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US SiC research lab appoints former X-Fab director


John Ransom joins Multi-User SiC (MUSiC) Research and Fabrication Facility as program manager

The University of Arkansas has appointed John Ransom as the program manager of the newly established Multi-User SiC (MUSiC) Research and Fabrication Facility. Ransom joins from X-Fab Texas, where he was formerly the director of SiC Technology. He has more than 35 years' experience in the semiconductor industry.

"We are looking forward to the many contributions John will offer the University of Arkansas during the construction and operation of the MUSiC facility," said Alan Mantooth, executive director of research facility and distinguished professor of electrical engineering. "He is well-known in the SiC semiconductor field and is an instant impact on our team."

In 2020-21, the MUSiC Research and Fabrication Facility received nearly $19 million from the National Science Foundation and $5.4 million from the Army Research Laboratory. The aim of the open-access facility is to fill a void in US production of SIC integrated circuits for R&D by providing domestic opportunities for prototyping, proof-of-principle demonstrations and device design. The facility will enable the fabrication of circuits and devices on 6-inch semiconductor wafers for educational, commercial and military entities.

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