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TriQuint to acquire fabless RF firm

Posted: 24 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fabless semiconductor firm? acquisition? RF technology?

TriQuint Semiconductor has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Peak Devices Inc., in a cash transaction expected to close within the quarter. Peak is a privately held, fabless semiconductor company with an experienced RF team that focuses on RF discrete transistor technology.

"Peak has developed proprietary semiconductor technology that has broad application across multiple markets," said TriQuint CEO Ralph Quinsey. "With this technology, a single wide bandwidth amplifier may replace complex high power multiplexer-combined-amplifiers. This is a technology that has exciting potential."

Quinsey explained that "to replace multiple amplifiers, optimized for various frequency bands and modulation schemes, with a single device has long been a goal of our industry. This is a technology that can truly enable the software definable radio."

The goal of Peak's technology is to introduce a device that can cover multiple octaves of bandwidth, for example, 700MHz to 2,800MHz. This wide-band technology can be incorporated into various materials including GaAs and GaN.

"I see numerous opportunities for Peak's technologies to enhance TriQuint's existing product lines, as well as build new high power RF product segments. The culture and values of the two companies model innovative thinking and a passion for exceeding customer expectations," said Peak CEO Bill McCalpin, who will retain his responsibilities and report to TriQuint senior management.

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