The Business Unit Tuners was the entity that developed all RF modules for Philips Consumer Electronics, but also a main player on the third market. With Alps and Matsushita (Panasonic) it was the top3 manufacturer of RF modules. All products (except the uWave ones) were built from discrete components onserted (SMD's) or hand-inserted (mainly the many air coils) on FR4 PCB board, which was then covered by a tin can frame.
Additionally, the R&D-lab was next door to the factories, both in Krefeld (Germany) and Singapore, and manufacturing robustness, reliability, cost and quality were always important elements in the product definition.
When with Philips Semiconductors (2003-2006) RF modules became a big topic again. Modules now had a much smaller form factor, destined for mobile and portable devices. The main purpose and benefit of modules was to package multiple, heterogeneous technologies where single-die integration is not possible. Technology was LTCC (for power) or multi-layer FR4 substrates with bare dies and SMD's in over-moulded modules.
One of the fast growing business lines in our BU was RF Power, developing RF power components for the cellular base station and other professional markets (broadcasting, radar).