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Goleta, CA, United States

Wu Y.-F.,Transphorm Inc.
Conference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC | Year: 2013

We present a design example to multiply output power from high-voltage GaN HEMTs in converter applications. A design process starting with a robust unit-cell design, employing equal-length transmission-line gate drives and short drain terminations successfully doubled and quadrupled output power with little efficiency degradation. A 4-kW 220V>400V boost converter at 100-kHz was demonstrated using 4 GaN HEMTs achieving >99% efficiency from 15% to 90% load. © 2013 IEEE. Source

Transphorm Inc. | Date: 2015-11-18

A III-N semiconductor device that includes a substrate and a nitride channel layer including a region partly beneath a gate region, and two channel access regions on opposite sides of the part beneath the gate. The channel access regions may be in a different layer from the region beneath the gate. The device includes an AlXN layer adjacent the channel layer wherein X is gallium, indium or their combination, and a preferably n-doped GaN layer adjacent the AlXN layer in the areas adjacent to the channel access regions. The concentration of Al in the AlXN layer, the AlXN layer thickness and the n-doping concentration in the n-doped GaN layer are selected to induce a 2DEG charge in channel access regions without inducing any substantial 2DEG charge beneath the gate, so that the channel is not conductive in the absence of a switching voltage applied to the gate.

A III-N semiconductor HEMT device includes an electrode-defining layer on a III-N material structure. The electrode-defining layer has a recess with a first sidewall proximal to the drain and a second sidewall proximal to the source, each sidewall comprising a plurality of steps. A portion of the recess distal from the III-N material structure has a larger width than a portion of the recess proximal to the III-N material structure. An electrode is in the recess, the electrode including an extending portion over the first sidewall. A portion of the electrode-defining layer is between the extending portion and the III-N material structure. The first sidewall forms a first effective angle relative to the surface of the III-N material structure and the second sidewall forms a second effective angle relative to the surface of the III-N material structure, the second effective angle being larger than the first effective angle.

An electronic component includes a high-voltage depletion-mode transistor and a low-voltage enhancement-mode transistor. A source electrode of the high-voltage depletion-mode transistor is electrically connected to a drain electrode of the low-voltage enhancement-mode transistor, and a gate electrode of the high-voltage depletion-mode transistor is electrically coupled to the source electrode of the low-voltage enhancement-mode transistor. The on-resistance of the enhancement-mode transistor is less than the on-resistance of the depletion-mode transistor, and the maximum current level of the enhancement-mode transistor is smaller than the maximum current level of the depletion-mode transistor.

Embodiments of the present disclosure include a buffer structure suited for III-N device having a foreign substrate. The buffer structure can include a first buffer layer having a first aluminum composition and a second buffer layer formed on the first buffer layer, the second buffer layer having a second aluminum composition. The buffer structure further includes a third buffer layer formed on the second buffer layer at a second interface, the third buffer layer having a third aluminum composition. The first aluminum composition decreases in the first buffer layer towards the interface and the second aluminum composition throughout the second buffer layer is greater than the first aluminum composition at the interface.

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