TEWKSBURY, Mass., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has embarked on its fifteenth year of pioneering the development and system integration of gallium nitride (GaN) technology. In 1999, Raytheon commenced research in GaN at the Raytheon Foundry in Andover, Mass. Today, Raytheon remains at the forefront of GaN innovation, demonstrating the maturity of the technology which significantly extends the warfighter's reach into the battle space by increasing radar ranges, sensitivity and search capabilities.
"GaN technologies are transforming the way we address the evolving needs of our customers," said Paul Ferraro, vice president of Advanced Technology for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "Through partnerships with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and DARPA, we are harnessing the revolutionary power, efficiency and performance improvements that GaN provides in programs today including AMDR and Next Generation Jammer. We are optimistic about its impact on future initiatives like 3DELRR and others."
-- In 2000, Raytheon fabricated its first GaN transistor, the building block for monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs). A MMIC is a type of integrated circuit device that operates at microwave frequencies (300 MHz to 300 GHz). These devices typically perform functions such as microwave mixing, power amplification, low noise amplification and high frequency switching. -- From 2005 - 2008, Raytheon worked closely with DARPA on the WBGS Phase 2 program, meeting all transistor level technical metrics. The high power density, high efficiency process that emerged during this time helped form the underpinning for our microwave GaN production processes today. -- In 2009, Raytheon released GaN for production in its 4" Trusted compound semiconductor foundry. -- Raytheon was honored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for successful completion of a Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Gallium Nitride (GaN) production improvement program in 2013, culminating more than a decade of government and Raytheon investment in GaN RF (radio frequency) circuit technology. -- Raytheon has demonstrated that the reliability of their GaN technology exceeded the requirement for insertion into production military systems. This maturation of GaN resulted in a Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) production capability of "8," the highest level obtained by any organization in the defense industry for this technology. MRL is a measure used by the OSD and many of the world's major companies to assess the maturity of manufacturing readiness. -- Also through the OSD Title III program, GaN yield was improved by more than 300 percent and cost was reduced more than 75 percent for MMICs.
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
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