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  Date:1st Nov 2011

Murata to own high power amplifier business of semiconductor chipmaker Renesas

The leading Japan based semiconductor chip vendor Renesas Electronics has announced that its high-power amplifier (HPA) business and the business operation of its manufacturing site, the Nagano Device Division (Komoro, Nagano) of Renesas Eastern Japan Semiconductor, Inc. ("Renesas Eastern Japan Semiconductor"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics, to Murata Manufacturing. Renesas and Murata Manufacturing now plan to complete the business transfer by February 1, 2012.

Renesas states in its release "with the growing demand for smartphones all over the world and the expansion of the low-end models in the developing countries, the market of mobile phones, which is the major user of power amplifiers, is experiencing a growing trend toward one-stop module and platform solutions that integrate basic communication functions in a device. In particular, the demand is growing for modules that incorporate HPAs with radio frequency (RF) components, such as filters and switches."

Renesas says it has been mainly supplying power amplifier modules to mobile handset makers. However, in light of these changing business environments, the company has been facing the needs to study and implement measures to quickly respond to the demand for a one-stop module that incorporates a front-end module (FEM) to further strengthen its business structure.


 
          
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