TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT), a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, today announced that it has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to explore and fabricate new high-frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits (ICs) based on TriQuint gallium nitride (GaN) technology. The CRADA is designed to accelerate new programs supporting communications, radar, electronic warfare and similar applications.
The CRADA will give Army researchers dedicated access to TriQuint’s development, fabrication and packaging expertise. Researchers from both TriQuint and the ARL will benefit from the new co-development environment. Circuits created as part of the initiative are expected to be based on TriQuint’s new E/D (enhancement-depletion mode) GaN technology.
The new agreement leverages technology TriQuint created through on-going R&D programs. This GaN process has been utilized in Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) initiatives, including the Nitride Electronic NeXt-Generation ( NEXT) program that TriQuint now leads. Through NEXT, TriQuint continues to establish benchmark performance standards for mixed-signal (digital and RF) devices. TriQuint GaN achievements also led to its selection as a prime contractor in the Microscale Power Conversion (MPC) program that is developing ultra-fast, high power DC-DC switch modulator technology for advanced integrated RF amplifiers. TriQuint’s role in MPC was recognized by Compound Semiconductor magazine on March 12 with a 2012 CS Industry Award.
“Creative partnerships through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements encourage outside businesses and university organizations to share in the discovery of and investment in technologies. In this case, ARL is leveraging industrial fabrication capabilities allowing ARL to maximize its return on investment,” said John Miller, Army Research Laboratory Director. “These advanced IC processes, coupled with ARL’s design expertise, could lead to innovations and advancements in both military and consumer applications in communications, radar and electronic warfare.”
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