Endwave Corporation,a leading provider of high-frequency RF modules for telecommunications networks, defense electronics, and homeland security systems, today announced the delivery of their first transceiver designed to be fully compliant with the new environmental Restriction on Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC (the “RoHS Directive”). According to the RoHS Directive, member states of the European Union (EU) are obligated to ensure that, from July 1, 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market contains minimal levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). Companies that do not comply with the RoHS Directive may be subject to penalties and, in some cases, may be prevented from selling non-conforming product in the EU. Endwave’s new design exceeds RoHS requirements by completely eliminating lead-based solders from electronic assemblies, which have, in some applications, received an exemption in the RoHS Directive until 2010. While Europe is widely viewed as the leader in this effort, similar restrictions are envisioned for future equipment deployments in China, Japan, the USA, and other regions of the world.
Endwave’s first RoHS-compliant commercial product delivery was an integrated transceiver for Nokia’s FlexiHopper(TM) and FlexiHopper Plus(TM) microwave radios. Endwave has been working towards the transition of all applicable telecommunications products to full RoHS Directive compliance, with this first qualification approval well ahead of the July 1, 2006 statutory deadline. Equipment used for military and national security applications are currently exempt from RoHS Directive requirements.
“We are pleased to have delivered our first fully-RoHS compliant modules to the wireless industry,” said Ed Keible, Chief Executive Officer and President of Endwave Corporation. “Our successful transition to RoHS Directive compliance will enable us to continue our high-volume leadership in integrated transceivers without interruption to our customers, while also affirming our commitment to be good stewards of our environment.”
About Endwave Endwave Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets RF modules that enable the transmission, reception and processing of high-frequency signals in telecommunications networks, defense electronics and homeland security systems. Our RF modules are typically used in high-frequency applications and include integrated transceivers, amplifiers, synthesizers, oscillators, up and down converters, frequency multipliers and microwave switch arrays. Endwave has 38 issued patents covering its core technologies including semiconductor and proprietary circuit designs. Endwave Corporation is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, with operations in Diamond Springs, CA; Andover, MA; and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Additional information about the company can be accessed from the company’s web site at www.endwave.com.