Space is a harsh environment, and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is searching for satellite electronics that can survive there.
The Advanced Processing of Electronic Components for Space (APECS) project is aimed at new semiconductor materials that can endure damaging radiation in space.
AFRL's Space Electronics Branch wants electronic circuits that "couple new material systems and geometries that could have inherent long device lifetimes and tolerance to radiation damage in terms of both ionizing radiation and high energy particles while dramatically improving performance."
However, the Air Force also wants to keep costs low and quality high. "Recognizing that an advance in chip manufacturing technology would represent an
investment of billions of dollars, the devices and circuits generated from this effort are required to be fabricated in state-of-the-art facilities using standard lithography," AFRL said.