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TriQuint rolls integrated GPS front-end module

SAN FRANCISO—RF device and foundry supplier TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. Monday (Oct. 13) introduced a front-end RF module for GPS navigation systems combining filter and low noise amplifier functions in a 3x3mm form factor.

“The market for GPS is clearly moving toward integrated modules,” said Joshua Raha, TriQuint GPS product marketing manager, in a statement. “It's a similar pattern we've seen and continue to see in the mobile phone handset market.”

Raha said the new GPS module, the TQM640002, is well-suited for size-conscious wireless handsets and new generations of mobile GPS consumer devices, industrial and automotive applications.

TriQuint said it engineered the TQM640002 in consultation with several major GPS and personal navigation pioneers, including SiRF Technology Inc. The device includes TriQuint's smallest two-in-one SAW filter and can operate with either 1.8 or 2.8 supply voltages, the company said.

TriQuint (Hillsboro, Ore.) said it has shipped more than 130 million filters to global GPS manufacturers including three of the top four personal navigation device vendors as determined by 2007 estimated from market research firm Canalys (Singapore).

The TQM640002, is now sampling, TriQuint said.

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