Challenges and Benefits in the Vertical Manufacturing Model for RF Power

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By Lance Wilson | 2Q 2019 | IN-5500


A Manufacturing Goal Initially Driven by Need


Vertical manufacturing can be defined as a company’s control over the value chain beyond the specific characteristics of a given product or products.

Not only did World War II need what had been learned and developed in prior decades about manufacturing, but the complexity of the equipment and systems it involved required that the sourcing of piece parts had to be conducted by end manufacturers to some degree. This meant that the entire process, from raw materials to finished product, was often controlled in a hierarchical, vertical way. This showed up nowhere more than in electronics, with radar systems being one of the first vertically integrated manufacturing regimens. Many of the required parts were simply not available from existing outside suppliers.

The first mass market for Radio Frequency (RF) power was in wireless infrastructure. As we all know, this is an extremely competitive and cost-sensitive business. To achieve the expected level of cost reduction over time, some degree of vertical integration is needed in the manufacturing p…

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