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Jun 1st, 2010
TriQuint wins US Air Force contract to design and fabricate GaN modules for new drone aircraft
TriQuint Semiconductor has been awarded a contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) to develop new Gallium Nitride (GaN) modules for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
AFRL says that the new GaN devices will extend the range and capabilities of UAVs that are used for reconnaissance missions over Afghanistan, Iraq and other regions. The AFRL expects that the more efficient GaN devices will also reduce the need for thermal management and extend battery life in each vehicle.
TriQuint noted that it will develop and fabricate new modules including 20 Watt and 50 Watt devices in-house. The program will reportedly require fitting new 20 Watt amplifiers into the same space now occupied by the fleet's existing 1 Watt devices.
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