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5 November 2009


TriQuint recognized for excellence by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

RF front-end product maker and foundry services provider TriQuint Semiconductor Inc of Hillsboro, OR, USA has been recognized by Raytheon Company for exceptional performance in supporting its Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business during 2008. This is the second consecutive year that TriQuint has been honored with a Raytheon SAS Supplier Excellence Award (SEA).

TriQuint was one of five firms recognized by Raytheon at the four-star level. Winning suppliers represent less than 1% of the SAS supply base. Only 30 companies of the 3000 that supply Raytheon SAS received awards.

Winning firms were chosen by Raytheon for meeting demanding quality and delivery performance, customer satisfaction as well as total business and financial health standards. Evaluations from Raytheon buyers and material program managers who work with TriQuint every day were part of the selection process.

The recognition by Raytheon SAS spotlights TriQuint’s service and work on chipsets for phased array radar and other critical programs, comments vice president Tom Cordner, who received the award along with Dr Gailon Brehm, TriQuint’s Military Products marketing director. “It honors the TriQuint professionals who dedicate themselves to defense and aerospace products,” remarks Brehm.

TriQuint manufactures integrated circuits for defense and aerospace applications including communications satellites, phased array radar, guidance, control and related systems. The firm’s expertise in GaAs and GaN power technologies as well as packaged and custom products, including SAW and BAW filters, enables it to supply components to major defense and aerospace contractors. The firm’s foundry is supported by the ISO/AS9100 Approved Quality System. Earlier this year, TriQuint was named by Strategy Analytics as the world’s largest commercial GaAs foundry in 2009. TriQuint also became a Department of Defense (DoD) Category 1A ‘Trusted Foundry’ for GaAs devices in 2008.

TriQuint named finalist for Oregon Manufacturing Company of the Year

At a luncheon at the Portland Art Museum on 29 October, TriQuint was named a finalist by the Portland Business Journal in the inaugural ‘Oregon Manufacturing Company of the Year’ awards, which recognize successful Oregon companies and their role in driving the regional economy through manufacturing and strategic innovation. The award criteria included company performance, overall business strategy and innovative approaches, such as excellence in internal operations and in manufacturing processes that involve customers, partners and suppliers.

TriQuint was a finalist in the Large Company category (for revenues of $50m and above). TriQuint says that the finalist designation acknowledges its success in a tough economic climate and in handling the ups and downs of dramatic changes in product demand, while avoiding layoffs and rebounding toward another record revenue year.

At the Oregon Manufacturing Awards luncheon, Intel Corp chief economist Paul Thomas gave the keynote address and noted the importance of continuing to invest and drive for results even in a challenging economic climate. He commented that ongoing investment in technology innovation will be key to helping the region's economic recovery.

“By remaining focused on quality and customer service while experiencing a dramatic swing in demand and factory utilization, we’ve managed this phase while delivering results,” says Steve Grant, TriQuint’s VP of worldwide operations. The firm used the slower time in the factory to improve processes, fine tune procedures and find ways to increase factory efficiency, he adds.

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