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GaN-IC Technology

Imec researchers have combined GaN-on-SOI technology with trench isolation for the monolithic integration of GaN-based devices. The aim has been to isolate the devices by etching a trench through GaN and Si into the SiO2 buried layer, and as so enable the monolithic integration of GaN circuits, such as half-bridges.

If you are new to the GaN-IC technology, you can benefit from our tutorial slides in PDF format revealing the advantages of using imec’s GaN-IC and unlocking its potential.

Technology characteristicsIn this technology, a GaN layer is epitaxially grown on a 200mm SOI wafer (Si(100)/SiO2/Si(111)) using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The stack consists of an AlN nucleation layer, an (Al)GaN buffer layer, a GaN channel layer, an AlGaN barrier layer and a Mg-doped p-GaN layer. Delicate strain engineering is performed to control the stress built up in the wafer during growth, resulting in a GaN-on-SOI wafer with controlled warpage and good mechanical strength. Furthermore, e-mode p-GaN HEMTs can be processed and TiN/p-GaN stacks used for the gates.
Special features- Integrate multiple transistors on a single IC using trench isolation.
- Save package cost by packaging one instead of multiple devices
- Reduce system parasitic inductance.
To use the full potential of the fast switching speed of GaN power devices, the drivers should be co-integrated to lower the parasitic inductance.
Further functionality can be added through the low-voltage logic and analog switches, the high-ohmic and low-ohmic resistors and the integrated MIM-capacitors.
Application areaHigh power switching and power conversion: 200V and 650V
Design kits versionv.1.3.6 at 200V
v.1.1 650V available as from July 16th, 2020
Front-end/back-end toolsCadence
Simulation toolsSpectre (Cadence)
Verification toolsDRC Calibre
LibraryThe PDK includes process documentation, library devices, layout guidelines for custom design, verification and models.
- Low-ohmic and high-ohmic resistors
- Metal/oxide/metal capacitors
- Low voltage logic devices
- Cu RDL special features on 650V PDK
Typical Turnaround timeApproximately 24 weeks since MPW submission deadline, it includes already 6 weeks of DRC iterations

Gallery of examples

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