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RF & Analog Company Name Change History
RF Cafe Quiz #67

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RF Cafe Quiz #67: RF & Analog Company Name Change HistoryThis quiz challenges your knowledge of the history of familiar electronics products companies' name changes (aka etymology). Many of you have lived through the plethora of acquisitions, mergers, and name changes represented here. There might be more than one correct answer. You might need a motion sickness pill when navigating all the changes. Wikipedia is used as the reference because I know the historical information presented there is accurate (enough).


1.  Skyworks Solutions designs and manufactures a wide variety of amplifiers, switches, front-end modules, and other ICs and modules for wireless systems. From which company(s) did it come?

lpha Industries logo - RF CafeTriQuint Semiconductor logo - RF CafeConexant Systems logo - RF CafeEmerson Radio logo - RF Cafea)  Emerson Radio
b)  Conexant Systems
c)  TriQuint Semiconductor
d)  Alpha Industries



2.  Keysight Technologies is a premier maker of test equipment of all types. It has undergone multiple name changes. What was its original name?

Rohde & Schwarz logo - RF CafeHewlett Packard logo - RF CafeAgilent Technologies logo - RF CafeTektronix logo - RF Cafea)  Tektronix
b)  Agilent Technologies
c)  Hewlett Packard
d)  Rohde & Schwarz



3.  Qorvo manufactures RFICs and components for the cellphone and wireless markets. Whence came it?

TriQuint Semiconductor logo - RF CafeMagnavox logo - RF CafeHittite Microwave logo - RF CafeRF Micro Devices logo - RF Cafea)  RF Micro Devices
b)  Hittite Microwave
c)  Magnavox
d)  TriQuint Semiconductor



4.  Freescale Semiconductor makes many types of RFICs for applications like oscillators, amplifiers, and radio tuners. Which company recently bought it?

Samsung logo - RF Cafe Motorola logo - RF CafeNokia logo - RF CafeNXP logo - RF Cafea)  NXP Semiconductors
b)  Motorola
c)  Nokia
d)  Samsung



5.  Fairchild Semiconductor's wide array of IC products includes those for analog and RF applications. Can you name the company that most recently acquired it?

ON Semiconductor logo - RF CafeSony Corporation logo- RF CafeQualcomm logo - RF CafeTandy Corporation logo - RF Cafea)  Tandy Corporation
b)  Qualcomm
c)  Sony Corporation
d)  ON Semiconductor



6.  Texas Instruments recently bought a very famous analog and analog IC producer. Which company was it?

Hitachi logo - RF CafeWestinghouse Electric logo - RF CafeRenesas Electronics logo - RF CafeNational Semiconductor logo - RF Cafea)  National Semiconductor
b)  Renesas Electronics Corporation
c)  Westinghouse Electric Company
d)  Hitachi



7.  Avago Technologies bought which well-known WiFi and Bluetooth RFIC product company?

Northrop Grumman logo - RF CafeBoeing logo - RF CafeBroadcomm logo - RF CafeNewark Electronics logo - RF Cafea)  Newark Electronics
b)  Broadcom Limited
c)  Boeing Commercial Electronics
d)  Northrop Grumman Corporation



8.  Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) was an early player in the fabless chip business, making WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS RFICs. Which company most recently bought CSR?

BAE Systems logo - RF CafeRadio Shack logo - RF CafeJameco Electronics logo - RF CafeQualcomm logo - RF Cafea)  Qualcomm
b)  Jameco Electronics
c)  Radio Shack
d)  British Aerospace Electronics Systems



9.  Linear Technology, a decades-long producer of analog ICs, was acquired by which company in 2016?

Broadcomm logo - RF CafeAnalog Devices logo - RF CafeON Semiconductor logo - RF CafeFairchild Electronics logo - RF Cafea)  Fairchild Electronics
b)  ON Semiconductor
c)  Analog Devices
d)  Broadcom



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Posted September 28, 2016

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