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Sunday, June 28, 2015 - Thursday, July 02, 2015
Compound Semiconductor Week
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

"Making a Business Out Of GaN Technology"
Speaker: Alex Lidow, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Efficient Power Conversion

For the first time in 60 years, a new higher-performance technology is less expensive to produce than the silicon counterpart. Gallium nitride, grown as a thin layer on top of a standard silicon substrate, has demonstrated both a dramatic improvement in transistor performance [1] and the ability to be produced at a lower cost than their silicon ancestors. Enhancement-mode GaN transistors have unleashed new applications as a result of their ability to switch higher voltages and higher currents faster than any transistor before.

We will show that enhancement-mode gallium nitride power transistors that are commercially available today are able to outperform the state-of-the-art silicon power MOSFET in all of the five key attributes of a power transistor: (1) lower conduction losses, (2) smaller size, (3) faster switching speed, (4) better thermal conduction, and (5) lower cost to produce.

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