Monday, February 25, 2008
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration thinks silicon carbide is ready to replace silicon in circuitry that must withstand ultrahot temperatures--as high as 1,000 degrees F--or deliver ultrahigh power. Prototypes of the world's first commercial SiC integrated circuit, which NASA has contracted with Inprox Technology Corp. (Boston) to jointly design and fabricate, are due out by the end of 2008. The position sensor is being designed to measure linear motion inside NASA's turbine propulsion engines, but Inprox also plans to repurpose it for automotive engine control as well as for high-power, high-temperature industrial applications.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 6:00 AM