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Compound Semiconductor Article Highlights TriQuint's Thomas Meier on GaAs & Silicon Coexistence

May 27, 2014 – The trends for gallium arsenide (GaAs) and silicon in mobile handset front-ends were a popular topic at the CS International conference in March. In an article published in the April / May issue of Compound Semiconductor, author Richard Stevenson highlights the discussion among three panelists at CS International, which included TriQuint's VP of Custom Products Central Engineering for mobile devices, Thomas Meier.

Speaking alongside other industry experts, Thomas declared that GaAs and silicon will coexist in the mobile handset market for years to come. "GaAs should dominate for at least the next three-to-five years, and could even be the incumbent technology in the middle of the next decade," the article says of Thomas's stance. Thomas believes the mobile device market will shift to integrated modules that combine multiple semiconductor materials, including GaAs, silicon, CMOS and filters. "If that happens, handset manufacturers will not concern themselves with what material is in the amplifier. 'Silicon versus gallium arsenide will not be a question, and we will just use the technology for the best performance,'" said Thomas in the session.

You can read the full article, including the points of view from the Nujira and Strategy Analytics panelists, on the Compound Semiconductor website.

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