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September 11, 2011
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Microsemi Corp. announced that it has acquired the millimeter-wave technology and related assets of privately held Brijot Imaging Systems Inc. Microsemi's product offerings will include the industry's first millimeter-wave wand solution for touchless pat downs and will also support customers who need solutions that prevent internal loss and promote workplace safety.


Tektronix Inc. announced the acquisition of Veridae Systems Inc. Founded in 2009 to commercialize research from the University of British Columbia, Veridae delivers three leading products for ASIC/FPGA prototyping debug, ASIC post silicon validation and FPGA-based system product validation into leading semiconductor and system product companies.

AWR Corp. announced that the merger with National Instruments (NI) is complete. As previously announced, AWR will continue to operate as a wholly owned NI subsidiary under the leadership of the existing management team. In related news, NI started construction over the summer for its R&D and operations facility in Penang, Malaysia. The facility is expected to be complete in 2012.

Agilent Technologies Inc. and the University of California, Davis, announced they will establish the Davis Millimeter Wave Research Center (DMRC). The DMRC will focus on advancing technology in millimeter-wave and THz systems for radar, imaging systems, sensors, communications and integrated passive devices found in electromagnetic metamaterials and antennae.

GigOptix Inc., a supplier of semiconductor and optical components that enable high speed information streaming, recently moved its headquarters from Palo Alto, CA, to 130 Baytech Road, San Jose, CA. The move came after GigOptix acquired Endwave Corp. over the summer.

Emerson & Cuming Microwave Products N.V. Belgium has moved. The new address is Bell Telephonelaan 2B, 2440 Geel, Belgium. Telephone (+32 14 56250) and fax number (+32 14 562501) remain unchanged. Emerson & Cuming Microwave Products is a worldwide supplier of absorbing materials, low-loss dielectrics and shielding materials.

The High Performance Foams Division of Rogers Corp., located in Chicago, IL, has been awarded a Silver Performance Excellence Award for 2010 by Boeing. The Boeing Performance Excellence Award is given to Boeing suppliers for superior supplier performance over a year's time.

Richardson RFPD Inc. reports that, for the second consecutive year, it has received the "Top Distributor of the Year" award from TriQuint Semiconductor Inc., a RF solutions supplier and technology innovator. The award recognizes Richardson RFPD's overall contribution to TriQuint's growth, including high level of responsiveness to customers, increasing design wins, and technical support.

Anritsu Co. announced that the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Society has presented Bill Oldfield with the 2011 Microwave Application Award. He received the award for developing high frequency coaxial microwave connectors in the 1970s and 1980s.

Centerline Technologies of Hudson, MA, has become certified to ISO 9001:2008. The ISO 9001:2008 standard, published by the International Organization for Standardization, is an international reference for quality management requirements and continuous improvement in business-to-business dealings.

Auriga Microwave has been awarded Phase II.5 for its Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) N07-007 Solid-state High-efficiency Transmit Module. This Navy-sponsored two-year effort will build upon the Phase II development of C-Band power amplifiers and low noise amplifiers.

CONTRACTS

Raytheon Co. has been awarded the first competitive Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) contract in the nation, as well as the first contract under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), for recipients of the FCC 700 MHz Broadband Waiver. The $8.7 M contract will provide Adams County, CO, and the adjacent Denver community, with a 15-site LTE communications system that delivers the public safety user access to next-generation broadband capabilities, such as streaming video, remote data access and information sharing.

Phonon Corp., of Simsbury, CT, received a $6.5 M contract from Raytheon IDS to upgrade the Patriot ground radar system to Config-3. Phonon will provide SAW pulse compression delay lines, which are critical radar elements, to achieve this latest configuration. This contract continues Phonon's 20-year involvement in Patriot technology advances.

L-3 Telemetry-East (L-3 TE), a division of L-3 Communications, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract to upgrade fielded telemetry ground receivers to incorporate the C-Band spectrum for the US Air Force. Over the past two years, engineers at Edwards AFB and L-3 TE have been testing a down-conversion scheme ensuring optimum functionality with no degradation to existing performance.

NEW MARKET ENTRIES

RF Micro Devices Inc. announced its foundry services business unit has expanded its portfolio of process technologies to include two additional GaAs process technologies — RFMD's FD25 low noise PHEMT process and RFMD's FET1H switching PHEMT process. The two additional GaAs PHEMT process technologies are available immediately to foundry customers.

SemiGen Inc., an expert in RF/microwave hybrid assembly and testing, semiconductor evaluation and packaging, and automated PCB manufacturing, has a new facility and is expanding its RF/microwave assembly and test capabilities. To accommodate SemiGen's recent acquisitions and new product line repair business, SemiGen has relocated to 920 Candia Road in Manchester, NH. The new facility adds a second SMT line as well as a Class 10,000 ESD Zero clean room for RF microwave assembly, and SemiGen's newest capital acquisition, an MRSI605 Automatic Eutectic Die Bonder.

PERSONNEL

TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. announced that James L. Klein has joined the company as Vice President and General Manager of its Defense and Aerospace business. Klein was most recently with Raytheon in the Space and Airborne Systems division and responsible for design and manufacturing of advanced RF and microwave subsystems and components. He holds both bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

RF Industries announced that it has appointed Chief Financial Officer James Doss to the additional position of President. Howard Hill, RFI's CEO and former President, will continue in his current position as the company's Chief Executive Officer. After joining the company as Director of Accounting in February 2006, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary in January 2008. Doss received his B.S. in finance and economics from San Diego State University in 1993 and completed graduate and advanced financial management studies, receiving his MBA from San Diego State University in 2005.

DYMAX Corp. has announced the appointment of Tony Ieraci as Marketing Communications Manager. Prior to joining DYMAX, Ieraci held positions as Marketing Communications Manager at Scapa North America and as owner of AIM Marketing Communications. He received his B.S. and M.B.A at Western New England College.



REP APPOINTMENTS

Custom MMIC Design Services Inc. (CMDS), a fabless design company located in Westford, MA, announced the appointments of Cain Technology, NWN Inc. and dBm Technical Sales as its technical sales representatives. Cain Technology will represent CMDS in Southern CA, NWN Inc. will cover Northern CA and parts of NV, and dBm Technical Sales will cover the New England area.

Valpey Fisher Corp., a provider of high performance integrated products for timing and frequency control, announced the addition of ATM Mid-Atlantic and Sertech Inc. to its worldwide sales network of representatives and distributors. ATM Mid-Atlantic will be the authorized sales representative for Valpey Fisher frequency control products in MD, VA and DC. Sertech will be the authorized sales representative for all Valpey Fisher product lines in Eastern PA, Southern NJ and Delaware.

M/A-COM Technology Solutions recently named Mouser Electronics as an authorized global distributor. Mouser Electronics is a design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components. Mouser Electronics, with its user-friendly "EZ Buy" online catalogue, enables customers to buy online for fast and efficient fulfillment of product orders for M/A-COM Tech's customers.

TRU Corp. of Peabody, MA, announced the appointment of ProTEQ Solutions as its representative for RF and microwave cable assembly and connector products in the New England territory. ProTEQ Solutions has a successful history of selling into the complex test and instrumentation market. ProTEQ recently merged with Hi-Peak Sales to form a new embedded products sales team for modules, PCBs and assemblies.

MITEQ Inc. announced the appointment of MC Microwave as the company's exclusive sales representative in Northern CA and NV and the appointment of Technical Marketing Specialists as the company's exclusive sales representative in NM and AZ. The two companies will represent MITEQ's Component division, which includes amplifiers, mixers, frequency multipliers, passive power components, switches, attenuators, limiters, phase shifters, IF signal processing components, oscillators, synthesizers, integrated multifunction assemblies and fiber optic products. MC Microwave can be contacted at sales@mcmicrowave.com. Technical Mareting Specialists can be contacted at tms@tmssales.com.

WEBSITE

Engalco, which provides in-depth company analyses and market forecasts for commercial, industrial and military sectors, has a new website, www.engalco-research.com. Engalco is based in East Yorkshire, UK, and specializes in aerospace and defense.

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