$30m for GaN development at GlobalFoundries

$30m for GaN development at GlobalFoundries

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By Nick Flaherty

GlobalFoundries is to receive $30m in US government funding to the development and production of next-generation gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-silicon) devices.

The funding is for 200mm equipment and research at GF’s fab in Essex Junction, Vermont.

The resulting devices will be used for 5G and 6G smartphones, RF wireless infrastructure, electric vehicles, power grids, solar energy, and other technologies.

“With this new federal funding, and the potential for further support in the 2023 federal budget, GF is well-positioned to become a global leader in GaN chip manufacturing—right here in Vermont,” said Tom Caulfield, CEO of GF.

This Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) was entered into by the Defense Microelectronics Activity via the Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO) of the U.S. Department of Defense. TAPO’s primary mission is to procure advanced semiconductors for the Departments most critical and sensitive weapons systems platforms.

TAPO has been supporting dual use (both civilian and military applications) GaN on silicon development efforts since 2019 as GaN provides a stable semiconductor suitable in high power, high frequency devices the DoD needs to maintain technology advantage for the United States. This current development phase plans to build on previous TAPO successes and continue maturing this dual use technology.

“GlobalFoundries has been a critical partner to the Trusted Access Program Office, enabling semiconductor assurance (Trust) to advanced semiconductor technologies for the Department’s most advanced weapon systems platforms. This engagement is just one step the DoD is taking to ensure the U.S. has continued access to advanced microelectronics technologies such as gallium nitride,” said DMEA Director Dr. Nicholas Martin.

GF’s fab in Essex Junction has nearly 2,000 GF employees and a manufacturing capacity of more than 600,000 wafers per year for differentiated technologies used in smartphones, automobiles, and communications infrastructure applications around the world. The Fab is a Trusted Foundry and manufactures secure chips in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense.

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