements or publicly announce the results of any revisions to
these forward-looking statements, other than as is required under the federal securities laws. RF Micro Devices'
business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including variability in operating results, risks
associated with the impact of global macroeconomic and credit conditions on our business and the business of our
suppliers and customers, our reliance on a few large customers for a substantial portion of our revenue, the rate
of growth and development of wireless markets, our ability to bring new products to market, our reliance on
inclusion in third party reference designs for a portion of our revenue, our ability to manage channel partner and
customer relationships, risks associated with the operation of our wafer fabrication, molecular beam epitaxy,
assembly and test and tape and reel facilities, our ability to complete acquisitions and integrate acquired
companies, including the risk that we may not realize expected synergies from our business combinations, our
ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, variability in production yields, raw
material costs and availability, our ability to reduce costs and improve margins in response to declining average
selling prices, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in response to changes in demand for
our products, dependence on gallium arsenide (GaAs) for the majority of our products, dependence on third parties,
and substantial reliance on international sales and operations. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are
described in more detail in RF Micro Devices' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports and
statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results and developments to be
materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these forward-looking statements.
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