SemiSouth Announces Grant To Develop Power Switches

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Austin, Texas-based SemiSouth, a developer and manufacturer of high-efficiency silicon carbide (SiC) power electronics technology for solar, wind, datacenter and other power management applications, has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research Phase I contract. This contract was awarded to SemiSouth due to the U.S. military's increasing need for high-voltage, high-frequency power transistors, according to the company.

The recent award was the result of focused efforts, led by Dave Sheridan and Mike Mazzola, in pushing SemiSouth's proprietary SiC technology forward for both near- and long-term products.

‘This award will help fund a new class of high-speed [junction gate field-effect transistors], with blocking voltages of 2 kV,’ says Sheridan, SemiSouth's director of engineering. ‘In addition to Navy applications, these devices will be well suited for renewable markets, such as solar and wind.’

Work on the project is under way, with results expected in the first quarter of 2009.

SOURCE: SemiSouth Laboratories Inc.

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