Raytheon hits another major milestone with GaN

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has achieved another significant milestone for next generation Gallium Nitride (GaN) Radio Frequency (RF) semiconductor technology.  Through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Near Junction Thermal Transport effort under the Thermal Management Technologies program, Raytheon's team is replacing GaN's current substrate, Silicon Carbide, with diamond, a material with 3-5X higher thermal conductivity, to create GaN on diamond devices.  

Raytheon has demonstrated that GaN on diamond technology enables a 3X increase in transistor power density over GaN on Silicon Carbide, overcoming a major barrier to unlocking the potential of GaN devices.  Data was obtained on a 10x125um (1.25mm) GaN on diamond HEMT, a device representing a unit cell for constructing Power Amplifier Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs), the foundation of solid-state RF transmitters and Active Electronically Scanned Arrays. This result builds on prior successes, including Raytheon's industry-first demonstration of GaN on diamond transistors in 2009, and GaN on diamond MMICs in 2011.     

"Raytheon continues to be an innovator leading the development of GaN technology," said Joe Biondi, vice president of Advanced Technology for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. "We are now inserting GaN into DoD systems while remaining focused on continuing to increase performance of this revolutionary semiconductor to provide our warfighters with the most advanced sensing, communications and electronic warfare capabilities in the world."

Source: Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)
Date: Apr 1, 2014