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IQE wins major order for Gallium Nitride based wafer products

IQE has won a major order from leading US semiconductor manufacturer TriQuint Semiconductor for IQE’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) wafer products.

IQE plc the leading manufacturer of advanced semiconductor wafers to the global semiconductor industry, has won a major order from leading US semiconductor manufacturer TriQuint Semiconductor for IQE’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) wafer products. This is the Group’s largest commercial order for GaN products to date. The wafers will be manufactured at its New Jersey operation and the order is scheduled for delivery throughout 2008.

TriQuint Semiconductor will use IQE’s GaN based HEMT (high electron mobility transistor) wafers to support its development of smaller, more durable and highly efficient power amplifiers for new commercial and military communications products. The wafers will be used in both on-going research and development efforts and the roll-out of TriQuint’s new products this year.

Gallium Nitride power amplifiers offer much higher power capability, efficiency and greater protection against breakdown than existing solid-state amplifier technologies commonly used today, providing significant benefits in terms of both performance and lower overall system costs.

Tony Balistreri, Research and Development Manager at TriQuint Semiconductor commented:

“IQE’s established track record in providing TriQuint with reliable, high-quality products was a key factor in selecting them for producing and delivering a range of advanced GaN epitaxial materials. We’ve developed a close working relationship with IQE throughout the development phase of our GaN program and this latest order is based on their solid support of us throughout that relationship.”

Mr Alex Ceruzzi, VP and General Manager of IQE’s New Jersey facility commented:

“This is a key order for us particularly as our broad product portfolio, which ranges from high volume HEMTs, HBTs and BiFETs to emerging technologies such as gallium nitride epitaxial wafers, provides our customers with a one-stop shop for all their advanced materials needs. We appreciate the trust TriQuint has placed in us to meet their needs.”

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