TriQuint Introduces High Efficiency GSM-EDGE Multi-Mode Power Amplifier Module

New Module Offers Best Combination of Size and Efficiency -- Ideal for Next-Gen GSM-EDGE Miniature Phone Applications

HILLSBORO, Ore. & NEW ORLEANS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 14, 2005— TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT) today announced the addition of a new GSM-EDGE power amplifier (PA) module to its handset product line. This module leads the market in efficiency and RF performance over extreme operating environments for linear EDGE applications.

"The efficiency of this PA in GSM mode supports long handset battery life as phones are used mostly for voice communication," said David Pickett, TriQuint's GSM Product Marketing Director. "At the same time the exceptional linearity provides the phone designer margin in EVM and ACPR for EDGE operation."

Introduction of the new TQM7M5001 is in conjunction with TriQuint's exhibition at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's 'Wireless 2005' Convention and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana (14th-16th March). Show visitors can view the product and discuss its benefits with designers and key marketing representatives in Booth 5623.

The TQM7M5001 is an extremely small (7x7x1.1mm) multi-mode power amplifier module for GSM/EDGE applications. This module has been optimized for high EDGE efficiency and power class E2 operation while maintaining high GSM/GPRS efficiency. Two EDGE quiescent current states are provided to minimize power consumption during backed-off operation. In EDGE mode, the control voltage input is disabled, eliminating the need to apply a constant voltage for proper operation.

The module incorporates highly integrated and rugged InGaP power amplifier die with a CMOS controller. The CMOS controller implements a fully integrated closed-loop power control within the module for GSM operation. This eliminates the need for any external couplers, power detectors and current sensing to assure output power level. These factors result in decreased size that benefits new, slim-line designs while providing greater power efficiency, which can translate into increased talk time and greater data handling capability.

TriQuint's TQM7M5001 is a single module solution ideally suited for GSM/EDGE handsets and GSM/EDGE wireless cards and data links. GPRS class 12 operation is also supported. The module features internal CMOS control circuitry; no external reference voltage input is required.

For TQM7M5001 samples, data sheet or pricing information, contact TriQuint GSM Product Marketing Director, David Pickett, at 503-615-9462. E-mail requests to:, or "Wireless 2005" visitors can see the TQM7M5001 and meet designers in Booth 5623 throughout the show, North America's largest exhibition and conference dedicated to wireless technology.

General Characteristics

-- High GSM Efficiency: GSM850- 50%; GSM900- 52%; DCS/PCS- 50%

-- High EDGE Efficiency: GSM850/950- 23%; DCS/PCS- 23%

-- GSM Output Power: GSM850/900- +35dBm; DCS/PCS- +33dBm

-- EDGE Output Power: All modes- greater than +28dBm

-- Very Compact Size: 7x7x1.1mm

-- Positive Supply Voltage: 3.2 to 4.5V


TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT) is a leading supplier of high performance products for communications applications. The company focuses on the specialized expertise, materials and know-how for RF/IF and optical applications. The company enjoys diversity in its markets, applications, products, technology and customer base. Markets include wireless phones, base stations, optical networks, broadband and microwave equipment, and aerospace and defense. TriQuint provides customers with standard and custom product solutions as well as foundry services. Products are based on advanced process technologies including gallium arsenide, indium phosphide, surface acoustic wave (SAW), and bulk acoustic wave (BAW). TriQuint customers include major communications companies worldwide. TriQuint has manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as production assembly plants in Costa Rica and Mexico, plus sales support offices in China and design centers in New England, Germany and Taiwan. All manufacturing and production facilities are registered to the ISO9001:2000 international quality standard.

TriQuint is headquartered at 2300 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 97124 and can be reached at 503-615-9000 (fax 503-615-8900). Visit TriQuint on the web at


This 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 such as statements of the anticipated benefits of the GSM/EDGE power amplifier modules involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors affect TriQuint's ability to manufacture these products such as the performance of TriQuint's manufacturing facilities. TriQuint cannot provide any assurance that future results will meet expectations. Results could differ materially based on various factors, including TriQuint's performance and market conditions. In addition, historical information should not be considered an indicator of future performance. Additional considerations and important risk factors are described in TriQuint's reports on Form 10_K and 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports can also be accessed at the SEC website,

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