Amplifiers boost business for Mimix

Mimix Broadband, Belfast has secured major export success following an investment from RDA Invest Northern Ireland

Mimix Broadband, Belfast has secured major export success following an investment of almost £700,000 including £190,000 from RDA Invest Northern Ireland.

R&D funding from Invest NI helped the company to develop a range of power amplifiers for use in satellite phones. One of the new amplifiers enabled US-based parent company Mimix Broadband to secure successive lucrative contracts with Cambridge Consultants, a leading wireless product development firm. The company has also sold various models to other major telecoms firms, including Siemens, Ericsson and Alcatel.

The power amplifiers are small electronic components that enable satellite phones to work in any part of the world, usually where conventional mobile phones cannot operate.

Dr Andrew Patterson, Director of Power Amplifier Modules at Mimix Broadband, Belfast, said: ‘As Celeritek UK we built up a highly skilled team developing components for commercial mobile phone handsets but needed to diversify our product range following a downturn in the global mobile phone market. With Invest NI’s help we developed the power amplifier for satellite phones which, due to its highly specialised nature, enabled our parent company to secure major export sales, including the contracts with Cambridge Consultants.’

John Thompson, Invest NI’s Director of Innovation, Research and Technology, said: ‘Mimix Broadband, Belfast has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to innovation which continues to reap dividends for the company’s export turnover. By establishing itself as a research and development centre within the Mimix Broadband group, the firm is also an excellent example of a high-tech company making use of the quality and availability of skills in Northern Ireland. I have no doubt the company can go on to achieve even more success in what is a highly competitive market, adding significant value to the local economy.’