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Cable Technology Feature Article

September 28, 2009

TriQuint Intros New Solutions for Cable Systems, Microwave Radio, Optical Networks

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

TriQuint Semiconductor, a RF products manufacturer and foundry services provider, has reportedly released a number of new solutions for cable systems, microwave radio and optical networks that will help network operators to function efficiently and also meet the rising demand for broadband services affordably.
Growing popularity of home and mobile data apps have given rise to the increase in radio, optical and cable network traffic and in order to cope with rising demand for more bandwidth operators are looking for cost-effective ways to expand capacity while lowering operational expenses. Operators are also looking for solutions that are economical and eco-friendly.
Strategy Analytics has observed that TriQuint GaAs-based products are inherently more efficient and offer high linearity for those applications that require it. This places TriQuint in good position to take advantage of a projected 10 percent CAGR for point-to-point radio products and a cable infrastructure CAGR of 14 percent through 2013. The fiber optic IC market CAGR should more than double during this period while the emerging 40Gb/s segment will lead growth with a projected 78 percent CAGR through 2013.
TriQuint recently bought cable TV and Fiber-to-the-Premise IC provider TriAccess Technologies in order to satisfy the demands of cable and telecom operators who are competing to provide the consumer with the triple-play services of Internet, video and voice, and are also planning to upgrade their networks. Service like high-speed Internet, multiple HDTV streams and video on demand require RF components that provide higher performance such as higher bandwidth, better linearity, lower noise, reduced power consumption, and higher integration all at reduced cost and TriQuint’s CATV products combined with TriAccess’ product lines are supposed to address these needs.
New TriQuint RFIC products developed by TriAccess Technologies specifically meet the requirements of DOCSIS 3.0 based cable TV systems. These ‘greener’ products can reduce power consumption up to 50 percent and can cut overall PC board areas up to 30 percent. The TAT7464, TAT7466, TAT7467 and TAT7472 provide a complete set of options for power-efficient designs.
TriQuint is advancing 3G/4G wireless network infrastructure with microwave radio backhaul amplifiers including its TGA4531. The amplifier was designed to cover the 17-24 GHz frequency range with a single device and is equivalent to two narrowband devices. The lower-frequency needs of microwave radio designers are being met with TriQuint’s new TGA2706-SM. A surface mount device, the highly linear TGA2706-SM offers easy assembly while supporting the complex modulation schemes typical of 3G/4G networks.
The company’s new TGA4943-SL, a surface mount amplifier for 40 Gb/s (gigabit per second) systems is to enable high-speed optical networks. In addition to offering surface mount convenience for easier assembly, the TGA4943-SL uses only about 2.1 watts, which is about half of the power of other solutions.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney