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Microsemi Corporation’s Power Products Group, formerly Advanced Power Technology (APT), has been awarded $1.8m by Congress to develop silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor components for future military avionics applications, such as lighter and more efficient jet fighter communications systems. The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2007 Defense Appropriations Act, and the program is expected to be administered by the AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory).
James J. Peterson, Microsemi’s president and CEO, said: "Microsemi is committed to be a technology innovator in the development of next generation silicon carbide products for defense and commercial applications. This commitment is another example of the end customer support that we are receiving in the quest of being a silicon carbide leader."
Earlier this year Microsemi secured a contract with the defense contractor Northrop Grumman to also provide SiC-based products.