Cree Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has been awarded government contracts totaling $26.5 million, if fully funded, over a three-year period from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) for silicon carbide (SiC) microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) process development.

These contracts are jointly funded by the U.S. Navy, the Missile Defense Agency and the Department of Defense’s Title III program. Under Cree’s existing Title III contract with AFRL, the project added $3.2 million through a contract modification for additional tasks focused on improving yields of the three-inch diameter high purity semi-insulating SiC substrates to be used for these devices.

The remaining $23.3 million will be provided through a new contract with ONR.

This program builds on Cree’s past demonstrations of SiC MMIC performance with the goal of providing enhanced producibility of SiC materials in support of high-power MMIC amplifiers useful in military radar applications. All of the work will be directed to yield enhancement and cost reduction for MMICs fabricated on three inch diameter wafers.

The program is incrementally funded, with funding in future government fiscal years subject to appropriation and allocation of the contracted amounts.

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