TriQuint Semiconductor ( TQNT) said it received a 20-month, $3.1 million contract from office of naval research to improve manufacturing methods of producing high-power, high-voltage S-band gallium arsenide amplifiers. The naval research laboratory in Washington, D.C., is the contracting agency. TriQuint said the new program has two primary phases. Under the first phase, the company will design an S-band high power amplifier suitable for a wide range of applications. This initial design will be updated throughout the program and will be used to validate manufacturing process improvements. "This program will help TriQuint accelerate cost reductions making the technology more affordable for near term production programs," the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company said.