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9 December 2014

TriQuint's DoD Trusted Source accreditation extended to 2016

RF front-end component maker and foundry services provider TriQuint Semiconductor Inc of Hillsboro, OR, USA has earned continued Trusted Source Category 1A accreditation through 2016 from the Department of Defense (DoD).

According to the certification, the accreditation of trust expresses the confidence of the DoD Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) and the National Security Agency’s Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO) that TriQuint will continue to deliver trusted foundry microelectronic goods and services (category 1A) to end users which meet mission-critical needs now and into the future.

“We’ve maintained this accreditation and achieved significant milestones as a technology leader to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to our customer and the defense industrial base,” says VP & general manager James Klein, Infrastructure and Defense Products.

TriQuint earned original accreditation for its foundry in Richardson, Texas in 2008. It was extended in 2012 to include post-processing services, assembly & packaging services, and RF test services. All of those accreditations have been renewed through 2016. Foundry accreditations include gallium nitride (GaN), gallium arsenide (GaAs) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technologies.

The accreditation certifies that TriQuint provides the DoD and intelligence community with critical system microelectronics; foundry access for mission applications; and technology support through industry partnership. In this manner, TAPO and DMEA can have confidence that national security technology is secured throughout its manufacture and distribution by TriQuint.

TriQuint says that it has focused on achieving several milestones as a supplier to the DoD. For example, the firm recently completed the Defense Production Act Title III GaN on silicon carbide (SiC) program. TriQuint also applied the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s rigorous manufacturing readiness assessment (MRA) tool and criteria to its GaN production line, which develops high-frequency, high-power devices used within military radar, communications and electronic warfare (EW) programs. This MRA process benchmarked TriQuint as the first GaN manufacturer to earn Manufacturing Readiness Level 9, with the maturity needed to support full-rate production programs. The DoD’s MRA ensures that manufacturing, production and quality assurance meet operational mission needs and provide the best value for the customer. TriQuint demonstrated that its manufacturing processes met full performance, cost and capacity goals, with the capability in place to support full-rate production.

See related items:

TriQuint first manufacturer to reach Manufacturing Readiness Level 9 for GaN

TriQuint achieves defense production milestones as part of Title III GaN-on SiC EW MMIC Production Capacity program

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