Rockwell International Corp’s Newport Beach, California-based Rockwell Telecommunications unit announces the formation of a Wireless Communications Division. The division has been created through the consolidation of its Microelectronics Technology Center unit, which provides Gallium Arsenide semiconductor-based products for communications applications, and Wireless Systems, which provides chip set offerings for the Global Positioning System and packet data marketplaces. The division will focus on wireless communications products including power amplifier and front-end receiver components for worldwide cellular and Personal communications Services applications, low-power Global Positioning System modules, and baseband Ardis, Mobitex and Cellular Digital Packet Data chip sets with integrated data and facsimile modem capabilities, says Rockwell. Explaining the reasons behind the move, Rockwell Telecommunications president Dwight Decker said that the two business units were seeing an increasing commonality of technology, market and customer focus and that the consolidation would leverage complementary strengths while accelerating the development of a broader range of product offerings. Vijay Parikh, vice-president and general manager of the new unit, added that the key to long-term success in the wireless communications marketplace would be access to multiple technologies, and asserted that the ability of the new business to offer bipolar circuits in both Silicon and Gallium Arsenide, as well as CMOS, as the application demands, was an important and differentiated capability.