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IIT Bhubaneswar to collaborate with industry to conduct research in compound semiconductor field | Bhubaneswar News - Times of India

IIT Bhubaneswar to collaborate with industry to conduct research in compound semiconductor field | Bhubaneswar News - Time...
BHUBANESWAR: IIT Bhubaneswar will collaborate with a private company to conduct research in the field of Compound Semiconductors.

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IIT Bhubaneswar Collaborates with Private Company for Semiconductor Research

IIT Bhubaneswar has announced a collaboration with a private company to conduct research in the field of Compound Semiconductors. The project will focus on indigenizing Silicon Carbide (SiC) crystal growth at IIT Bhubaneswar, with an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore. The collaboration aims to bring in the know-how of high-volume production of 150 mm and 200 mm SiC wafers, and establish a SiC process fabrication and assembly, testing, marking, and packaging (ATMP) plant in Odisha.

The national institute has signed a memorandum of agreement with SiCSem Private Limited for industry-academia collaboration, with the company establishing the facility at IIT Bhubaneswar and the institute providing manpower for the research and development works. The project is expected to contribute significantly to the development of the semiconductor ecosystem in Odisha and the nation's semiconductor industry, in line with India Semiconductor Mission, Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives.

Shreepad Karmalkar, director of IIT Bhubaneswar, emphasized that such collaborations will help India become self-sufficient in power semiconductor devices for advanced technologies such as electric vehicles (EVs), fast chargers, green energy, PV inverters, motor controls, and beyond 5G communication. He also highlighted the potential benefits for India, stating that silicon carbide fabs have lower investment requirements than typical silicon fabs, simpler technology, and promising prospects for Indian businesses.

The collaboration comes after IIT Bhubaneswar received administrative approval from the ministry of electronics and information technology for the implementation of the Chips to Startup (C2S) programme, a part of the Centre’s plan to transform India into the next semiconductor hub. This initiative builds on the institute's previous work in designing and developing low power semiconductor chips for audio applications in electronic devices.

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