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27 May 2008


RFMD signs strategic supply agreement

RF Micro Devices Inc (RFMD) of Greensboro, N.C., USA has signed a strategic supply agreement (valued at around $20m through 2013) with defense electronics supplier Selex Galileo of London, UK, which expands upon an agreement signed in 2001 between Selex Galileo and a division of the former Filtronic Compound Semiconductor Ltd, which was acquired by RFMD earlier this year. The agreement is expected to encompass multiple semiconductor components, including GaAs pHEMT MMICs supporting electronically scanned (ESCAN) radar and Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar applications for defence programs.

Norman Bone, Selex Galileo’s senior VP of Radar and Advanced Targeting, said: "We operate in a highly competitive market so it is crucial that we align ourselves strategically with the best possible suppliers who will allow us to deliver on our challenging business goals. RFMD's diverse portfolio of state-of-the-art semiconductor technologies combined with their RF systems expertise made them an obvious choice for our company. We look forward to forging a stronger and more successful relationship."

Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD's Multi-Market Products Group, added: "We are very pleased to sign this strategic supply agreement and extend our relationship with Selex Galileo. Selex Galileo is one of Europe's leading defense electronics suppliers, and they are a highly valued customer for RFMD."

RFMD says that it aims to expand its aerospace and defense business in Europe and is strengthening its commitment to support European aerospace and defense customers with high-performance semiconductor components developed and manufactured at its (ex-Filtronic) Newton Aycliffe, UK-based subsidiary.

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