Unique opportunity: Gallium Nitride (GaN) Radio Frequency (RF) semiconductor patent portfolio of 98 patent assets with priority dates from 2000 to 2015. With 5G implementation coming soon, the GaN RF market is developing fast: from $380M in 2017 to $1.3B by 2023. This portfolio is relevant for 5G, radar and satellite communications, wireless charging and autonomous driving.
These patents have significant value because high breakdown voltage is one of the hallmarks of GaN technology. Applications: Power amplifiers Companies: Sumitomo, Cree, Qorvo
The patents provide a significant amount of data showing improved noise, reverse leakage current, lower gate capacitance, comparable current performance and gain, reduced gate current. Applications: Broad applications for reducing leakage current (and therefore static power consumption): GaN switches and amplifiers, photodetectors, low noise amplifiers Companies: Qorvo, Infineon, MACOM, Custom MMIC
This portfolio can have potential value for high power products, not just RF. Applications: Potential products include: high voltage switching regulator, 5G microwave switches, and automotive switch products are potential applications. Companies: TI, Infineon, Cree, Navitas, GaN Systems, EPC, Dialog, and a number of military contractors - Boeing, HRL, Teledyne, Raytheon, Lockheed, etc.