GlobalFoundries Secures $35M Federal Funding to Revolutionize 5G and 6G with GaN Chips

GlobalFoundries has received $35 million in federal funding from the U.S. government. This funding will accelerate the production of GF’s gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon semiconductors in Vermont, taking us one step closer to large-scale production of GaN chips.

GaN chips have the potential to transform 5G and 6G communications in various industries, including infrastructure, automotive, and IoT. They are known for their ability to handle high voltage and temperatures, providing enhanced performance and efficiency.

With the additional $35 million from the Department of Department of Defense’s Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO), GF will acquire new tools to enhance development and prototyping capabilities. This investment will support the at-scale manufacturing of 200mm Gan-on-silicon semiconductors while addressing gallium supply chain constraints and ensuring a stable supply of GaN chips.

This funding builds on the collaborative relationship between GF and the U.S. government, which has already provided $40 million in support from 2020-2022. Senator Peter Welch emphasized the significance of this investment for Vermont’s leadership in semiconductor innovation and its impact on local economic growth and national security.

 Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, Christopher J. Lowman, highlighted the importance of this strategic investment in strengthening the domestic ecosystem of critical technologies.

Dr. Thomas Caulfied, president and CEO of GF, emphasized the significance of GaN on silicon technology for emerging markets, such as 6G wireless communications and electric vehicles. He stressed that the funding from the U.S. government will drive GaN on silicon chips closer to volume production, enabling innovative designs with improved energy efficiency and performance.

GF’s facility in Vermont, with over 1,800 employees, plays a crucial role in manufacturing cutting-edge chips for global applications in smartphones, automobiles, and communication infrastructure. It is a trusted foundry accredited by DMEA and collaborates with the U.S. Department of Defense to produce secure chips for aerospace and defense systems.

With this funding, GF is poised to lead the way in advancing GaN technology and shaping the future of wireless communications and industrial IoT.

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