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CMP Chooses TriQuint as GaAs Foundry Services Partner

The agreement gives CMP’s university customers access to TriQuint’s GaAs foundry processes.

Circuits Multi-Projects (CMP) has selected TriQuint’s TQP15 for its GaAs foundry process technology for universities and small companies.

Since 1981, CMP, an independent non-profit organisation, has helped more than 1000 organisations from 70 countries to access affordable commercial foundries by consolidating their designs onto a single prototype mini-tile. CMP works with several foundry vendors supporting a range of technologies.

CMP customers will have access to TriQuint’s latest commercial foundry process, TQP15, for cost-effectively building millimetre wave applications.

“We are pleased to be partnering with CMP on this endeavour. CMP’s customers will have access to TriQuint’s new mm Wave foundry process, TQP15, along with the design kits and other foundry support services. This enables a large number of university students to cost-effectively evaluate their designs in actual GaAs chips and helps TriQuint reach a new generation of RF designers,” says Glen Riley, VP of TriQuint Semiconductor Commercial Foundry Services.

“CMP is pleased to be working with the industry’s leading Gallium Arsenide foundry and introduce GaAs design and fabrication to the next generation of electrical engineers. TriQuint offers comprehensive support services and cutting edge technology. This program will bring GaAs technology to a whole new audience experimenting with futuristic design,” said Bernard Courtois, Director of CMP.

Manufactured in TriQuint’s high volume GaAs fabrication facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, TQP15 is the latest offering in TriQuint’s Pseudomorphic High Electron Mobility Transistor (pHEMT) process portfolio.

TQP15 combines high power density with low noise and supports designs operating up to 80GHz. The TQP15 process also utilises optical lithography to reduce costs when compared to traditional E-beam based solutions.

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