The 2018 GaN power electronics roadmap

Amano, H. et al. (2018) The 2018 GaN power electronics roadmap. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 51(16), 163001. (doi:10.1088/1361-6463/aaaf9d)

Amano, H. et al. (2018) The 2018 GaN power electronics roadmap. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 51(16), 163001. (doi:10.1088/1361-6463/aaaf9d)

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Abstract

Gallium nitride (GaN) is a compound semiconductor that has tremendous potential to facilitate economic growth in a semiconductor industry that is silicon-based and currently faced with diminishing returns of performance versus cost of investment. At a material level, its high electric field strength and electron mobility have already shown tremendous potential for high frequency communications and photonic applications. Advances in growth on commercially viable large area substrates are now at the point where power conversion applications of GaN are at the cusp of commercialisation. The future for building on the work described here in ways driven by specific challenges emerging from entirely new markets and applications is very exciting. This collection of GaN technology developments is therefore not itself a road map but a valuable collection of global state-of-the-art GaN research that will inform the next phase of the technology as market driven requirements evolve. First generation production devices are igniting large new markets and applications that can only be achieved using the advantages of higher speed, low specific resistivity and low saturation switching transistors. Major investments are being made by industrial companies in a wide variety of markets exploring the use of the technology in new circuit topologies, packaging solutions and system architectures that are required to achieve and optimise the system advantages offered by GaN transistors. It is this momentum that will drive priorities for the next stages of device research gathered here.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was funded by the UK EPSRC PowerGaN project K0114471/1.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Li, Dr Xu and Thayne, Professor Iain
Authors: Amano, H., Baines, Y., Beam, E., Borga, M., Bouchet, T., Chalker, P. R., Charles, M., Chen, K. J., Chowdhury, N., Chu, R., De Santi, C., De Souza, M. M., Decoutere, S., Di Cioccio, L., Eckardt, B., Egawa, T., Fay, P., Freedsman, J. J., Guido, L., Häberlen, O., Haynes, G., Heckel, T., Hemakumara, D., Houston, P., Hu, J., Hua, M., Huang, Q., Huang, A., Jiang, S., Kawai, H., Kinzer, D., Kuball, M., Kumar, A., Lee, K. B., Li, X., Marcon, D., März, M., McCarthy, R., Meneghesso, G., Meneghini, M., Morvan, E., Nakajima, A., Narayanan, E.M.S., Oliver, S., Palacios, T., Piedra, D., Plissonnier, M., Reddy, R., Sun, M., Thayne, I., Torres, A., Trivellin, N., Unni, V., Uren, M. J., Van Hove, M., Wallis, D. J., Wang, J., Xie, J., Yagi, S., Yang, S., Youtsey, C., Yu, R., Zanoni, E., Zeltner, S., and Zhang, Y.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Publisher:IOP Publishing
ISSN:0022-3727
ISSN (Online):1361-6463
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 IOP Publishing
First Published:First published in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 51(16):163001
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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