27 January 2010


Plextek’s RF design services now accessible to TriQuint’s foundry customers

Electronics and communications design consultancy Plextek of Cambridge, UK says that it is cooperating with RF products manufacturer and foundry services provider TriQuint Semiconductor Inc of Hillsboro, OR, USA on a co-marketing agreement.

The agreement adds Plextek to TriQuint’s third-party RF design resources website, which refers foundry customers to proven, specialist RF design services, enabling them to benefit from Plextek’s support to augment their own development teams.

Plextek says that, for more than 20 years, its multidisciplinary engineering skill has been used to tackle customers' design projects and deliver within competitive time and cost constraints. The firm has a long history of full custom gallium arsenide MMIC design for a wide range of applications, including millimeter-wave ICs for broadband wireless access, wide-band low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), limiters and frequency converters for ESM (electronic support measures) systems, and precision attenuators for instrumentation. It has designed over 40 full-custom ICs on a wide range of foundries and processes, including TriQuint’s fabs in both Oregon and Texas.

“Through our RFIC and MMIC design services, we can help TriQuint customers to get the most from TriQuint’s foundry manufacturing processes whilst plugging any internal knowledge gaps or resource limitations,” says Liam Devlin, Plextek’s director – RF Integration. “Our chip designers come from commercial backgrounds, with experience of taking IC designs from conception through to high-volume manufacture, and are aware of the issues associated with packaging, verification, validation, production test, yield and cost, thus ensuring customers achieve the optimum result,” he adds.

“As the world’s leading provider of innovative GaAs and GaN foundry technologies, we believe third-party design expertise, such as that provided by Plextek, will be invaluable to customers with limited design resources,” says Mike Peters, TriQuint’s director of marketing for Commercial Foundry. “Many of these customers are driving pilot programs to prove the viability of emerging markets critical to the growth of the RF industry,” he adds. “We believe cooperative agreements such as this benefit the entire RF ecosystem.”

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