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20 March 2007


Nitronex teams with Rockwell Collins to develop GaN-on-Si power transistor manufacturing for military use

Nitronex of Durham, NC, USA, which manufactures gallium nitride-on-silicon RF power transistors for the commercial wireless infrastructure and broadband markets, is to further develop manufacturing infrastructure for military applications after teaming with Rockwell Collins, which develops and deploys communication and aviation electronics solutions for both commercial and government applications.

Specifically, Rockwell Collins’ Government Systems provides defense electronics products and systems (including communication, navigation and integrated systems for airborne, ground and shipboard applications) to the US Department of Defense and foreign militaries.

Funded by the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), the manufacturing technology program began in fourth-quarter 2006 and is expected to continue through 2009. “The approval of funding from the US military validates that GaN-on-Si is a significant technology platform for the development of future communication systems,” says Kevin Linthicum, Nitronex’s chief technology officer & VP Engineering.

The agreement between Nitronex and Rockwell Collins is expected to accelerate the development of the manufacturing technology process for GaN-on-Si infrastructure.

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