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ORBIT Communication Systems, Inc.Has been selected by the Aircraft Operation Center (AOC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to supply its Communication Management System (CMS). The CMS will be installed on the WP-3 Orion special-mission aircraft that are operated by NOAA/AOC. The Orion requires a high degree of communications between the science crew and the flight crew. This unique operation mode and heterogeneous crew demands a functional and reliable, yet also intuitive CMS that can manage the large number of operators using a variety of communication systems.
RF Micro Devices
Has been awarded a $1.5-million R&D contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) related to gallium-nitride (GaN) microelectronics. The contract, which includes the development of materials, device fabrication, and high-power circuits, expands RFMD's contract backlog over the next six quarters to approximately $5 million.
TECOM Industries, Inc.
Has announced a firm fixed-price, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract award from the Defense Logistics Agency. TECOM will supply the Compass Sail antenna in support of electronic-warfare missions on various military aircraft. The contract is for a base year with a two-year option and is valued at up to $3.5 million.
xG Technology, Inc.
Has been awarded a contract to deploy an xMax cognitive cellular network that will provide mobile communications services over a large part of the US Army's Fort Bliss Desert Training areas. The trial is jointly sponsored by the US Army Signal Center of Excellence and CERDEC. In addition to the Fort Bliss deployment, the contract calls for xG to supply xMax network equipment for evaluation purposes to CERDEC's Fort Monmouth, NJ lab facility. xG will install a comprehensive xMax network solution consisting of several xMax BSN-250 base stations, an xMSC mobile switching center, and trial TX-70 handsets to allow the Army to utilize and evaluate its capabilities as a widearea and tactical cellular system.

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Maxtek Components Corp.Changed its name to Tektronix Component Solutions to reflect its increased access to the core capabilities and high-performance technologies that have been developed in support of its parent company, Tektronix. Tektronix Component Solutions' products and services include analog and mixed-signal application-specific integrated-circuit (ASIC) design, IC packaging, RF and microwave modules, high-performance data converters, and component test. It provides a complete range of custom design, prototyping, manufacturing, and test services to equipment manufacturers. With more than 40 years of experience serving the aerospace, communications, defense, measurement, and medical markets, Tektronix Component Solutions works as an extension of our customers' product teams to deliver high-performance and high-reliability components. Headquartered in Beaverton, OR, it can be found on the web at component-solutions.tektronix.com.
Satellite Terrestrial & Electronics, Inc. (STE)
Has completed the design and begun the manufacturing of its connector line. In addition, the company has signed a distribution agreement with Electromagnetic Technologies Industries, Inc. Inquiries can be sent to Angela Mitas at angela@stelectronics.net.
Wireless Telecom Group
Has signed a service agreement with Electroservices (Midlands) Ltd., Telford, UK, to become an authorized Wireless Telecom Service center. Electroservices has been in business for nearly 30 years providing calibrations and repairs for RF and microwave test and measurement equipment. The company is certified ISO9001:2008 and accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005.
Laird TechnologiesHas expanded its global distribution product portfolio with Digi-Key Corp. to include its Infrastructure Antenna Systems (IAS) product lines. Customers can access all of the company's product lines from the Laird Technologies Supplier Page on the Digi-Key web site.
Pulse, a Technitrol Company
Has announced a new Product Finder feature on its web site at www.pulseeng.com. The search engine makes it simple to find Pulse products, compare them to similar products on the market, determine the correct product for particular parameters, and access datasheets.
Raytheon Professional Services LLC (RPS)
Is the first provider in the UK to launch accredited qualifications that are delivered via virtual classroom training and a collaborative learning approach. All qualifications are accredited by the UK's Institute of Leadership & Management. The Internet-based technology enables interaction among students, trainers, and peers. It is designed to maximize the practical application of skills and knowledge in the workplace. Learn more about RPS' offerings at http://www.raytheon.co.uk/learning.
QP Semiconductor
Is now a part of e2v aerospace and defense, inc., which was recently established by e2v to expand its resources and capabilities for the US military and aerospace electronics sectors. QP Semiconductor has been serving military, aerospace, and high-reliability industries for over 25 years. Moving forward, e2v will continue offering QP's US semiconductor capabilities as well as expanded services and solutions that are critical to military/aerospace and high-reliability industrial OEMs.
RELM Wireless Corp.
Has received orders totaling approximately $3.2 million from several different branches of the US Military. Of those orders, roughly $2.7 million is for the company's new P25 trunked portable and mobile radios. The orders include products for all of the major frequenciesVHF, UHF, and 800 MHzand will be deployed both domestically and internationally.
Anaren, Inc.
Has announced that Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas (EMA), a business region of Avnet, Inc., will carry its Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) modules in the Americas. In addition, Anaren has joined the TI Developer Network. The AIR product line is based on Texas Instruments' semiconductor chip technology.