OMMIC Develops First European 6-inch GaN Wafer Production Fab

France based MMIC manufacturer, OMMIC has announced the inauguration of its new 6-inch GaN production line. The new facility will multiply OMMIC’s manufacturing strength exponentially, making it one of Europe’s leading III-V compound semiconductor suppliers and the only European company able to produce GaN and GaAs on 6-inch wafers.

Based out of the city of Limeil-Brévannes, France, OMMIC, with a turnover of €14.5 million in 2016 and a backlog of more than €20 million this year, was the 5th largest company manufacturing MMICs. The company is now working towards becoming the third largest GaN manufacturer by 2020, with sales over €100 million.

The new production line development reflects OMMIC’s vision to become a dominant player in serving the 5G and satellite communications markets. A pioneer in III-V GaAs and GaN semiconductors, the French manufacturer now looks to strengthen its capability to cover the needs of 5G antenna relays at 28 and 40 GHz as well as serve and assist its current clients with more modern equipment. Its processes can be used at frequencies above 30 GHz with output powers that have not yet been achieved. With 5G expected to take off through large scale consumer adoption in 2020, OMMIC has signed partnerships with leading names like Huawei to support the development of 5G base stations.

OMMIC raised funds for the construction of the leading-edge factory for III-V semiconductors 6-inch GaN production line in Europe in June 2016 through key players like Bpifrance, BNP Paribas, Banque Populaire and Financière Victoire.