Friday, April 14, 2006

Sirenza Microdevices Profile

April 14, 2006

Satellite Standard Group (SSG) does a profile on companies that have relationships to satellite radio. Last week we profiled RF Monolithics in this piece on April 7th. This week we are taking a look at Sirenza Microdevices (symbol SMDI). We profile these companies because they may present investment opportunities, or simply informative information, that people invested into satellite radio may want to consider.

Sirenza Microdevices got its start in 1985 as Matrix Microassembly Corporation and was based in Santa Clara California. In 1992, they began doing business as Stanford Microdevices, Inc., and moved their operations to Sunnyvale California. In May of 2000, the company became publicly traded on NASDAQ, and in October of 2001, the company name became what it is today….Sirenza Microdevices.

Shortly thereafter Sirenza made several acquisitions, and has now grown the company to what it is today. Sirenza is now headquartered in Broomfield Colorado and now, through the acquisition of Premier Devices, Inc. on April 4, 2006, has operations in China and Germany. The CEO is Robert Van Buskirk.

Now that you know who Sirenza is, it is only fitting to discuss what it is they do, and how they tie in with satellite radio.

Sirenza is a supplier of RF components. The company designs and develops RF components for commercial communications, consumer, and aerospace/defense equipment markets. Sireza has product lines that include integrated circuit (IC), multi-chip modules (MCC), as well as passive product lines. Sireza’s products can be found in amplifiers, power amplifiers, cable TV amplifiers, circulators, isolators, mixers, splitters, transformers, couplers, modulators, demodulators, transceivers, tuners, discrete devices, signal source components, government and military specified components, and antennae and receivers for satellite radio.

Sirenza’s certifications include ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System (registered by QMI).

Sirenza has a relationship with Sirius Satellite Radio. The make the ultra low profile antennas that come with the popular S50 and Sportster Replay receivers. You can read about the relationship in the July 14, 2005 press release here.

The Sirenza deal with Sirius Satellite Radio is only a small part of Sirenza’s business. Sirenza has many other sectors of operation, and operates in a global environment. This is what makes Sirenza an interesting consideration for those that follow the satellite radio equities. Investing into a company such as this allows you to participate in the growth of satellite radio while also letting you diversify into a company that has other clients beyond Sirius.

Sirenza will be announcing their first quarter operating results on May 3rd, 2006 at 4:45 PM EST. A webcast will be available at sirenza.com. Those that follow Sirius may want to listen in to the Sireza call. A lot of low profile antennas were sold in the first quarter…..perhaps Sirenza will be mentioning that in their call.

SSG is not a financial advisor. SSG fully encourages that people do their own research and consult a Certified Financial Planner prior to making any investment decisions.

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4/14/2006 10:37:00 PM

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