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National Research Council of Canada announces GaN design kit

Software gives access to NRC's GaN electronics fabrication service


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is now offering the second version of its gallium nitride GaN500v2 Design Kit software. Combined with Canada's only foundry for GaN electronics, the kit will enable industry and academics to create revolutionary technologies and device designs, according to the NRC.

The NRC provides complete fabrication processing from 3in GaN on SiC wafers through to characterisation and wafer dicing. Devices are fabricated with 0.5 micron gate length. Partners can choose full wafer runs (one customer's designs only) or shared wafer runs, which consolidate demand on three or more fabrication runs per year. The latter service is offered in partnership with CMC Microsystems.

The GaN500v2 Design Kit includes both a design manual and a physical design kit, based on Agilent's ADS CAD  tool. The design manual includes the process description and design rules for all supported devices for the GaN technology and the related foundry services available through the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre of the NRC of Canada. The technology is appropriate for, but not limited to, RF and microwave devices.

The minimum ADS CAD bundle required for running the kit includes the ADS core and layout module. The design kit is compatible with ADS 2014 and earlier.

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