Open-RAN Gallium Nitride (ORanGaN)

Date: 01.02.2022

Topics: Future telecoms, Gallium Nitride, RF & Microwave

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Project summary

Project details

Total project cost: £3,804,938

Funder: Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (Future RAN Competition)

Start date: 01/02/2022

Partners: Inex Microtechnology Ltd; Custom Interconnect Ltd; Viper RF Ltd; CSA Catapult

The ORanGaN project is creating a new sovereign supply chain to develop UK radio frequency (RF) gallium nitride (GaN) products and devices to be used in 5G communications.

The project will provide more security for UK manufacturers, more export opportunities for hardware manufacturers. It enhances 5G infrastructure and resilience within the UK, helping to grow the UK economy.

Currently, there are no commercial RF-GaN devices fully developed and manufactured in the UK that can be used in 5G applications.

The project is developing new manufacturing processes and packaging solutions to create 5G components such as Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit Chips (MMIC).

MMIC chips are used in power amplifiers— components that boost signals before they are transmitted from a base station to smartphones and computers.

The manufacturing processes developed during the project will focus on the design and development of the MMIC (Viper RF), manufacturing of the chip (INEX Microtechnology), testing and characterisation of the technology (CSA Catapult) and the electronics and packaging of the chip (Custom Interconnect Ltd).

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