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30 August 2006


AFRL awards SemiSouth $3.95m of SiC power device contract worth up to $22.5m

The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, USA has awarded SemiSouth Laboratories Inc of Starkville, MS, USA a five-year Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase III contract (to be complete August 2011) that could have a maximum valuation of $22.5m.

The objective of the contract is to extend the design, fabrication, and reliability testing of advanced SiC power devices toward military qualification and reproducible manufacturability for product development and commercial sale.

The type of contract is ‘indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity with cost plus fixed-fee (completion) type task orders’: funds are received under ‘task orders’ when needed, and with differing periods of performance and amounts of work, explains SemiSouth’s vice president of sales and marketing, Keith Nootbaar. Each task has a budget, and typically involves work lasting about one year and for a few million dollars.

Task Order 1 (awarded at the same time as the overall contract) is valued at $3.95m and represents SemiSouth’s current backlog with the Air Force under this contract. Nootbaar says SemiSouth is confident that, over the next 60 months, it will be able to win additional task orders up to the specified ceiling of $22.5m.

* News of the contract follows SemiSouth’s opening, last Thursday (24 August) of its new SiC epiwafer and device fabrication plant in Starkville, MI, USA. See related item.

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