25 February 2010


RFMD and SELEX extend collaboration on MMICs for phased array radar systems

Defense electronics manufacturer SELEX Galileo (a Finmeccanica Company) and RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA have extended their collaboration on developing high-frequency gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) solutions focused on SELEX Galileo’s next generation of electronically scanned (E-SCAN) phased array radar systems. SELEX Galileo and RFMD have collaborated in GaAs MMICs since signing a strategic cooperation agreement in May 2008. 

RFMD has also commenced production shipments to SELEX Galileo of GaAs MMIC chipsets for insertion into its surveillance and fire control radar systems. RFMD manufactures its high-frequency GaAs MMIC process for SELEX Galileo on 6-inch substrates at its high-volume GaAs wafer fabrication plant in Durham, UK (formerly Filtronic Compound Semiconductor Ltd, acquired by RFMD in February 2008).

“We value our collaboration with SELEX Galileo and look forward to growing our relationship,” says Jeff Shealy, VP & general manager of RFMD’s Defense and Power business unit.

“SELEX Galileo is a valued strategic customer in our Defense and Power business and we are pleased to announce the strengthening of our collaboration as we move from development phase to production phase,” comments RFMD’s president & CEO Bob Bruggeworth. “Our combined efforts represent an excellent match for RFMD’s strategic mission to extend and leverage our leadership in RF components and compound semiconductors into multiple industries.”

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