SBIR Phase I: Development of the First SiC PEBB

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740534
Agency Tracking Number: 0740534
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: EL
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
United Silicon Carbide, Inc
DUNS: 042068101
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Leonid Fursin
 (732) 565-9500
Business Contact
 Leonid Fursin
Title: PhD
Phone: (732) 565-9500
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I research project is to develop and commercialize the first silicon carbide monolithically integrated Power Electronic Building Block (PEBB). The proposed PEBB integrates a Vertical Junction gate Field Effect Transistor (VJFET) and a Junction Barrier Schottky (JBS) diode on the same chip. The innovations include a simple fully self-aligned process compatible with the PEBB fabrication, a design that permits the monolithic merging into a single JBS diode by a process without any extra step, a design and process permitting the fabrication of the fail-safe normally-off VJFET with submicron vertical channel by a completely self-aligned process which requires only one mask for fabricating the active part of the VJFET and is compatible with the PEBB integration, and a PEBB design suitable for synchronous rectification that can substantially reduce diode conduction loss and improve circuit efficiency. With a quickly-increasing amount of the electric power being processed by power electronic systems before their final consumption, improvements on efficiency and reliability of these systems can save a substantial amount of energy and lead to profound technological and social benefits in the years to come. The proposed PEBB can be applied to low-to-medium power applications that cover consumer electronics, industrial motor control, transportation (Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Plug-in Electric Vehicles) systems, military and space power applications.

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