THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--Rockwell Scientific Co. LLC here today announced a $6.4 million contract with the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to develop ultra-low power chip technology for high-speed digital and millimeter wave circuits.
The privately-held company said the program will be focused on development of transistors based on compound semiconductor materials consisting of the metallic element antimony. Rockwell Scientific said new antimonide-based semiconductors are expected to have superior electronic properties and lower turn-on voltages than today's silicon, gallium-arsenide-(GaAs), and indium-phosphide (InP) circuits.
The antimonide-based compound semiconductor (ABCS) technology will be combined with new fabrication techniques being pioneered by researchers at the University of California in Santa Barbara, said Rockwell Scientific. The development project will produce circuits for both defense and aerospace applications.
In addition, the program is also expected to identify potential commercial technologies for light-wave communication circuits, high-frequency wireless networks, and integrated optoelectronic circuits.