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Freescale To Boost GaAs And GaN RF Aerospace & Defence Markets

The RF power pioneer's new A&D-focused unit will take a multi-technology approach to leverage the advantages of its gallium arsenide, gallium nitride and LDMOS product lines
Freescale Semiconductor is launching a major initiative focused on demonstrating how its new and existing commercial RF power and microwave RF devices can meet the requirements of the U.S. aerospace and defence (A&D) market.

The company plans to support a broad range of A&D applications with entirely new GaN RF power transistor products, as well as its portfolio of more than 400 LDMOS RF power transistor and GaAs monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) products. These Freescale products will be supported by a dedicated team of professionals focused exclusively on A&D markets and customers.

“Freescale has more than 60 years of RF power innovation and experience, and we look forward to extending our focus beyond our leading position in RF power transistors to growing A&D markets," notes Ritu Favre, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s RF business. “A&D equipment manufacturers will benefit from Freescale’s long track record of working closely with customers to create cost-effective solutions that combine superb performance, proven reliability and extreme ruggedness."

According to analyst firm ABI Research, global sales for RF power devices targeting the defence market (under 4 GHz and above 4 W output) will total US $144 million by 2018.

“Freescale has been the market leader in RF power devices for wireless infrastructure for many years," adds Lance Wilson, research director, RF Devices at ABI Research. “That experience and expertise should serve them well as they branch out into other RF power market segments, including A&D."

Freescale’s RF business (formerly part of Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector), has more than six decades of history and expertise in RF power transistor development, introducing its first device in 1952.

Freescale’s GaAs MMIC devices cover applications to over 5 GHz and include gain block amplifiers, power amplifiers (up to 4 W), and low-noise amplifiers with noise figures as low as 0.35 dB. The firm’s first GaN RF power transistors are planned for availability in late 2013.

The company's experience and technology will be complemented by a team of RF experts dedicated to the A&D market, including technical and applications support. The Freescale RF A&D team is led by a senior member of Freescale’s technical staff, with more than 30 years of RF power transistor experience, from design engineering to executive management.

He is joined by a former marketing director for Freescale’s RF power business, who possesses 40 years of experience in marketing, sales and distribution. The Freescale products will additionally be supported by a dedicated team of marketing, program management, applications, regulatory compliance and other professionals focused exclusively on A&D markets and customers.

New products purchased for use in A&D applications are planned for inclusion in the Freescale Longevity Program, with assured supply for 15 years.


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