19 July 2023
MACOM awarded $4m USAF contract to further develop GaN-on-SiC process technology
MACOM Technology Solutions Inc of Lowell, MA, USA (which designs and makes RF, microwave, analog and mixed-signal and optical semiconductor technologies) has been awarded a multi-year contract worth about $4m from the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop advanced semiconductor process technology related to gallium nitride-on-silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC).
Under the contract, MACOM will conduct R&D on GaN-on-SiC process technologies used in millimeter-wave monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) products.
“This award supports our strategy to establish leadership in high-frequency and high-power MMIC technologies and products,” says MACOM’s president & CEO Stephen G. Daly.
In January 2021, MACOM and AFRL entered a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to transfer AFRL’s production-ready 0.14μm GaN-on-SiC process to MACOM’s Massachusetts-based US Trusted Foundry. This process transfer is complete, and the technology is now available for production.
The newly awarded contract further funds MACOM to develop performance enhancements over existing GaN-on-SiC technologies to support next-generation millimeter-wave aerospace & defense and commercial MMIC applications.