HRL Makes Its GaN Transistor Technology Available to Commercial Customers

MALIBU, CA – February 28, 2012. HRL Laboratories, LLC, announced today it is offering products in its gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) technology to commercial customers in select markets. This technology provides significant advantages for high-data-rate wireless links, radars and active sensors.

HRL has been investing in GaN transistor development since the late 1990s, reporting the first Ka-band GaN power amplifier at the 2004 IEEE International Microwave Symposium and the first W-band GaN power amplifier at the 2006 International Electron Devices Meeting.

The HRL GaN amplifiers offer more than five times improvement in E and W-band output power compared to current state-of-the-art commercial solid-state technologies. This high power output reduces the need for power combining multiple amplifiers and minimizes the power module assembly complexity. In addition, the intrinsic higher linearity of GaN allows the transmission of modulation schemes with higher spectral efficiency, increasing the potential data throughput for wireless links.

HRL is offering wideband 70 to 100 GHz GaN power amplifiers as well as a family of application-specific E and W-band power amplifiers covering the 71 to 76 GHz, 81 to 86 GHz and 90 to 96 GHz bands.

Information and specifications are available Interested customers can call (310) 317-5981 or email for additional information.  HRL will be introducing its GaN products at the 2012 Gomac Tech (booth # 305) and at the International Microwave Conference (booth # 203).


HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, California ( is a corporate research-and-development laboratory owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors specializing in research into sensors and materials, information and systems sciences, applied electromagnetics, and microelectronics. HRL provides custom research and development and performs additional R&D contract services for its LLC member companies, the U.S. government, and other commercial companies.

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