TriQuint Announces Two New Reduced-Size WCDMA, GSM / EDGE Receive Modules for Wireless Phones
BARCELONA, Spain & HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2006
TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq:TQNT) today announced the release of two new smaller form factor wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) and enhanced data rates for GSM evolution (EDGE) wireless phone receive modules designed to better meet the signal processing needs in next-generation, multi-mode slim-line (cellular) handsets that use both WCDMA and EDGE (WEDGE) networks. The new modules are key members of TriQuint's total WCDMA front-end strategy announced Feb. 8th. These modules include GSM RF surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters, a multi-mode switch and harmonic filtering; their integration will better enable manufacturers to reduce handset form factors to the slimmer, more compact sizes favored by consumers.
"These new products are engineered to greatly simplify the phone manufacturers' design effort," said Berry Leonard, TriQuint Semiconductor Product Manager. "They also offer flexibility for handsets serving both WCDMA and EDGE (WEDGE) networks in the most popular configurations: tri- and quad-band. The new products meet all attenuation (reduction of signal strength during transmission) requirements and can cut current consumption. They are also smaller than earlier generations and 20% smaller than the market's current standard for a module of this type -- a real plus for manufacturers planning slim-line, compact multi-mode designs."
TriQuint's new modules offer a combination of WCDMA linearity (signal precision) that meets 3GPP (3rd generation partnership project -- a technical body setting standards for 3G mobile devices) out-of-band blocking requirements, low transmission path insertion loss -- all in a small size (5.4x4.0mm) with the lowest height profile on the market: 1.1mm. Since present generation WCDMA handsets are typically larger than existing GSM / EDGE handsets, the new receive modules will better enable handset manufacturers to design feature-packed, multi-media wireless phones that take full advantage of WCDMA (3G) applications in a mobile device form factor more closely attuned to consumer expectations for smaller handsets with longer battery life.
The new modules (numbered 890057 and 890060) are tri-band and quad-band, respectively. The 890057 covers the WCDMA-2100 band, plus GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands. The 890060 is ideal for phones requiring the WCDMA-2100 band, plus GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands.
TriQuint's new modules are the first in a family to address the growing need for phone modules using the combined WCDMA and EDGE (WEDGE) networks in deployment today. The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) confirms the strong growth of WCDMA and EDGE networks, which in 2005 grew to 100 in 42 countries(1). This same industry survey reports 57 mobile operators either running or deploying combined WCDMA and EDGE (WEDGE) networks at the end of 2005 and over 40 million global WCDMA subscribers; accelerated growth is expected in 2006 and beyond.
(1) ("GSM/3G Market Update," published by the GSA, (C)2006.)
TriQuint's new modules integrate GSM surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters, multi-mode switch and transmit (Tx) harmonic filters in an ultra-small footprint with a very low profile. Both receive modules feature low transmission signal insertion loss while providing high linearity WCDMA performance that meets 3GPP out-of-band blocking requirements. The modules provide third-order intermodulation levels of -105 dBm (typical) across all phases.
See TriQuint's newest modules at the company's GSM World Congress exhibition (Hall 2, Space H75) in Barcelona, Spain, (13th-16th February). The GSM World Congress is the largest convention and exhibition dedicated to GSM wireless communications, now with more than 2 billion global subscribers.
Samples of the 890057 and 890060 modules for WCDMA and GSM / EDGE are available now. For pricing information, demonstration boards, samples, technical details, plus the direct assistance of its worldwide application support team, please contact your local TriQuint representative, or visit the website: www.triquint.com.
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq:TQNT) is a leading supplier of high performance components for communications applications. The company strives for diversity in its markets, applications, products, technology, and customer base. Markets include wireless phones, base stations, broadband and military with a specific focus on RF, analog and mixed signal applications. TriQuint provides customers with standard and custom product solutions as well as foundry services. Products are based on advanced process technologies including gallium arsenide, surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW). TriQuint customers include major communications companies worldwide. TriQuint has manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Texas, and Florida, a production plant in Costa Rica, and design centers in New England and Germany. All manufacturing and production facilities are certified to the ISO9001 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 at www.triquint.com.
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