TriQuint's new high-efficiency MMPAs extend connectivity time for next-gen global 3G / 4G smartphones
Press release [Wednesday 20 February 2013]
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, today announced two new high-performance Multi-band, Multi-mode Power Amplifiers (MMPAs) that extend browsing time while simplifying complex RF design for today's increasingly sophisticated wireless devices. The highly integrated MMPAs support more frequency bands in 20% less board space than discrete architectures, and have already captured design wins in leading next-generation 3G / 4G smartphones.
"Customers have told us they will be migrating to our new MMPAs because these modules deliver longer battery life and extended operating time," explained Shane Smith, Vice President of Global Marketing for Mobile Devices. "The versatile design of TriQuint's new MMPAs also allows manufacturers to use a common platform to release new products at a faster pace, while controlling design and manufacturing costs."
Aligned with a leading chipset supplier's reference design, the TRIUMF TQM7M9050 supports five of the world's most popular 3G / 4G bands in addition to quad-band GSM/EDGE. The high-efficiency 3G/4G power amplifier (PA) outperforms its closest competitors, achieving nearly 46%* PAE. Its new cousin, the TRIUMF TQP9058, is almost identical, except that it features a different approach to controlling output power for the 2G PA that is compatible with reference designs from several other major chipset manufacturers. "We've expanded our product portfolio to align with multiple chipset vendors. In doing so, we've broadened our ability to serve several key customers," said Smith.
Both MMPAs feature a two-gain-state WCDMA PA with low and high power modes to maximize talk time over the entire range of operating conditions. Each is fully matched with a coupler and band distribution switches, ideal for today's small data-enabled phones. At 5x7mm, the highly integrated modules provide an ultra-small form factor to shrink overall product footprints while reducing external component count, minimizing assembly costs, speeding time to market and enabling industry-leading performance.
TriQuint's new modules build on the company's existing MMPA products, which are found in some of the world's most sought-after smartphones. The TQM7M9023 also is included on a leading chipset supplier's reference design. Another TriQuint MMPA, the TQM7M9053, offers higher efficiency at a lower cost. The company nearly tripled its MMPA shipments during the past year.
The TRIUMF MMPA TQM7M9050 and TQP9058 are currently sampling into many new wireless devices. Visit TriQuint in Booth 6E-84 at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb. 25-28 for more information about the company's MMPA solutions. To locate one of TriQuint's distributors, resellers or field sales representatives, please visit http://www.triquint.com/sales.
*Note: Based on internal company estimates
TriQuint's TRIUMF TQM7M9050 MMPA achieves best-in-class power added efficiency (PAE) across several popular bands. This means the amplifier consumes less power, delivering longer battery life and extended operating time for today's mobile devices.
Source: TriQuint lab results