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Ex NXP RF power business to trade as Ampleon

Reinier Beltman, CEO, Ampleon

The RF power business line disposed of by NXP as a consequence of its acquistion of Freescale has opened its doors as Ampleon. The business was acquired in May 2015 by Chinese company Jianguang Asset Management for $1.8billion in a move which not only avoided competition issues, but which also helped to fund the Freescale purchase.

According to CEO Reinier Beltman, pictured: “We will be 100% focused on RF power and are very excited to be doing this as Ampleon. We are extremely well positioned to meet the growing market need for power, cost and space efficient RF solutions.”

Ampleon will focus on three markets: mobile broadband; multimarket; and RF energy. While mobile broadband currently generates 80% of Ampleon’s revenue, demand for RF energy technology is expected to grow quickly in the near future. “We expect the total available market for RF energy products to exceed that of basestations,” said Beltman. Market analysts suggests this market could be worth $1.5bn by 2020.

While the RF power business grew its revenues fourfold in its last few years within NXP, many of its customers are outside NXP’s new areas of focus. “We have our own technology and products,” Beltman continued, “and there is little synergy with the rest of NXP.”

Ampleon will take responsibility for the complete range of LDMOS and GaN RF power products previously available from NXP. Some 1250 employees have also transferred to the new company.

Graham Pitcher

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