Gallium nitride has been touted as the next-gen for high-power applications for so long that many thought it was already there. Look for this simple but important process to finally realize the dream within three years. R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog
By flanking a galliun nitride (GaN) device termination with ion implantation (green) researchers boosted GaN breakdown voltage from 300 to 1,650 volts.
Here is what my EETimes story says about GaN: Gallium nitride is lauded as the next-generation material for high-power electronics, but until now has been plagued by breakdown above about 250 volts, according to researchers at North Carolina State University. The researchers claim to have discovered a technique to raise breakdown to 1,650 volts, thereby boosting power handling by 10 times. These high-power handling GaN devices will be useful for emerging applications ranging from smart-grid to electric cars...
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