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August 4, 2008
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Ceralta Technologies Inc. was formed by the investment group that originally owned TRU Corp. by merging TRU into Ceralta and subsequently acquiring Sage Laboratories Inc. Both TRU and Sage are now wholly-owned subsidiaries of Ceralta. Ceralta’s mission is to creatively apply RF, microwave and digital technologies to enhance the competitive position of its customers.

Tensolite, a division of Carlisle Companies Incorporated, announced that it has changed its name to Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. The name change comes on the heels of Tensolite’s recent acquisition of Carlyle Inc., a manufacturer of custom wire and cable harnesses, rack and panels and cable assemblies for in-flight entertainment systems and specialty avionics applications. By combining their staffs, technologies and products, Tensolite and Carlyle Inc. have created Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, a vertically integrated supplier of complete interconnect solutions.


Giga-tronics Inc. and CAP Wireless Inc. announced a joint technology, marketing and support agreement in which Giga-tronics will incorporate CAP’s unique Spatium™ spatial combining technology into its GT-1000A microwave power amplifier. The GT-1000A rack-mount broadband power amplifier, combined with the Spatium engine, delivers outstanding performance and exceptional value for electromagnetic interference/compatibility (EMI/EMC) test, semiconductor evaluation, load pull, antenna range and microwave laboratory applications.

Cascade Microtech announced a new initiative to develop integrated measurement systems for on-wafer semiconductor device characterization and process development. This approach results in increased performance and accuracy as well as better, faster service and support, and renders obsolete the traditional practice of bolting together system elements from multiple vendors. Because each system is designed from the ground up to optimize measurement capability, Cascade Microtech’s integrated measurement systems offer certified measurement accuracy. The first such system, also being announced, is the EDGE Flicker Noise Measurement System.

AWR® and United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS) introduced an advanced process design kit (PDK) for the UMS PPH25X GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (PHEMT) foundry process. The UMS PPH25X process is dedicated to the design of microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMIC) at frequencies up to 35 GHz. The PDK lets users take advantage of the fabrication capabilities of UMS together with AWR’s Microwave Office® design suite.

Shared Spectrum Co. (SSC) successfully demonstrated the company’s Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technology, proving its capabilities on multiple hardware platforms in harsh military mobile radio environments. The field demonstration, conducted at the Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in the Arizona desert, was the latest large-scale field test of SSC’s technology as part of the NeXt Generation (XG) radio program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The tests were witnessed by command and combat personnel from the US Army and the US Marine Corps looking for better ways to manage and access crowded radio spectrum resources.

Talley Communications Corp., a distributor of wireless communications infrastructure and mobile products, announced the opening of a new warehouse in New Braunfels, TX. This facility follows Talley’s Dallas facility, which opened in early March. The focus of this location is to service the wireless contractors and carriers in central and southern Texas. The Dallas facility is located at: 263 Lucinda Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78130. The direct phone number is (830) 608-1123, or e-mail sales@talleycom.com.

Orient Microwave has doubled the size of its headquarters with the construction of a second building alongside the original in Higashiomi City, Shiga, Japan. The new facility houses a new anechoic chamber and clean room, which complements the company’s test and measurement instruments, design simulators and environmental equipment that includes constant temperature ovens and a constant temperature, constant humidity helium leak detector. The expansion has also increased the workforce at the headquarters to 93.

Antenna design and manufacturing company mWAVE Industries LLC has recently moved its operation to a newly constructed, larger, more modern facility located adjacent to the mWAVE outdoor antenna test range located in the town of Windham, ME. This new facility provides mWAVE with the needed space to efficiently increase antenna production capacity and expand its antenna design capability into new antenna markets. The new address is: 33R Main Street, Unit 1, Windham, ME 04062. The new phone number is: (207) 892-0011.

Hittite Microwave Corp. announced it has received its AS9100 B certification for the design and manufacture of MMIC and MMIC assemblies for RF and microwave applications for the aerospace industry. In addition to receiving this new certification, the company was recertified to the ISO 9001:2000 standard, which it has maintained since 1997. The company was audited and certified by TÜV SÜD America Inc.

Contracts

Elcom Technologies Inc. announced that it has received two orders totaling $1 M for very high frequency and ultra high frequency (VHF/UHF) receivers from an international defense customer. The Elcom SIR 3000 receiver series cover the frequency range of 20 to 3000 MHz and IF output bandwidths of up to 80 MHz. Industry leading scanning speed and a flexible Software Defined Radio (SDR) architecture are some of the contributions the SIR 3000 series makes to the COMINT/SIGINT market. It also provides state-of-the-art RF DSP resulting in exceptional spurious performance.

TRAK Microwave Corp., a Smiths Interconnect business, announced that it has been selected by the General Dynamics-Lockheed Martin team for the US Army’s Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) program to supply Model 9000S Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Modular Time Code Processors and other support equipment. The processors will provide SAASM precision time code and frequency synchronization for WIN-T, the Army’s transformational battlefield communications network.

Auriga Measurement Systems LLC announced that it has signed a multi-year contract with Government Sales Force (GSF), McLean, VA, to lead the company’s sales effort for design services and RF microwave and millimeter-wave module products in the federal sector.

Financial News

Ansoft Corp. reports sales of $33.9 M for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 ended April 30, 2008, compared to $28.6 M for the same period in 2007. Net income for the quarter was $10.7 M ($0.43/per diluted share), compared to a net income of $8.7 M ($0.33/per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of last year.

Merrimac Industries Inc. reports sales of $5.8 M for the first quarter ended April 30, 2008, compared to $4.5 for the same period in 2007. Net loss for the quarter was $372,000 ($0.13/per share), compared to a net loss of $1.3 M ($0.41/per share) for the first quarter of last year.

Personnel

Daniel AvinaDucommun Technologies announced that Daniel Avina has joined Ducommun Technologies as sales representative. Avina will be responsible for working with customers to promote Ducommun parts and ensure selection of the right components for their individual requirement. Prior to joining Ducommun Technologies, Avina was with Maury Microwave.




Angel “A.J.” GarciaAstron Wireless Technologies Inc. announced the addition of Angel “A.J.” Garcia to its team as business development manager of the defense division. Garcia comes to Astron with an extensive background providing IT and communications products and services to the federal government. His previous positions include management of business development programs and support operations for two technology firms based in northern Virginia. A US Army veteran, Garcia served 21 years throughout Europe, Asia and South America.


Dave HooverSmiths Interconnect, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, announced the addition of Dave Hoover to its sales and marketing staff as western regional sales manager. Hoover brings over 20 years experience in OEM sales and product marketing management primarily within the connector industry.

Most recently, Hoover was the business develop-ment manager with a major military connector manufacturer, Deutsch. Hoover will reside out of Phoenix, AZ and be focused on business development, market expansion and major account management for the western region of the US. He can be reached at (520) 568-5405 or e-mail: dhoover@sabritec.com.

Stephen F. Adam passed peacefully with his family by his side on June 4, 2008. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, and then immigrated to the United States in 1956. He became a citizen in 1962. A long time resident of Santa Clara County for over 52 years, he helped shape the valley success of Hewlett Packard in the area of microwave instrumentation. He was a pioneer in the field of microwave theory and technique. He made significant contributions as an inventor (over 15 patents), an author (multiple books) and an instructor (Foothill College). Adam’s loved being able to further the field of engineering, where he spent his life learning and contributing. He was a past president of IEEE, and active board member. He was president of Adam Microwave Consulting Inc., which he started in 1981.

Rep Appointments

Digi-Key Corp. and TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a global distribution agreement. TriQuint Semiconductor supplies high-performance modules and components for communications companies worldwide and is a leader in market diversity across wireless handsets, base stations, broadband communications, space and military products. TriQuint products stocked by Digi-Key are available for purchase directly from Digi-Key. The terms of this distribution agreement will enable Digi-Key to fulfill both the engineering and production quantity needs of its diverse customer base.

Richardson Electronics Ltd. announced it has signed a global distribution agreement with HVVi Semiconductors Inc., Phoenix, AZ, to distribute its RF power transistors, based on HVVi’s innovative, new HVVFET™architecture. HVVi recently announced the first major advance in silicon RF power transistor design in more than 15 years. Based on the world’s first High Voltage Vertical Field Effect Transistor (HVVFET), this new architecture delivers frequency bandwidth, voltage and power levels to radar and avionic applications with improved performance, reducing overall part count and enhancing cost efficiencies.

ClearComm Technologies LLC announced the appointment of MicroCom Sales headquartered in Midland Park, NJ. MicroCom will cover the entire states of New York and New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Fairfield County, Connecticut. This group brings broad experience and complimentary products to ClearComm. ClearComm is a manufacturer of filters, duplexers, diplexers and RF assemblies covering the frequency range from 10 MHz to 18 GHz. Contact MicroCom sales main office at (201) 669-7599 or e-mail: info@microcomsales.com or contact ClearComm Technologies at (410) 860-0500 or email: sales@clearcommtech.com.

AnaPico AG has selected Saelig Co. Inc. of Pittsford, NY, as its US distributor. AnaPico is a Swill RF and microwave company focused on products for the test and measurement industry, offering high-performance compact Signal sources, packaged key components and modules. It is becoming well-know in Europe for its economical portable RF signal generators and the agreement with Saelig signals its intentions to expand its US business. Saelig is a rapidly growing importing electronics distributor, with a 20-year history of providing in-depth technical Support as well as sales services to manufacturers world- wide.

Lorch Microwave announced the appointment of NWN Inc. of San Jose, CA, as the exclusive sales representative for northern California. In addition, RF Alliance Has been appointed the exclusive representative for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and metropolitan New York and Long Island.

Agilent Technologies Inc. has appointed OTC Ireland as a new distributor for its test and measurement products in Ireland. The agreement will cover the company’s range of data acquisition, connectivity solutions, basic power supplies, bench-top and handheld digital multimeters and oscilloscopes, including the latest InfiniiVision 7000 Series oscilloscopes. OTC Ireland is the second distributor appointed to be responsible for sales of Agilent products within Ireland. Farnell will continue to operate as the company’s Pan-European distributor. The new appointment is intended to further strengthen Agilent’s sales channel in Europe, especially for the company’s expanding range of low cost basic instruments.

LadyBug Technologies LLC recently announced that the company has expanded its sales and distribution network to accommodate a dramatic 2008 increase in both sales inquiries and orders. Jay Stone Associates will be responsible for northern California and can be contacted at (408) 428-2500 or e-mail: sales@jsarep.com; Hi-Tech Sales will handle the New England states and can be reached at (603) 938-2992 or e-mail: jlalla@htssales.com; Sertech will cover the mid-atlantic states and can be contacted at (215) 628-8085 or e-mail: info@sertech.info; and LadyBug sales will handle all other states and can be reached at (866) 789-7111 or e-mail; sales@ladybug-tech.com. LadyBug Sales will also handle Canada and can be contacted at (707) 546-1050 or e-mail: sales@ladybug-tech.com.

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