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This RF & Analog Company Name Change History
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).
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?
a) 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?
b) Agilent Technologies
c) Hewlett Packard
d) Rohde & Schwarz
3. Qorvo manufactures RFICs and components for the cellphone
and wireless markets. Whence came it?
a) RF Micro Devices
b) Hittite Microwave
d) TriQuint Semiconductor
4. Freescale Semiconductor makes many types of RFICs for
applications like oscillators, amplifiers, and radio tuners. Which company recently
a) NXP Semiconductors
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?
c) Sony Corporation
d) ON Semiconductor
6. Texas Instruments recently bought a very famous analog
and analog IC producer. Which company was it?
b) Renesas Electronics Corporation
c) Westinghouse Electric Company
7. Avago Technologies bought which well-known WiFi and
Bluetooth RFIC product company?
a) 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?
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?
a) Fairchild Electronics
b) ON Semiconductor
c) Analog Devices
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Posted May 10, 2022
(updated from original post on 9/28/2016)