XCOM Selects IMT to Manufacture MEMS-Based RF Relays

SIGNAL HILL & SANTA BARBARA, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- XCOM Wireless Inc. (XCOM), an award-winning developer of radio frequency (RF) products, has selected Innovative Micro Technology (IMT), a leading micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) contract manufacturer, to manufacture die for their RF MEMS Relay product. XCOM and IMT have implemented an effective wafer manufacturing process to produce RF relay die with exceptional performance, reliability, and environmental ruggedness. XCOM is now sampling their RF MEMS Relay product for size-constrained and performance-critical applications in automated test equipment (ATE), RF test equipment, civilian radios, and military radios.

"As an emerging supplier of RF MEMS products, XCOM is not only committed to delivering compelling performance and features to the market," said Dr. Dan Hyman, CEO of XCOM, "we are supplying qualified products to support the continued growth of ATE and RF test equipment. These lay a foundation for our future products, which will revolutionize radio architectures in high-end antenna applications and multi-mode, multi-standard consumer handsets. Thanks to IMT, we have consistently delivered samples to our customers that have demonstrated excellent repeatability, high bandwidth, and strong performance. As we move to production, we are confident that IMT will continue to be a great manufacturing partner and will assure the highest levels of quality and support."

Dr. John Foster, IMT's CEO, added, "We are excited about XCOM products and believe they will generate substantial growth to our manufacturing revenue as we enter production. XCOM's decision to choose IMT is not only an affirmation of our capabilities but also recognition of the high level of dedication IMT has devoted to XCOM to bring their compelling products to market. IMT partnered with XCOM to solve their problems and overcome the challenges in taking their design from development and prototyping and begin volume production."

About RF MEMS Relays
High performance, small footprint, and rugged packaging makes XCOM's RF MEMS Relays ideal for a diverse set of applications where low loss, high isolation, and high bandwidth are required. XCOM's relay incorporates the high-performance benefits of a metal-to-metal contact, similar to conventional mechanical relays, while providing the miniature, surface-mount footprint of a solid-state relay. Applications include switching and signal routing in ATE and RF test equipment, and tunable filters, antennas, and matching networks for civilian and military radios and radar systems. For more information and samples, contact XCOM Wireless.

About XCOM Wireless
XCOM develops revolutionary products based on their world-class expertise in radio-frequency, micro-electromechanical systems (RF MEMS) that enable a new generation of test equipment and radio architectures. XCOM's technology facilitates a unique set of circuit elements for switching, tuning, and phase-shifting RF signals, which are employed in an innovative class of products, from miniature RF MEMS relays to smart antenna modules and tunable filter modules. XCOM Wireless is a privately held company, formed in 2000 and headquartered in Signal Hill, CA.

About Innovative Micro Technology
IMT was formed in 2000, specifically to produce MEMS devices. IMT's overriding goal is to partner with companies to develop products based on MEMS technology. Its 130,000 sq. ft. facility contains a 30,000 sq. ft. clean room/fab, the "largest and best-equipped independent MEMS fab in the world." The company was built for high-volume manufacturing and provides full MEMS foundry and contract manufacturing services, from design through production. IMT currently has more than 150 employees and over 20 customers in diverse applications, including drug discovery, drug delivery, biomedical implants and cell purifiers, microfluidics, inertial navigation, printing, various sensors, night vision, IR emitters, telephone/DSL switching, RF devices, power management, and several others. For more information on IMT's breadth of services, please visit the company's Web site.

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