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Cooler Is Better:
Soctera's Next-Gen Power Amplifier

Through innovative optimization of nitride semiconductors, Soctera is developing a power amplifier that, for a given power density, operates at lower temperatures and greater efficiency than traditional gallium nitride PAs.

These performance advantages will enable the next generation of wireless communication at millimeter-wave frequencies.

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Here’s How We Upgrade Your Communications Infrastructure

Improved Thermal Management:
Slash power consumption, increase lifetime and usable power density

95% Less Gallium:
Largely eliminates foreign supply chain dependency

Proven Innovation:
Metrics replicated in 3rd party analyses

Drop-In Replacement:
Compatible with standard foundry processes

Conventional Materials:
No esoteric metals or additional production step

Efficient Platform:
Technology enables integration of multiple devices

Optimal Applications



Next-generation communication performance of radar and SATCOM for improved security



Enhancing 5G and beyond via unprecedented power and efficiency.


Designed for the Future, Ready for Today

One of the remarkable advantages of the Soctera technology is that it is compatible with today’s standard foundry processes. No esoteric materials or specialized processing steps are needed that would impact price and delivery schedules.



Born at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, Soctera is bringing its aluminum nitride (AlN) technology to market to enable tomorrow’s communication systems.

Beyond just power amplifiers, AlN allows for the monolithic integration of electronic filters, high-current complementary devices for computational logic, and waveguides—a unique feature of this incredible material.

Soctera is located in Ithaca, New York.

Want to be a part of it? Contact us today for partnership opportunities and job openings:

Our Team

Dr. Austin Hickman
Co-Founder and CEO

As CEO of Soctera, Austin handles all aspects of the company operations. He graduated with his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2021, and his bachelor's from the University of Notre Dame in Electrical Engineering in 2016. Austin is a 2022 Activate Anywhere Fellow.

Shankar Miller-Murthy
RF Device Engineer

Shankar leads device fabrication and characterization efforts at Soctera. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with his master's in Material Science in 2022 and his bachelor's in Electrical Engineering in 2020.

Prof. Debdeep Jena
Co-Founder and Advisor

Debdeep Jena is the David E. Burr Professor of Engineering at Cornell University where he holds a joint appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Debdeep serves as a technical advisor to Soctera.

Robert Scharf

Bob Scharf was appointed as the first Director of the Praxis Center  for Venture Development in Engineering and the Physical Sciences at Cornell University in 2018. Bob came to this role with a long track record of building and launching new products and new ventures as a Director of Marketing at Thomas & Betts,  Executive Vice President of Stratos Lightwave;  and Chief Executive Officer of Protokraft. Bob brings field specific experience in Automotive, Aerospace, Computer, Telecommunications and Medical hardware development projects.

Prof. Grace Xing
Co-Founder and Advisor

Huili (Grace) Xing is the William L. Quackenbush Professor of Engineering at Cornell University where she holds a joint appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Grace serves as a technical advisor to Soctera.

Dr. Bruce Fishbein

Bruce Fishbein spent over thirty years in the semiconductor industry as an engineering manager and executive overseeing all aspects of product development, including device physics R&D, manufacturing process development, and product design for systems on a chip (SoCs) for consumer products, enterprise / industrial controllers, and data center processors and switches. He has led technical teams of hundreds of people across multiple geographies at a diverse set of companies including Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, Marvell, Cavium, and most recently the startup Innovium, where he was Chief Product Development officer through the company’s acquisition by Marvell.

Advisory board

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