Applied Wave Research (AWR) - Press Release 8-18-2008
TriAccess Technologies Delivers
Complete Suite of CATV RFIC Amplifiers
for Emerging Networks
TriAccess Technologies, based in Santa Rosa,
CA, designs and markets Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) amplifiers
that enable cable television and telecommunications carriers to deliver
the triple-play voice, data, and high quality video solutions demanded
by business and residential subscribers. The company’s products are
based on high-performance GaAs pHEMT technologies that achieve new benchmarks
in low-noise amplification while maintaining extremely low levels of
distortion. Last year TriAccess Technologies introduced its flagship
product; the industry’s first single chip RFIC amplifier for Fiber To
The Home (FTTH) applications. Recently, the company introduced a full
suite of CATV amplifiers to address specific needs of today’s triple-play
voice, video and data networks.
THE DESIGN CHALLENGE
“TriAccess Technologies is intimately focused on CATV and must react
at high speed to market requirements. Using solutions provided by AWR
and TriQuint helped us deliver a complete portfolio of products in time
for major Video-competitive builds.”
TriAccess Technologies is intensely focused on CATV and its mission
to become an industry leading RFIC company. With fast-changing requirements
of CATV system operators, equipment vendors rely on responsive industry-focused
RFIC suppliers like TriAccess to rapidly meet their precise needs. Recently,
the company faced the challenge of getting a wide range of products
(based on its proprietary designs) to market quickly, in large volumes,
and while maintaining industry leading performance. While TriAccess
products had set new standards in the FTTH market, it was time to widen
its focus on the CATV market, expanding from a single FTTH model to
an entire portfolio of single-ended and push-pull amplifiers. The company
uses Microwave Office software in all programs and recently turned to
TriQuint for foundry support of these critical CATV additions.
What design problem
did AWR software help solve? The efficient design flow of Microwave
Office allows TriAccess Technologies to build on the design of an initial
product to rapidly create other products with varying capabilities and
specifications. Microwave Office is logical, fast, and devoid of the
redundancies and other impediments to the design flow characteristic
of other EDA tools. For a company like TriAccess Technologies that must
react at high speed to market requirements, these features are highly
valuable, and proved to be essential to the launch of its products.
What design problem did TriQuint’s Foundry Services help
you solve? TriAccess was faced with a very narrow launch window.
We knew that TriQuint’s foundry process would optimize the performance
of our products, but we were unsure whether as a start-up company we
could garner the same level of TriQuint’s attention that it provides
to its larger customers. Our fears were unfounded: TriQuint not only
delivered on schedule but helped TriAccess along the way to ensure that
every detail was covered. Performance was excellent.
How did the combination of TriQuint and AWR contribute to your success?
The design kits developed by TriQuint and AWR accurately represent TriQuint’s
foundry process, which dramatically reduced the risk to TriAccess, and
the software’s innovative features were easy to use. In short, TriQuint
and AWR allowed TriAccess not only to meet initial objectives for entering
the Telecom FTTH market, with industry-leading performance but to expand
immediately into the CATV market as well.
TriQuint’s pHEMT processes have been proven
through fabrication of millions of devices since formal introduction
in 2003. Processes include both enhancement-mode and depletion-mode
pHEMT transistors, as well as on-chip passives, three-level interconnects,
and substrate vias. By combining control functions with an advanced,
high-performance pHEMT process, designers can achieve higher levels
of IC integration and performance.
ABOUT MICROWAVE OFFICE
Microwave Office design suite is the industry’s fastest growing
microwave design platform and has revolutionized the communications
design world by providing users with a superior choice. Built on the
unique AWR high frequency design environment platform with its unique
unified data model, Microwave Office software is exceptionally intuitive
and offers powerful, innovative technologies, and unprecedented interoperability,
enabling integration with best-in-class tools for each part of the design
process. Microwave Office design suite includes all of the essential
technology: linear and nonlinear circuit simulators, EM analysis tools,
integrated schematic and layout, statistical design capabilities, and
parametric cell libraries with built-in DRC.
To learn more about how AWR’s Microwave Office design suite and TriQuint’s
processes can help you with your next design, contact
AWR Success Story
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Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
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AWR® Success Story
AWR’s Microwave Office® Software Coupled to
TriQuint’s Foundry Process Fuels TriAccess Launch and Speeds Development
of Full Product Portfolio
Application: RFIC Amplifiers
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All rights reserved. AWR, the AWR logo and Microwave Office are registered
trademarks of Applied Wave Research, Inc. All others are property of
their respective holders.