IGaN announces multi-project wafer programme
Company addresses GaN transistors supply chain gap
IGSS GaN (IGaN), a Singapore-based global leading technology developer in GaN-on-Si, has announced a cost-effective and quick prototyping Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) shuttle programme designed to advance successful volume production in 200mm silicon.
Enabling customers’ opportunity to tape-out their designs for rapid prototyping, the MPW offers cost reduction through the expense sharing of masks and wafers with other MPW shuttle programme partners.
“We believe that the industry is ripe for a transition to GaN devices with various infrastructure coming together making it conducive to new technologies. Today, challenges around reliability have been primarily addressed, paving way for a wider adoption of GaN that is spurred by the increasingly cost-friendly manufacturing capabilities. This is where IGaN completes the supply chain,” said George Wong, president of IGaN.
"Our solution will make the 650V E-mode GaN transistor more commonplace, featuring heavily in revolutionised applications spanning automotive HEV/PHEV/EV inverters, onboard battery chargers, consumer electronic inverters, UPS, and VFD motor drive, AC-DC power supplies and VHF small form factor power adapters, all of which needs high-efficiency power conversion,” he added.
In its aim to accelerate time-to-market and lower the entry cost for power semiconductor companies, IGaN has invested heavily in research and development of GaN-on-Si E-HEMT transistor device fabrication process, optimising its growth potential in the current total addressable market (TAM) of $32.8B in silicon power applications (Yole Development, Market & Technology Report, November 2018).
Today, IGaN says it offers a ‘one-stop solution’ approach for GaN-on-Si epiwafers and GaN fab on 200mm platform for power semiconductors with its foundry partner, SilTerra.
IGaN will launch its 200mm MPW service mid-August 2019. The advantage of 200mm over the competition with 150mm GaN fab platform is the economies of scale - roughly by a factor of two.