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Sawtek to get hold of Trikon's metal deposition system

Posted: 29 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sigma metal deposition system? trikon technologies? baw? saw? wireless applications?

Sawtek, a division of TriQuint Semiconductors Inc., will acquire Trikon Technologies Inc.'s Sigma fxP metal deposition system.

With the Sigma fxP system, Sawtek, a provider of bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices used in wireless applications, will enable them to deposit the critical acoustic mirror, electrode and aluminum nitride piezoelectric layers used in the manufacture of BAW devices.

David Butler, director of marketing at Trikon said that in 2004 Prismark Partners reported that less than 3 percent of the 2.3 billion frequency filters used in cell phones were based on BAW technology.

"When you consider the significant performance advantages that BAW filters have over traditional approaches, such as a smaller form factor, better power handling and simpler manufacturing requirements, the market share of BAW filters looks likely to increase significantly in the near future," commented Butler.

Given the growth potential, Butler stressed that Trikon is committed to the growing BAW market. "We will continue to invest the resources to maintain our technology leadership in this sector," he said.

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