TriQuint (TQNT) came through in a pinch.

Investors couldn't take a warning this week, so TriQuint decided to revise to the upside. During its monthly update call, the small provider of communications and defense components stuck with its guidance for $80 million in revenue for the third quarter, but raised its earnings per share projections by a penny to 4 cents. What the heck, while he was at it, CEO Steve Sharp added a little hope to the mix.

"I don't think our numbers reflect anything that happened since last week, but we certainly continue to reiterate the fact that customers are giving us more orders and are getting more bullish in the wireless mobile phone business," he said, with no hems, haws or reservations.

TriQuint and its wireless component cohorts have enjoyed relative stock-price stability in recent weeks as investors celebrate the

return of mobile-phone component orders after months of drought. TriQuint's stock is up a respectable 1% in the past two tough days of trading.

Sharp said he's seeing "some strength" in wireless CDMA and TDMA components, reflecting a pickup in current generation wireless systems. He speculated that his company already was beginning to feel a pre-Christmas increase, which combines with flushed-out inventory levels among the mobile phone makers to create orders.

To spray some whip cream and plunk a cherry on top, TriQuint added that

Ericsson

(ERICY)

is "beginning to buy for all standards that we work with them on, though certainly not at the levels they were a year ago."

For a company that usually doesn't get included in positive tidbits, it was a welcome addition. Also new to the call was Sharp's emphasis on TriQuint's military business, which has doubled in importance during 2001 from 5% of revenues to its current 10% level.