Cobham and RFHIC Corporation of Korea have established a strategic partnership to incorporate RFHIC’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology into Cobham’s next-generation RF products.
Cobham and RFHIC will jointly develop GaN High Power Amplifier
(HPA) modules that will be integrated into a prototype 175 kiloWatt
(kW) solid state transmitter. Development activities under this
Memorandum of Agreement will be executed by Cobham Integrated
Electronics Solutions, a business unit of Cobham Advanced
Electronic Solutions (CAES) at its Exeter, New Hampshire site.
"GaN-based Solid State Transmitter technology is affordable,
reliable, and scalable, and has a number of advantages over
traditional Vacuum Electronic Devices (VED) used in current
transmitter designs," said Bob McArthur, Business Area Vice
President for Cobham Integrated Electronic Solutions.
"Benefits include a significant increase in Mean Time Between
Critical Failure (MTBCF), substantial decreases in operational and
sustainment costs, and graceful degradation in the event of
hardware failure, as opposed to single point of failure or
"Cobham is revolutionizing radar, communication, and EW markets
with its proprietary solid state transmitter, using RFHIC's GaN
amplifier technology," said Dr. Samuel Cho, Founder and Chairman of
RFHIC Corporation. "We are excited to be involved in such an
innovative partnership, and look forward to seeing the Cobham-RFHIC
team become the front runner in the solid state transmitter market
in the foreseeable future."
Cobham has successfully developed a 35kW prototype S-Band Solid
State Transmitter for air traffic control and weather radar
applications. RFHIC has a comprehensive product portfolio
from discrete components to integrated high power amplifiers. The
combined expertise of Cobham and RFHIC will enable further
exploration of domestic and international civil and military radar
applications for GaN-based solid state technologies.
Additionally, the partnership between Cobham and RFHIC may help
provide offset obligations between Korean Military and US Navy
About RFHIC Corporation
RFHIC Corporation, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified, is a global
leader in the design and manufacturing of cost-effective solutions
of Gallium Nitride (GaN) and RF/Microwave semiconductor
technologies for radar, communication, SatCom, and EW applications.
The company was incorporated in 1999 and has over 300 employees.
RFHIC Corporation is headquartered in Anyang-Si, Republic of Korea,
and has a facility in Morrisville, North Carolina (ITAR Registered
and ISO 9001 certified) to support US military/aerospace
About Cobham Integrated Electronic Solutions
Through intensive cooperation with our military and commercial
customers, we bring together RF technology and motion control
solutions for the seamless integration of high performance systems.
By sharing innovation with our customers, we are able to deliver
mission success within today's funding priorities.
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