silicon carbide


Definition of silicon carbide

: a very hard dark crystalline compound SiC of silicon and carbon that is used as an abrasive and as a refractory and in electric resistors

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Recent Examples on the Web Wolfspeed, headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, is a global supplier of silicon carbide power devices. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 4 Oct. 2021 The six-inch wafers manufactured at the plant are used primarily for making car-chip components made of silicon carbide, a material that is regarded as offering better performance than traditional silicon for some tasks, such as fast charging. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2021 Traditional silicon power electronics are still dominant in most applications, and in the automotive world, silicon carbide, an alternative with many of the same properties as GaN, has a much longer track record, says Gartner’s Mr. Brocklehurst. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 17 July 2021 The transmission is integrated into the unit, as is the inverter, which uses more efficient silicon carbide semiconductors that boost range by about five percent. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 Eventually, the silicon carbide turned into diamonds and silica. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 20 Sep. 2020 The heat and pressure caused the silicon carbide to react with the water, resulting in the creation of diamonds and silica. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 14 Sep. 2020 The scientists placed silicon carbide, which includes silicon and carbon, in water. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 14 Sep. 2020 Working with qubits in solid silicon carbide, the scientists extended the time in quantum state of their qubit to 22 milliseconds, which sounds small to our slow human brains, but is almost an eternity for a qubit. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of silicon carbide

1893, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2021

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“Silicon carbide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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: a very hard dark crystalline compound SiC of silicon and carbon that is used as an abrasive in dentistry

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