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Semiconductor Firm To Open Design, Support Center in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — TriQuint Semiconductor

, a provider of wireless handset radio frequency modules and network base station components, is expanding to the Triad.

TriQuint (Nasdaq: TQNT) said Tuesday that it would build a design and support center in High Point.

The North Carolina Design Center will employ as many as 25 people, the company said. It will invest $1.8 million in the facility and pay wages between $85,000 and $100,000 per year, according to media reports.

TriQuint is based in Hillsboro, OR.

The city of High Point recently approved $25,000 in incentives for the facility.

"This new facility - our second to open in less than a year and our sixth product development location overall - will bolster design activity and supplement existing resources," said Brian Balut, vice president of TriQuint.

"The new center will further enhance TriQuint's creative resources and foster collaboration among engineers and scientific experts from both within the company and our customers throughout the Eastern Seaboard and our European staff," he added. "The center's development focus is to leverage TriQuint's wireless expertise, translating that into new solutions for our customers."

The facility will be used as part of TriQuint's efforts to develop next-generation wireless modules and components, the company said. Specific points of emphasis as gallium arsenide (GaAs) and surface acoustic wave technologies.

TriQuint recently opened a new 25-person design center in Chelmsford, MA.

The company expects to open the facility by Aug. 1. It is located at 4050 Piedmont Parkway in High Point.

TriQuint also has product development and support teams in Germany, Hillsboro OR, Richardson TX and Orlando FL.

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