MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Würth Elektronik announced the acquisition of U.K.-based IQD Frequency Products. U.K.-based IQD Frequency Products Ltd. and U.S.-based IQD Frequency
Products Inc., have now become the latest members
of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group. IQD is among the
leading manufacturers of frequency control devices in
Europe with customers in over 80 countries. IQD develops, manufactures and markets quartz crystals, oscillators, VCXOs, TCXOs, OCXOs, GPS-synchronized
OCXOs and rubidium oscillators. The company also offers product solutions built to customer specifications.
HBD Industries announced the expansion of its Precision Components platform through the acquisition of
True Position Technologies LLC. Based in Valencia,
Calif., True Position is a provider of complex machined
components for flight control applications. True Position
specializes in manufacturing high specification components that require multiple machining, testing and finishing processes all within extremely tight tolerances. Allen
Sumian will continue to lead True Position and has been
appointed president of HBD’s Precision Components
Group, which also includes California Drop Forge and
Precision Metal Products. Both companies are leading
high alloy near net forge component providers for aerospace, defense and medical industries.
Broadcom offered to buy out all outstanding shares of
Qualcomm for $60 in cash and $10 in Broadcom Stock.
Qualcomm branded this as an unsolicited offer and
suggested that Qualcomm stock is worth much more.
However, Broadcom is not giving up. They continue to
receive positive feedback from customers and, having
had initial meetings with certain relevant antitrust authorities, remain confident that any regulatory requirements necessary to complete a combination will be
met in a timely manner. They would prefer to engage
in a constructive dialogue with Qualcomm. They have
repeatedly attempted to engage with Qualcomm, and
despite stockholder and customer support for the transaction, Qualcomm has ignored those opportunities.
Eclipse Microwave, located in San Jose, Calif. has acquired the ownership of the Wafer fabrication equipment to support the manufacturing of Tunnel Diodes
Raytheon Co. and Pivotal Software Inc. announced
that Raytheon has joined the Pivotal Ready Partner
Program to assist the Department of Defense (DoD)
to develop software capabilities to more rapidly bring
new technology to the military. The agreement establishes an important relationship that will help the DoD
migrate legacy applications to the cloud and accelerate
software development and delivery timelines. Pivotal
Cloud Foundry brings a software-led digital transformation to its customers. Through its cloud-native platform,
Pivotal has helped hundreds of commercial customers,
and recently the DoD, modernize their legacy systems,
significantly improving delivery time and generating
millions in cost savings.
ZTE Corp. is providing its 5G base stations and core
network equipment to SoftBank for experimenting in
the 4. 5 GHz band. SoftBank obtained its obtained its
experimental license for this band on November 20,
2017. The experiment will be conducted in the Shiba-Daimon area of Tokyo. ZTE has established close relationships with SoftBank while experimenting with
massive MIMO, which is one of the important elemental technologies adopted for 5G starting in 2015, and
by supplying massive MIMO equipment in SoftBank’s
commercial networks since 2016.
TMD Technologies LLC has recently upgraded its company website to further support its growing customer
base in North America. TMD U.S.’s new website is at
www.tmdus.com. The improved website allows customers to download technical data sheets and provides
downloadable product-specific capability brochures.
Also, the latest developments in TMD’s evolving product line-up of microwave power modules (MPM), travelling wave tubes (TWT), high voltage supplies and commercial amplifiers will be posted to keep customers
informed of the company’s expanding technical road
maps. The new TMD U.S. website will be updated regularly to announce company information, new product
releases and relevant technical information.
Quintech Electronics & Communications Inc.
announced that it was awarded a patent for the XTREME
256 matrix switch modular design that allows its switch
chassis to be configured with either a symmetric or
asymmetric number of inputs and outputs. Unlike traditional RF switch matrices that require multiple chassis
in order to scale and meet both symmetric and asymmetric input/output port requirements, Quintech’s patented modular asymmetric feature lets customers “
customize” matrix sizes in a standard chassis. Quintech
offers customers a distinct advantage in that a single
XTREME 256 chassis can be used where competing
matrices would require multiple chassis.
United Monolithic Semiconductors announced that
its GH25-10 MMIC GaN HEMT technology has been
successfully space evaluated and is now part of the European Preferred Part list (EPPL), supported by the European Space Agency (ESA). The reliability study and
ESCC evaluation of the technology were supported by
ESA, CNES and French MoD (DGA). The GaN 0.25 μm
HEMT process is optimized for high-power applications
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