TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. today (July 29, 2014) revealed it has reached the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 9 for gallium nitride (GaN) manufacturing.
The DoD’s MRL benchmark ensures that manufacturing, production and quality assurance can meet operational mission needs. The DoD assess companies on a given criteria based on industrial base readiness, technology development, quality and manufacturing management. TriQuint said that reaching MRL 9 means the company’s manufacturing process for GaN has met full performance, cost and capacity goals dictated by the DoD as well as support for full rate production.
TriQuint noted that its investment in GaN-based devices is leading to smaller, more efficient power amplifiers that would typically be used for military radar and electronic warfare programs but also in commercial wireless communications and infrastructure equipment.
“TriQuint recently completed its Defense Production Act Title III GaN on silicon carbide (SiC) program and now we’ve proven that we provide the GaN maturity needed to support full-rate production programs,” said James Klein, vice president and general manager of TriQuint’s Infrastructure and Defense Products, in a statement.
Noting how TriQuint was able to the achieve MRL 9 status, the Hillsboro, Ore-based company said it has shipped more than 170,000 0.25 micron GaN power amplifier devices in support of an ongoing international radar program with 15,000 devices accumulating more than 3.67 million device hours with no reported device failures.