TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT), a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, today announced that its Foundry Services division is supporting start-up Sarda Technologies to bring a new line of high-efficiency DC-DC converter switches to the global marketplace. Sarda, a ‘clean-tech’ company based in Durham, North Carolina (USA), plans to offer cost-saving solutions for increasing efficiency and reducing component size in smartphones, mobile PCs and similar applications.
“Sarda Technologies is a good example of the innovative commercial and defense start-ups our Foundry Services division supports. Sarda is developing an impressive family of power semiconductors for high-volume applications,” remarked VP and General Manager for Defense Products and Foundry Services, James L. Klein. “We offer a complete support system that enables a company’s first-to-market strategies including best-in-class modeling, program management and applications engineering teams dedicated to customer success.”
The global market demand for highly-efficient DC-DC switches for power converters is significant. According to the Darnell Group’s December 2011 report*, the market is projected to grow from nearly 20 billion units in 2011 to just under 32 billion units in 2016, a 9.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR); global revenue is expected to grow to $4.3 billion.
Power switching process technology currently utilized in DC-DC converters is not highly efficient. The switch is seen as an increasingly critical consumer electronics design element since power consumption dramatically impacts end-user product experiences. The higher efficiency, reduced size and cost-effectiveness of compound semiconductor-based technologies can be a definitive marketplace advantage.Jeff Shepard, Darnell Group President said, “Sustained growth built on delivering improved DC-DC converters depends on innovative solutions. Sarda is a good example of a high tech company striving to deliver products that aim to meet these emerging requirements. TriQuint’s ability to deliver proven, high-volume foundry services and direct experience manufacturing products for smartphones and mobile PC’s can enable Sarda’s market plans and growth.”
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