M/A-COM, Inc. - Massachusetts

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Beautiful specimen certificate from the M/A-COM, Inc. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of three professional men next to a globe. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, and Treasurer.
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M/A-COM started in 1950 as Microwave Associates, Inc. and has grown phenomenally ever since. With a strong history in the semiconductor business, Microwave Associates expanded its horizons in the 60s and 70s through acquisitions and new technology, officially changing its name to M/A-COM, Inc. in 1978. During the 90s M/A-COM reinvented itself again, becoming less and less defense business oriented and more and more commercially-focused. M/A-COM also broadened its technology and market approach to include wireless systems, in particular private radio networks. Now part of Tyco Electronics, M/A-COM continues to excel in cutting-edge technology
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