Global Invacom Selects Presto Engineering for Turn-key Deployment of its Advanced RF Chipset

First set of assembled and tested ICs have been successfully shipped and on-going production is scheduled through 2015.

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Presto Engineering, Inc., a world leader in semiconductor back-end turnkey production services, announced today that it will provide turnkey deployment — testing, qualification and back-end production — for Global Invacom Group Limited (“Global Invacom”) advanced Romeo & Juliet RF chipset.

Global Invacom’s Romeo & Juliet RF chip-set destacks satellite TV signals distributed over the Global Invacom FibreIRS infrastructure, as used in MDUs, hotels and residences where bulky and expensive coax cabling is not desirable or cannot be used. The stacked satellite TV signals are sent over fiber and terminated by the Romeo chip, a differential output low-noise amplifier (LNA) that feeds one or more programmable Juliet dual-channel destacker chips that are software configurable to meet any of the world’s satellite TV frequency plans.

According to Michel Villemain, CEO, Presto Engineering, “Global Invacom, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of satellite and TV peripheral equipment, selected Presto Engineering because of our extensive RF expertise in engineering and industrialization and back-end capabilities. They also saw value in our local presence, with our test production facilities in Europe.” He adds, “We have shipped the first set of ICs to Global Invacom this month, and recently signed a contract for production into 2015.”

The R&J chipset – an advanced broadband receiver – can be set in a wide variety of applications and configurations which requires the architecture of a program to be highly flexible. Presto, leveraging on its expertise in this domain, has achieved both flexibility with no compromise against test time. Presto has also used a proprietary algorithm for fast and accurate differential measurement to achieve 1º accuracy and stability of three times the throughout previously obtained.

Malcolm Burrell, Director Advanced R&D, Global Invacom said, “We design many of the world’s most complex and demanding satellite communication products for major broadcast companies worldwide and needed a reliable source for the industrialization and production of our Romeo & Juliet RF chipset. Our partnership with Presto Engineering, with its quick turn around with uncompromised quality, has managed to reduce our lead-time and also meet our customer demands. We had an excellent experience working with them and we look forward to this continuing partnership throughout 2015 and beyond.”

About Presto Engineering, Inc.

Presto Engineering provides comprehensive semiconductor product engineering solutions to IDM, fabless and electronics companies, contributing to improving ramp time, margins and quality of new products. Presto Engineering is a recognized expert in the development of test solutions for component characterization and production. This expertise, combined with state-of-the-art ESD, reliability and failure analysis capabilities, produces a competitive advantage for our customers in optimizing end-product performance and accelerating time to market. We offer turn-key solutions from customer tape-out to delivery of finished goods to end-customer(s), including assembly, test, qualification, industrialization, and production sustaining activities. Presto Engineering is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has operations in France and Israel.

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About Global Invacom Group Limited

Global Invacom Group Limited (“Global Invacom”) is listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited Mainboard (“SGX-ST”) and its shares are admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange in the U.K.

Global Invacom is a fully integrated satellite equipment provider with six manufacturing plants across China, Israel, Malaysia and the U.K., providing a full range of dish antennas, LNB receivers, transmitters, switches and video distribution components and electronics manufacturing services in satellite communications, TV peripherals, computer peripherals, medical, and consumer electronics industries. Its customers include satellite broadcasters such as BSkyB of the U.K. and DISH Network of the U.S.A.