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Nitronex ups capacity with GCS deal

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:foundry service? GaN-on-Si process? GaN RF market?

Nitronex Corp. has entered a long-term supply agreement with Global Communication Semiconductors Corp. (GCS) in which GCS will provide Nitronex with NRF1 discrete and MMIC foundry services. NRF1 is Nitronex's proprietary 100mm GaN-on-Si process.

Devices fabricated at GCS show equivalent performance across the board to devices developed at Nitronex's Durham, N.C. facility, the companies stated. The qualification included extensive DC, RF, thermal, reliability and other parametric testing. Nitronex plans to work closely with customers through a Process Change Notification (PCN) to ensure smooth transition as it establishes GCS as a qualified wafer source for all of its products.


GCS will provide Nitronex with NRF1 discrete and MMIC foundry services.

"When evaluating GaN suppliers, our customers tell us they want to compare performance, reliability, manufacturability and cost. We believe that our current NRF1 discrete and MMIC-based processes have enabled us to develop a family of products that, for many market applications, meet or exceed our customers' needs relating to performance and reliabilityand we have the data to prove it. Partnering with GCS gives Nitronex a significant increase in capacity, improves our near and long-term cost reduction roadmap and provides access to capabilities that allow us to develop new GaN technologies," noted Charlie Shalvoy, CEO of Nitronex. "

"We are pleased to partner with Nitronex and add GaN-on-Si to our extensive compound semiconductor capability. Nitronex's unique technology gives us access to a new and growing GaN RF market," stated Jerry Curtis, CEO of GCS.

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