Merrimac Granted Patent for Multi-Mix(R) Coupler

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Merrimac Industries, Inc.

    WEST CALDWELL, N.J., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Merrimac Industries, Inc.
 (Amex:   MRM), a leader in the design and manufacture of RF Microwave
 components, assemblies and Micro-Multifunction (MMFM(R)) Modules, today
 announced that it has been granted a patent from the United States Patent &
 Trademark Office entitled "Multi-layer Microwave Couplers Using
 Vertically-Connected Transmission Line Structures."  This is the second
 Multi-Mix(R) technology patent awarded to Merrimac this month, and it will
 expand the Company's customer base by allowing the Company to design and
 manufacture the most up-to-date solutions in microwave technology.
     This patent relates to microwave couplers, such as a coupler constructed
 in a multi-layer, vertically-connected stripline architecture.  More
 particularly, this patent discloses couplers having a vertically-connected
 stripline structure in which multiple sets of stripline layers are separated
 by interstitial groundplanes, wherein more than one set of layers has a
 segment of coupled stripline.  A typical implementation operates at
 frequencies from approximately 0.5 to 6 GHz, although other frequencies are
 achievable.
     According to Mason N. Carter, Chairman and CEO, "This patent, along with
 our other Multi-Mix(R) technology patents, further secures our intellectual
 property position and our investments in this area.  These recent additions to
 our patent portfolio are further evidence of the creative and practical
 capabilities of our research and development group."
     Carter continued, "This innovative design will enable us to establish a
 leadership position as we continue to expand the breadth of our Multi-Mix(R)
 product family.  Such innovative designs will give us a competitive advantage
 by providing smaller, lighter, and less costly solutions."
     He added, "As the wireless marketplace continues to focus on
 miniaturization and cost reduction, this invention will better position us to
 meet future requirements and offer a viable alternative to today's existing
 technologies."
     Today the demands of satellite, military, and other cutting-edge digital
 communication systems are being met with microwave technology.  The growth in
 popularity of these systems has driven the need for compact, lightweight, and
 surface-mountable packaging of microwave integrated circuit technology, such
 as those described above, and has helped decrease even further the size,
 weight and cost of such circuits.
 
     About Merrimac
     Merrimac Industries, Inc. is a leader in the design and manufacture of RF
 Microwave components, assemblies and Micro-Multifunction (MMFM(R)) Modules
 serving the wireless telecommunications industry worldwide with enabling
 technologies for commercial applications.  Merrimac is focused on providing
 Total Integrated Packaging Solutions(TM) with Multi-Mix(R) Microtechnology, a
 leading edge competency providing value to our customers through
 miniaturization and integration.  The Multi-Mix(R) process for microwave,
 multilayer integrated MMFM(R) circuits is a patented method developed at
 Merrimac Industries based on fluoropolymer composite substrates.  The fusion
 bonding of multilayer structures provides a homogeneous dielectric medium for
 superior electrical performance at microwave frequencies.  The bonded layers
 may incorporate embedded semiconductor devices, MMICs, etched resistors,
 passive circuit elements and plated-through via holes to form a
 three-dimensional subsystem enclosure that requires no further packaging.
 Merrimac Industries, Inc. is ISO 9001 certified.
     Merrimac Industries, Inc. and its subsidiary Filtran Microcircuits Inc.,
 with locations in West Caldwell, NJ, San Jose, Costa Rica and Ottawa, Ontario,
 Canada, have approximately 250 co-workers dedicated to the design and
 manufacture of signal processing components, gold plating of high frequency
 microstrip, bonded stripline and thick metal-backed Teflon (PTFE)
 micro-circuitry and subsystems providing Total Integrated Packaging
 Solutions(TM) wireless applications.  Merrimac (MRM) is listed on the American
 Stock Exchange.  For more information about Merrimac Industries, visit its
 home page at www.merrimacind.com
     For additional investor relations information, visit the Allen & Caron Inc
 website at www.allencaron.com
 
     This press release contains statements relating to future results of the
 Company (including certain projections and business trends) that are
 "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results may differ materially from those projected
 as a result of certain risks and uncertainties.  These risks and uncertainties
 include, but are not limited to: general economic and industry conditions;
 slower than anticipated penetration into the satellite communications, defense
 and wireless markets; the risk that the benefits expected from the acquisition
 of Filtran Microcircuits Inc. are not realized; the ability to protect
 proprietary information and technology; competitive products and pricing
 pressures; the risk that the Company will not be able to continue to raise
 sufficient capital to expand its operations as currently contemplated by its
 business strategy; risks relating to governmental regulatory actions in
 communications and defense programs; risks associated with demand for and
 market acceptance of existing and newly developed products; and inventory
 risks due to technological innovation and product obsolescence, as well as
 other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed
 from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
 These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the
 Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking
 statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
 otherwise.
     Note:  Merrimac Industries, Inc. news releases are available in fax form
 by calling Company News On-Call.  Dial (800) 758-5804, ext. 567525.  These
 news releases are also available on the Internet at: http://www.prnewswire.com
 
     For further information please contact investors, Michael Mason,
 212-691-8087, michaelm@allencaron.com, or media, Kari Rinkeviczie,
 616-647-0780, kari@allencaron.com, both of Allen & Caron Inc for Merrimac
 Industries, Inc.; or Mason N. Carter, Chairman & CEO, ext. 202,
 mnc@merrimacind.com, or Erika A. Barsness, Investor Relations, ext. 200,
 eab@merrimacind.com, both of Merrimac Industries, Inc., 973-575-1300.
 
 

SOURCE Merrimac Industries, Inc.
    WEST CALDWELL, N.J., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Merrimac Industries, Inc.
 (Amex:   MRM), a leader in the design and manufacture of RF Microwave
 components, assemblies and Micro-Multifunction (MMFM(R)) Modules, today
 announced that it has been granted a patent from the United States Patent &
 Trademark Office entitled "Multi-layer Microwave Couplers Using
 Vertically-Connected Transmission Line Structures."  This is the second
 Multi-Mix(R) technology patent awarded to Merrimac this month, and it will
 expand the Company's customer base by allowing the Company to design and
 manufacture the most up-to-date solutions in microwave technology.
     This patent relates to microwave couplers, such as a coupler constructed
 in a multi-layer, vertically-connected stripline architecture.  More
 particularly, this patent discloses couplers having a vertically-connected
 stripline structure in which multiple sets of stripline layers are separated
 by interstitial groundplanes, wherein more than one set of layers has a
 segment of coupled stripline.  A typical implementation operates at
 frequencies from approximately 0.5 to 6 GHz, although other frequencies are
 achievable.
     According to Mason N. Carter, Chairman and CEO, "This patent, along with
 our other Multi-Mix(R) technology patents, further secures our intellectual
 property position and our investments in this area.  These recent additions to
 our patent portfolio are further evidence of the creative and practical
 capabilities of our research and development group."
     Carter continued, "This innovative design will enable us to establish a
 leadership position as we continue to expand the breadth of our Multi-Mix(R)
 product family.  Such innovative designs will give us a competitive advantage
 by providing smaller, lighter, and less costly solutions."
     He added, "As the wireless marketplace continues to focus on
 miniaturization and cost reduction, this invention will better position us to
 meet future requirements and offer a viable alternative to today's existing
 technologies."
     Today the demands of satellite, military, and other cutting-edge digital
 communication systems are being met with microwave technology.  The growth in
 popularity of these systems has driven the need for compact, lightweight, and
 surface-mountable packaging of microwave integrated circuit technology, such
 as those described above, and has helped decrease even further the size,
 weight and cost of such circuits.
 
     About Merrimac
     Merrimac Industries, Inc. is a leader in the design and manufacture of RF
 Microwave components, assemblies and Micro-Multifunction (MMFM(R)) Modules
 serving the wireless telecommunications industry worldwide with enabling
 technologies for commercial applications.  Merrimac is focused on providing
 Total Integrated Packaging Solutions(TM) with Multi-Mix(R) Microtechnology, a
 leading edge competency providing value to our customers through
 miniaturization and integration.  The Multi-Mix(R) process for microwave,
 multilayer integrated MMFM(R) circuits is a patented method developed at
 Merrimac Industries based on fluoropolymer composite substrates.  The fusion
 bonding of multilayer structures provides a homogeneous dielectric medium for
 superior electrical performance at microwave frequencies.  The bonded layers
 may incorporate embedded semiconductor devices, MMICs, etched resistors,
 passive circuit elements and plated-through via holes to form a
 three-dimensional subsystem enclosure that requires no further packaging.
 Merrimac Industries, Inc. is ISO 9001 certified.
     Merrimac Industries, Inc. and its subsidiary Filtran Microcircuits Inc.,
 with locations in West Caldwell, NJ, San Jose, Costa Rica and Ottawa, Ontario,
 Canada, have approximately 250 co-workers dedicated to the design and
 manufacture of signal processing components, gold plating of high frequency
 microstrip, bonded stripline and thick metal-backed Teflon (PTFE)
 micro-circuitry and subsystems providing Total Integrated Packaging
 Solutions(TM) wireless applications.  Merrimac (MRM) is listed on the American
 Stock Exchange.  For more information about Merrimac Industries, visit its
 home page at www.merrimacind.com
     For additional investor relations information, visit the Allen & Caron Inc
 website at www.allencaron.com
 
     This press release contains statements relating to future results of the
 Company (including certain projections and business trends) that are
 "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results may differ materially from those projected
 as a result of certain risks and uncertainties.  These risks and uncertainties
 include, but are not limited to: general economic and industry conditions;
 slower than anticipated penetration into the satellite communications, defense
 and wireless markets; the risk that the benefits expected from the acquisition
 of Filtran Microcircuits Inc. are not realized; the ability to protect
 proprietary information and technology; competitive products and pricing
 pressures; the risk that the Company will not be able to continue to raise
 sufficient capital to expand its operations as currently contemplated by its
 business strategy; risks relating to governmental regulatory actions in
 communications and defense programs; risks associated with demand for and
 market acceptance of existing and newly developed products; and inventory
 risks due to technological innovation and product obsolescence, as well as
 other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed
 from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
 These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the
 Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking
 statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
 otherwise.
     Note:  Merrimac Industries, Inc. news releases are available in fax form
 by calling Company News On-Call.  Dial (800) 758-5804, ext. 567525.  These
 news releases are also available on the Internet at: http://www.prnewswire.com
 
     For further information please contact investors, Michael Mason,
 212-691-8087, michaelm@allencaron.com, or media, Kari Rinkeviczie,
 616-647-0780, kari@allencaron.com, both of Allen & Caron Inc for Merrimac
 Industries, Inc.; or Mason N. Carter, Chairman & CEO, ext. 202,
 mnc@merrimacind.com, or Erika A. Barsness, Investor Relations, ext. 200,
 eab@merrimacind.com, both of Merrimac Industries, Inc., 973-575-1300.
 
 SOURCE  Merrimac Industries, Inc.

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