This work describes recent progress in the design, processing, and testing of significantly up-scaled 500 °C durable 4H-SiC junction field effect transistor (JFET) integrated circuit (IC) technology with two-level interconnect undergoing development at NASA Glenn Research Center. For the first time, stable electrical operation of semiconductor ICs for over one year at 500 °C in air atmosphere is reported. These groundbreaking durability results were attained on two-level interconnect JFET demonstration ICs with 175 or more transistors on each chip. This corresponds to a more than 7-fold increase in 500 °C-durable circuit complexity from the 24 transistor ring oscillator ICs reported at HiTEC 2016 [1]. These results advance the technology foundation for realizing long-term durable 500 °C ICs with increased functional capability for combustion engine sensing and control, planetary exploration, deep-well drilling monitoring, and other harsh-environment applications.

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