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Electronics companies powered up with grants.

In late July, two electronics companies with direct ties to the University of Arkansas each received Phase II grants worth $750,000.

Lynguent Inc. is an analog/mixed-signal (AMS) design engineer, co-founded by Alan Mantooth, professor of electrical engineering at the UA. The company is based in Portland, Ore., but has a research laboratory at the Genesis Technology Incubator at the UA Research and Technology Park in south Fayetteville.

The Small Business Innovation Research grant is from the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The two-year grant will support research for the company's ModLyng product. ModLyng is a graphical interface intended for use by AMS design teams including design engineers, semi-conductor device modeling engineers.

Another company, Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc.,. headed by Alex Lostetter, a former student of Mantooth, received a Phase II SBIR from the Department of Energy.

The grant will help the company develop a high-efficiency, 100-kilowatt three-phase power electronic inverter made with silicon carbide power switches. Or, in layman's terms, the technology has the potential to save billions of dollars in wasted energy by improving the efficiency of devices that transport electricity.

The DOE grant is the fifth Phase II the company is working on currently. The total value of all five grants is $3.2 million.

Lostetter said APEI has about $2 million a year in revenue.
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Title Annotation:NW Journal: A Look at News From Northwest Arkansas
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Date:Sep 4, 2006
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