TriQuint, Network Elements Debut 300-Pin MSA SFF 10GB/s Module Family

2/23/2004 - TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq: TQNT), through its wholly-owner subsidiary, TriQuint Optoelectronics, announced the availability of 10Gb/s transponders in the 300-pin MSA Small Form Factor (SFF) as part of a collaborative design and manufacturing effort with Network Elements, Inc. TriQuint and Network Elements will begin jointly marketing the new transponders during the first half of the year. The new SFF transponder family provides exceptional performance at low cost for all reaches up to 80 km.

The new 10Gb/s transponders combine Network Elements’ next-generation module architecture with TriQuint’s QubeTM optical engines to provide best-in-class performance in the 300-pin small form factor. Supported by common module architecture across all reaches and the new TriQuint optical engine platform, the new products also offer customers significant cost reduction, with 2004 prices projected at under $2,000 for IR-2 applications.

“We believe our customers will see immediate benefit from the combination of TriQuint’s optical engines and Network Elements’ module architecture,” said Glen Riley, Vice President and General Manager of TriQuint Optoelectronics. “TriQuint has been a well-recognized, leading supplier of state-of-the-art optics and physical media device (PMD) ICs. Network Elements brings a unique set of design expertise in state-of-the-art CMOS design of physical layer device (PHY) ICs for multi-rate and multi-protocol applications. A partnership between our two companies combines their strengths to provide low-cost and high-performance 10Gb/s modules.”

TriQuint will offer co-branded, uncooled and cooled SFF 300-pin modules as an extension of its existing 10Gb/s module product line, which includes large form factor (LFF) 300-pin and XFP products. The new TriQuint product codes: TE64M1, CE64S2, and CE64L2 will support SR-1, IR-2, and LR-2 applications (respectively), with the cooled CE64S2 and CE64L2 transponders also offering DWDM capability. Each product will be available for sampling during 2Q2004.

“We are very excited about our continued collaboration with TriQuint on 10 Gb/s module products,” said Bruce Murdock, President and CEO, Network Elements, Inc. “The partnership with TriQuint on 300-pin SFF transponder modules combines the best optics and module architecture capability in the market.”

Using a common module architecture for all reaches, the TE64M1, CE64S2, and CE64L2 will also be fully MSA300 Rev.4 compliant and will feature closed-loop software optics control, line-side and system-side data loopback, as well as adjustable phase / offset slicing levels. These 300-pin transponders will additionally offer low power consumption (<4W typical for uncooled products) and will contain a high performance integrated jitter filter. These transponder products all support multi-rate capability for OC-192, 10GbE, and G.709 applications.

The TE64M1, CE64S2, and CE64L2 products all use TriQuint’s new 10Gb/s optical engines that are based on the company’s proprietary planar packaging technology, which allows integration of increased functionality such as internal drivers and differential data inputs. The uncooled UQubeTM 3100 and RQubeTM P1000 are 10 Gb/s engines that enable up to 20km transmission at 1.3mm. The cooled TQubeTM 1000 engine and an APD version, the RQubeTM A1000, are used in CE64 products to provide transmission up to 80km.

Product information and specifications for the TriQuint TE64 and CE64 can be requested by an email to:

TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT) 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, 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, as well as production assembly plants in Costa Rica, Mexico and China, and design centers in New England, Germany and Taiwan. All manufacturing and production facilities are registered to the ISO9001:2000 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 TriQuint on the web at

Network Elements is leading 10Gb/s optical networking to new levels with the most extensive line of transponders and transceivers for the SONET/SDH and Ethernet markets. Driving innovations in high-speed optics, electronics, packaging and manufacturing, Network Elements enables customers to optimize system efficiency with the highest-level of quality, performance and innovation. For more information, visit

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