Everything RF interviewed Custom MMIC's John Greichen, VP, Sales & Marketing to discuss our history, our technology, what differentiates us in the industry and our new line of high performance products.
Custom MMIC is a fabless semiconductor company offering a rapidly growing standard product family of high-performance MMICs, while still offering custom design and delivery of unique solutions. We have longstanding relationships with world-class MMIC foundries, and offer the highest reliability, including military and space qualification.
Q. Can you give us a brief history of Custom MMIC?
Custom MMIC was founded in 2006 by Paul Blount as an MMIC design service company. In fact, our formal name is Custom MMIC Design Services, Inc. Paul’s goal for Custom MMIC at the time was to provide state of the art MMIC design services to military and space clients.
Q. Is Custom MMIC more of a custom design house or do you make more standard products? What is the break up of Custom vs Standard in terms of revenue?
Custom MMIC is very much a standard products MMIC company that also does design service. Six years ago, we made the strategic decision to offer a strong product portfolio. We shortened our public name to Custom MMIC to keep the name recognition but acknowledge the de-emphasis of design service. Standard product sales are more than 80% of our business and we have over 140 excellent products on our website. Our strategy is to offer all the functions in a typical microwave signal chain and be open to key customer requests for unique MMIC needs.
Q. What RF & Microwave component product lines you offer?
Custom MMIC has performance leading products across most of the functions in a typical microwave signal chain. We started some years ago with low noise amplifier and distributed amplifiers, but now have a strong portfolio of all the functions shown in the diagram below. Our design team is well known for innovation in all these functions.
Q. What markets do you target? What is the break up between Military, SATCOM, and Defense?
We serve the military, space, instrumentation and communications markets. We are quite focused on military and space customers, listening to their needs to help drive our roadmap. Given our origins in military and space, those markets make up the majority of our business, but the instrumentation and communications are coming on strong.