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July 6, 2005
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Radiall has bought New Haven, CT-based Applied Engineering Products Inc. (AEP). The newly acquired company ranks among the largest of the independent designers and manufacturers of the subminiature coaxial connectors and cable assemblies, used in high reliability radio and microwave frequency applications. Their products are sold primarily to manufacturers of military and avionics electronics equipment. The acquisition of AEP is seen as a vital step in enabling Radiall to offer a complete interconnection range to its US customers in the defense and avionics industries, and highlights the company’s commitment to the industry as a growing US manufacturer.

Mimix Broadband Inc. announced that it has completed the purchase of substantially all of Celeritek’s assets. The purchase price was $2.8 M in cash, plus the assumption of approximately $6 M in liabilities.

Flomerics announced the acquisition of MicReD, a Hungarian-based company formed in 1997 as a spin-off from Budapest University of Technology and Economics. MicReD’s main product is the “T3Ster,” which provides fast, repeatable and accurate thermal characterization of IC devices, including stacked-die and system-in-package devices.

Teledyne Technologies Inc. announced that a subsidiary, Teledyne Investment Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Cougar Components Corp., Sunnyvale, CA for $26.5 M. The transaction was expected to close on or about June 30, 2005, and was subject to customary closing conditions.

Colibrys SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, announced signing a Preferred Supply Agreement with BAE Systems, Plymouth, UK. Within this agreement, Colibrys will be a preferred supplier of high performance accelerometers for use within BAE Systems’ Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) commonly supplied for use into various defense and aerospace applications.

Compel Electronics SpA, a designer and manufacturer of interconnection systems and cable assemblies, has signed a joint venture contract with Junper Interconnection, joining under the brand name Juncom. The new company, taking advantage of the long-standing technological experience and commercial know-how available in Compel and Junper, will concentrate its efforts in the manufacture of low frequency cable assemblies and of 2 mm metric connectors.

A small business joint teaming agreement was signed by three US government and defense contractors: M2 Global Technology Ltd., Patterson Machine Inc. and Engineered Mechanical Systems Inc. The three companies will be marketed under the name Trilogy Defense Services. Trilogy Defense Services offers US Government and defense contractors the ability to easily and conveniently do business with one supplier providing an umbrella of diversity including a disabled veteran-owned, an 8(a), small disadvantage business, Native American-owned and a woman-owned small business company.

Focus Microwaves announced a new West Coast sales and support office, in order to improve local support of numerous customers in the area. Steve Reyes has been appointed as a manager for this local office covering California, Arizona, Texas, Washington and Oregon. Reyes has held sales and support engineering positions in the microwaves test and measurement industry (Anritsu/Wiltron, Gigatronics) for more than 25 years. Reyes can be contacted at (650) 851-1977 or e-mail: steve@focus-microwaves.com.

Andrew Corp. has increased its manufacturing capabilities and engineering design workforce in Suzhou, China, to better support customers with local production of base station antennas for current and next generation wireless networks.

Avtech celebrates 30 years of serving the test and measurement and R&D communities. The company provides a unique line of general purpose and high performance pulse generators, laser diode drivers and related equipment.

M/A-COM announced it has joined the WiMAX Forum™ to assist in the advancement of interoperability standards for the broadband wireless access industry around the IEEE 802.16 standard. Through M/A-COM’s participation in the WiMAX Forum, all applicable M/A-COM products will be interoperable with all WiMAX Certified™ equipment.

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced it is now shipping hundreds of millions of lead-free LEDs annually into applications that range from consumer electronics to industrial applications. Driven by market demand, legislation and adverse environmental impact, Agilent is working toward removing lead from its products. Agilent LEDs meet the European Union requirements, which take effect in 2006.

Sypris Data Systems Inc., a provider of high performance data acquisition and storage systems, announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent No. 6,892,167 for the company’s real-time data acquisition network technology.

Contracts

EMS SATCOM, a division of EMS Technologies Inc., disclosed that Turkey has selected EMS SATCOM’s comprehensive system for its search-and-rescue (SAR) operations. The contract is valued at approximately $1.2 M.

TECOM Industries Inc., a Smiths Interconnect company, announced it has been selected by L-3 Communication Systems West, Salt Lake City, UT, to supply tactical common data link (TCDL) ground terminal antenna systems for operational demonstrations scheduled this year. This Ku-band ground terminal antenna is used for high bandwidth connectivity between a tactical UAV and a command and control station on the ground, and provides an integral, key component for an information-gathering and dissemination mission.

DCM Industries Inc. announced a contract to supply BAE Systems with turnkey solutions for the test and measurement of coaxial cable assemblies used in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The DCM model HPCC-3000 test system provides complete automation of vector network analyzer insertion loss and VSWR testing of high performance coaxial cables. Using the DCM developed graphical user interface combined with the Agilent 20 GHz PNA network analyzer, the HPCC-3000 system enables users with little or no network analyzer experience to easily and accurately test coaxial cable assemblies.

IKE Micro announced that it has successfully completed an order for high power switches ultimately for use by a branch of the United States Armed Forces. The high power switch units, assembled by IKE Micro at its Nashua facility, are used as a key part of a system that is used to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices.

MI Technologies announced it has been selected by the University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy, to supply and commission a state-of-the-art antenna measurement, acquisition and analysis system for an existing anechoic chamber located on the university campus. Under terms of the contract, MI will install a cylindrical near-field test facility that will feature the MI-3000 acquisition and analysis software.

MEMtronics Corp. announced that it has successfully passed into the second phase of a $3.69 M, three-year development contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) entitled “Robust, Reliable RF MEMS Capacitive Switches.” Teamed with MEMtronics on this project are Innovative Micro Technology, Lehigh University and Exponent Inc. The focus of this contract is to improve the environmental robustness and reliability of radio frequency microelectromechanical systems operating under extreme environmental conditions.

Financial News

Ansoft Corp. reports sales of $21.7 M for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 ended April 30, 2005, compared to $17.8 M for the same period in 2004. Net income for the quarter was $4.7 M ($0.36/per diluted share), compared to a net income of $2.8 M ($0.21/per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of last year.

Sirenza Microdevices Inc. reports sales of $12.2 M for the first quarter of 2005 ended March 31, 2005, compared to $13.8 M for the same period in 2004. Net loss was $1.8 M ($0.05/per basic share), compared to a net income of $162,000 ($0.00/per basic and diluted share) for the first quarter of last year.

WJ Communications Inc. reports sales of $7.8 M for the first quarter of 2005 ended April 3, 2005, compared to $7.1 M for the same period in 2004. On a US GAAP basis, the company reported a net loss of $7.7 M ($0.12/per common share) for the quarter, compared to a net income of $3.6 M ($0.05/per common share) for the first quarter of last year.

Paratek Microwave Inc., a developer of electronically tunable miniaturized 3D RF devices, announced that it has completed a Series C financing of $15 M. Previous venture capital investors in the company, including Polaris Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, Novak Biddle Venture Partners, Investor Growth and ABS Ventures, all participated.

Jacket Micro Devices Inc. (JMD) announced the closing of a new funding round with investors Noro-Moseley Partners, Sevin Rosen Funds, Imlay Investments, the ATDC Seed Fund and Atlanta Technology Angels. The $6 M funding proceeds will be used to expand the technical and sales and marketing team, and ramp volume production to support customer demand. JMD has raised a total of $8.2 M in funding to date.

Applied Wave Research Inc. (AWR®) announced record sales and revenue with the closure of fiscal year 2005, ending March 31. Key achievements included: major product upgrades and shipments, strategic new customer accounts, expansion of existing accounts, the addition of key EDA partners, and continued expansion of AWR’s research and development efforts and sales and support networks.

New Market Entry

mWAVE Industries LLC, founded in 2004, is an antenna design, development and manufacturing company based in Gorham, ME. mWAVE offers independent antenna testing, consulting, build-to-print, improvement studies and volume antenna manufacturing services. mWAVE’s engineering team has experience designing antennas and antenna components from 100 MHz to 40 GHz. The company can be reached at (207) 857-3083 or e-mail: info@mwavellc.com.

Personnel

Anthony J. Cieri, former vice president of sales at Sage Laboratories Inc., passed away on May 23, 2005. A graduate of Merrimac College and a Korean War veteran with the US Navy, Cieri spent 35 years in the microwave industry facilitating passive product sales into a vast array of military, space and medical programs and applications.

Global Communications Semiconductors Inc. (GCS), a pure-play III-V compound semiconductor wafer foundry service provider, announced that its board of directors has appointed Jerry L. Curtis to succeed Sam Lee as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Curtis brings more than 30 years of successful business and leadership experience in the semiconductor industry. Before joining GCS, Curtis was president and chief operating officer of EiC Corp. from 2000 to June 2005.

Park Electrochemical Corp. announced the appointment of John C. Weidner as the president of Neltec Europe SAS, Park’s high technology printed circuit materials business unit located in Mirebeau, France. Weidner has over thirty years of management and engineering experience in the advanced composite industry.

Sean Redmond

Cadence Design Systems has appointed Sean Redmond to be the company’s new vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He will be based in Bracknell, UK. Redmond joined Cadence as part of the acquisition of Verisity, where he was the vice president and general manager, responsible for all sales and business operations for Europe and Israel. Prior to that he had worked for both EDA and semiconductor companies in a range of engineering and sales roles.

CAP Wireless Inc. announced the appointment of Scott Behan as vice president of marketing. Behan has more than twenty years of design and product marketing experience in the microwave and RF industry, having most recently served as director of LDMOS products with Sirenza Microdevices. Previously, he served in several capacities at AML Communications.

Roman Boroditsky

Raltron Electronics Corp. announced the appointment of Roman Boroditsky to the newly created position of vice president for research and development. Boroditsky comes to Raltron after an extensive career with Valpey-Fisher Corp., Hopkinton, MA, as the vice president/CTO, and with NEL Frequency Control, Burlington, WI, as senior design engineer.


Evan Taylor

Evan Taylor has joined Trilithic Inc. as regional sales manager, RF and microwave division. Taylor has been a part of the electronics industry for over 20 years with experience in RF and microwave technologies, including telecommunications, radar, SIGINT, commercial broadcasting, electronic warfare, UAV command, and control and fiber optic applications.

G Squared Technologies Inc. announced that Fred Boone has joined the sales staff as government account specialist. During his 15 years as materials manager for M/A-COM SIGINT Products, Boone attained extensive knowledge of the RF and microwave industry. Boone can be contacted at (410) 995-4648 or e-mail: fboone@gsquaredtec.com.

Rep Appointments

IMS Connector Systems, headquartered in Germany, has further extended its international sales network with the appointment of two new distribution partners in North America — Reichenbach International Inc. and Utech Electronics. The former was founded in 1988 and specializes in importing and reselling optical and electronic components, and will support the company’s sales in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. Utech Electronics has been selling electronic components in Canada for 14 years and supplies customers locally with SMT components from international OEM manufacturers.

Valpey-Fisher Corp. announced the addition of Daito Electron to the Valpey Fisher global distribution and rep network as its exclusive authorized sales distributor for all company product lines to the Japanese market.

Locus Microwave, a manufacturer of custom and standard RF amplifier and converter products, announced the appointment of several representatives spanning the United States. MC Microwave will represent northern California, E.G. Holmes & Associates will cover the southeast US and CMI Technical Sales will cover Washington DC, northern Virginia and Maryland. Locus Microwave is located in State College, PA, and can be contacted at (814) 861-3200, fax: (814) 861-5195 or visit: www.locusmicrowave.com.

AMI Semiconductor, a designer and manufacturer of integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, has announced the appointment of Soanar Pty Ltd. as a distributor and technical representative for the company in Australia and New Zealand.

Web site

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., a supplier of microwave cable assemblies, expands its on-line store offering with the addition of GORE™ microwave test assemblies. The electronic products now available to purchase through the store include GORE VNA microwave test assemblies and GORE PHASEFLEX® microwave test assemblies.

Spectrum Control unveiled three new product Web sites under the umbrella of its corporate Web site, www.spectrumcontrol.com. The corporate Web site will continue to provide company-related and investor relations information, as well as direct users to the appropriate product Web site.

Sullins Electronics Corp., a designer and manufacturer of connectors and interconnect systems, announced the launch of a new Web site (www.sullinselectronics.com) to better represent the growth and profile of the company.

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