Cobham & RFHIC to Develop New GaN Solid State Radar

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 instantaneous shutdown."


"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 contracts. 


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 customers.


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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