ANADIGICS Offers New Power Amplifier

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In a concerted effort to expand its product portfolio and augment revenues, ANADIGICS, Inc. (ANAD) recently introduced the AWB7224 small-cell power amplifier to extend its frequency band coverage in 3G and 4G markets. The new power amplifier is designed to deliver benchmark efficiency, linearity, output and thermal characteristics for wireless infrastructure operating in the 728 to 768 MHz frequency band.

Leveraging ANADIGICS’ patented InGaP-Plus technology and advanced design architectures, the new power amplifier enables manufacturers to develop products that consume less power while providing higher throughput and greater coverage. The launch of the new amplifier is likely to strengthen its position as a leading designer and manufacturer of semiconductor solutions for the broadband wireless and wireline communications markets.   

The strategic move is also expected to boost its depleted top- and bottom-line. The company reported a loss of $16.1 million or 23 cents per share in fourth quarter 2012 compared with a loss of $15.6 million or 23 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. Total revenue for fourth quarter 2012 was $30.5 million, down 16.5% year over year from $36.5 million in the year-earlier quarter.

Moving forward, ANADIGICS intends to continue focusing on three market drivers that it believes will expand its served available market. These drivers include the rapid adoption of 3G and 4G data connectivity in wireless mobile devices, expansion of wireless and CATV infrastructure to support increase data use, and proliferation of high performance WiFi connectivity in mobile devices.

Founded in 1984, ANADIGICS is headquartered in Warren, N.J. Its products include power amplifiers, tuner integrated circuits, active splitters, line amplifiers, and other components. These products are sold individually or packaged as integrated radio frequency (RF) and front-end modules. In the wireless market, the company focuses on handsets and infrastructure equipment. In the broadband market, the company focuses on cable set-top box and other related equipment.

The company offers third generation products that use the wideband code-division multiple access (W-CDMA) and enhanced data rates for global system for mobile communication evolution (:EDGE) standards, as well as combinations of W-CDMA and EDGE platforms (:WEDGE); third generation (3.5G) products that use the high speed packet access (:HSPA) and Evolution Data Optimized (:EVDO) standards; fourth generation (4G) products for worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX); wireless fidelity (WiFi) products; cable television (:CATV) cable modem and set-top box products; CATV infrastructure products; and Fiber-To-The-Premises products.

The company presently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), while its peers such as Rambus Inc. (RMBS), PLX Technology Inc. (PLXT), and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMI) have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) each.

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