WASHINGTON, August 30, 2017 - Electronics developers have been awarded a share of $30 million in grants offered by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funds have been distributed to 21 projects as part of the Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors (CIRCUITS) program. Those selected are developing unique ideas to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative electric power converters that save energy and give the United States a critical technological advantage. ARPA-E says CIRCUITS projects will leverage a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters based on wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technology, using materials like silicon carbide or gallium nitride instead of the silicon that is dominant today. WBG semiconductors allow devices to operate at significantly higher speeds, voltages, and temperatures than conventional semiconductor materials, and do so in smaller, lighter packages. Previous efforts by ARPA-E have focused primarily on WBG material and device development.

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