Transline Technology, a California-based printed circuit board manufacturer, has been recognized by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for 100 percent on-time delivery and zero quality deffects for 12 consecutive months for the year 2012. TTI also received this award for the year 2011, which means that they have had a 24 consecutive month track record of delivering 100 percent on time delivery and zero defects in total.
Aeroflex Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp., announced that it has added support for Bird Technologies' through-line Bird Wideband Power Sensors (WPS) to the industry leading 3550 Hand-held Radio Test System. The addition of the Bird 5017 and support for other Bird power sensors allows the 3550 to improve measurement accuracies for in field test applications.
Hesse Mechatronics Inc. (formerly Hesse & Knipps), the Americas subsidiary of Hesse GmbH, leading manufacturer of high-speed fine pitch wedge bonders and fully automatic heavy wire bonders for the backend semiconductor industry, has appointed Michael McKeown as senior business development manager.
LadyBug Technologies announced the appointment of Orwill Hawkins as the company’s Vice President of Marketing. In his new position Hawkins will hold responsibility for all of LadyBug’s marketing and business development strategies worldwide.
San-tron Inc., a leading manufacturer of RF coaxial connectors and cable assemblies, has announced that they have hired Bob Carbonell to join their growing team as Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Bob brings over 24 years of military and RF/microwave experience to the position.
As of 28 December, HUBER+SUHNER acquired the assets of Astrolab Inc. based in Warren, New Jersey at a non-disclosed price. The deal will be financed from own resources. With its patented minibend® and microbend® cable assemblies, Astrolab is mainly active in high tech niche markets like space & defence and offers high end radio frequency solutions for industrial markets. This year Astrolab recorded net sales of around USD $20 million and a profit margin well above industry average.
Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones have provided LTE-enabled handset shipments a substantial lift in 2012 – even if it has not necessarily assisted the 4G mobile operators with “each and every” LTE handset sold.
Although 2012 turned out to be an off year for RF power amplifiers and devices for wireless infrastructure the market still held its own. The current year should be viewed as a breathing space before both segments resume stable and moderate growth after an explosive 2011.