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How China got its EMALS

By Saurabh Misra - posted Thursday, 7 December 2017

Broadcom Limited ( formerly Avago Technologies, owned by Hock Tan and incorporated in Singapore) is in talks for acquiring both Qualcomm and remaining part of NXP.

Breakthrough announced in South China Morning Post by China in developing its own Improved EMALS technology which was done by use of advanced insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) chips.

This sudden development of in house EMALS technology by China was only made possible due to acquisition of semiconductor companies-WeEn, Ampleon and Nexperia, which were acquired via sale of Freescale Semiconductors (NXP)'s Bipolar Power Division, RF Power division and Standards Products Division respectively and also by acquisition of some other European semiconductor companies.


These semiconductor, processor, IGBT and inverter technologies which were treasured and developed by the United States since 1948 and formed the backbone of the inventions made by its defence establishment including NASA, were clandestinely and cleverly, taken by the Chinese while the people in power in the United States were in a deep narcoleptic sleep.

Now, the final result of all this is that the existing fleet (assets) of the United States Navy and United States Airforce which were using system made using Freescale (NXP) components will have to source the products from companies owned by China as those components are no longer produced by NXP. General Atomics, Northrop Grumman,Curtiss-Wright all use Freescale (NXP) components.

Even the future fleet of the United States Navy and Airforce will be effected unless a new vendor for the components earlier provided by NXP(Freescale) is decided upon. A recent example is May 2017- Curtiss-Wright- $9 million Navy contract to provide single-board computers for surface warships-92 VME-183 single-board computers for the U.S. Navy and 50 computer boards for the Japanese navy. The VME-183 general-purpose embedded computing processor board uses one or two NXP (formerly Freescale) MPC7447A/7448 Power Architecture processors with AltiVec technology.

The recent crashes of US aircraft and collisions of naval ships may also have a relation to these past events as they may have been using parts supplied by China owned companies which are no longer produced by NXP (Freescale) Semiconductors.

In Sept 2017 Trump Administration blocked a deal between Lattice Semiconductor (United States) and China Venture Capital Fund Corporation which is just a single step taken in the right direction but its also a one step that has been taken a little too late.

However, quite surprisingly President Trump has personally promoted efforts of Hock Tan (CEO Broadcom) to takeover the remaining business of NXP Semiconductors by Singapore based Broadcom.


So, what the Chinese have now accomplished through EMALS is understandable looking at all the past events and the planned and methodical manner in which they accomplished this task. Its a beginning of something very dangerous for the whole world. In its doing so the US military assets have been irreparably compromised, both present and future.

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Saurabh Misra is a legal professional practising as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi who occasionally writes on matters concerning the economy, defence and foreign policy.

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