NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor agreed to merge operations earlier this year (March 02, 2015) in a deal that valued the combined company at over $40 billion. The merger was officially completed on December 7, 2015 with the basic motivational tenets underscoring the merger being an emphasis on targeting the embedded systems, automotive, secure payments and IoT (Internet of Things) market opportunities. NXP also retains Freescale’s capabilities in the areas of high power RF, effectively establishing a leading market share position and the ability to continue with the strategy adopted by Freescale to address the military market opportunity.
The Navy’s Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) is prepared to accept proposals, from NAVAIR program offices, to award more than $10 million in funding toward fiscal 2017 projects, officials announced in December.
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, satellite mobility solutions and services, announced it signed a development agreement with a major aerospace systems integrator to further develop both its Ku-Band Electronically-Steered-Array/Phased-Array Antenna (ESA/PAA) and Ka-Band technologies.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon Co. a $543 million contract to produce and deliver up to 17 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptors for operational testing and initial deployment.
Echodyne Corp. announced limited availability of its first metamaterials electronically scanning array (MESA) for radar applications. Echodyne’s MESA makes high performance radar far easier to deploy by lowering both the cost and weight by up to 10 or more times while decreasing the size of the antenna by up to 5 or more times over traditional electronically scanned arrays. The first product from Echodyne, a metamaterials electronically scanning array for X-band (MESA X-EVU) is now available for partners and integrators interested in evaluating MESA for radar systems in a variety of commercial markets including maritime, aviation, and surveillance/security among others.
Instec LLC, a designer and manufacturer of electromagnetic interference filters and radio frequency interference filters, and an affiliate of Gowanda Holdings, announces it has successfully manufactured and upscreened an EMI feed-through filter to meet the United States Department of Defense specification MIL-PRF-28861.
Wolfspeed, a Cree Company and a leading global supplier of GaN-on-SiC high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) with best-in-class reliability, is exhibiting its portfolio of GaN RF devices for L-, S-, C-, and X-Band radar at the 2015 International Radar Symposium India (IRSI-15), which will take place December 15–19 in Bangalore.
Harris Corp. has received a four-year, $113 million contract from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to upgrade the Navy's primary long-range, three-dimensional defense radar. The contract includes an initial $39 million order and three one-year options. The contract was received in the first quarter of Harris' fiscal 2016.
Teledyne Paradise Datacom, a business unit of Teledyne Microwave Solutions, announced the availability of a breakthrough Ka-Band outdoor SSPA that is based on a single 100 watt GaN module. Two and four-module models can generate power levels that exceed those of traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) commonly used at gateway earth stations today.