8 February 2010


TriQuint unveils RF front-end optimized to support 3G chipset solutions from Qualcomm

RF product maker and foundry services provider TriQuint Semiconductor Inc of Hillsboro, OR, USA has unveiled a new RF front-end solution optimized to support recently released Qualcomm 3G chipsets. The new solution includes the TRITON PA Module family for WCDMA and the TQM7M5013, a HADRON II PA Module for GSM/EDGE. It is ideal for mobile devices, including data cards, netbooks, e-readers and next generation smartphones, says the firm.

TriQuint’s TRITON PA Module family of 3x3mm discrete PA modules covers all major 3GPP WCDMA bands and is capable of multi-mode operation. The firm says it designed the TRITON family for performance, size and efficiency by leveraging a combination of its proprietary and innovative technologies, Copper Flip, CuFlip and TQBiHEMT. CuFlip enables superior RF performance and design flexibility while speeding manufacturing and assembly, while TQBiHEMT enables the integration of two GaAs processes onto a single die, reducing part count and saving board space.

The TQM7M5013, a 5x5mm quad-band, HADRON II PA Module provides the GSM/EDGE portion of the WEDGE solution when paired with TRITON modules. Aligned with a recently released 3G Qualcomm chipset, the TQM7M5013 is highly versatile and designed into more than a dozen platforms that are expected to launch in 2010.

“The market for discrete WCDMA amplifiers, driven by the increasing number of frequency bands per wireless device, represents a significant opportunity for market share expansion,” says Tim Dunn, vice president of Mobile Devices at TriQuint. “TriQuint has worked hard to optimize our technology to offer a highly competitive, complete RF front-end solution for all of the industry’s leading 3G chipset providers. Lead customers are pleased with the performance of the products and the integration roadmap. We anticipate strong market adoption for these products ramping in the second half of 2010.”

According to Qualcomm’s Quarterly Regional CDMA Based Device Shipment Estimates, WCDMA experienced 17% growth from 2008-2009 and is expected to grow 28% from 2009 to 2010 based on midpoint 2010 guidance.

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