A technology firm affiliated with the University of Arkansas has been awarded $245,000 by NASA to develop circuits for the Venus Rover Program.
Ozark Integrated Circuits Inc., which designs semiconductors at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park, will use two grants to design complex integrated circuits that can operate on the surface of Venus, where the temperature can reach 500 degrees Celsius – 932 degrees Fahrenheit.
he two silicon-carbide-based circuits could be incorporated into the overall design of the space agency’s proposed Venus Landsailing Rover, said Matt Francis, Ozark IC’s president and chief executive officer.
The company will collaborate with electrical engineering students at the U of A on one of the projects. It will also utilize the integrated... [ MORE ]