Freescale’s RF Business Makes Long-Term Commitment to U.S.-Based Aerospace and Defense Market

  Freescale’s RF Business Makes Long-Term Commitment to U.S.-Based Aerospace
  and Defense Market

RF power pioneer creates A&D-focused unit; multi-technology approach to
leverage the advantages of LDMOS, GaAs and GaN product lines

IMS2013 International Microwave Symposium

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- June 4, 2013

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL), the global leader in radio frequency (RF)
power transistors, today announced a major initiative focused on demonstrating
how its new and existing commercial RF power and microwave RF devices can meet
the requirements of the U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) market.

The company plans to support a broad range of A&D applications with entirely
new gallium nitride (GaN) RF power transistor products, as well as its proven
portfolio of more than 400 LDMOS RF power transistor and gallium arsenide
(GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) products. These
Freescale products will be supported by a dedicated team of professionals
focused exclusively on A&D markets and customers.

“Freescale has more than 60 years of RF power innovation and experience, and
we look forward to extending our focus beyond our leading position in RF power
transistors to growing A&D markets,” said Ritu Favre, senior vice president
and general manager of Freescale’s RF business. “A&D equipment manufacturers
will benefit from Freescale’s long track record of working closely with
customers to create cost-effective solutions that combine superb performance,
proven reliability and extreme ruggedness.”

According to analyst firm ABI Research, global sales for RF power devices
targeting the defense market (under 4 GHz and above 4 W output) will total
$144 million (USD) by 2018.

“Freescale has been the market leader in RF power devices for wireless
infrastructure for many years,” said Lance Wilson, research director, RF
Devices at ABI Research. “That experience and expertise should serve them well
as they branch out into other RF power market segments, including A&D.”

A history of RF innovation: now for aerospace & defense

Freescale’s RF business (formerly part of Motorola’s Semiconductor Products
Sector) has more than six decades of history and expertise in RF power
transistor development, introducing its first device in 1952. Since then it
has become the global leader in LDMOS RF power transistors for wireless
infrastructure, with more than 30 million delivered every year. Freescale
maintains the RF power market’s only U.S.-based LDMOS device fabrication
facility, as well as in-house final manufacturing facilities.

The company’s Airfast™ LDMOS devices deliver high linearity, broad
instantaneous bandwidth and advanced plastic packaging. Freescale’s LDMOS
products that have been “ruggedized” for commercial applications are ideally
suited to A&D requirements, with the ability to operate into extreme load
mismatches (VSWR) greater than 65:1 and enhanced protection from electrostatic
discharge (ESD). The company’s LDMOS devices span frequency ranges to more
than 3 GHz with RF power outputs to 1250 W. Freescale’s GaAs MMIC devices
cover applications to over 5 GHz and include gain block amplifiers, power
amplifiers (up to 4 W), and low-noise amplifiers with noise figures as low as
0.35 dB. Freescale’s first GaN RF power transistors are planned for
availability in late 2013.

This exceptional experience and world-class technology will be complemented by
a team of RF experts dedicated to the A&D market, including technical and
applications support. The Freescale RF A&D team is led by a senior member of
Freescale’s technical staff, with more than 30 years of RF power transistor
experience, from design engineering to executive management. He is joined by a
former marketing director for Freescale’s RF power business, who possesses 40
years of experience in marketing, sales and distribution. The Freescale
products will additionally be supported by a dedicated team of marketing,
program management, applications, regulatory compliance and other
professionals focused exclusively on A&D markets and customers.

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New products purchased for use in A&D applications are planned for inclusion
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About Freescale

Freescale Semiconductor(NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing
solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the
automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors
and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity –
our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world
greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and
end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next
generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based
inAustin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and
sales operations around the

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