EECS assistant professor and core member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) Tomás Palacios has been awarded the DARPA Young faculty Award for his project "On-Wafer Integration of Nitride and Silicon CMOS Electronics." By focusing on the seamless integration of GaN and Si transistors on the same wafer, Palacios' project will take advantage of the very high critical electric field and electron velocity of GaN transistors and the capabilities of Si MOSFETs. This integration is expected to yield significant performance improvements in power electronics, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters and other mixed-signal circuits.
The DARPA Young Faculty Award program, now in its second year, consists of a three-stage competitive process with the goal to identify the "rising stars in university microsystems research" who have proposed research that is "innovative, speculative and high-risk." For more information see: http://www.darpa.mil/body/news/2008/YFA_2008_Final.pdf.