WIN Semiconductors reported a soft December quarter (Q4), reflecting the seasonality of the mobile phone market. However, revenue for the full year grew 13 percent. Q4 margins declined from a drop in capacity utilization and a decline in the value of gold inventory, reflecting the drop in gold prices.
Mobile filter start-up Resonant Inc. announced that one of its customers has shipped more than one million pre-production SAW (surface acoustic wave) duplexers, covering three high volume mobile bands, to four handset manufacturers. These are Resonant’s first pre-production shipments.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) concluded that the proposed acquisition of Wolfspeed by Infineon "poses a risk to the national security of the United States." Infineon stated in a press release "that there is a considerable risk that the transaction, as agreed, is not going to close."
Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDT) introduced its next-generation 10 Gbps-class millimeter wave (mmWave) modem for wireless infrastructure carrier deployments in both access and backhaul. The IDT® RWM6050 is the industry's first highly integrated mmWave dual modem (PHY + MAC + ADC/DAC + beamforming) for applications such as fixed wireless broadband access, WTTx (wireless to the edge), small cell backhaul, 5G service and other emerging applications.
By fall, AT&T is planning to conduct field trials of its millimeter wave propagation over power line technology named Project AirGig. AirGig has the potential to provide Gbps data rates without incurring expensive construction costs.
Cavendish Kinetics announced that its SmarTune RF MEMS antenna tuners have been adopted by 40 different smartphone models from 10 manufacturers, including the Samsung Galaxy A8. This traction and Tier 1 design win highlight the market recognition and acceptance of RF MEMS' benefits and the technology's potential to improve smartphone performance and user experience.
Terry Lingren, CEO of filter startup Resonant Inc., has stepped down as the company's CEO, announcing plans to retire. George Holmes, Resonant's president, chief commercial officer and a board member has assumed the role. Lingren was one of the founders and served as CEO and on the board since Resonant was formed in 2012.