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TriQuint rases the bar in GaN reliability

The firm says its new process enables more robust, high-efficiency gallium nitride (GaN) RF devices
TriQuint believes it has achieved record-setting circuit reliability that exceeds previous industry standards.

The company’s new GaN benchmark supports highly-reliable integrated RF solutions. TriQuint says its new devices use less power, are compact, and serve wide frequency ranges.

Any RF system can benefit from reduced maintenance and longer operational lifetimes arising from increased reliability. These include commercial and defence RF infrastructure, broadband communications, first-responder radios and space-based applications.

“We’re pleased to announce this new GaN reliability milestone,” says James L. Klein, Vice President and GM for Infrastructure and Defence Products. “The achievement supports our foundry services and helps us accelerate product development. We are delivering more products and services than ever before.”

TriQuint’s TQGaN25 process, qualified to operate up to 40 Volts, has achieved a mean time to failure of greater than 10 million hours at 2000C and greater than 1 million hours at 2250C.

This reliability milestone was achieved with TriQuint’s newly-released Generation II 0.25µm GaN on SiC process utilised for GaN product solutions and Foundry Services.

TriQuint achieved its new GaN performance through in-house development programs. This new reliability also supports objectives of TriQuint’s Defence Production Act (DPA) Title III contract that is funded by the Department of Defence Tri-Services laboratories including the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy. TriQuint is also reducing manufacturing cycle times and increasing yields while making other GaN enhancements that work hand-in-hand with DPA Title III goals.

All manufacturing enhancements are designed to support greater affordability of next-generation AESA (active electronically scanned array) radars, new EW systems and commercial applications. Defence systems currently in technology development phases have production planned for 2016-2020.

TriQuint announced the reliability of its TQGaN25 process in connection with the Defence Manufacturing Conference (DMC), November 26th to 29th in Orlando, Florida. The company will be in booth #328 or can be contacted to schedule a meeting via the company's website about GaN, GaAs, or advanced acoustic filter technology including SAW and BAW solutions for commercial and defence systems.
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