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In the mobile-device space, the LTE buildout is expanding RF band counts in handsets dramatically. This trend, in turn, is driving increased demand for broadband power amplifiers (PAs) and high-performance filters. This has created a strong push toward integrated modules, which combine premium filters with highly efficient broadband PAs to reduce RF size and complexity for smartphones and other mobile devices. The company will be uniquely positioned with the technologies, integration know-how, and high-volume manufacturing expertise to address our customers’ toughest LTE system and chipset challenges.

James KleinIn the network infrastructure market, we’ll harness those same capabilities to drive advancements in next-generation networks. The explosive increase in mobile data traffic is spurring service providers around the world to upgrade their networks. They must have sufficient capacity and coverage to meet customer demand.  LTE deployments give those carriers more efficient ways to carry significantly more data traffic, which drives a lot of the high-capacity requirements—from the base station through the backhaul connections to the data and switching centers and, ultimately, to the consumer. In China alone, more than 400,000 base stations are expected to be deployed. The ripple effect into optical networks and microwave radio links is already being felt across the industry.

Mobile carriers also are easing the strain on their overstretched networks by offloading an increasing amount of data traffic onto WiFi and small-cell networks, such as micro-, pico-, and femtocells.  Our advanced filters and GaN and GaAs amplifiers enable these solutions to handle the interference, range, and capacity demands that we anticipate, as the utilization of high-bandwidth applications and crowded spectrum become more prevalent for consumers and businesses alike.

JD: How will the merger disrupt/enable technologies in the aerospace/defense industry?

JK: We’ll be able to offer our long-time global customers a broader set of technologies that will continue our legacy of outstanding service and support. We remain committed to the defense market as a driver of innovative new technologies.

JD: What industries will become more accessible due to the merger?

JK: One of the great aspects of this merger is the limited amount of overlap in the markets we serve. RFMD has strong capabilities in cable television and WiFi, while TriQuint brings defense-industry knowledge and products as well as our proven optical and base-station technologies. It is really an ideal union and will quickly create a number of growth opportunities in three large, global markets: mobile devices, network infrastructure, and aerospace/defense.

We are in the very early stages of a deliberate strategic process to analyze our business and unleash our collective potential. As we have stated, however, we believe that there is at least $150 million in synergies that we can bring to bear as this process takes place over the next 24 months.

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