AWR® and TriQuint Announce New Customer Incentive Program for Building Cost-Effective GaAs MMIC Designs
Limited Time Offer Provides 90 Days Free Access to AWR’s Design Tools and a Reduced Rate for TriQuint’s TQPED Foundry Process
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. and HILLSBORO, Oregon - April 8, 2008 - AWR and TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT) today announce Project JumpStart, a program designed to provide first-time AWR and TriQuint customers with a low-cost introduction to the benefits of design and fabrication of gallium arsenide (GaAs) microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMICs). Project Jumpstart offers designers an affordable, low-risk means of bringing wireless design prototypes to market using AWR’s electronic design automation (EDA) tools and TriQuint’s pseudomorphic high electronic mobility transistor (pHEMT) foundry process.
Project Jumpstart includes free process design kits (PDKs), a free 90-day lease for AWR’s flagship high-frequency design software, Microwave Office® design suite, and a reduced-rate prototype development quickturn (PDQ) shared-wafer foundry run using TriQuint’s TQPED 0.5 µm pHEMT process.
AWR’s Microwave Office software encompasses all the tools essential for high-frequency design: linear and non-linear circuit simulators, electromagnetic (EM) analysis tools, integrated schematic and layout, statistical design capabilities, and parametric cell libraries with built-in design-rule check (DRC). The design suite provides innovative technology, flow and choice, delivering intuitiveness-of-use, openness, and interoperability for integration with best-in-class tools for each part of the design process.
TriQuint’s well-established TQPED is a 0.5-µm optical gate enhancement and depletion pHEMT process that features three thick global metal interconnect layers and is well-suited for building switches, low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, and integrated transceivers. The three metal layers are encapsulated in a high-performance interlayer dielectric and offer tremendous advantages for designers in its ability to provide a high level of wiring flexibility and simplicity of plastic packaging.
“Many well-established wireless products were at one time nothing more than ideas waiting to be turned into working solution, ,” said Mike Peters, director of foundry marketing at TriQuint. “This joint AWR/TriQuint program offers companies with limitless ideas but limited resources an opportunity to bring an idea to life. We are excited to provide new customers with the opportunity to explore the value proposition GaAs offers for the development of wireless applications.”
"Every MMIC design team strives to get its creations completed on time with the highest level of performance, and providing EDA tools to make this happen has been AWR’s focus since its inception,” said Sherry Hess, vice president of marketing at AWR. “We believe Project JumpStart is a terrific incentive for MMIC designers to experience the unique combination of AWR’s powerful tools and TriQuint’s exceptional foundry services, with no risk and at virtually no cost.”
Pricing and Availability
This limited time offer is available for start-up firms and new customers of TriQuint and AWR. Contact your local TriQuint or AWR sales office for more information about timing, qualification, and program guidelines.
About TriQuint Semiconductor
Founded in 1985, we “Connect the Digital World to the Global Network”™ by supplying high-performance RF modules, components and foundry services to the world's leading communications companies. Specifically, TriQuint supplies products to four out of the top five cellular handset manufacturers, and is a leading gallium arsenide (GaAs) supplier to major defense and space contractors. TriQuint creates standard and custom products using advanced processes that include gallium arsenide, surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technologies to serve diverse markets including wireless handsets, base stations, broadband communications, and military.
TriQuint is also lead researcher in a three-year DARPA program to develop advanced gallium nitride (GaN) amplifiers. TriQuint, as named by Strategy Analytics in August 2007, is the number-three worldwide leader in GaAs devices and the world’s largest commercial GaAs foundry. TriQuint has ISO9001 certified manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Texas, and Florida and a production plant in Costa Rica; design centers are located in North America and Germany. Visit TriQuint at www.triquint.com/rf to register for our newsletters.