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RFMD acquires Sirenza, sets up Multi-market Products Group

Posted: 22 Nov 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share


RF Micro Devices Inc. has announced the establishment of the Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), following RFMD's successful completion of the acquisition of Sirenza Microdevices Inc. MPG will be led by Bob Van Buskirk, former president and CEO of Sirenza. MPG joins the Cellular Handset Products Group (CPG).

"We expect the formation of the Multi-Market Products Group will enable RFMD to significantly diversify its business and drive new, profitable growth opportunities beyond the cellular handset market," stated Bob Van Buskirk, president of MPG. "RFMD has range of technologies, products and supply chain capabilities that MPG can leverage and deploy to better serve our broad base of multi-market end markets and global customers."

Some of the technology, products and supply chain benefits include:

•The deployment of RFMD's high-performance gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor process technology into power amplifiers for CATV applications, power modules for new light-generation applications and PA modules for cellular infrastructure and emerging WiMAX infrastructure applications;

•The re-deployment of existing cellular handset IP into a wide range of broadband, consumer and wireless connectivity products;

•The addition of existing CPG products, currently incorporated into highly integrated cellular handset RF solutions, to MPG's current, standard products portfolio, such as mixers, RF switches,variable gain attenuators, control devices and PA ICs;

•Access to advanced technologies currently in development by RFMD, including micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), integrated RF shielding, multi-chip module (MCM) packaging and advanced gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor technologies, including next-generation GaAs HBT and GaAs pHEMT;

•The realisation of significant supply chain efficiencies, including enhanced component and semiconductor wafer sourcing, cost-efficient IC packaging from common suppliers and improved R&D development cycle times through RFMD's vertically integrated wafer fabs, IC/module assembly facilities and test facilities.

MPG will drive its business through five market-oriented business units: Aerospace and Defense, Broadband and Consumer, Wireless Connectivity, Wireless Infrastructure and Standard RF Components.

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