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AlGaN/GaN HFETs on Silicon for BMDS X-Band Radars

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
78026
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
B064-012-0172
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Nitronex Corporation
2305 Presidential Drive Durham, NC -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: AlGaN/GaN HFETs on Silicon for BMDS X-Band Radars
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-07-C-7658
Award Amount: $868,975.00
 

Abstract:

AlGaN/GaN FETs on Si will be developed and optimized for operation at high frequency (X-band and above). The high frequency performance will be improved by modifications to the existing commercialized sub-4GHz GaN FET platform technology that's currently available at Nitronex. The modifications will be made in the epitaxial structure, device layout and gate length for maximum X-band radar performance. In parallel, research will be conducted on surface issues that influence device performance and reliability. Novel MgCaO dielectric will be investigated for suitability for high performance GaN HEMTs at all frequencies. Physical modeling using Monte Carlo simulation will also be performed to gain insight into HEMT performance and reliability. Once the basic process modules are developed, a fabrication run will be undertaken to produce high frequency discrete devices and MMICs that are suitable for use with the X-band radar PA. The GaN device technology that will be developed in this program will satisfy the needs of MDA BMDS systems at X-band and also enable new commercial applications for GaN FETs in the area of weather radar, commercial avionics, satellite communications and high frequency WiMAX wireless communications.

Principal Investigator:

Pradeep Rajagopal
Program Manager
9194245176
pradeep@nitronex.com

Business Contact:

Edwin L. Piner
Director, Advanced Technology
9194245167
epiner@nitronex.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NITRONEX CORP.
2305 Presidential Drive Durham, NC 27703

EIN/Tax ID: 522152956
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF FLORIDA
343 NSC
Gainesville, FL 32606
Contact: Stephen Pearton
Contact Phone: (352) 846-1086
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university