Woburn, Massachusetts–Alpha Industries, Inc. has begun shipping volume production of its GaAs ICs to Germany-based Siemens AG for use in its newest dual-band GSM wireless handsets for the European market. Alpha expects full production to begin by June 2001.
Siemens, the world’s fourth-largest handset manufacturer, emerged as one of the fastest-growing mobile phone companies in the third quarter of 2000, according to newly released research from Gartner Dataquest.
“Alpha continues to broaden its business with the global leaders in the wireless handset market,” says Alpha president and CEO Dave Aldrich. “We are, once again, pleased to see our semiconductor solutions designed into a market leader’s cornerstone platform of next generation handsets. Our success in securing design wins and subsequent production contracts at Siemens is a tribute to our design team’s efforts and reflects the continuing success of our global customer diversification strategy.”
Alpha has diversified its roster of wireless customers over the past several quarters. In addition to the Siemens contract, the company has secured sole-source design wins in all of Ericsson’s newest phones offered for the Americas, and has substantially increased production-shipments to Mitsubishi and Samsung. At the same time, the company placed power amplifiers and switches in Motorola’s three recently announced new phones. In the wireless infrastructure market, Alpha has significantly increased shipments of products for 2.5G and 3G platforms at Alcatel, Ericsson, and Nokia.