Paratek Microwave has opened a new advanced engineering Design Center in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, naming Keith Manssen, vice president of engineering for commercial products, to run the operation. Manssen comes to Paratek with over 25 years of wireless and mobile phone industry experience, most notably with Motorola where he spearheaded the development of its highly successful StarTAC and GSM phones.

“Keith brings a wealth of world-class industry experience to Paratek,” said CEO Jim DiLorenzo. “Our technologies have been extremely well received by the mobile phone industry, and the addition of Keith and his team to run the new facility gives us great momentum.” In addition to heading the Crystal Lake office, Manssen will be managing Paratek’s commercial engineering efforts across the company.

Paratek manufactures adaptive RF front-end component solutions for mobile wireless applications, and the new Chicago-area office allows the company to be very close to its customers and to a strong pool of engineering talent. Using a unique, proprietary doped BST material called ParaScan™, Paratek will be producing advanced circuits designed to improve the performance of next-generation mobile phones and radios. Better mobile phone service quality and longer battery life are just two benefits that have excited component makers and device manufacturers as they design around the new ParaScan technology.

Crystal Lake joins other Paratek locations in Columbia, MD and Nashua, NH, where similar engineering efforts are underway for commercial and defense-industry products.