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NH Business Newsreel: BAE signs Air Force semiconductor deal

September 20. 2018 11:09PM
BAE said it signed an agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory to transition gallium nitride semiconductor technology developed by the Air Force to BAE’s Advanced Microwave Products Center in Nashua. (COURTESY)

NASHUA — BAE said it signed an agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for Phase 1 of an effort to transition gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology developed by the Air Force to its Advanced Microwave Products Center.

As part of the effort, BAE will transfer and further enhance the technology, and scale it to 6-inch wafers to slash per-chip costs and improve its accessibility, BAE said this week.

GaN technology provides broad frequency bandwidth, high efficiency, and high transmit power in a small footprint, making it ideal for next-generation radar, electronic warfare, and communications systems, the company said.

The work will take place primarily at BAE’s 70,000-square-foot Microelectronics Center in Nashua, where the company researches, develops and produces compound semiconductor materials, devices, circuits. The center employs 240 people.

Tri-City Expo coming next week

MANCHESTER — The 30th annual Tri-City Expo, a joint effort between the Greater Concord, Manchester and Nashua Chambers of Commerce, will be held 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Manchester Downtown Hotel, 700 Elm St.

The event, the state’s largest business expo, will feature over 200 New Hampshire businesses. New elements this year include a main stage, entertainment, tastings and libations. For more information visit

TechOut deadline extended

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire High Tech Council has extended the deadline for the 2018 TechOut competition to Sept. 28.

TechOut is an annual startup competition that awards young startups with investment capital prizes totaling $300,000.

New this year, Brady Sullivan Properties will provide up to 4,000 square feet of office space at one of its Elm Street locations, plus design services to the first-place winner.

The TechOut event will occur on Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Oracle + Dyn, 150 Dow St. in Manchester.

Finalists will present live pitches to a group of judges and a live audience.

The event will also feature displays detailing entrants’ innovative ideas, as well as networking opportunities.

Admission is $15 for council members, $20 for nonmembers and $10 for students. To learn more, visit or call (603) 935-8951.

Center for Family Enterprise hosts boot camp

NASHUA — The UNH Center for Family Enterprise will present a Succession and Continuity Boot Camp at the Nashua Country Club, on Oct. 3.

Registration and coffee start at 8 a.m.; the program will run through a working lunch until 1 p.m.

Presenters will be led by leading family business consultant Everett Moitoza of Moitoza Consulting and will include: Keith Boudreau, The Newport Group; Patrick Collins, Pierce Atwood; Jessica Geiben Lynn, CFAR; Andy Lee and Ed Mullen, Mass Mutual Financial Group; and Jeff Wheeler, Baker Newman and Noyes.

This event is free to members. There is a special one-time, trial, nonmember registration fee of $99 per person.

Register by Monday, Sept. 24, at 862-1107 or email at


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