Company History

Founded in 1950 by three engineers, M/A-COM began as Microwave Associates in a small rented office on Columbus Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. Launched with just $10,000 in capital, its first customer was the US Army Signal Corps, which funded R&D for cutting-edge radar systems. In the years to follow, the company firmly established itself as a technological powerhouse through continued devotion to investment in research and development (R&D).

Focused on the rapidly emerging semiconductor business, M/A-COM expanded its horizons in the 1960s and 1970s through strategic acquisitions and the company’s faithful commitment to R&D. To reflect the evolving nature of the industry and the company’s involvement in the growing communications market, Microwave Associates legally changed its name to M/A-COM, Inc. in 1978. During the 1980s and 1990s, M/A-COM reinvented itself again, shifting its major business focus from the aerospace and defense sector to the commercial market. In 1998 M/A-COM changed its name to Tyco Electronics M/A-COM. Still a major player in aerospace and defense, the company brought its expertise to the wireless telecommunications and automotive markets over the past decade.

Company Today

Tyco Electronics M/A-COM: The First Name in Radio Frequency: As a leader in wireless RF and microwave components and subsystems, Tyco Electronics M/A-COM’s products are vital to many of the world’s largest wireless telecom, aerospace and defense, and automotive companies.

Tyco Electronics M/A-COM has a long history of realizing synergies between commercial and defense applications, i.e., developing technologies and products for one market and then applying them to the other. This “dual use” approach allows the company to successfully serve both commercial and defense markets. To ensure responsive customer service, the company’s products are marketed by a global sales team, including direct sales engineers, sales representatives, and distributors.

On May 13, 2008, Tyco Electronics Ltd. announced the company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Radio Frequency Components and Subsystem business to Cobham Defense Electronic Systems, a subsidiary of Cobham plc.

Company Product Categories

Tyco Electronics M/A-COM’s technology and expertise extend across a broad range of solutions for the aerospace and defense, commercial wireless telecommunications, broadband, automotive, and RFID markets. Tyco Electronics M/A-COM products are utilized around the globe in cellular infrastructure, handsets, WLAN, WiMAX, CATV, VSAT, RFID, automotive, test and measurement, radar, electronic warfare, missile guidance, and space applications.

Tyco Electronics M/A-COM offers one of the broadest selections of standard and custom products in the industry, including:


• RF/microwave diodes, power transistors and RFIC/MMICs

• Ferrite isolators and circulators

• Synthesizers

• Short-range sensors and antenna modules for automotive applications

• RFID subsystems and active tags


• High-performance subsystems for missile, electronic warfare, and radar systems

• Signal intelligence receivers

• Antennas

• Cable assemblies

• Active components

Tyco Electronics M/A-COM enjoys a reputation for strengths in manufacturing, reliability, and quality. M/A-COM’s operations are certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS 9100, and QS-9000.

Contact Information

Tyco Electronics M/A-COM
1011 Pawtucket Blvd.
Lowell, MA 01853
Americas – Phone: 1-800-366-2266
Europe/Middle East/Africa –
Asia/Pacific – Phone: 81.44.844.8296