CONTRACTS
Harris Corp.Has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a potential value of up to $2.7 billion to supply the US Department of Defense with its next-generation multiband Falcon III handheld tactical radio systems. The contract includes additional options that, if exercised over a five-year period, could increase the potential value to nearly $7 billion.

Harris also will supply versions of its Falcon III AN/VRC110 50-W vehicular system, which is a fully integrated communications platform based on rapidly deployable Falcon III AN/PRC-152®multiband handheld radios and offers capabilities well beyond legacy single-mode SINCGARS radios. In addition to SINCGARS capabilities, Falcon III radios provide UHF line-of-sight communications, close-air support and tactical satellite communications, programmable encryption, and software upgradeability utilizing JTRS Software Communications Architecture (SCA). The Falcon III AN/VRC-110 already has been widely fielded by the US Army and provides the US DoD with an immediately available JTRS alternative to legacy SINCGARS.

Anaren, Inc.Has received a contract worth $4.9 million for Digital Radio Frequency Memory subsystems used in an integrated RF countermeasures systems systems, deployed on tactical aircraft.

The contract calls for full production and deliveries starting in July 2009 extending over a 12-month period.

FRESH STARTS
The WiMAX Forum®Announced the establishment of the WiMAX Forum Japan Office.

The WiMAX Forum Japan Office is the fourth office of the WiMAX Forum after its offices in the US, China, and India.

RFMW Ltd.Announced the opening of a direct sales and distribution office in Israel. This direct sales office allows RFMW to quickly and effectively introduce products from RFMW's suppliers into the multitude of RF/microwave design centers and OEMs currently located in Israel, and support the supply chain to contract manufacturing locations in country or worldwide.

EthertronicsAnnounced that its design center in Taipei, Taiwan is fully operational.

Ethertronics' Taiwan Design Center, located in the NeiHu District Industrial Park, is equipped with a three-dimensional (3D) Active Test Chamber, capable of performing detailed test measurements across all of the cellular radio frequencies (800/900/1700/1800/1900/2100), as well as supporting other applications such as GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, and WiMAX. Ethertronics has standardized on a common active test chamber configuration for all of its locations, which enhances the design collaboration with other design centers as well as key OEM/ODM customers in Taiwan and Korea.

Previously, Ethertronics had been supporting the Taiwanese market and top-tier OBM/ODM customers from its San Diego, CA and Seoul, Korea design centers.

Sierra Proto ExpressAcquired the assets and book of business of Teknicircuits of Danbury, CT. Sierra Proto Express will now be handling the fabrication of PCB's for Teknicircuits' customers.

FreeWave TechnologiesAnnounced that TA Associates has led a $113 million investment in FreeWave.

Centrality Communications, Inc. and SiGe SemiconductorAnnounced that Centrality has chosen SiGe Semiconductor as the preferred supplier of GPS RF front-end receiver ICs for its navigation systems. The first product to benefit from this relationship is a reference platform.

The reference platform combines SiGe's SE4110L GPS RF front-end IC with the integrated GPS baseband of Centrality's new Atlas III processor. Customers can use the reference design to implement high-performance GPS navigation directly on the motherboard of consumer-electronics products supporting advanced navigation and multimedia services.

Iridium SatelliteReported that its mobile satellite services business in the maritime sector continues to show steady growth with the number of subscribers up 17 percent over the same time last year. Maritime traffic through the satellite network is growing at an annual rate of 12 percent.

The number of ships using Iridium's prepaid Crew Calling service increased by 22 percent, year over year, buoyed by the increasing number of ship owners and management companies to switch to Iridium last year.

National Technical Systems, Inc.Announced the acquisition of TRA Certification, located in Elkhart, IN, by its joint venture company, National Quality Assurance, USA (NQA). Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Cascade MicrotechRecently closed the single largest probestation order in its 23-year history—an order in excess of $4 million to a prominent Asian memory manufacturer for S300 wafer probe stations.

American Technical Ceramics Corp.Has signed a definitive merger agreement with AVX Corp. pursuant to which all of the outstanding equity interests of ATC will be acquired by AVX.

Thomas Weisel Partners LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to American Technical Ceramics and Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo served as legal advisor to ATC.

Artisan Laboratories Corp. and The Fiber Optic Marketplace, LLC (FiberOptic.com)Announced that FiberOptic.com will be the master distributor for the Artisan's Sidelighter™, a product that pairs with RF analyzers to measure distance to fault in optical fiber networks. According to the agreement, FiberOptic.com will control US distribution of the Sidelighter through their website, sales force, and sub-distribution channels.

FCIAcquired Smartag, a specialized player in RFID tags manufacturing. Smartag develops RFID tags for focused applications such as library management and cosmetics.