IQE continues to support TriQuint Semiconductor in new US government contract for GaN based materials

27 January 2011

Cardiff, UK - 27 January 2011: IQE announces that its manufacturing facility in Somerset, New Jersey will support TriQuint Semiconductor with a range of GaN based wafer products following its recent award of a US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) contract.
TriQuint has been awarded the Defense Production Act Title III gallium nitride (GaN) manufacturing development contract, the overall goal of which is to increase yields, lower costs of high power, high frequency 100mm Gallium Nitride wafers and improve time-to-market cycles for defense and commercial GaN integrated circuits.
Gallium nitride is a key process technology that is leading advanced semiconductor amplifier design for high-end radio-frequency (RF) communications applications. The material system has inherent advantages over other technologies including high voltage operation, greater power density (more power per square millimeter) and efficiency. The on-going development of GaN-based devices is leading to new smaller, more efficient amplifiers aimed at reducing system size, weight and power consumption.
Mr Alex Ceruzzi, VP and General Manager of IQE’s New Jersey facility commented:
“IQE is proud of its close working relationship with TriQuint Semiconductor in supplying reliable, high-quality products ranging from high volume GaAs based RF materials to emerging technologies such as 100mm GaN epitaxial wafers. We appreciate TriQuint’s continued commitment in selecting IQE to support this key programme.”
TriQuint is a leading global provider of innovative RF solutions and foundry services for the world’s leading communications, defense and aerospace companies and has more than 25 years’ experience in successfully transferring new technologies into volume manufacturing processes. The Company supplies RF innovation for consumer retail products including mobile devices, wireless LAN, triple-play CATV systems, optical network and wireless infrastructure applications
IQE manufactures a range of advanced semiconductor materials and has closely supported TriQuint with a number of products including GaN for a number of years.
The programme is expected to conclude in 2013 and is divided into three phases with specific goals and assessment criteria at each milestone. The overall aim of the new contract is to demonstrate integrated device technology that meets stringent goals in terms of performance, cost and capacity, and whilst the initial work will be designed for defense applications, it is anticipated that the technologies will eventually migrate to future generations of consumer and communications devices.



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Note to Editors
ABOUT IQE (www.iqep.com) IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers with products that cover a diverse range of applications, supported by an innovative outsourced foundry services portfolio that allows the Group to provide a 'one stop shop' for the wafer needs of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers.
IQE uses advanced crystal growth technology (epitaxy) to manufacture and supply bespoke semiconductor wafers ('epi-wafers') to the major chip manufacturing companies, who then use these wafers to make the chips which form the key components of virtually all high technology systems. IQE is unique in being able to supply wafers using all of the leading crystal growth technology platforms.
IQE's products are found in many leading-edge consumer, communication, computing and industrial applications, including a complete range of wafer products for the wireless industry, such as mobile handsets and wireless infrastructure, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, base stations, GPS, and satellite communications; optical communications, optical storage (CD, DVD), laser optical mouse, laser printers & photocopiers, thermal imagers, leading-edge medical products, barcode, ultra high brightness LEDs, a variety of advanced silicon based systems and high efficiency concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells.
The manufacturers of these chips are increasingly seeking to outsource wafer production to specialist foundries such as IQE in order to reduce overall wafer costs and accelerate time to market.
IQE also provides bespoke R&D services to deliver customised materials for specific applications and offers specialist technical staff to manufacture to specification either at its own facilities or on the customer's own sites. The Group is also able to leverage its global purchasing volumes to reduce the cost of raw materials. In this way IQE's outsourced services, provide compelling benefits in terms of flexibility and predictability of cost, thereby significantly reducing operating risk.
IQE comprises eight operating facilities located in Cardiff (two), Milton Keynes and Bath in the UK; in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Somerset, New Jersey and Spokane, Washington in the USA; and Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.