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Agere exits RF LDMOS market, sells line to startup

Posted: 14 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:radio-frequency? ldmos? ciclon semiconductor device? arf4? arf5?

Agere Systems Inc. has exited the radio-frequency (RF) LDMOS chip market, selling its product line to a startup called Ciclon Semiconductor Device Corp.

In an announcement on Tuesday (April 12), Ciclon said it will acquire certain R&D and manufacturing assets, as well as inventory for the ARF4 and ARF5 high-voltage LDMOS technologies from Agere. In addition, Agere will license and assign critical intellectual property and software associated with the product line to Ciclon, a supplier of RF chips.

Formed in 2004, Ciclon consists of former members of Agere. Key members of the team were involved in Agere's first-generation RF LDMOS technology, dubbed ARF4.

LDMOS (laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor) technology, known for its ability to operate at high voltages and to support high power applications ranging in frequency from 400MHz to 3GHz. Applications include the wireless infrastructure market.

"We decided to exit the RF power business as part of our plans to focus our resources on core technologies critical to the long-term success of Agere's business," said Sohail Khan, executive vice president and chief strategy and development officer for Agere, in a statement.

- Mark LaPedus

EE Times

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