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Anvil closes on £1m funding round to commercialise low cost Silicon Carbide power devices

Anvil Semiconductors has secured backing to develop and commercialise its silicon carbide (SiC)-on-silicon technology for power devices. The unique epitaxial technology opens up the prospect of devices offering silicon carbide performance at the cost of silicon.

The superior operating efficiencies of SiC-based devices, versus those based on conventional silicon, have long made it a material of promise to the industry. However, the high costs of producing devices in SiC has discouraged their widespread adoption, particularly in cost-competitive consumer applications. Use of SiC devices has been largely restricted to niche markets where system benefits justify the cost premium.

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