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M/A-COM Press Release - 1/8/2009

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Unveils New GPS Module Used in Ford SYNC Innovative Receiver Module Offers Breakthrough Performance and Reduced Footprint for
Mobile, Industrial, Handheld and Automotive Applications


CES 2009 – LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2009 – Today at CES 2009 M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of innovative microwave and RF design solutions and products, introduced a new, breakthrough integrated global positioning system (GPS) module, which is an integral part of the award-winning SYNC™. Using industry-leading voice-recognition software, M/A-COM's integrated GPS technology and a Bluetooth mobile phone, SYNC now with Traffic, Directions and Information provides simple hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn driving directions, and up-to-date information such as business listings, news, sports and weather.

“The delivery of our new services for SYNC is certainly very exciting and our partnership with M/A-COM Technology Solutions is a key component of that strategy," said Doug VanDagens, Director Ford Connected Services. "Location and time based information fully integrated into a single modular package and connected onto the vehicle network is perfectly aligned with our mission to create plug-n-play compatibility with a diverse assortment of SYNC services and applications.” 

M/A-COM Technology Solutions’ new GPS receiver provides an “all-in-one” GPS package solution including: a GPS antenna, GPS receiver, microprocessor, memory, CANbus transceiver, connector and associated software. Due to the GPS Module’s breakthrough antenna efficiency and receiver sensitivity it can be installed almost anywhere on the vehicle, including hidden mounting locations resulting in major design and system efficiencies.
     
“This new receiver module is a breakthrough solution for our development and product planning team. As a Ford partner we are very pleased to contribute to the next level of value and technology on this very important project,” said Joe Thomas, President, M/A-COM Technology Solutions. “With our organic technology background in semiconductors, antennas and wireless automotive solutions we had the unique capability to work directly with Ford to deliver a singular, integrated product that could manage the transmission of location, heading and time information to the entire vehicle.” 

Ford SYNC is an advanced software platform that provides consumers the convenience and flexibility to bring digital media players and Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones into their vehicles and operate the devices via voice commands or with the steering wheel's redundant radio controls.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Please contact M/A-COM Technology Solutions products domestic and international sales channels for price and delivery quotes. Data sheets and supporting technical documents are available online at www.macom.com.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 228,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.
ABOUT M/A-COM TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
M/A-COM Technology Solutions was formed in September of 2008 when Cobham plc acquired the Aerospace & Defense and the Commercial businesses of Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems Segment d.b.a. M/A-COM, Inc. The Commercial business has been incorporated as M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. and provides innovative RF and microwave design solutions and products including:
 
·        Si, GaAs, AlGaAs, InGaAs, InP and SiGe IC products
·        Unique MMIC processes: HMIC™, GMIC™, MSAG™, iHBT™
·        In-house design, fabrication, assembly and screening capabilities
·        Multiple facilities for improved flexibility and local content manufacturing
·        Design expertise covering the spectrum from RF through millimeter wave frequencies
·        One of the broadest selection of standard and custom products in the industry

The newly incorporated company has nearly 60 years of experience as an industry leading supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave component and technology solutions and is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS 9100 and QS-9000. For more information visit www.macom.com

ABOUT COBHAM
Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company employs more than 13,500 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenues approaching some $3Bn.
For more information visit www.cobham.com

FOR SALES INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Americas -- Phone: 1-800-366-2266
Europe/Middle East/Africa -- Phone: 44 (1908) 574200
Asia/Pacific -- Phone: 81.44.844.82
 
Posted 1/9/2009
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