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digital step attenuators and the RFSA2013 and RF2023 voltage controlled attenuators, optimised for cellular 3G/4G/LTE and WiMAX markets and RFMD’s integrated multi-chip modules for wireless infrastructure applications will also be demonstrated.


Additionally, RFMD will introduce its 2011- 2012 Product Selection Guide, which features specifications for over 900 products including over 90 recently released products targeting multiple end-market applications. The new 63-page guide allows customers to cross-reference and search products using end market application diagrams.


RFMD employees presenting papers, chairing sessions and hosting proceedings at the Symposium will represent the Company’s Broadband Components, Defence and Power, Wireless Connectivity, Wireless Products, and Foundry Services business units.


GaAs RF device revenue to top $300 million


Strategy Analytics’ latest report says that as operators deploy more base stations to handle the data increase, wireless point-to-point radios are becoming a very attractive option to backhaul the data from the edge to the core of the network.


Rapidly increasing mobile data use by consumers and businesses will fuel growth in wireless point-to- point radios.


The recently released Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) Data Model, “Wireless Point-to-Point Radio Component Demand,” forecasts that wireless point- to-point radios, used to backhaul mobile data, will grow from nearly 1.4 million in 2010 to slightly more than 2 million in 2015. This growth in demand will account for $300 million of GaAs device revenue in 2015.


Strategy Analytics also forecasts that the Asia- Pacific region will account for slightly more than 50 % of wireless point-to-point radio shipments over this period. This Strategy Analytics analysis indicates strong growth for point-to-point radios above 60 GHz, but this segment will account for


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less than 3 % of the total radio volume. According to this Data Model, the highest volume of point-to- point radio shipments will occur in the 10-20 GHz frequency range, accounting for nearly 46 percent of shipments over the forecast period.


“The tremendous increase in mobile data consumption is rippling through many market segments,” noted Eric Higham, Director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service. “As operators deploy more base stations to handle the data increase, wireless point-to-point radios are becoming a very attractive option to backhaul the data from the edge to the core of the network.”


Asif Anwar, Director in the Strategy Analytics Strategic Technologies Practice added, “Because of the frequency and performance requirements of wireless point-to-point radios, GaAs will continue to play a key role in this market segment”.


The Data Model highlights dynamics in the wireless point-to-point radio market. It segments radio shipments by frequency, application and geography. The report also estimates total revenues and shipment quantity for GaAs devices.


NI to acquire RF tool designer AWR for $58 million


AWR’s Microwave Office and Visual System Simulator products will strengthen NI capabilities in RF design and testing


National Instruments (NI) has signed a definitive merger agreement under which NI will acquire AWR Corporation (AWR).


AWR is a leading supplier of electronic design automation (EDA) software for designing RF and high-frequency components and systems for the semiconductor, aerospace and defence, communications and test equipment industries. Upon the closing of the transaction, AWR will continue to operate as a wholly owned NI subsidiary under the leadership of the existing management team.


The fast design cycles and increasing complexity of RF and wireless systems demand better


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