TriQuint Simplifies Multimode Handset RF Design with Three Integrated WCDMA -- 3G -- Transmit Modules in Reduced-Size Packages

BARCELONA, Spain & HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2006--

Module Family Covers WCDMA Cellular, PCS, and IMT2100 Bands; Optimized to Major Wireless Phone Chipsets; Offers Top 3G Performance

TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq:TQNT) today announced the release of three new highly-integrated wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) modules that reduce the RF front end complexity of (3G) wireless phones. The new modules are key members of TriQuint's total RF front-end WCDMA solution. Their high-level integration places more critical functions in a smaller phone board footprint than previously available, which assists manufacturers to more efficiently build the compact, feature-packed 3G handsets consumers demand.

TriQuint's new WCDMA modules were designed in conjunction with transceiver and handset makers to bring the greatest number of benefits together for next-generation wireless handsets. The new modules' large-scale integration simplifies design by using fewer components to carefully route sensitive RF signals within multi-mode/multi-band handsets. The result is a more reproducible design that consumes less PCB space. Due to reduced part counts, modules help phone manufacturers achieve shorter design cycles and faster time-to-market.

Integration remains a key factor in TriQuint module design because of the inherent overall performance advantages it offers compared to competing discrete component solutions. In TriQuint modules, critical RF interfaces are 'pre-optimized' (designed to match the handset's transceiver and other front-end components), resulting in improved power amplifier (PA) efficiency for longer battery life, among other benefits.

Each new module TriQuint has released is designed to provide key performance enhancements within a multi-band WCDMA handset: cellular (TQM616017), PCS (TQM666017) and IMT2100 (TQM676001). The cellular and PCS-band modules incorporate a PA, a duplexer, an inter-stage transmit (Tx) filter and power detection/bias control functions. The IMT2100-band TQM676001 comes complete with interstage and front-end filters, a PA module and power detection/bias control functions.

TriQuint's new modules appeal to manufacturer interests: integration, size and part count reduction and increased power efficiency. The modules include integrated directional couplers, which eliminate the need for an isolator. TriQuint's fast and accurate detector circuits also allow for more precise output power control throughout the entire transmit chain. Finally, the modules' high linearity (signal purity) provides ample margin to meet stringent requirements for large data-rate transmissions in the 3G wireless environment, even under extreme conditions. High linearity supports a key mobile service operator goal to optimize their networks (maximize the total number of subscribers that may simultaneously use a wireless system).

"Each module appeals to issues of greatest concern to the handset designer and manufacturer," said Juergen Hartmann, TriQuint Product Marketing Manager. "It's like having all one wishes for in three neat packages. Precise control, high linearity, high-level integration and low current consumption at all power levels provide a complete solution for current and next-generation (3G) handset designs."

Performance and package characteristics of the three modules are as follows:

TQM616017 transmit module:

-- Linear (HSDPA) Output Power: +24.8 dBm min

-- 8x5mm, 22-pin PAD package TQM666017

transmit module:

-- Linear (HSDPA) Output Power: +23.9 dBm min

-- 8x5mm, 22-pin PAD package TQM676001 transmit module:

-- Linear (HSDPA) Output Power: +25.0 dBm min

-- 6x5mm, 18-pin PAD package

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 transmit modules are available. Ramp-up to full production is scheduled for the second quarter of 2006. Requests for data sheet information may be sent to: WCDMA-modules-info@tqs.com For pricing information, demonstration boards, samples, plus the direct assistance of TriQuint's worldwide application support team, please contact your local sales representative, or visit 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.


This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those associated with unpredictability and volatility of the price of the Company's common stock and the securities of other companies in the Company's industry, the performance of and conditions in the United States and world financial markets, the policies and actions of the United States and other governments, and the general political, economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere, as well as the "Risk Factors" set forth 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 web site, www.sec.gov.

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