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24 November 2008


SemiSouth receives SBIR contract to develop new class of high-speed JFETs

SemiSouth Laboratories Inc of Austin, TX, USA, which designs and manufactures silicon carbide (SiC) based discrete electronic power devices and epiwafers, has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I contract. Related to high efficiency SiC power electronics, the contract was awarded to the firm based on the US military's increasing need for high voltage, high-frequency power transistors. The award was the result of work led by Dr Dave Sheridan and Dr Mike Mazzola.

“This award will help fund a new class of high-speed JFETs, with blocking voltages of 2 kV. In addition to Navy applications, these devices will be well suited for renewable markets such as solar and wind," said Sheridan, SemiSouth’s director of engineering.

Since its formation in 2000, SemiSouth has received 17 Phase I or Phase II SBIR/STTR contracts (including this latest) related to SiC device development.

Work on the project is already underway, and results are expected in Q1/2009.

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