GaN technology offers faster switching-power devices with higher breakdown voltage and lower on-resistance than silicon; the partnership builds on promising results achieved in a recent project, in which imec and IQE collaborated to fabricate GaN power diodes using imec’s proprietary diode architecture and IQE’s high voltage epiwafers. [GaN devices are commonly fabricated in an epitaxial layer of crystalline gallium nitride, grown on a supporting substrate, usually silicon. A critical part of the IP leading to successful GaN devices is associated with producing high-quality and stable GaN material in this way.]
IQE has joined imec’s GaN-on-Si Industrial Affiliation Program that offers joint research and development on GaN-on-Si 200mm epitaxy and enhancement mode device technology to a variety of companies including IDMs, equipment and material suppliers, fabless design houses and packaging companies. The programme includes research on novel substrates to improve the quality of epitaxial layers, new isolation modules to enhance integration levels, and advanced vertical device development. As a GaN-on-Si Program partner, IQE gains access to next-generation epitaxy, devices and power electronics processes, including imec’s complete 200mm CMOS-compatible GaN process line.
In its earlier collaborative project, imec worked with IQE to create state-of-the-art GaN power diodes. Imec has applied its proprietary Gated Edge Terminated (GET) Schottky diode device architecture to IQE’s high voltage GaN buffers on 200 mm Si substrates. The main challenge on power diodes is to obtain devices that simultaneously show low leakage current and low turn-on voltage. Thanks to the GET diode device architecture and to the low buffer leakage current of IQE wafers, the large GaN power diodes (10 mm), that were fabricated in imec’s 200 mm Si pilot line, showed a low leakage current (up to 650V) and low turn-on voltage. The power Schottky diodes reaches forward and reverse specifications across the full temperature range, spanning from 25˚C till 150˚C with a tight distribution.
“We are excited about this strategic partnership with IQE.