Anvil Semiconductors appoints Chairman to lead the commercialisation of 3C-SiC technology for power devices

Following its recent $1.6M investment round, Anvil Semiconductors Ltd today announced the appointment of Martin Lamb as Chairman to lead the company as it commercialises its new technology that promises to open up high volume power device markets for silicon carbide (SiC). The unique SiC-on-silicon epitaxial technology opens up the prospect of devices offering SiC performance at the costs close to those of silicon.

Martin, who previously held various senior positions including Managing Director of Wafer Technology Ltd. and served on the board of IQE plc, has more than 25 years’ experience in the compound semiconductor materials industry. Most recently he has been an active angel investor and serves on the boards of several companies within his portfolio, many of which are commercialising novel technologies related to the production or processing of materials.

Commenting on the appointment, CEO Jill Shaw said, “We are very pleased to have Martin on board. He brings to the team a depth of experience of semiconductor leadership, having successfully navigated a business through periods of significant growth to a successful exit”.

Speaking on his appointment, Martin Lamb remarked, “Anvil has some very exciting technology that could prove disruptive in many markets and I’m delighted to be involved. I’m looking forward to working with the Anvil team to help them exploit these opportunities.”

About Anvil Semiconductors

Anvil Semiconductors was established in August 2010 as a spin-out from the School of Engineering of the University of Warwick to exploit patented developments in Silicon Carbide (SiC) Power Semiconductor technology. The Company has recently closed a £1M funding round led by the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF), a venture capital fund managed by specialist energy and environment merchant bank, Turquoise International, and also including Midven, Ntensive angel investor group, Cambridge Capital Group and Minerva Business Angels.

Power electronics and switches are used to switch and control power from AC line to DC conversion for applications as diverse as laptop computers or other consumer products to railway electric traction and the grid. In the modern world it is ubiquitous and plays a key role in improving the efficiency in energy utilisation of everyday products

Anvil’s alternative approach to SiC switches should cost no more than their silicon competitors. This approach involves growing a thin layer of 3 step cubic SiC (3C-SiC) on Si seed wafers sufficient to build the active power devices. In addition to the fundamental crystal growth expertise, Anvil has IP relating to resolving the problem of the stress which is inevitable when growing SiC on Si and which to date has prevented this technology from moving forward. The Anvil IP has been proven on 100mm Si wafers and inherently will permit larger wafer diameters to be used without modification. For more information see our website www.anvil-semi.co.uk

The Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) is a University of East Anglia fund managed by Turquoise International. LCIF is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) East of England Competitiveness Programme, which is investing £100m towards low carbon economic growth until 2013.

  • LCIF is part of the governments’ Solutions for Business portfolio of business support products. It is a venture capital fund making equity investments alongside other investors or funds. Investments can be made in eligible small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the East of England. Further details can be found at www.lowcarbonfund.co.uk
  • The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is a seven-year investment programme part financed by the European Union. Its objective is ‘towards low carbon economic growth’ in the East of England and €110.9 million has been allocated to the region. For more information visit: http://www.communities.gov.uk/regeneration/regenerationfunding/europeanregionaldevelopment/eastengland/