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TriQuint Announces TRIUMF, Next Generation 3G Converged RF Architecture For Mobile Devices

HILLSBORO, OREGON (USA) – February 5, 2009 – TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc (NASDAQ: TQNT) a leading RF front-end product manufacturer and foundry services provider, today introduced its TRIUMF Module™ family, convergence architecture for mobile device manufacturers designing next generation 3G/4G products. The TRIUMF - TriQuint Unified Mobile Front-end - Module family will offer manufacturers a streamlined radio frequency footprint combining GSM, EDGE, WCDMA and HSPA transmit functionality into one module. This convergence of functionality into one power amplifier module should offer up to a 50 percent size reduction over today’s multi-band module solutions.

3G convergence refers to the ability to support numerous frequency bands and air-interface modes like GSM, EDGE, WCDMA and HSPA used in 3G mobile devices, into one highly-integrated, streamlined RF module. TriQuint’s TRIUMF module architecture will enable manufacturers to use the converged module in place of multiple discrete modules, saving precious board space for features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth®, cameras, and FM radios.

“TriQuint set the industry standard for size and performance with its highly-integrated TRITIUM and QUANTUM Module families for 3G devices. We are using this expertise and ability to design both active and passive RF elements into one elegant RF system solution in the development of the TRIUMF Module family. TRIUMF will take integration to a whole new level, combining support for multiple frequency bands and modes into a single converged solution,” said Andreas Nitschke, Product Marketing Manager for mobile handsets at TriQuint. “We are working closely with our chipset partners and customers to implement the architecture for next generation 3G and 4G devices with world-class RF performance in an industry leading size.”

The TRIUMF architecture will feature:

  • 3G and 4G solutions: The TRIUMF Module family will support 3G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) standards.
  • Multi-Mode: The TRIUMF Module family will support GSM/GPRS/EDGE for voice and lower rate data and WCDMA/HSPA/LTE for high speed data. The TRIUMF Module family will feature the traditional Quad Band GSM850/900/DCS1800/PCS1900 bands “unified” with options for the 3GPP designated Bands 1 through 17 enabling worldwide WCDMA/HSPA/LTE coverage. The TRIUMF Module family will work seamlessly in a variety of board configurations including 3G low-cost, middle tier and high-end smartphones, as well as 3G/4G data-cards. The TRIUMF Module family will be designed in close alignment with industry leading 3G chipset solutions and optimized towards FTA readiness.
  • Multiband:
  • Scalability:
  • System Level Validation:

The TRIUMF Module family architecture will offer customers numerous benefits including:

  • Long Battery Life:
  • Reduced bill-of-materials:
  • Miniaturization of the RF system:
  • Electrical interfaces will be optimized for maximum efficiency to enable lowest current consumption. Combining four separate PA modules into one lowers inventory and centralizes sourcing with one preferred vendor, while cutting handset assembly cost. A single converged PA module coupled with antenna switching, mode/band switch and duplexers will reduce front-end board area.

TriQuint is developing the TRIUMF Module family in close cooperation with selected customers and partners. Customers interested in learning more about the benefits of this architecture should contact

This TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT) press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. The cautionary statements made in this press release should be read as being applicable to all related statements wherever they appear. Statements containing such words as ‘50 percent size reduction’, ‘industry standard’, or similar terms are considered to contain uncertainty and are forward-looking statements. A number of factors affect TriQuint’s operating results and could cause its actual future results to differ materially from any results indicated in this press release or in any other forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, TriQuint including, but not limited to: those associated with the unpredictability and volatility of customer acceptance of and demand for our products and technologies, the ability of our production facilities and those of our vendors to meet demand, the ability of our production facilities and those of our vendors to produce products with yields sufficient to maintain profitability, as well as the other “Risk Factors” set forth in TriQuint’s most recent 10-Q report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This and other reports can be found on the SEC web site, A reader of this release should understand that these and other risks could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations expressed / implied in forward-looking statements.

Founded in 1985, we “Connect the Digital World to the Global Network”™ by supplying high-performance RF modules, components and foundry services to the world's leading communications companies. Specifically, TriQuint supplies products to four out of the top five mobile phone manufacturers, and is a leading gallium arsenide (GaAs) supplier to major defense and space contractors. TriQuint creates standard and custom products using advanced processes that include gallium arsenide, surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technologies to serve diverse markets including wireless handsets, laptops, GPS/PND, base stations, broadband communications and military. TriQuint is also lead researcher in a multi-year DARPA program to develop advanced gallium nitride (GaN) amplifiers. TriQuint, as named by Strategy Analytics in August 2008, is the number-three worldwide leader in GaAs devices and the world’s largest commercial GaAs foundry. TriQuint has ISO9001 certified manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Texas, and Florida and a production plant in Costa Rica; design centers are located in North America and Germany. Visit TriQuint at to receive new product information and to register for our newsletters.

Media Contact:
Shannon Rudd
MarComm Manager
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc
Tel: +1.503.615.9407