Partnership Will Deliver Cost Effective Switch-Mode Power Amplifiers for Use In Next Generation Wireless Products OTTAWA, Ontario, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- IceFyre Semiconductor, Inc., the leading provider of innovative solutions that deliver on the promise of low-power, high-performance wireless local area network (WLAN) products, today announced that it has selected TriQuint Corporation's (Nasdaq: TQNT) industry leading 0.5 micron GaAs pHEMT
(Gallium Arsenide Pseudomorphic High Electron Mobility Transistor) process technology to fabricate IceFyre's pioneering switch-mode 802.11a and a/b/g PA (power amplifier) products. These products deliver more than 2x greater efficiency and output power than traditional linear PAs. IceFyre will use the TriQuint process technology and production capacity to deliver a key element of its highly differentiated SureFyre(TM) 802.11a and TwinFyre(TM) 802.11a/b/g system solutions. IceFyre's components deliver essential performance and power consumption improvements being demanded by manufacturers of residential audio visual, premium infrastructure and client applications including laptop client adaptors, personal digital assistants (PDAs), VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) phones and cellular handsets. "We have identified the TriQuint 0.5 micron pHEMT process as the ideal process to realize the industry's lowest power, best performing switch-mode 802.11 PAs," said Dan Mathers, president and chief executive officer of IceFyre Semiconductor, Inc. "With proven GaAs foundry experience, a high quality process and impressive production capacity, TriQuint is the right partner to help us build on our significant success in the competitive WLAN market, by delivering the highly differentiated 802.11a and 802.11a/b/g system solutions being demanded by our customers." IceFyre's engineering analysis of GaAs foundry options included examining transistor efficiency as well as detailed foundry and process audits including design kit maturity, simulation models, technical support and volume production capability. The TriQuint 0.5 micron GaAs pHEMT
process realizes transistors with superior gain and switching efficiency enabling production of the industry's lowest power, best performing 802.11 PA at a cost competitive with traditional linear PAs. "We are very pleased IceFyre has chosen the TriQuint foundry process for the development of their innovative switch-mode PAs. IceFyre's superior design capability and technology combined with our very stable and repeatable pHEMT process will result in cost-effective world-class products," said Mike Sanna, vice president of TriQuint. "We look forward to working with IceFyre to ramp their exciting new products to volume production." IceFyre's Switch-mode 802.11 PA products are an integral part of the SureFyre(TM) 802.11a and TwinFyre(TM) 802.11a/b/g system solutions. Using patented Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology, the SureFyre(TM) 802.11a and TwinFyre(TM) 802.11a/b/g PHY solutions consume up to 75 percent less power than alternative products and deliver two times greater output power, improved receive sensitivity and transmit signal linearity (EVM) to achieve 50 percent greater range at all 802.11a/g data rates. SureFyre(TM) 802.11a PHY and TwinFyre(TM) 802.11a/b/g PHY solutions anchor 802.11a and 802.11a/b/g full system reference designs that deliver high performance and low power consumption at the highest data rates, yielding multi-cell deployment economics far superior to other 802.11a and 802.11a/b/g system solutions. About TriQuint TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. 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, optical networks, broadband and microwave equipment, and aerospace and defense 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, indium phosphide, silicon germanium, and surface acoustic wave (SAW). TriQuint customers include major communications companies worldwide. TriQuint has manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, production plants in Costa Rica and Mexico, 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 the TriQuint web-site at http://www.triquint.com . About IceFyre Based in Ottawa, Ontario, IceFyre Semiconductor, Inc. is the leading provider of innovative solutions that deliver on the promise of low-power, high-performance wireless LAN products.News from IceFyre.