Aligned with strategic plans to focus the Broadband business unit on the rapidly growing requirement for higher frequency technology and products, Filtronic has established a mmWave centre of excellence at NETPark, Durham.

The R&D centre is co-located with a precision, purpose-configured manufacturing clean-room focussed on the development and manufacture of mmWave and microwave hybrid assemblies for the telecommunications and defence industries.

Significant investment has also been made into state-of-the-art, automated high-frequency test facilities – for both semiconductor device level characterisation and tx/rx module performance testing up to 90GHz. Following significant investment in an E-band technology program over the period 2009-2012, Filtronic Broadband is already a leading supplier of mmWave transceiver products at both E-band and V-band frequencies – shipping to several international OEM customers.

With wireless data volumes doubling year on year through the roll-out of 4G/LTE services, increasing cellular backhaul capacity pressure is driving the need for ongoing product development and production to keep pace with market requirements.

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