TriQuint Semiconductor

TriQuint Semiconductor

company_name = TriQuint Semiconductor
company_type = Public (NASDAQ|TQNT)
company_slogan = Connecting the Digital World to the Global Network
foundation = 1985, Beaverton, Oregon, USA
location = Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
CEO = Ralph Quinsey
industry = Wireless handsets, Base Station, Broadband Communications, Military, Foundry
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products = GaAs, GaN, SAW filters, and BAW foundry services and components
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revenue = profit$475.8 million [ [ Portland Business Journal] , 2008-02-20. Retrieved on 2008-05-07] USD (2007)
operating_income = profit$39.5 million USD (Q4 2007)
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TriQuint Semiconductor (NASDAQ|TQNT) is a semiconductor company that designs, manufactures, and supplies high-performance RF modules, components and foundry services. TriQuint primarily works with the semiconductor gallium arsenide, or GaAs, and is the number-three worldwide leader in GaAs devices and the world’s largest commercial GaAs foundry. [ [ TriQuint Press Release] , 2007-08-07. Retrieved on 2008-02-26] The company was founded in 1985 in Beaverton, Oregon, and is now headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, with other locations in San Jose, California, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Boulder, Colorado, Richardson, Texas, High Point, North Carolina, Apopka, Florida, Munich, Germany, Heredia, Costa Rica, and in other places around the world.


TriQuint Semiconductor began its life in the mid-1980s as a subsidiary of Tektronix. In 1985 the founders held a contest to come up with a name for the company. The winning entry paid homage to the gallium arsenide on which the company was founded. *Tri, from the Greek for “a prefix meaning three, thrice, threefold”, and quint, from the Latin for “a set or sequence of five” literally means 3-5. 3-5 refers to the location of the elements gallium and arsenic on the periodic table. The elements on the third and fifth columns of the periodic table, including nitrogen found in GaN, are known to have special conductive properties, great for producing compound semiconductors.

In 1988, the core group working in the spin-off had to decide if they wanted to continue to work under Tektronix as the GaAs SBU or if they wanted to venture out on their own. This core group met in a hotel room at the Greenwood Inn in Beaverton, Oregon, and decided that they were going to use their experience to start the company that would eventually become TriQuint.

In 1991, Gazelle Microcircuits, Gigabit Logic, and TriQuint all merged under the TriQuint name. The focus of the merged company was to produce components for mobile phones and other communication devices. On May 15, 2001, TriQuint and Sawtek Inc. announced that the two companies would merge. [ [ TriQuint Press Release] , 2001-05-15. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.] Sawtek made products based on surface acoustic wave, and with the merger, TriQuint was able to incorporate their technology into its products.

In 2002, TriQuint acquired Infineon's GaAs semiconductor business as a part of a partnership between the two companies to create products together, [ [ EE Times Asia Article] , 2002-05-03. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.] followed in late 2002, with the acquisition of a large portion of Agere Systems' optoelectronics business. [ [ Compound Semiconductor Article] , 2002-10-22. Retrieved on 2008-03-07.] TriQuint later sold the TriQuint Optoelectronics Business Unit created from this acquisition to CyOptics in 2005. [ [ TriQuint Press Release] , 2005-04-14. Retrieved on 2008-03-07.]

In early 2005, TriQuint acquired TFR Technologies, located in Bend, Oregon. [ [ Article] , 2004-12-14. Retrieved on 2008-03-06] [ [ Portland Business Journal Article] , 2004-12-14. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.] [ [ $mart Economy Blog] , 2004-12-15. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.] TriQuint acquired the company to incorporate their work on bulk acoustic wave (BAW) products into their own work. On September 4, 2007, TriQuint completed the purchase of Peak Devices Inc. in order to incorporate their work on wide band bandwidth into its products. [ [ TriQuint Press Release] , 2007-08-21. Retrieved on 2008-02-26] [ [ Peak Devices Press Release] , 2007-08-31. Retrieved on 2008-02-26] [ [ TriQuint Press Release] , 2007-09-04. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.] [ [ Portland Business Journal Article] , 2007-09-04. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.] This was followed by the acquisition of WJ Communications, Inc. completed on May 23, 2008, in order to acquire their RF products. [ [ Portland Business Journal Article] , 2008-03-10. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.] [ [ RF Design Article] , 2008-05-29. Retrieved on 2008-08-27.] [ [ TriQuint Press Release] , 2008-05-23. Retrieved on 2008-08-27.]


TriQuint Semiconductor creates standard and custom products using gallium arsenide, surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technologies. These processes are built to be used in many different devices. In wireless handsets, TriQuint creates many components, including power amplifiers (PA), power amplifier modules (PAM), pHEMT switches, SAW and BAW filters, filter modules, antenna switch modules (ASMs) and front-end modules (FEMs). TriQuint's GaAs and SAW technology is used inside many base stations. For broadband communications devices, TriQuint creates and produces optical modulator drivers, transimpedance amplifiers (TIA), attenuators, Bessel filters, and low-noise amplifiers (LNA). TriQuint's products are also used by the military. [cite news|url=|title=TriQuint wins Naval research contract|last=Frank|first=Ryan |date=October 06, 2008|work=The Oregonian|accessdate=2008-10-07]

TriQuint also offers foundry services, allowing TriQuint to manufacture its own products. TriQuint also allows fabless semiconductor companies to use its facilities for manufacturing.

Corporate executives


*1985-1991: Alan Patz
*1991-1991: Bert Moyer (interm CEO May-September)
*1991-2002: Steve Sharp
*2002-present: Ralph Quinsey

Current board of directors

*Paul A. Gary, Retired Executive, AT&T (now Agere Systems)
*Charles Scott Gibson, Co-founder, former President, Sequent Computer Systems
*Nicolas Kauser, President, Clearwire International
*Ralph G. Quinsey, President and CEO, TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.
*Walden C. Rhines, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Mentor Graphics Corporation
*Steven J. Sharp, Chairman of the Board, TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.
*Willis C. Young, Retired Senior Partner, BDO Seidman, LLP

Current executive officers

*Ralph Quinsey, President and Chief Executive Officer
*Steve Buhaly, Chief Financial Officer
*Brian P. Balut, Vice President, Networks
*Debbie Burke, Vice President, Human Resources
*Thomas Cordner, Vice President, Military & Texas Operations
*Todd DeBonis, Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Customer Service
*Tim Dunn, Vice President, Handsets
*Bruce R. Fournier, Vice President, Business Development
*Steven R. Grant, Vice President, Worldwide Operations
*David Pye, Vice President, Oregon Operations
*Glen A. Riley, Vice President, Commercial Foundry
*J. Michael Sanna, Vice President, Networks
*Azhar Waseem, Vice President, Florida Operations


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