Triquint, Agilent Accelerate Design, Simulation with Next-generation Kit

7/8/2003 - TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq:TQNT), a leading supplier of foundry services for the fabrication of custom integrated circuits, and Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A), introduced a next-generation design kit created to accelerate design and simulation in TriQuint's advanced GaAs IC fabrication processes.

The new design kit helps to shorten the design cycle time for high-frequency integrated circuits (ICs) by quickly and accurately generating artwork for use with TriQuint's TQTRx MESFET foundry process. Jointly designed by TriQuint and Agilent, and distributed by TriQuint, the new kit offers added features that support the physical design capabilities available in Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) electronic design automation (EDA) environment.

"We are constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience," said Paul Litzenberg, TriQuint foundry applications engineering manager, "and making a good product better certainly fits into that mission. Quicker design cycles build value for the customer and should lead to an overall increase in cost-effectiveness."

Litzenberg explained that the new kit was created to continue shortening design cycles by providing a more integrated process flow. This new design functionality is also planned for TriQuint's TQHBT (Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor) and TQPHT (.5 um pHEMT) foundry processes.

Design engineers using ADS can now discover a complete set of schematic symbols, simulation models, and parameterized artwork macros that allow them to create and simulate high-frequency IC designs. Synchronized layouts may also be directly generated in the same environment. When modifications are needed, both the design schematic and the layout can be annotated automatically and bi-directionally. The kit also supports sophisticated layout design features such as stacked metal traces and arbitrary-shaped MIM (metal-insulator-metal) capacitors.

Agilent ADS provides complete, front-to-back simulation and layout capabilities in an integrated design flow to help engineers develop high-frequency ICs more efficiently. With ADS and foundry design kit support, engineers are able to design specifications to processes that are used by leading custom IC manufacturers worldwide.

"The TriQuint TQTRx design kit provides significant new functionality for our mutual customers," said Joe Civello, ADS product manager for Agilent EEsof EDA. "The introduction of this new design kit signifies our commitment to support foundry processes as they continue to evolve."

About TriQuint
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq:TQNT - News) is a leading supplier of high performance products for communications applications. The company focuses on the specialized expertise, materials and know-how for RF/IF and optical applications. The company enjoys diversity in its markets, applications, products, technology and customer base. Markets include wireless phones, base stations, optical networks, broadband and microwave equipment, and aerospace and defense. TriQuint provides customers with standard and custom product solutions as well as foundry services. Products are based on advanced process technologies including gallium arsenide, indium phosphide, silicon germanium, and surface acoustic wave (SAW). TriQuint customers include major communications companies worldwide. TriQuint has manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, production assembly plants in Costa Rica and Mexico, and design centers in New England and Germany. All manufacturing and production facilities are certified to the ISO9001 international quality standard.

TriQuint is headquartered at 2300 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 97124 and can be reached at 503/615-9000 (fax 503/615-8900). Visit the TriQuint web site at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A - News) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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