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TriQuint Furthers RF Module Leadership

December 18, 2008
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TriQuint Semiconductor Inc., a leading RF front-end product manufacturer and foundry services provider, announced it is shipping the TRITIUM II PA-Duplexer Module™ family, its latest solution of RF modules for mobile handset manufacturers. The TRITIUM II PA-Duplexer Module™ family supports the CDMA 2000 (EV-DO) protocol with the following bands: PCS, cellular and AWS. The 7x4 mm modules were developed with TriQuint’s own in-house technology assets, offering customers significant performance, cost and supply chain benefits. This introduction makes TriQuint the leading manufacturer of highly integrated modules for handset manufacturers developing multi-band phones.

The TRITIUM II PA-Duplexer family includes the TQM663029A (PCS band), the TQM613029 (cellular band) and the TQM653029 (AWS band). Together with TriQuint’s SP3T antenna switch, GPS LNA/filter module and RF filters, the TRITIUM II PA-Duplexers™ provide customers a complete front-end solution for multi-band CDMA handsets. Utilizing in-house technology enables TriQuint to offer a solution that is more cost-effective, more efficient and half the size of solutions comprised of discrete components. According to Strategy Analytics June 2008 report on PA market growth, TriQuint’s ability to shrink the module size is setting an industry standard resulting in significant market share gains, nearly doubling in just two years.

The TRITIUM PA-Duplexer architecture is quickly gaining mass market acceptance. In the third quarter (ended September 2008), TriQuint’s WCDMA PA-Duplexer modules sales tripled over the previous quarter. “The TRITIUM II PA-Duplexers family expands TriQuint’s RF leadership in the fast growing product segment for WCDMA and CDMA phones. Our customers tell us they appreciate the simplicity of using modules over discrete components,” said Mike Armentrout, TriQuint’s product marketing manager. “Modules enable customers to lay-out one phone board to accommodate all tri-band and dual-band CDMA phone combinations. This elegant solution offers scalability, reduced time to market and a 50 percent reduction in BOM count/size vs. discrete components. These benefits are critical for the next generation-of-phones where size and performance are differentiating factors for handset customers.”

TriQuint’s second generation modules reduce the module size by 30% while improving key performance parameters for mobile handsets. Each 7x4 mm PA-Duplexer in the TRITIUM II PA-Duplexer™ CDMA family contains a transmit SAW filter, coupler, duplexer, biasing/regulator circuitry, internal matching and a state-of-the-art high efficiency amplifier. Based on comparative talk-time measurements, these modules are the world’s most efficient integrated amplifier solution available on the market.


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