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
President and CTO
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.
THE SOLUTIONWhat 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.ABOUT TRIQUINT
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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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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Microwave Office are registered trademarks of Applied Wave Research, Inc. All others are property of their