SAN JOSE--Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced plans to acquire privately-held RadioCom Corp., a developer of radio-frequency circuits based in Portland, Ore. Cypress would not release the terms of the purchase, but it said the acquisition will accelerate its efforts to serve wireless handsets.
"Our primary focus thus far has been the baseband and control sections of wireless systems," Dan McCranie, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Cypress, which offers low-power SRAMs and RF phase-locked loop products used in cellular phones. "The addition of an elite group of high-frequency analog semiconductor specialists will facilitate the creation of new product portfolios for the RF sections of these systems," he added, referring to the purchase of RadioCom.
McCranie said Cypress shipped chips for less than 10 million cellular phones last year, but in 2000, he expects the San Jose company to sell products for more than 100 million handsets.
RadioCom has the capability of blending RF system design with IC development, according to Cypress.
Officials at RadioCom said ownership by Cypress will expand the opportunities for product development and design wins. "Cypress has strong, longstanding strategic relationships with a wide range of established and startup companies in communications market segments across the board," said Lawrence Ragan, chief executive officer of RadioCom. "Their process and design expertise complements our own capabilities."