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Altum RF Announces Management Team

Catching up on the recent announcements from fabless RFIC start-up Altum RF: Joining Greg Baker, CEO, are cofounders Niels Kramer and Tony Fattorini. Based in Eindhoven, Kramer is the managing director for Europe and VP of marketing; Fattorini, based in Sydney, is VP of Engineering.

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Steve Daly Replaces John Croteau as MACOM President and CEO

Former Hittite CEO takes the reins

In an unexpected move, MACOM announced this morning that Stephen Daly has replaced John Croteau as president and CEO. Daly is a member of MACOM’s board and previously served as president, CEO and chairman of Hittite. MACOM did not disclose what prompted the change, saying only that Croteau resigned May 15 and will serve in an advisory role for the next two months, to assist with the leadership transition.

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Cree to Invest $1B to Expand SiC Capacity

Cree plans to invest up to $1 billion to expand its SiC and GaN capacity, by building a state-of-the-art, automated 200 mm SiC fabrication facility and materials “mega factory” at its U.S. headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. To be completed in 2024, the expansion will increase the capacity of both Wolfspeed’s materials and wafer fabrication capacity by 30x.

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Wolfspeed Scrambling to Add GaN RF Capacity to Support 5G Demand

“We anticipate demand exceeding supply for the next few quarters”

Wolfspeed's revenue grew 72 percent year-over-year in Q3, accompanied by improved gross margin. However, 5G demand for the company's GaN transistors has exceeded capacity, and Cree CEO Gregg Lowe says it will take a few quarters to add the needed capacity to catch up.

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Apple Reports Fiscal Q2 Results, Sees iPhone Demand in China Improving

Strong demand for Apple’s services, iPad, wearables and Mac computers wasn’t sufficient to offset weakness in iPhone sales, leading to a net 5 percent year-over-year (Y/Y) decline in revenue in the company’s second fiscal quarter (Q2). However, CEO Tim Cook expressed a positive outlook for iPhone sales in China, the world’s biggest cellular market.

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