Freescale Semiconductor unveils gallium arsenide MOSFET device

Freescale Semiconductor unveils gallium arsenide MOSFET device

Freescale Semiconductor has claimed that they have produced the world’s first commercially viable gallium arsenide MOSFET device. This is a type of next generation transistor which the company claims can boost the performance of chips used in consumer electronics.

Karl Johnson, director of Freescale’s Microwave and Mixed Signal Technologies Laboratory said in a statement: “We’ve been doing research on this for the past 10 years, and the industry in general has been researching this area since the 1960s, but most of the devices made have performed at less than one percent of what was required to make them commercially applicable.”

He further added: “We feel comfortable that what we’ve produced is a manufacturable, high yielding technology that can be implemented in our products. We have addressed what we believe are many, if not all, of the technical issues.”

The company is now working on address the high cost of production and is hoping that they would be able to do so. However, they warn that it would be years before they would be able to roll out products based on this new technology. Until then, they would look for ways to commercialize the device, which could include licensing agreements.

Sumit Sadana, Freescale’s senior vice president of strategy and business development further added: “We’re going to first and foremost start working with customers to commercialize the technology, that’s the first priority, and to the extent that we can find companies in complementary markets, who don’t compete with us head to head, we may look at licensing agreements with them.”

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