INTRINSIC Semiconductor Announces Commercial Shipments of Zero Micropipe (ZMP(TM)) Material and 100mm Silicon Carbide Wafers

Mar 07, 2006, 00:00 ET from INTRINSIC Semiconductor Corporation

    DULLES, Va., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- INTRINSIC Semiconductor, a privately
 held manufacturer of wide bandgap materials and devices, has commenced
 commercial shipments of silicon carbide (SiC) wafers completely free of
 micropipes, as well as 100mm (4 inch) diameter SiC wafers.  Both actions will
 benefit current customer applications and broaden the acceptance of silicon
 carbide as the advanced semiconductor material of choice for next-generation
 RF and power devices.
     Silicon carbide has inherently superior characteristics to silicon and
 other semiconductor materials in high-power, high-frequency and high-
 temperature applications.  However, so-called micropipe defects -- voids that
 permeate SiC material as it is grown -- have hampered yield improvement and
 price reductions.  INTRINSIC's ZMP(TM) material, now in sustained production,
 represents a major industry milestone to customers seeking higher yields and
 lower overall manufacturing cost.
     The availability of 100mm material is another critical element that drives
 silicon carbide toward broader appeal and increased industry demand.  Not only
 can SiC device manufacturers achieve a potential doubling in the number of
 devices per wafer compared with 75mm, but equipment capable of handling 100mm
 wafers is far more plentiful.  Expanding its capacity in 100mm material will
 keep INTRINSIC on the forefront of customers' material qualifications, setting
 the stage for volume production shipments in the second half of this year.
     "Beyond the technical accomplishment, today's announcement sends a message
 that we make and meet commitments," noted Cengiz Balkas, INTRINSIC President
 and CEO.  "Transitioning our ZMP and 100mm efforts from R&D into reliable and
 repeatable production represents an enormous credit to our development and
 manufacturing teams."
     INTRINSIC manufactures both insulating and conducting SiC wafers, as well
 as SiC and GaN epitaxial products in 50mm, 75mm and 100mm diameters.  The
 company is also developing ZMP production for 100mm product.
     Detailed ordering and delivery information on INTRINSIC's SiC materials
 may be obtained by contacting the company at (703) 437-4000.
     About INTRINSIC Semiconductor Corporation
     INTRINSIC Semiconductor is a privately held emerging growth company
 focusing on materials and device technologies based on SiC and GaN, clear
 forerunners for next-generation high power and high-frequency device
 applications.  For additional information on INTRINSIC, please visit
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