GF looks to advance RF leadership with GF Connex portfolio

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GlobalFoundries has announced GF Connex, a comprehensive and advanced portfolio of feature-rich radio frequency (RF) technology solutions for next generation wireless connectivity.

GF Connex includes best in class design support and an extensive partner ecosystem for delivering wireless-connected products. Products based on GF Connex are now in the market through GF’s collaborations with customers including: Broadcom, Fujikura, MediaTek, Orca Systems and Skyworks.

“Our ability to provide leadership solutions for wireless connectivity is rooted in our rich RF innovation heritage,” said Dr. Thomas Caulfield, president and CEO, GF. “The GF Connex portfolio enables our customers to deliver market-leading innovation, expanding the pervasive deployment of semiconductors powering a new generation of intelligent wireless products.”

The GF Connex portfolio supports purpose-built solutions based on GF’s RF silicon-on-insulator (SOI), FDXTM, silicon-germanium (SiGe) and fin field-effect transistor (FinFET) platforms addressing the application-specific requirements of wireless in smart mobile devices and communications infrastructure, home and industrial IoT, and automotive including:

GF Connex solutions sets have been tailored to deliver the requirements of 5G sub-6GHz (gigahertz) and mmWave applications, delivering a combination of performance, integration and area advantages, and exceptional power efficiency and enabling customers to design cellular systems that enable smartphones to stay connected longer on a single charge, and cellular and satellite communications that deliver more robust, reliable and swift connections.

The portfolio's solutions have application-specific features that deliver exceptional power efficiency, high performance edge computing and robust non-volatile memory integration. This enables GF customers to design tightly integrated, high performing, ultra-low power wireless system on chips (SoCs) that enable extremely power-efficient intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) products.

GF Connex mmWave solutions also support the highest automotive grade RADAR mission profiles, making it possible for GF customers to design sensors with extended range, higher resolution imagery at low latency and an unprecedented level of integration and power efficiency.

Customer demand for GF Connex solutions has grown 47% in the last two years, according to GF, demonstrating strong market momentum. GF Connex solutions are in volume production today, with close to 100 billion chips shipped to date.