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Durham, N.C. (March 19, 2007) — Nitronex, an innovative developer and manufacturer of high-performance RF power transistors for the commercial and broadband wireless infrastructure markets, has teamed with Rockwell Collins to further develop the GaN on Si manufacturing infrastructure for military applications. Funded by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), the manufacturing technology program began in the fourth quarter of 2006 and is expected to continue through 2009.

“We are very excited to be working with Rockwell Collins and the United States Air Force in a joint effort to continue maturing the manufacturing infrastructure of GaN on Si power transistors,” said Kevin Linthicum, CTO & VP Engineering, “The approval of funding from the U.S. military validates that GaN on Si is a significant technology platform for the development of future communication systems.”

The agreement between Nitronex and Rockwell Collins is expected to accelerate the development of the manufacturing technology process for GaN on Si infrastructure.

Nitronex’s proven manufacturing capability and success in the commercial market has verified that GaN on Si is an advanced technology that delivers high frequency, high voltage, broad output bandwidth operations and high power characteristics at levels not reachable by existing technologies.

For more information about the GaN on Si manufacturing technology program with Rockwell Collins, contact Nitronex at 2305 Presidential Drive, Durham, NC 27703; call 919-807-9100; or e-mail

About Nitronex
Specializing in the development and manufacturing of gallium nitride (GaN) RF power devices, Nitronex is the global leader in high-performance GaN on silicon (GaN on Si) RF power transistors for the commercial wireless infrastructure, broadband and military markets. Based on its patented SIGANTIC® process — gallium nitride on silicon technology — Nitronex is at the forefront of commercializing GaN technology for RF applications. The company’s ability to combine the disciplines of material growth, wafer processing, device design and wireless applications knowledge is unique to the industry.
Nitronex was founded in 1999 by graduates of the wide bandgap program at North Carolina State University and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. It holds 19 patents with 19 others pending.

About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins’ Government Systems provides defense electronics products and systems – including communication, navigation and integrated systems for airborne, ground and shipboard applications – to the U.S. Department of Defense and foreign militaries. Products include secure, anti-jam voice and data communication solutions, Software Defined Radios (SDR), military Global Positioning System (GPS) products, mission computing systems and high performance displays.
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronics solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is strengthened by 18,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit
Domain: Electronics
Category: Semiconductors
Contact Person Address: Nitronex
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