GaN: Global Foundries Announces Partnership With Raytheon Technologies

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The new GaN offering, as per the companies, will increase RF performance while maintaining production and operational costs

Raytheon Technologies, an aerospace and defense technology company, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), a semiconductor manufacturing company, will collaborate to develop and commercialize a new gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) semiconductor that will enable radio frequency performance for 5G and 6G mobile and wireless infrastructure applications.

“Raytheon Technologies was one of the pioneers advancing RF gallium arsenide technology which has been broadly used in mobile and wireless markets, and we have similarly been at the forefront of advancing gallium nitride technology for use in advanced military systems,” said Mark Russell, Raytheon Technologies’ chief technology officer.

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Russell adds, “Our agreement with GLOBALFOUNDRIES not only demonstrates our common goal to make high performance communications technologies available at an affordable cost to our customers it continues to prove how investments in advanced defense technologies can improve lives, as well as defend them.”

Under the agreement, Raytheon Technologies will license its proprietary gallium nitride on silicon technology and technical expertise to GF, which will develop the new semiconductor at its Fab 9 facility in Burlington, Vermont. Gallium nitride is a unique material used to build high-performance semiconductors that can handle significant heat and power levels. This makes it ideal to handle 5G and 6G wireless signals, which require higher performance levels than legacy wireless systems.

“GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ innovations have helped drive the evolution of four generations of wireless communications that connect over 4 billion people. Our collaboration with Raytheon Technologies is an important step to ensuring the development and manufacturing capability of solutions for critical future 5G applications,” said GF CEO Tom Caulfield.

Calufield added, “This partnership will enable everything from AI-supported phones and driverless cars to the smart grid, as well as governments’ access to data and networks which are essential to national security.”

This collaboration with Raytheon Technologies is the latest of several strategic partnerships for GF. The new GaN offering, as per the companies, will increase RF performance while maintaining production and operational costs, enabling customers to achieve new levels of power and power-added efficiency to meet evolving 5G and 6G RF millimeter-wave operating frequency standards.

“I am proud that GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ fab in Essex is leading the way in domestic production of this important 5G-enabling technology and beyond. This is a win for Vermont and a win for the United States,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Leahy added, “This collaboration between a world-class manufacturer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Raytheon Technologies, a leader in technological innovation, is good news for the nation’s semiconductor supply chain and competitiveness. The technology that will be produced by Vermonters will be a revolution in our lives.”

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