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TriQuint Introduces First 802.11ac Wi-Fi RF Module for Next-Generation Smartphones and Tablets
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT), a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, has introduced the industry’s first 802.11ac Wi-Fi RF module for next-generation mobile devices. In addition to supporting faster download speeds, TriQuint’s TriConnect™ TQP6M9017 high-performance WLAN module improves the wireless experience by enabling connectivity from greater distances; it allows nearly 60% further range than its award-winning predecessor, thanks to advances in output power technology.
As demand for Wi-Fi proliferates worldwide, consumers have developed an ever-growing appetite for faster mobile data rates to support video streaming and other multimedia applications. With data rates up to 1.3 gigabits per second, the new IEEE 802.11ac standard will deliver transfer rates three to four times faster than current-generation 802.11n Wi-Fi. In-Stat predicts one billion devices with 802.11ac technology will ship by 2015.
“TriQuint is at the forefront of technology with the first 802.11ac-ready module for mobile devices. A major manufacturer has selected our new high-performance TriConnect™ component for its next-generation smartphone, and it’s also included on a reference design by a leading chipset supplier,” said Shane Smith, Vice President of Global Marketing for Mobile Devices at TriQuint. “Our 802.11ac technology expertise also expands our future market opportunity for infotainment applications such as in-home video distribution.”
TriQuint’s TriConnect TQP6M9017 is a highly integrated, dual-band WLAN module that provides a complete solution for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications, thus simplifying RF design for device manufacturers. It integrates two power amplifiers for the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands with a switch, filtering, baluns and other components — all in an ultra small 4x4mm package.
Benefits of TriQuint’s TriConnect™ 802.11ac Mobile Solution
TriQuint’s integrated WLAN solutions take up less PCB space for mobile device manufacturers, while providing several performance advantages over competitive technologies:
Increased Operating Range – Better amplification of weak signals extends wireless connectivity over greater distances; offers as much as 2dB higher power output than the previous generation
Better Efficiency – Extended battery life means more hours of untethered Wi-Fi connectivity for today’s multi-tasking, on-the-go lifestyles
Faster Connectivity – Rapid data transfers enable faster downloads, providing a more enjoyable consumer experience for video streaming and other data-intensive applications
The new TriConnect TQP6M9017 leverages the integration expertise and superior performance that has fueled TriQuint’s success in mobile devices. The company’s award-winning WLAN modules are found in smartphones and tablets from many of the world’s leading manufacturers. TriQuint has shipped nearly 300 million Wi-Fi modules since 2009, and nearly doubled its WLAN revenues from 2010 to 2011. TriQuint’s TQP6M9002 dual-band Wi-Fi power amplifier ¯ the predecessor to the TQP6M9017 ¯ was named the 2011 Best Product in the networks and telecommunications category by Application of Electronic Techniques (AET) in China.
The TriConnect TQP6M9017 utilizes TriQuint’s E/D pHEMT and HBT technologies to integrate active and passive components into a compact, high-performance module. Volume production of the dual-band component is planned next month. Visit TriQuint in Booth 1815 at the 2012 IMS MTT-S Symposium in Montreal on June 17-22 for more information about the company’s connectivity products. To locate one of TriQuint’s distributors, resellers or local and field sales representatives, please visit www.triquint.com/sales
FACTS ABOUT TRIQUINT
Founded in 1985, TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT) is a leading global provider of innovative RF solutions and foundry services for the world's top communications, defense and aerospace companies. People and organizations around the world need real-time, all-the-time connections; TriQuint products help reduce the cost and increase the performance of connected mobile devices and the networks that deliver critical voice, data and video communications. With the industry’s broadest technology portfolio, recognized R&D leadership, and expertise in high-volume manufacturing, TriQuint creates standard and custom products using gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN), surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technologies. The company has ISO9001-certified manufacturing facilities in the U.S., production in Costa Rica, and design centers in North America and Germany. For more information, visit www.triquint.com.