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21 Sep 10. AML Communications, Inc. (AMLJ.OB), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of microelectronic assemblies for the defense industry, today announced the launch of Cal Mimix, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary. Cal Mimix has been in formation for the last 6 months as a fabless designer and developer of RF and Microwave semiconductor products to serve commercial and military applications. The Company has entered into manufacturing contracts with an on-shore foundry for production of GaAs based semiconductor devices and has taken delivery of low rate production units. Today, Cal Mimix announces introduction of a family of AlGaAs/InGaAs low noise pHEMT devices with operational frequencies to 26GHz. First to be introduced is the CM332, a high reliability AlGaAs/InGaAs pHEMT (pseudomorphic High Electron Mobility Transistor) with a nominal 0.25 um gate length and gate widths of 300 um. This device is equally effective for wideband (e.g. 2-18 GHz or 18-26 GHz) and narrow band applications up to 26 GHz. With minimum noise figure as low as
0.6 dB at 12 GHz, this low noise device is ideally suited for commercial wireless and military applications requiring low noise figure and high associated gain. The CM332 is targeted at a wide range of applications including broadband military EW, defense communications, wireless communication infrastructures and point-to-point microwave radios. The CM332 low noise device is an ideal choice to replace low noise pHEMT devices from NEC, Eudyna, Mitsubishi, etc. Sample quantities of the new CM332 die are available from stock. A number of other devices are either in design or manufacturing stages and are planned for release prior to the end of this year. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

21 Sep 10. AFL today has agreed to acquire Verrillon, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty optical fibers in the oil and gas, avionics and industrial markets. This acquisition enhances AFL’s portfolio of fiber optic products, adding specialty optical fiber to its portfolio and further strengthening its position as a market leader of fiber optic solutions. In addition to reinforcing AFL’s leadership position in downhole fiber optic cable, this acquisition provides AFL access to other specialty fiber markets including industrial and sensing.
“At AFL, we were very impressed with Verrillon’s proven team, outstanding
product set, and market traction,” stated Kurt Dallas, Vice President and
General Manager, at AFL. “We know that the integration of Verrillon into AFL provides many synergies and growth opportunities globally.”
With manufacturing operations in North Grafton, Massachusetts, Verrillon specializes in designing and customizing specialized fibers for harsh
environments including hermetic, high temperature, polarization-maintaining and rare-earth doped fibers.
“Verrillon and AFL offer complementary products to various markets. By bringing the two teams together, we are well positioned to take full advantage of the growing markets we serve while reinforcing our commitment to the industry and to our customers,” commented Dr. Abdel Soufiane, President and CEO of Verrillon.
“We are proud to be part of a growing global company and look forward to
collaborating on future projects.” With the close of the acquisition, Dr.
Soufiane will remain with AFL as Managing Director and CTO. AFL manufactures fiber optic cables and components in Spartanburg, South
Carolina, the United Kingdom and Germany. Verrillon will continue to operate its current facility in Massachusetts. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. AFL is an industry leader in providing fiber optic products, engineering expertise and integrated services to the electric utility, broadband, telco, OEM, enterprise and wireless markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining and medical. A subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

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