Dow Corning joins imec's GaN affiliation program
January 21, 2011 // Paul Buckley
Dow Corning is joining the imec multi-partner industrial R&D program on GaN semiconductor materials and device technologies which is focusing on the development of the next generation GaN power devices and LEDs. The collaboration between Dow Corning and imec will concentrate on bringing the GaN epi-technology on silicon wafers to a manufacturing scale.
Due to the combination of superior electron mobility, higher breakdown voltage and good thermal conductivity properties, GaN/AIGaN heterostructures offer a high switching efficiency for the next generation power and RF devices compared to the current devices based on silicon (Si). A process for high quality GaN epi-layers on Si substrates is key in obtaining superior power and RF devices. Accurate control of the epi-growth process to master substrate bow, epi-layer defectivity and uniformity while maintaining high epi-reactor throughput are needed to reduce the overall technology cost.
Imec has pioneered GaN epi-growth on sapphire, SiC and Si substrates from 2 to 6 inch substrate sizes and currently focuses on developing GaN epi-layers on 8 inch Si substrates. Leveraging the economics of scale and compatibility with high throughput and high capacity 8 inch Si wafer based process technology will further reduce the cost of GaN devices and LEDs.
As a leading producer of SiC wafers and epitaxy, Dow Corning is applying its capability in electronic materials technology and quality supply to bring next generation materials technology to global device manufacturers.
“By joining the imec GaN Affiliation Program, Dow Corning will rapidly expand its substrate product portfolio with high quality and affordable GaN epi-wafers for power, RF and LED markets” said Tom Zoes, Global Director, Dow Corning Compound Semiconductor Solutions.
Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock Semiconductor Group joint ventures which is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules.
Visit imec at www2.imec.be/be_nl/home.html
Report: Abu Dhabi holding talks over GloFo sale
November 25, 2015
Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Development Co. has held talks with potential buyers for all or part of Globalfoundries ...
InvenSense to add PUF security to sensors
Flexible sensor detects multiple ions in fluids
Microsemi sees off Skyworks to win PMC-Sierra
Starting all over again on plastic: ARM
From electronics to maths and money madness
November 23, 2015
Dennis Feucht discusses different infinities, the madness of George Cantor and what can be learned about the irrational exuberance ...
Analog IC market growth set to slow
Volkswagen deploys data glasses in series production
Startup CircuitSeed wants to be the ARM of analogue
- Battery Size Matters
- Software-Defined Radio Handbook - 11th edition
- Multichemistry Buck Battery Charger Controller
- Automotive Circuit Protection using Littelfuse Automotive TVS Diodes
InterviewCEO interview: InvenSense's Abdi on expanding MEMS horizons
InvenSense Inc. is a MEMS company that has epitomized a fabless approach to a sector that is still highly reliant on a thorough grasp of the manufacturing and packaging processes. We interviewed CEO Behrooz ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, FTDI Chip is giving away six MCU development board packages complete with a dedicated compiler (including a full integrated development environment).
Worth Euro 315 each, the packages include a credit card sized Clicker 2 board for the FT90X 32-bit MCU supplied alongside a powerful dedicated compiler from MikroElektronika.
MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.