a developer of power radio frequency chip technology, has landed a Phase II Small Business technology Transfer grant from the federal government for development of chips to be used in ballistic missile defense radar.

The Missile Defense Agency is seeking the microwave integrated circuits.

The amount of the grant, which covers two years, was not disclosed.

The so-called X-band monolithic microwave integrated circuits also could have commercial applications, according to the venture-backed company.

Nitronex will utilize its proprietary technology for use of the gallium nitride on silicon chips.

In January, Nitronex closed on $7.5 million in new funding. It also recently moved into a new 69,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Durham.

Nitronex investors include Intersouth Partners in Durham.

Founded in 1999, the company employs technology first developed at North Carolina State University. It has designed semiconductors for use in high-speed broadband and wireless services.