SOURCE: Axiom Microdevices Inc.

May 15, 2007 13:14 ET

Axiom Microdevices Wins AeA High Tech Innovation Award

The Industry's First Fully Integrated Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor Power Amplifier for GSM/GPRS Mobile Handsets -- AX502 Earns Peer Recognition

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- Axiom Microdevices Inc. announced today that it has earned the AeA High-Tech Innovation Award in the semiconductor category for its AX502 fully integrated complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) power amplifier (PA). The AX502 CMOS PA integrates full quad-band GSM/GPRS PA function on a single integrated circuit (IC), using mainstream silicon CMOS process technology. The product successfully completed full-type approval testing in GSM/GPRS cellular handsets earlier this year.

"On behalf of the entire Axiom Microdevices team, I am proud to accept the AeA High-Tech Innovation Award," said Brett Butler, chief executive officer, Axiom Microdevices. "It is extremely gratifying to receive this recognition for our AX502 CMOS PA and to stand among our esteemed colleagues, peers and past winners of the semiconductor innovation award."

Axiom Microdevices' patented technology, deployed in the AX502, allows the use of 0.13um Silicon CMOS process technology to integrate all of the functions between transmitter output and transmit/receive switch. The power gain stages, small signal control circuitry and 50 ohms matching are all realized on a single die. What was previously achieved with integrated circuits manufactured in proprietary gallium-arsenide process technology and assembled in complex multi-chip module packaging, now is available in a single CMOS die.

"In the 14 years of hosting the AeA High-Tech Innovation Awards, many groundbreaking products and technologies have been recognized in the semiconductor arena," said Tim Jemal, AeA executive director for Orange County and the Inland Empire. "Axiom Microdevices' CMOS PA product is among the truly disruptive technologies that carries the potential to revolutionize the future of mobile phone manufacturing."

The reliability of the AX502 has been proven through thousands of hours of life testing, at accelerated operating conditions, including greater than recommended operating temperature, extended duty cycle, load mismatches of greater than VSWR 10:1 at worst case phase angles, and elevated supply voltages.

About Axiom Microdevices Inc.

Founded in 2002 with patented breakthrough technology developed at the California Institute of Technology, Axiom Microdevices Inc. is the first company to use commodity complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processes to produce fully integrated power amplifiers for the cellular telephone market. This technology creates significant breakthroughs in cost reduction and integration.

The company has assembled a diverse team of recognized leaders who are focused on providing the best product with the highest quality and support to its worldwide customer base. For more information on Axiom Microdevices, visit

About AeA

AeA is the largest high-tech trade association in the U.S. and represents all segments of the technology industry. Our mission is to help our member companies grow and improve their business. Internationally, AeA represents 2,500 companies with 1.8 million employees. In Orange County & the Inland Empire, AeA represents 140 member companies with worldwide revenue of more than $8 billion and more than 160,000 employees in the United States and globally. Information on the Orange County & Inland Empire Council can be found at

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