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Eta Research Develops Polished 100mm GaN Wafers


Chinese firm has grown MOCVD GaN epi-layers and device structures on the wafers

Eta Research, a Chinese semiconductor company with headquarters in the new Lingang Free Trade Zone of Shanghai, is now selling n-type 100 mm GaN wafers with an epitaxial ready polish.

Eta Research uses the HVPE method to produce GaN wafers. The company says it has completed the R&D necessary for commercialisation of GaN wafers resulting in its HVPE equipment, wafer separation process, and polishing process. In 2018, the company demonstrated as-grown GaN wafers of 100 mm diameter which can be cut to 2 inch and 3 inch wafers as the finished size. In 2019, the company has developed nearly 5inch as-grown GaN wafers which can be cut and processed into 100 mm wafers.

The company says it puts a strong emphasis on the importance of the crystal quality and lattice curvature. The typical rocking curve FWHMs of the as-grown wafers are 50 to 60 arcsec for both the (002) and (102) reflections. The threading dislocation density has been measured as 1E6 /cm2 based on CL of polished wafers. The lattice curvature is important as a measure of the offcut variation across the wafer. The center point offcut is specified at 0.35° toward the GaN m-direction and that can be modified according to the customer’s requirement. The lattice curvature radius is greater than 10 m, with the target around 30 m or larger.

The company has developed their own polishing process for GaN, resulting in AFM average roughness over 10µm images of < 0.3 nm. It has grown MOCVD GaN epi-layers and device structures on the GaN wafers (pictured above is an LED epi wafer). Eta Research says that the MOCVD-grown layers show good surface morphology and have XRD rocking curve FWHMs similar to that of the substrate.

Currently, small quantities of 100 mm GaN wafers are for sale, as well as 2 inch and 3 inch wafers. At the end of 2019, more HVPE capacity will be brought online in the new production factory located in Tongling, Anhui Province, China. ET Research anticipates the ability to supply high volume customers in the near future. Furthermore, working with their epitaxial growth partners, Eta Research can offer GaN wafers with MOCVD epitaxial layers for interested customers.

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