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History

Innovation and Growth since 1985

In 1985 a group of talented engineers spun off a company from Tektronix to research and develop the use of gallium arsenide (GaAs) for high-performance wireless applications. Within several years TriQuint was the first GaAs integrated circuit (IC) manufacturer to transition to 100 mm wafers and the first to package in plastic. With each following year, TriQuint has added to its legacy of firsts.

With innovation came growth. TriQuint's 2001 merger with Sawtek, a leading filter manufacturer, resulted in a broad technology portfolio of active and passive products that enabled integration unmatched in the industry. Today this portfolio allows smaller form factors for high-growth markets like consumer mobile.

TriQuint solutions reach further than ever before, traveling to Mars and Jupiter. But the company's success remains rooted in the vision and principles on which it was founded — a passion for innovation, a commitment to excellence and high standards of integrity.

History

The Elements of Our Name

In 1985 the founders of what we know today as TriQuint held a contest to come up with a name for the company. The winning entry, which won the submitter a $50 prize, pays homage to the semiconductor material on which the company was founded, gallium arsenide.

Tri-, from the Greek for "a prefix meaning three," and Quint, from the Latin for a "set or sequence of five," literally means 3-5. In chemistry circles, III - V refers to the location of the elements gallium and arsenic on the periodic table. The elements on the third and fifth columns of the periodic table, including the nitrogen found in gallium nitride (GaN), have special conductive properties that produce excellent compound semiconductors.

TriQuint Timeline
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2015

2013

Acquired CAP Wireless and its Spatium™ technology, which replaces traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs), expanding our network infrastructure and defense opportunities.

Produced the industry's first GaN transistors using GaN-on-diamond wafers that substantially reduce semiconductor temperatures while maintaining high RF performance.

Evolved brand to communicate our commitment to innovation and speed: TriQuint. Reach further, reach faster.™ Also launched new website to better enable customers to find the products and resources they need more quickly.

2012

Introduced the world's first 802.11ac Wi-Fi RF module for next-generation smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Awarded nearly $20 million in defense contracts to further research in GaN and other high-performance technologies.

2011

Increased capacity by 40% with $200 million in infrastructure investments.

2010

Achieved fourth consecutive year of record revenue: increasing 34% to $878.7 million.

2009

Acquired TriAccess Technologies in Santa Rosa, California, to expand our cable product line and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) products.

2008

Acquired WJ Communications in Silicon Valley, California, to strengthen our networks product line in base stations. WJ Communications was founded in 1957 as Watkins-Johnson.

PowerBand™ released — the industry's first discrete high-power RF semiconductor transistor to offer significantly increased instantaneous bandwidth without loss of efficiency. The technology has led to breakthroughs in TriQuint's RF power technology.

Reached record revenue of $573.4 million, up 21% from 2007.

2007

Achieved record revenue of $477 million.

Acquired Peak Devices in Boulder, Colorado, to expand our networks product line and add proprietary wideband RF power technology.

Shipped more than 100 million transmit modules to handset manufacturers.

2006

Introduced industry's first 6x6 mm quad-band power amplifier (PA).

2005

Acquired TFR Technologies in Bend, Oregon, expanding our bulk acoustic wave (BAW) expertise.

2004

Introduced industry's first 7x7 mm and 6x6 mm PA modules.

2002

Acquired Infineon's GaAs business in Munich, Germany; opened a design center and entered a partnership agreement to develop and produce highly integrated RF components and modules for customized wireless system solutions.

Ralph Quinsey became President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of TriQuint's Board of Directors. Restructures company into four business units focused on high-volume handsets, high-performance military, simplified connectivity networks and new technology development foundry.

Signed agreement with Philips Semiconductors guaranteeing controlled access to TriQuint's InGaP (indium gallium phosphide) HBT (heterojunction bipolar transistor) 150 mm wafer processing facilities and providing joint development.

2001

Merged with Sawtek, in Orlando, Florida, adding surface acoustic wave (SAW) capabilities.

Reached cooperative agreement with Atmel to design, manufacture and market CDMA handset components utilizing Atmel's SiGe (silicon germanium) technology.

Revenues reached $335 million.

2000

Acquired state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Richardson, Texas, and consolidated all Texas operations.

Completed convertible debt offering, raising $345 million for working capital.

Revenues reached $300.7 million.

1999

Expanded our Hillsboro facility, adding 30% more clean room space and 50% more wafer capacity.

Revenues reached $164 million.

1998

Acquired Texas Instruments' GaAs MMIC business and Raytheon TI's Defense Systems and Electronics Group. Offered support for both commercial and military applications. Established R&D in GaAs, InP, GaN and other advanced semiconductor technologies and materials.

Established 150 mm commercial foundry in Hillsboro.

Revenues exceeded $100 million.

1997

Moved all operations to a new 32-acre corporate campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. The 160,000-square-foot complex included a 16,000-square-foot wafer fabrication clean room capable of Class 10 operation.

Revenues grew to over $71 million.

1996

Launched Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), a quality initiative to improve technical, manufacturing and business processes in all areas of the company's operations, including integration of an SAP information management system.

Revenues increased to almost $60 million.

TFR Technologies, which later became TriQuint's Bend, Oregon, design center, shipped its first BAW products and continued as the world's sole supplier for defense and test instrument customers until a new entrant came into the market in 2001. TFR's founder, the late Ken Lakin, pioneered BAW development in the early 1980s.

1995

Raised $48 million through a follow-on stock offering; company listed on NASDAQ as TQNT.

Revenues grew by 50% to approximately $46 million.

1993

TriQuint IPO raised $17 million.

1991

GaAs pioneers Gazelle Microcircuits, Gigabit Logic and TriQuint merged under the TriQuint Semiconductor name. Steven J. Sharp named CEO.

1990

Shipped first space-qualified products for commercial communications satellite applications.

Became first GaAs IC manufacturer to package in plastic.

1988

Became first GaAs IC manufacturer to transition to 100 mm wafers.

1985

A group of talented engineers founded TriQuint as a spin-off of Tektronix to research and develop the use of GaAs for high-performance wireless applications.

1984