|Fate||Acquired by TriQuint Semiconductor|
|Successor||WJ Communications Inc.|
|Founder|| Dean A. Watkins,|
H. Richard Johnson
|Headquarters||Palo Alto, California|
|W. Keith Kennedy (former CEO)|
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