Filtronic, a global designer and manufacturer of customised microwave electronic subsystems for the wireless telecommunications and defence industries, has announced that it has been selected by a new OEM customer to supply initial quantities of an integrated radio frequency head unit to be installed in 3G wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) base stations. Production quantities are expected to commence in the second half of the 2004 calendar year.

The units contain power amplifiers, which incorporate the unique, high power, compound semiconductor transistors manufactured in Filtronic's fabrication facility at Newton Aycliffe, UK. The units also contain up/down converters and high speed digital baseband interface and processing capability.