GlobalFoundries (GF), a semiconductor provider, and Qualcomm Global Trading PTE, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, are extending their RF collaboration on 5G multigigabit-speed RF front-end products for delivering 5G-enabled products, according to a statement from Qualcomm.
The deal extends the companies’ collaboration in manufacturing 5G-focused RF front ends that Qualcomm designs and GlobalFoundries builds. RF front ends provide the critical connection between the antennas inside smartphones that receive the over-the-air signals from cell towers and the 5G modems that power the connections.
“GlobalFoundries continues to lead in RF with feature-rich technology solutions for 5G,” said Bami Bastani, senior vice president and general manager of GF’s mobile and wireless infrastructure strategic business unit. “Our strong collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies includes sub-6 GHz to unlock everyday access to 5G, and cutting-edge mmWave technology to take 5G to the next level by delivering unmatched data speeds while continuing to provide the longest possible battery life for smartphones, computers, automobiles, network access points and many other 5G connected products.”
Christian Block, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Germany’s RF front-end business, said that with accelerating demand for RF front-end products in a 5G world, robust low-power semiconductor solutions are critical. “Our collaboration with GlobalFoundries, and their leadership in RF-specific, feature-rich foundry solutions, helps to ensure that we’re able to meet the high-performance requirements of our cutting-edge 5G products,” he said.
The collaboration is the latest of several strategic initiatives for GF and is further evidence of the company’s commitment to redefine semiconductor manufacturing innovation by delivering highly differentiated solutions, according to Qualcomm.