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SmarTune™ RF MEMS Tuners Surpass 100 Billion Cycles Lifetime Testing

San Jose, Calif. – January 14, 2015 – Cavendish Kinetics, the leader in high-performance RF MEMS tuning solutions for mobile and wearable devices, today announced that the company’s SmarTune™ RF MEMS tuners have surpassed 100 billion cycle lifetime testing, without a single part failure.

“Passing 100 Billion cycle lifetime testing has proven that our RF MEMS SmarTune products have the reliability required for large-scale adoption,” said Lars Johnsson, Vice President Product Marketing, Cavendish Kinetics. “The commercial launch of the nubia Z7 LTE Smartphone for China Mobile in October has highlighted our accomplishments in 2014, and we’re excited about our growing customer traction for 2015 as many OEMs are now using our RF MEMS products instead of SOI switches.”             

SmarTune antenna tuning technology improves the mobile user experience by reducing dropped calls, increasing the speed of data connections, and extending the battery life of mobile devices. Being able to provide LTE smartphone antenna tuners with virtually unlimited lifetime further increases the attraction of Cavendish’s RF MEMS technology, which is proven to provide up to 3-times the antenna efficiency improvement of RF switch based antenna tuning solutions.

“Most LTE smart phones use antenna tuning to meet OEM’s and operators’ performance targets across multiple bands, which has been a big challenge. Compared to tuners fabricated in CMOS SOI and GaAs p-HEMT technology, RF MEMS can provide substantially lower insertion loss and higher Q for better antenna performance,” said Chris Taylor, Director – RF & Wireless Components, Strategy Analytics. “Reliability concerns have been a major adoption hurdle for RF MEMS for tuning, but Cavendish has worked hard to make reliability a non-issue, allowing OEMs to provide better performing smartphones using RF MEMS antenna tuners.” 

For more information about Cavendish’s SmarTune RF MEMS solutions, visit:

About Cavendish Kinetics

Cavendish Kinetics is the leading provider of high-performance RF tuning solutions for mobile devices in the global wireless industry. Cavendish’s SmarTuners have been qualified beyond 100 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics has offices in San Jose, CA, Korea, Taiwan, China, and the Netherlands.


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