MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Microsemi has completed the acquisition of Phonon
Corp., a global leader in designing and manufacturing
custom surface acoustic wave (SAW) components and
modules for defense and space. As a result of this transaction, Microsemi now offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of high performance, high-reliability
integrated components and systems solutions for the
aerospace, defense and space markets. This acquisition
strengthens its product offerings by adding leading
SAW components and modules to its current portfolio
of FPGAs, timing solutions, mixed-signal/RF devices
and high-reliability discrete products.
Honeywell announced that it has signed a definitive
agreement to purchase Nextnine, a privately held provider of security management solutions and technologies for industrial cybersecurity. The addition of Nextnine’s industry-leading security solutions and secure
remote service capabilities will enhance the company’s
existing range of innovative cybersecurity technologies and significantly increase Honeywell’s Connected
Plant cybersecurity customer base. Nextnine’s flagship
technology, ICS Shield, protects industrial sites from cybersecurity attacks and enables remote monitoring of
assets. It complements Honeywell’s extensive cybersecurity portfolio with a solution that is used at more than
6,200 sites globally across the oil and gas, utility, chemical, mining and manufacturing sectors.
Epec Engineered Technologies, a leading build-to
print-electronics manufacturer located outside of Boston, announced the acquisition of high-reliability custom RF product manufacturer—Putnam RF Filters Inc.
Putnam was founded in 2008 in Manchester, N.H. and
was designed to serve the military and aerospace industries, with a focus on manufacturing printed circuits
board (PCB)-based RF filters, diplexers and other custom products. Epec now offers full design and manufacturing of RF filters, which are passive multiport device(s)
that allows signals to pass through at discreet frequencies but rejects any frequency outside of a specified
Keysight Technologies Inc. announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of
Qualcomm Inc., to enable the realization of 5G technologies. Keysight has a comprehensive suite of design and test tools to support chipset development
for next-generation cellular devices. Keysight’s new 5G
network emulation solutions portfolio, supported by
Keysight’s new UXM 5G wireless test platform, enables
Qualcomm Technologies to validate the chipset technology and the higher-layer protocols needed for 5G.
Keysight’s scalable solutions support sub- 6 GHz and
mmWave, which will provide Qualcomm Technologies
insights into the performance of their ICs and overcome
potential challenges that may surface in 5G trials.
Rohde & Schwarz and Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) have
been strategic partners for over 30 years. ADI has been
involved in R&S product development processes and
is regularly provided with information in the form of
roadmaps, for which in return, it provides R&S with insights into up-and-coming component generations. To
maintain this mutually beneficial and productive collaboration over the long term, the two companies have
signed a new contract. The agreement is based on the
new R&S supplier management program that uses a
more transparent process for evaluating suppliers, and
which aims to systematically leverage the synergy potential resulting from close collaboration.
Anritsu Co. and ETS-Lindgren announced ground-breaking support of IEEE 802.11 ac/n/a/g/b Over-the-Air (OTA) testing, with an enhanced solution that
integrates the Anritsu Wireless Connectivity Test Set
MT8862A with the CTIA-compliant ETS-Lindgren EM-Quest™ EMQ- 100 Antenna Measurement Software.
The accurate and flexible turnkey solution now supports
802.11 ac/n/a/g/b WLAN standards, providing device
developers and manufacturers with a single solution to
characterize and validate designs in accordance with
current and emerging versions of the 802.11 standards.
The MT8862A is the first solution for testing 802.11 in
ac/n/a/g/b devices in full signaling mode with built-in
Anokiwave Inc. and Ball Aerospace announced a collaboration that will enable the 5G wireless revolution.
The collaboration accelerates mmWave 5G phased array developments with the introduction of a family of
commercial, active phased array Innovator Kits. Included
are kit offerings like the AWMF-0129 (named Microwave
Journal’s April MVP), which enables improved mm Wave
5G network efficiency and ease of developing commercial phased array antennas. The AWMF-0129 is a 64–
element, single polarization 5G phased array antenna designed to cover the 27. 5 to 30 GHz frequency band.
Nano Dimension Ltd. announced that its wholly owned
subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., has
received a grant approval from the Israel Innovation
Authority, which will be used to finance a project to
develop 3D printing of electronic modules for space
applications. The total approved budget for this project
is approximately $87,000 (NIS 309,000), of which the
Israel Innovation Authority will finance 50 percent. According to the terms of the grant, Nano Dimension will
pay royalties on future sales up to the full grant amount.
This unique project is done in collaboration with Harris
Corp., a leading technology innovator that provides solutions that connect, inform and protect its clients.
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Barbara Walsh, Multimedia Staff Editor