TriQuint Announces the Wireless Handset Market's Smallest Quad-Band GSM/EDGE Transmit Module; New Module Provides Full EDGE/GMSK Functionality in Same Size Package as GSM-Only Module
BARCELONA, Spain & HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2006--TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq:TQNT) today announced the release of its latest quad-band transmit module, the TQM6M5001, as a key member of its wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) total RF front-end strategy. The module, in the same size footprint of its predecessor, provides full GSM/EDGE (enhanced data rates for GSM evolution) capability. Like its predecessor, the module is the smallest of its kind, offering a highly integrated, highly efficient design for reducing battery consumption, speeding time-to-market and enabling smaller handset form factors that consumers favor.
The new TQM6M5001 enables the higher EDGE bandwidth services sought after by wireless phone users. Its high-level integration allows phone designers to move from the GPRS (general packet radio system) of GSM service to full EDGE, which affords data rates up to three times faster than GPRS. The new module, at 6x6x1.1mm, is the smallest of its kind today. TriQuint's newest EDGE transmit (Tx) module complements the company's total RF 3G system solution announced at the GSM World Congress in Barcelona.
TriQuint's new breakthrough product is an all-in-one RF transmit module with full GMSK (Gaussian minimum shift keying) and EDGE linear functionality, combining a quad-band EDGE power amplifier (PA), a linear transmit (Tx)/receive (Rx) switch, plus PA and switch control along with ESD (electro static discharge) protection -- all in a form factor no larger than TriQuint's present GSM/GPRS transmit module family. The module's size and integration make it ideal for the latest generation of slim-line and compact GSM/EDGE handsets or wireless cards.
The TQM6M5001 has been optimized for high GSM/EDGE efficiency and EDGE power class E2 operation while maintaining exceptional margin in system critical parameters like adjacent channel power rejection (ACPR) and error vector magnitude (EVM) in all four bands. The transmit module supports full GPRS Class 12 operation. The built-in power and switch control IC has no need for any external reference voltage, which greatly simplifies phone design efforts and reduces overall system costs by speeding manufacturing and reducing the number of external matching components. The transmit module also offers high flexibility in its bias interface and features quiescent current states from zero bit to continuous bias, which enables phone designers to maximize current savings that can result in extended mobile device battery life.
"Designed for next generation EDGE Linear systems, the TQM6M5001 transmit module is built on the experience of TriQuint's successful quad-band GSM modules and other EDGE RF products that, like our new transmit module, offer exceptional performance in reduced-size packages. The new TQM6M5001 represents a size reduction milestone while providing highly competitive quad-band GSM/EDGE functionality within the RF transmit and receive chain," said Andreas Nitschke, TriQuint Product Marketing Manager.
The TQM6M5001 is fully optimized to the market's most popular transceivers, meaning the module's impedance is closely tailored to the transceiver's transmit and receive signals. This optimization assures system level compliance and is a hallmark advantage provided by TriQuint's modules and components for the RF front-end. Because the new TQM6M5001's size and height are compatible with the transmit modules already used in many GSM phone applications, designers can easily adapt current phone board layouts to next-generation EDGE designs.
"This market-leading EDGE transmit module further strengthens and expands our market position as a highly innovative RF solutions provider. This further validates our continuing mission to offer our valued customers and partners best-in-class RF architectures in terms of size, integration level and performance," Nitschke concluded.
The TQM6M5001 module is fabricated using TriQuint's high-reliability InGaP (indium gallium phosphide) HBT (heterojunction bipolar transistor) and pHEMT (enhancement mode pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor) process technologies. The release of this new module is in conjunction with TriQuint's exhibition at the GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, (13th-16th February) where its products will debut (Hall 2, Space H75). The World Congress is the largest convention and exhibition dedicated to GSM wireless communications, now with more than 2 billion global subscribers.
Samples of the TQM6M5001 GSM/EDGE quad-band transmit module are available now. For pricing information, demonstration boards, samples and technical information, plus the direct assistance of TriQuint's worldwide application support team, please contact your local sales 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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