AmberWave and Purdue to Jointly Develop New III-V Devices

March 27, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

AmberWave Systems Corp. announced a cooperative agreement with Purdue University to jointly develop technologies for the integration of semiconductor devices on III-V materials. While the announcement was not specific, Silicon Carbide, Gallium Arsenide, Indium Gallium Phosphide, and Indium Gallium Arsenide are examples of III-V materials used in a variety of power, radio frequency and portable applications.

Richard Faubert, President and CEO of AmberWave said, "This partnership with Purdue continues AmberWave's tradition of working with leading research universities to advance promising semiconductor research to commercialization. We have been working on III-V material technology for some time and this collaboration with Purdue will significantly enhance that development. We are excited about this new relationship with Purdue and Dr. Ye."

The principal investigator working in this collaboration is Dr. Peide (Peter) Ye of Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Ye is an expert in III-V MOSFET technology and atomic layer deposition (ALD) and was previously a researcher at Bell Laboratories of Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems. Dr. Ye's background in solving the challenges of new materials development was the compelling reason for AmberWave's selection of Purdue as a partner in this research.

"AmberWave's experience at taking novel ideas from the research lab to the manufacturer was crucial to our decision to cooperate in this effort," said Dr. Ye. "AmberWave not only brings a strong development capability with expertise in deposition and defectivity in mixed-material systems, but also has an effective business development process with an ability to see results through to commercial use."

AmberWave Systems' strained silicon technology results from more than 15 years of research at MIT, AT&T Bell Labs and its own facilities. AmberWave is continuing development for the next generation of semiconductor material and device technologies in the area of III-V compounds. The company has assembled a portfolio of over 150 issued and pending patents and complements its intellectual property with a range of technical support services that enable licensees to integrate the licensed technology into leading manufacturing processes. AmberWave maintains a 5,000 square foot class 10 cleanroom in its state-of-the-art development facility in Salem, New Hampshire, has raised over $66 million to date.