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TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (TQNT - Analyst Report) recently received a $2.7 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The contract order seeks to triple the power-handling performance of gallium nitride (GaN) circuits.

TriQuint will empower DARPA to build i The Near Junction Thermal Transport (NJTT) technology, based on its advanced GaN on silicon carbide (SiC) technology and the reliable state-of-the-art RF integrated circuits. 
 
The NJTT initiative is the most recent addition in DARPA’s overarching Thermal Management Technologies program focus primarily on thermal resistance at the ‘near junction’ of the transistor die along with device substrate. These areas are mainly responsible for more than 50% of operational temperature increases. 
 
As per the contract, TriQuint will combine its leading GaN on SiC process technology with diamond substrates and new thermal handling processes and thereby expect to significantly reduce heat build-up to enable GaN devices to generate higher level of power.
 
Management is encouraged to receive the contract and will partner University of Bristol (United Kingdom), Group4 Labs and American-based Lockheed Martin (LMT - Analyst Report) in the program. 
 
TriQuint designs, develops and manufactures advanced high-performance RF solutions with gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN), surface acoustic wave (SAW), temperature compensated surface acoustic wave (TC-SAW), and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technologies for customers, on a worldwide basis. 
 
In the defense and aerospace end market, TriQuint has a long association with key military subcontractors to the U.S. government. Being a pioneer in GaN technology since 1999, TriQuint serves the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy laboratories along with DARPA.
 
Defense and aerospace markets rely on dependable microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMICs) in die-level and packaged forms, as well as SAW and BAW filters. 
 
Encouraged by the contract, TriQuint believes that NJTT will lead to more substantial MMIC performance enhancements enabling reduced size, weight and power consumption thereby increasing reliability and output power. 
 
We currently have a Neutral recommendation on TriQuint. Our recommendation is supported by a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates into a short-term rating of Hold.

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