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18 October 2007


Hittite licenses Northrop Grumman’s Velocium MMICs

Hittite Microwave Corp of Chelmsford, MA, USA, which designs RF, microwave and millimeter-wave ICs, modules and subsystems, has entered into a strategic agreement to license Northrop Grumman’s Velocium line of monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) products and related intellectual property.

Under the agreement, Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology sector (NGST) of Redondo Beach, CA, USA will license to Hittite a specified list of standard products and associated technology. Hittite will assume the related customer contracts and become the worldwide supplier for the Velocium products.

Hittite says that the agreement expands its high-frequency product line and enhances its supply chain. The license includes commercial products operating at frequencies through 86GHz that are typically used in millimeter-wave radios and other high-performance electronic systems.

Hittite will use Northrop Grumman as a foundry supplier for gallium arsenide wafers used in the licensed products and, as a strategic partner, the firm will also have preferred access to Northrop Grumman’s process technology for new Hittite products.

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