Qualcomm extends GF deal to ramp up 5G mmwave

September 15, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
GF extends Qualcomm 5G deal to ramp up mmwave chips
GlobalFoundries is extending its collaboration with Qualcomm for 5G, including integrated millimetre wave power amplifiers

The GF deal with Qualcomm Global Trading PTE., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, extends the deal for 5G multi-Gigabit speed RF front-end products.

“We are extending our 5G RF collaboration on front end products with Qualcomm for the newest generation of 5G products as well as our collaboration with Qorvo,” said Peter Gammel, VP and CTO for the mobile and wireless infrastructure business unit. “With 22FDX we have a 5G mmwave integrated power amplifier that is going to be even more important going forward.”

Qualcomm supplies 5G modems for the Apple iPhone 12 and 13 and GF points to $6bn investment in capacity to address the chpi shortage, with $4bn being spent in Singapore, $1bn in the US and $1bn in Dresden, Germany.  

"Our strong collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies includes sub-6 GHz to unlock everyday access to 5G, and cutting-edge mmWave technology to take 5G to the next level by delivering unmatched data speeds while continuing to provide the longest possible battery life for smartphones, computers, automobiles, network access points and many other 5G connected products," said Dr Bami Bastani, senior vice president and general manager, mobile and wireless infrastructure strategic business unit at GF.

"With accelerating demand for RF front-end products in a 5G world, robust low-power semiconductor solutions are critical," said Christian Block, senior vice president and general manager, RFFE, Qualcomm Germany RFFE. "Our collaboration with GlobalFoundries, and their leadership in RF-specific, feature-rich foundry solutions , helps to ensure that we're able to meet the high-performance requirements of our cutting-edge 5G products."

The announcement came with other technology enhancements, including a 45nm process technology for optoelectronics that will be qualified in Q1 2022.

www.gf.com; www.qualcomm.com

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