TriQuint Introduces New Sat-Com PAs That Lead the Industry in Compact Single-Chip Design

HILLSBORO, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 4, 2007— TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq: TQNT), a leading manufacturer of microwave and millimeter-wave products, today announced the release of two new satellite communications (sat-com) high power amplifiers (HPAs) that lead the industry in performance and overall size reduction. The new die-level products, TGA4916 and TGA4906, are the latest example of TriQuint's leadership in the evolution of ground terminal sat-com RF amplifiers.

TriQuint's newest amplifiers offer important advantages such as better performance in a smaller area, plus greater cost effectiveness for the design of sat-com ground terminal RF chipsets. TriQuint's newest HPAs are utilized in products that deliver satellite-based Internet service, data transfer and video uploads / downloads. Typical home and business usages include data connectivity for ATMs, supermarkets / retail outlets, hotels, airlines, car rental agencies -- practically anywhere that digital information needs to be exchanged wirelessly at high speed.

Strategy Analytics, in a 2007 market report, indicates continued growth for earth station sat-com products through 2011. This industry insider predicts a sizeable shift toward higher frequency systems, which the two new TriQuint HPAs support. The researchers predict the Ka-Band portion of the market will grow to nearly 40% of all sat-com devices by 2011; in 2006 Ka-Band products represented less than 10% of the overall market. TriQuint's new high power amplifiers offer key advantages for designers working to develop next-generation systems.

TriQuint's new products will debut at the 2007 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii (5th-7th June). These high performance gallium arsenide (GaAs) MMICs (monolithic microwave integrated circuits) were developed as part of the company's continuing program to drive the evolution of VSAT (very small aperture terminal) components for ground station RF systems. They further support TriQuint's vision to offer manufacturers more highly integrated products for next-generation communication systems designs.

"TriQuint detailed our 3-part vision on May 21st for simplifying Network connectivity needs in next-generation systems. Our new VSAT products are examples of that strategy in action. TriQuint's vision includes providing more integrated devices for size and cost-constrained applications, more packaged product options -- especially in the high frequency area, and a simpler way to access our products," remarked TriQuint Product Marketing Director Paul Gilgallon.

TriQuint's two new products address OEM needs for smaller, more highly integrated designs and will be offered as packaged devices later this year, supporting another aspect of the company's vision. TriQuint is a leading innovator in the VSAT HPA industry. Since 2001 it has led efforts to increase functionality within a smaller total die surface area. Using such unique GaAs technologies as 0.15um pHEMT (pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor) with three layers of interconnecting metal (3MI) on 50um substrate material, TriQuint has reduced the overall chip size by 35%, placing more functionality in a smaller area. While die size has dramatically decreased, amplifier power density has increased by a factor of six over the product development lifetime. This enables the manufacturer to either reduce the overall size of a finished product, with corresponding cost savings, or to place more features into the same PC board area.

TriQuint's latest VSAT power amplifiers offer greater PAE (power added efficiency) compared to the previous generation. This is significant in two areas: heat dissipation and DC power needed to drive the amplifier. Heat accumulating inside ground terminal radios is a critical issue for these devices that typically sit at the end of a boom affixed to a rooftop dish. Increased PAE translates into less heat, which is a highly sought-after advantage. Since the amplifiers also need less DC power to operate they use less energy.

"There are two primary forces driving the development of new products for VSAT RF front-end applications," remarked Gilgallon. "In the area of die-level products, the push for high integration is a major factor, and TriQuint leads here. Programs like ours have led to cost reductions while continuing to increase performance. The other trend is packaging. TriQuint continues to package more of our die-level products in response to market needs, increasing access for new and existing customers to our extensive portfolio. Greater availability of packaged parts enables more design options while simplifying assembly. Advantages such as these can lead to new market possibilities for our customers."

TriQuint's new TGA4916 leads the industry with its compact, single-chip design. The TGA4916 is a Ka-Band, fully monolithic 7W HPA ideally suited for VSAT ground terminal applications. Also introduced today is the TGA4906, a 'half-chip' version of the TGA4916. Packaged versions of both devices are scheduled to be available in the second half of 2007. Please register with TriQuint for product updates by visiting: Performance details follow:


-- 29-31GHz band

-- 38.5dBm (7W) saturated output power

-- PAE at Psat greater than 18% at 30 GHz

-- 21dB small signal gain

-- Input / output return losses (typical) greater than 12dB


-- Half-Chip version of TGA4916

-- 28-31GHz band

-- 36dBm (4W) saturated output power

-- PAE at Psat greater than 20% at 30 GHz

-- 24dB small signal gain

Data sheets for TriQuint's two new VSAT HPA products are available at:

Samples and pricing information for these new products is available upon request from TriQuint Product Marketing; please e-mail Visit for TriQuint Semiconductor's complete line of industry-leading gallium arsenide, SAW and BAW devices and register for product updates at:


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 such as statements of TriQuint's "more highly integrated product" are statements that 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 leading the industry 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 product 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.


TriQuint Semiconductor supplies high-performance modules and components to the world's leading communications companies. Our diverse markets include wireless handsets, base stations, broadband communications and military. We "Connect the digital world to the global network"(TM). TriQuint creates standard and custom products using advanced processes that include gallium arsenide (GaAs), surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technologies. TriQuint has manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Texas, and Florida, a production plant in Costa Rica, and design centers in North America and Germany. These manufacturing and production facilities are certified to the ISO9001 international quality standard. TriQuint is headquartered at 2300 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 (USA) and can be reached at +1 503 615 9000 (Fax: +1 503 615 8900). Visit TriQuint at


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