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15 October 2008


Cobham forms M/A-COM Technology Solutions

Following its $425m purchase of M/A-COM Inc’s RF Components and Subsystems business in Lowell, MA, USA from Tyco Electronics (announced in May and concluded on 26 September), UK defense firm Cobham plc has formed M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc from the Commercial part of the business. The Aerospace & Defense part has been absorbed into the Cobham Defense Systems (CDS) division.

M/A-COM Tech will continue to focus on commercial, industrial and government markets, specializing in RF, microwave and millimeter-wave component technology for applications including wireless infrastructure, handsets, WLAN, WiMAX, CATV, VSAT, automotive, test & measurement, radar and government solutions.

Cobham says that M/A-COM Tech will build on its 60 years of experience as a supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter-wave components and technology to develop and manufacture both active and passive products, including silicon- and gallium arsenide-based semiconductors from facilities in Lowell, MA and Torrance, CA. Infrastructure products will continue to be provided by the facility in Cork, Ireland and Laser Diode products by the facility in Edison, NJ.

M/A-COM Tech says that it provides designs and products including:

  • silicon, GaAs, AlGaAs, InGaAs, InP and SiGe devices;
  • unique monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) processes, including HMIC (heterolithic microwave integrated circuit), GMIC (glass microwave integrated circuit), MSAG (multi-function self-aligned gate GaAs MESFET), and iHBT (InGaP/GaAs heterojunction bipolar transistor);
  • in-house design, fabrication, assembly and screening capabilities;
  • multiple facilities (for improved flexibility and local content
    manufacturing); and
  • design expertise from RF through millimeter-wave frequencies.

“This is an exciting new chapter for M/A-COM Technology Solutions and we are committed to upholding the high standards of quality and innovation that our clients have come to expect from us,” says M/A-COM Technology Solutions’ president Joe Thomas. “We plan to introduce new automotive and RFID products in the coming months,” he adds.

See related item:

M/A-COM’s GaAs fab to be divested by new owner Cobham