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Progress in GaN devices performances and reliability
Author(s): P. Saunier; C. Lee; J. Jimenez; A. Balistreri; D. Dumka; H. Q. Tserng; M. Y. Kao; U. Chowdhury; P. C. Chao; K. Chu; A. Souzis; I. Eliashevich; S. Guo; J. del Alamo; J. Joh; M. Shur
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Paper Abstract

With the DARPA Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Technology RF Thrust Contract, TriQuint Semiconductor and its partners, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, IQE-RF, II-VI, Nitronex, M.I.T., and R.P.I. are achieving great progress towards the overall goal of making Gallium Nitride a revolutionary RF technology ready to be inserted in defense and commercial applications. Performance and reliability are two critical components of success (along with cost and manufacturability). In this paper we will discuss these two aspects. Our emphasis is now operation at 40 V bias voltage (we had been working at 28 V). 1250 µm devices have power densities in the 6 to 9 W/mm with associated efficiencies in the low- to mid 60 % and associated gain in the 12 to 12.5 dB at 10 GHz. We are using a dual field-plate structure to optimize these performances. Very good performances have also been achieved at 18 GHz with 400 µm devices. Excellent progress has been made in reliability. Our preliminary DC and RF reliability tests at 40 V indicate a MTTF of 1E6hrs with1.3 eV activation energy at 150 0C channel temperature. Jesus Del Alamo at MIT has greatly refined our initial findings leading to a strain related theory of degradation that is driven by electric fields. Degradation can occur on the drain edge of the gate due to excessive strain given by inverse piezoelectric effect.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6894, Gallium Nitride Materials and Devices III, 68941I (28 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.765467
Show Author Affiliations
P. Saunier, TriQuint Semiconductor Texas (United States)
C. Lee, TriQuint Semiconductor Texas (United States)
J. Jimenez, TriQuint Semiconductor Texas (United States)
A. Balistreri, TriQuint Semiconductor Texas (United States)
D. Dumka, TriQuint Semiconductor Texas (United States)
H. Q. Tserng, TriQuint Semiconductor Texas (United States)
M. Y. Kao, TriQuint Semiconductor Texas (United States)
U. Chowdhury, TriQuint Semiconductor Texas (United States)
P. C. Chao, BAE Systems (United States)
K. Chu, BAE Systems (United States)
A. Souzis, II-VI, Inc. (United States)
I. Eliashevich, IQE RF (United States)
S. Guo, IQE RF (United States)
J. del Alamo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
J. Joh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
M. Shur, RPI (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6894:
Gallium Nitride Materials and Devices III
Hadis Morkoç; Cole W. Litton; Jen-Inn Chyi; Yasushi Nanishi; Euijoon Yoon, Editor(s)

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