CONTRACTS
Quantum Signal
Has kicked off four projects with a value of $2.9 million for the US Army. The projects, through the US Department of Defense Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, are Phase 2. They were awarded based on outstanding research and development activities and results during their initial phase.
Raytheon Co.Has been awarded an initial $12.5-million contract to supply the US Army with the EPLRS-XF next-generation radios, which promise to enable more efficient communication in congested battlefield environments. More than 22,000 EPLRS radios are currently fielded across the US Armed Services, providing the largest integrated tactical data network for today's highly mobile fighting force.
Northrop Grumman Corp.
The Sperry Marine business unit has won a contract to supply new-generation navigation radar sets for the Brazil Navy. Sperry Marine will supply 12 new Vision- Master FT 250 X-band radars under a multi-phase program to upgrade the bridge installations across the Brazil Navy fleet. The PC-based VisionMaster FT systems utilize high-resolution flat-screen display technology and incorporate automatic cluttersuppression software to identify and track weak target returns under adverse sea and weather conditions and when operating close to land masses.
XIO Strategies, Inc.
Has been awarded a subcontract by Northrop Grumman to provide active RFID consulting services to the US Department of Defense under their RFID III contract. This multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a $429-million ceiling available for task orders. XIO teamed with Northrop Grumman as well as Evigia Systems, Onyx Government Services, and CYTEC Software Systems in support of this effort.

FRESH STARTS
Aeroflex
Is expanding its communications test capabilities with the acquisition of VI Technology, Inc. Originally founded in 1991 to develop software drivers for measurement instruments, VI Technology shifted its focus to the development of enterprise-wide, automated baseband test solutions.
Micronetics, Inc.
Has acquired the pedestal and forklift-mounted radio-frequency-identification (RFID) product line of M/A-COM RFID, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Cobham plc. The product line consists of portal systems with directional intelligence, sensor-based forklift systems, and RFID antennas. The forklift sensor has passed initial beta testing and is entering a pre-production test phase.
Averna
Has acquired 100 percent of US-based DAQTron, Inc., a privately owned company in the design and implementation of test systems for communications OEMs. Aside from strengthening Averna's broadband-product portfolio, this move brings greater mobile-video functionality to its Universal Receiver Tester while providing a new US headquarters in Atlanta, GA.
DataPath, Inc.
Has entered into a merger agreement with Rockwell Collins, Inc. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, a Rockwell Collins merger subsidiary will be merged with and into DataPath with DataPath surviving as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Collins. The aggregate consideration under the merger agreement is approximately $130 million. The merger has been approved by the DataPath Board. Subject to shareholder approval, it will be completed in the second quarter of this year.
Ember Corp.Has closed an additional $8 million in funding from its primary venture-capital investors and strategic partners. When combined with existing investments from STMicroelectronics, Hitachi Corp., and MIT, this new round brings the total capital raised by Ember to $89 million. The company also announced the expansion of its sales channels with the addition of new distributors in Australia, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, and the People's Republic of China, which are emerging as key markets for ZigBee-enabled smart meters.
Verizon WirelessIs developing the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center, which will help to foster creative solutions connecting people, places, and things wirelessly using LTE technology. Based in Waltham, MA, the center will include a lab as well as home and business environments designed to simulate usage of products in real-life situations. The center will support early stages of product development including concept validation, usability studies, product design analysis, prototyping, and lab and field trials.
Fluke Corp.
Has contributed electric test instruments to help US Naval Seabees with construction projects at Al Asad Airbase in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Members of the Seabee Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 24 were building new support bases and a triage wing for a hospital when they found themselves short of electrical multimeters. Fluke responded with a shipment of several refurbished Fluke 87V Industrial Digital Multimeters (DMMs). The DMMs are used to both ensure the safety and operation of installed electrical systems and troubleshoot equipment.
Hybricon Corp.
Has joined the OpenVPX Industry Working Group, which is comprised of over 20 technology companies. The group is fast-tracking a VPX System Specification that defines system-level interoperable architectures by leveraging the existing VPX specifications. The OpenVPX Industry Working Group is working with VITA. Once completed, the specifications will be submitted to VITA to complete the standardization process.
Electronic Assembly Manufacturing, Inc. (EAM)
Has recently announced the receipt of its ISO 9001:2000 certification. The certificate of registration assures adherence to the BS EN ISO 9001:2000 standard as it applies to the manufacture of standard and custom cable assemblies and related products for military, medical, and commercial applications.
EPX MicrowaveHas relocated its California facility. Located at 3048 Scott Blvd. in Santa Clara, the new facility will house EPX's MIC product lines for active components targeting the satcom market.
Lazer-Tech
Has acquired the sales services of Trish Hackett and her sales firm, Vector Defense, to market and sell Lazer-Techs' printed-circuit boards.