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23 June 2008


Triquint foundry to fab TriAccess RFIC drop amplifier for CATV

At this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2008 in Philadelphia (25-27 June), TriAccess Technologies of Santa Rosa, CA, USA, a provider of CATV and FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) RFICs for amplifying high-quality multimedia content, is launching a low-noise 75 Ohm drop amplifier for hybrid fiber/coax cable television (CATV) network applications. Volume shipments of the TAT 7461 began in May.

A supply agreement has also been announced that formalizes the relationship for TriAccess products to be manufactured by the Commercial Foundry business unit of TriQuint Semiconductor Inc of Hillsboro, OR using its 6-inch GaAs process. TriAccess says that, due to its solid supply chain relationships, it can support output delivery of volume orders in a launch window of 4-8 weeks while maintaining optimum performance, reliability and quality. The TAT 7461 uses a proven TriQuint GaAs foundry technology from which over 100 million RFICs have been fielded.

“Given our current customer orders and forecasts, letters of intent, and supply agreements to date, we anticipate production volumes to range between two and three million units in the upcoming year,” says TriAccess’s president and chief technology officer Chris Day of the new TAT 7461. “There is market demand today for a drop-in solution to existing footprints with incredibly short lead times,” he adds. “With TriQuint we have in place a solid supply chain system that can deliver our complete portfolio of products with industry-leading part-to-part consistency [improved via the use of active bias control] and unconditional stability.”

The TAT 7461 is a single-ended 1GHz RFIC drop amplifier designed to meet the stringent requirements of North American CATV MSOs (multiple system operators) that can be deployed in individual homes as well as in multiple 75 Ohm general-purpose applications.

This new product complements the existing TAT 7460 (50-2600MHz) single-ended RFIC drop amplifier designed for combined CATV and FTTH satellite RF overlay applications in global networks.

“In today’s market, given the fast-changing requirements of CATV system operators, the big differentiator is delivery,” says chief operating officer Jim Kegerries. “TriAccess is intently focused on CATV and has shipped more than 500,000 parts with an unprecedented overall average lead-time of 30-60 days,” he claims.

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