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Wireless Design and Development is honored to introduce Dr. Charles Trantanella, Vice President of Engineering at Custom MMIC.

Charles has been a pioneer in the microwave industry since 1994 when he started working at Hittite Microwave Corporation. Specifically, Dr. Trantanella revolutionized the use of spiral baluns in double balanced mixers as well as passive frequency doublers, thereby creating two of the most successful product lines in the passive MMIC industry. Some of his highlights while at Hittite include: The first plastic encapsulated mixers at C- and X-bands, a complete line of ultra-small mixers covering the X- to Ka-bands, the first space qualified mixer die at 500 MHz, and a family of integrated downconverters from 700 MHz to 32 GHz.

Dr. Trantanella received his B.S.E.E. from Tufts University in 1989, and his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D.E.E. from The University of Arizona in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He worked for Hittite Microwave Corporation from September 1994 until February 2006, when he left to become a high school mathematics teacher. He joined Custom MMIC Design Services full-time in September 2007 as its Vice President of Engineering, a position he currently holds.

During his time in the microwave industry, Dr. Trantanella has been a design engineer, program manager for both internal R&D and external programs such as SBIRs, and product line manager for the mixer, downconverter, and passive doubler product lines. Dr. Trantanella has taken approximately 120 products from conception to production by participating in every aspect of the design cycle. He has also published fourteen peer-reviewed articles in professional journals and industry conference proceedings.

For more information visit www.custommmic.com.

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