Government/Military Programs

II-VI Shows Off First 200mm SiC Substrate

II-VI Advanced Materials of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, recently exhibited the first 200mm diameter SiC wafer at the 2015 Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (CS MANTECH) conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also showcased the wafer at the International SiC Power Electronics Applications Workshop (ISiCPEAW) in Stockholm, Sweden. The development comes after …

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UT Arlington Researcher Wins DARPA Grant to Develop Compact Ultraviolet Lasers for Trace Chemical Detection

An  electrical engineering researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington recently won a $600,000 federal grant to develop and produce a small ultraviolet lasers for detection systems that spot trace amounts of chemical and biological agents used in weapons. Weidong Zhou, an electrical engineering professor who specializes in nanophotonics, …

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UK Government Awards Cardiff University £17.3 Million for Compound Semiconductor Research Foundation

Universities minister Greg Clark MP announced that the UK government has awarded Cardiff University £17.3 million in funding that will go towards Compound Semiconductor Research Foundation. The award adds to £12m that the Welsh Government already pledged to support the Foundation. The Foundation will be at the University’s Innovation Campus. …

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Livermore Lab Commissions Highest Peak Power Laser Diode Arrays

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has built and commissioned the highest peak power laser diode arrays worldwide. The total peak power of the arrays is 3.2 megawatts (MW). LLNL partnered with Lasertel Inc., a member of the Finmeccanica Group. Lasertel combined novel micro-optics with advanced semiconductor laser technology. The diode …

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Silicon Carbide Promises Improved Efficiency of Industrial Processes

The project titled, “Modular Medium-frequency Process Power Supply with Silicon Carbide Power Semiconductor Switches” (MMPSiC) targets higher efficiency of power supplies for industrial processes to reduce energy consumption. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) from its the Light Technology Institute (LTI),  cooperated with their industry partners IXYS Semiconductor and …

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U.S. Government Approves Export of GaN-based Sensor Technology in Patriot Radar 

The United States government approved Raytheon to export of its Gallium Nitride- (GaN) based Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Patriot sensor to Patriot Air and Missile Defense System partner nations. “GaN-based AESA technology can bring customers of the combat-proven Patriot optimized 360-degree coverage while setting the stage for future capability …

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Ammono Commences Fabrication of 2-inch Semi-Insulating GaN Substrates for Space Applications

Ammono, S.A. of Poland, which produces gallium nitride with the Ammonothermal method, has developed a new type of highly resistive 2-inch AMMONO-GaN semiconductor crystals. The company announced that it began fabricating the 2-inch substrates for space applications. The crystals possess a high structural quality with a narrow X-ray diffraction curves …

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Advanced Wireless Awarded $3 Million to Supply GaN-based SSPAs

Advantech Wireless of Montreal, Canada, announced that the company has received $3 million in orders from defense organizations to provide its GaN-based solid state power amplifiers (SSPAs) for Satcom-On-The-Move (SOTM) solutions and Flyaway terminals. The SSPAs will be WGS certified in Ka-Band and X-Band. According to the company, the GaN-based …

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Siva Power Wins $3 Million from DOE’s SunShot Initiative

The United States Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has awarded $3 million to San Jose-based solar energy company Siva Power, for its low-cost solar manufacturing technology and processes. The aim of the SunShot Initiative is to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional energy sources by 2020. The DOE’s $3 million …

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Freescale Introduces 125 Watt CW  GaN-on-SiC Transistor 

Freescale Semiconductor introduced a 125 watt continuous wave (CW) GaN-on-SiC transistor. The new MMRF5014H transistor offers  extended operational bandwidth, making it perfect for wideband amplifiers in scientific equipment and military communications products for U.S. defense including radar implementations, electronic warfare systems, and jammers. The available reference circuit demonstrates 100 W …

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