Army grants to bolster unique new semiconductor manufacturing facility

Photo by Russell Cothren, University Relations.

From left to right, Zhong Chen, Greg Salamo, Shannon Davis and Alan Mantooth.

Total funding of more than $ 5 million from the Army Research Office and the Army Research Laboratory will go to a unique silicon carbide semiconductor manufacturing facility at the U of A.

The grants – $ 4.5 million from the Army Research Office and $ 900,000 from the Army Research Laboratory – follow a $ 18 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the construction and operation of the one-stop nationwide manufacturing facility.

Alan Mantooth, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, is the principal investigator of both grants.

The Army Research Office grant will be used for equipment and the Army Research Laboratory grant for student and staff compensation, tuition and materials to support research activities in collaboration with the army research laboratory.

Combining state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure with a core of research experts focused on silicon carbide semiconductor devices, sensors and integrated circuits, the manufacturing facility will develop new electronic components to meet the areas of demand. national defense. Researchers will manufacture superior integrated circuits for compact and rugged electronic devices for branches of the US military. The devices will also be more energy efficient and heat resistant.

The facility will also train the next generation of semiconductor researchers and engineers capable of working in both the silicon semiconductor and silicon carbide industries. Students of all levels will be offered research opportunities and will be exposed to a highly sought-after science and technology field. The research will engage under-represented students in this burgeoning new field of electronics.

With decades of silicon carbide experience now, Mantooth will lead a team that will purchase, install and integrate state of the art equipment with the goal of building a low volume prototyping facility to produce silicon carbide integrated circuits.

In addition to Mantooth, researchers on this project include Greg Salamo, professor emeritus of physics; Zhong Chen, associate professor of electrical engineering; and Shannon Davis, business and operations manager in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

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