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Posted: August 27, 2009

Raytheon Awarded $7 Million Phase 2 Contract for Work on Compound Semiconductor Materials on Silicon

(Nanowerk News) Raytheon Company was awarded a $7 million follow-on contract from the Office of Naval Research for work on the Compound Semiconductor Materials on Silicon (COSMOS) program.
Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, this phase two contract will focus on improving the yield and integration density of compound semiconductor and silicon complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) transistors fabricated on the same silicon wafer.
"The COSMOS program focuses on integrating high-performance compound semiconductors, such as Indium phosphide or Gallium arsenide, with low-cost silicon transistors to achieve superior cost benefits and performance than what is available today," said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president of Engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). "These technological advances allow us to provide more complex and highly sophisticated solutions for our warfighters."
During phase one, the Raytheon-led team demonstrated that high performance compound semiconductor devices (InP HBTs) can be directly grown and fabricated on silicon substrates and monolithically integrated with Silicon CMOS transistors on the same substrate. The team will use these findings in phase two to design and fabricate high speed, low power consumption digital-to- analog converters whose performance cannot be realized with today's existing semiconductor technology.
Using its OpenAIR&trtade; business model for assembling talent and capabilities, Raytheon IDS is partnering with Raytheon Systems Limited, Glenrothes, Scotland; Soitec, Bernin, France; Teledyne Scientific Imaging Company, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.; Paradigm Research LLC, Windham, N.H.; IQE, Bethlehem, Penn.; and Silicon Valley Technology Center, San Jose, Calif.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.
Source: Raytheon (press release)
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