Leading the Semiconductor Economy from the Lab to Fabrication

Anna Corbitt, a graduate assistant in electrical engineering, studies a silicon carbide wafer.

The University of Arkansas is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the United States’ future semiconductor economy. Semiconductors, such as silicon, are essential materials in most electronic devices and advance performance in fields such as healthcare, the military, computing and transportation.

We’re building partnerships across the Heartland, we have more than 30 years of success in advanced electronic packaging and we are home to the only open-access silicon carbide semiconductor facility for research-to-prototyping in the country.

The benefits to the state, region and country are transformative:

  • Establishing the U.S. as a global leader in semiconductor performance and production, and reducing the country's reliance on imports
  • Attracting highly skilled workers to Arkansas and the Heartland
  • Educating and training the next generation of researchers, leaders and innovators
  • Bridging university research and high-volume production of semiconductors
  • Producing new technology that leads to startup companies, attracts new industries and strengthens industry partners
One of a Kind

University Breaks Ground on One-of-a-Kind Semiconductor Facility

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Leading the Way

Members of the U of A administration, faculty, staff, U of A System and Board of Trustees take part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Multi-User Silicon Carbide Research and Fabrication Facility (MUSiC).

The University of Arkansas celebrated an important milestone with the groundbreaking on a building that Chancellor Charles Robinson suggested might someday rival the U of A’s most iconic structure, Old Main, in significance to the university and the state of Arkansas.

Robinson and other university leaders, including University of Arkansas System President Don Bobbitt and members of the U of A System Board of Trustees, as well as researchers and industry leaders, gathered at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park in South Fayetteville to celebrate construction of the national Multi-User Silicon Carbide Research and Fabrication Facility, or MUSiC.

MUSiC Facility

The Multi-User Silicon Carbide Research and Fabrication Facility at the U of A will fill a void in U.S. production of integrated circuits made with silicon carbide, a powerful semiconductor well-suited for higher temperature environments. It will provide domestic opportunities for prototyping, proof-of-principle demonstrations and device design. MUSiC will be the only openly accessible fabrication facility of its kind in the U.S., meaning its facilities and services will be available to external researchers.

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U of Arkansas to Build Groundbreaking SiC Research Facility

With $18 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and additional support from the Army Research Laboratory, the University of Arkansas has broken ground on a national silicon carbide (SiC) research and fabrication center.

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The University of Arkansas collaborates on semiconductor R&D with leading institutions such as Stanford University, University of California-Berkley, Montana State University, George Washington University and Arizona State University. We are also partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. We have access to some of the largest companies in the world, and we are building new partnerships every day. Interested in working with us?

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