Xemod Inc., a small, high growth wireless technology firm, has moved its base of operations to Tempe from Silicon Valley.

The Arizona Republic reported today that the relocation from Santa Clara, California was completed Friday, a year after the company opened a manufacturing and engineering plant in the Valley.

"We were recruiting more people into the Phoenix facility," said Richard Clark, vice president of marketing. He believes the high cost of living in Santa Clara has been a strong motivator. A few employees working on semiconductors will remain in Santa Clara.

Xemod, founded in 1994, first entered Arizona in 1998 and moved to Tempe in April 2000, doubling its workforce and expanding its space by 50 percent. Currently, the company, which makes circuits that are used in cellphone towers, employs about 50 people and occupies 23,000 square feet at 9365 S. McKemy St. The company plans to expand and may add a few jobs by years end.

Xemod has had success securing venture capital funding starting in 1998. Its investors include Columbia Capital Corp., Sextant Group, Capstan Ventures, Farley West Ventures and Microsemi Corp. Last fall, Cree Corp. announced an investment of $11 million.