Global Foundries To Boost Gallium Nitride Chip Production
These High Voltage Chips Are Crucial to 5G and 6G Cellular Communications
GlobalFoundries, the largest for-profit employer in Vermont, has been awarded an additional $35 million in federal funding to accelerate the production of gallium nitride chips at its plant in Essex Junction. This funding, announced in a press release on Wednesday, will be added to the $30 million of federal funding secured by the company last year.
Gallium nitride chips are known for their ability to handle high voltages and temperatures, making them crucial components in various applications, including 5G and 6G cellular communications. However, with China producing 98% of the world's gallium, the recent announcement by China to restrict exports of gallium nitride has posed significant supply-chain constraints.
GlobalFoundries stated in their press release that the additional Pentagon funds would help alleviate the impact of these supply-chain constraints, although they did not provide specific details on how this would be achieved. Despite requests for comment, the company has remained silent on the matter.
The plant in Essex Junction currently employs approximately 1,800 workers and 800 contractors, as reported by the plant's general manager, Ken McAvey, last year. The infusion of federal funding will undoubtedly provide a boost to the local economy and create new job opportunities
GlobalFoundries President and CEO, Thomas Caulfield, expressed his enthusiasm for the funding, highlighting the potential of gallium nitride chips in revolutionizing energy efficiency and performance in critical technologies. Caulfield stated, "These chips will enable our customers to realize bold new designs that push the envelope of energy efficiency and performance of critical technologies we rely on every day."
The $35 million funding comes from the Department of Defense's Trusted Access Program Office, recognizing the Essex Junction plant as a "trusted foundry" for the Pentagon. This designation further solidifies GlobalFoundries' position as a key player in semiconductor manufacturing for defense applications.
This latest funding injection is a testament to the collaborative efforts between the federal government and GlobalFoundries in promoting domestic semiconductor production and ensuring supply-chain resilience.
As the world becomes increasingly reliant on advanced technologies, the demand for gallium nitride chips will continue to rise. GlobalFoundries' expanded production capabilities will play a crucial role in meeting this growing demand and reducing dependence on foreign sources.
With the ongoing global chip shortage affecting various industries, the federal government's investment in semiconductor manufacturing is a strategic move to strengthen national security and bolster the domestic economy. The Essex Junction plant's continuous expansion and innovation demonstrate Vermont's commitment to high-tech manufacturing and its potential to become a hub for semiconductor production.
As GlobalFoundries accelerates its gallium nitride chip production, the company is poised to contribute significantly to the advancement of 5G and 6G technologies, benefiting infrastructure, cellphones, and vehicles. The additional federal funding ensures that GlobalFoundries remains at the forefront of semiconductor manufacturing and solidifies its position as a leading player in the industry.