ADVANCED Power Technology (APT) has entered into a licence agreement with the Electronic Systems' sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation to manufacture next-generation silicon carbide (‘SiC’) microelectronic devices.
This agreement forms an exclusive foundry supplier relationship whereby Northrop Grumman will licence certain SiC technology to APT including relevant SiC patents and manufacturing methods to enable APT to manufacture proprietary high performance SiC microelectronic devices exclusively for Northrop Grumman.
In addition, the agreement allows APT to use the licenced technology to manufacture and sell other high performance SiC devices for commercial purposes.
Both companies possess substantial expertise in SiC technology and view SiC based power semiconductors as strategically important to a wide array of next generation applications.
The driving force for the adoption of silicon carbide for military as well as civilian applications is the need to reduce weight and size of power control and management systems and their associated support equipment, in particular cooling systems and heat dispersing packaging.
SiC semiconductors have demonstrated large performance advantages innumerous test beds over the most advanced silicon components.
Military applications include radar, hybrid power systems, electric power control and distribution, electronic jamming and wideband communications systems.
Potential non-military applications that can benefit from silicon carbide's military-level performance include hybrid vehicles, electric power transmission, computer/servers, medical systems and alternative energy.
APT is represented in Australia by Richardson Electronics Pty Ltd.