GAN SYSTEMS INC.
|GAN SYSTEMS INC. Patent applications|
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|20150318353||GALLIUM NITRIDE POWER DEVICES USING ISLAND TOPOGRAPHY - A semiconductor device in provided having a substrate and a semiconductor layer formed on a main surface of the substrate. A plurality of first island electrodes and a plurality of second island electrodes are placed over the semiconductor layer. The plurality of first island electrodes and second island electrodes are spaced apart from each other so as to be alternatively arranged to produce two-dimensional active regions in all feasible areas of the semiconductor layer. Each side of the first island electrodes is opposite a side of the second island electrodes. The semiconductor device can also include a plurality of strip electrodes that are formed in the regions between the first island electrodes and the second island electrodes. The strip electrodes serve as the gate electrodes of a multi-island transistor. The first island electrodes serve as the source electrodes of the multi-island transistor. The second island electrodes serve as the drain electrodes of the multi-island transistor. A plurality of connections to the gate electrodes are provided at each interstice defined by corners of the first island electrodes and the second island electrodes.||11-05-2015|
|20150162252||FAULT TOLERANT DESIGN FOR LARGE AREA NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES - A fault tolerant design for large area nitride semiconductor devices is provided, which facilitates testing and isolation of defective areas. A transistor comprises an array of a plurality of islands, each island comprising an active region, source and drain electrodes, and a gate electrode. Electrodes of each island are electrically isolated from electrodes of neighboring islands in at least one direction of the array. Source, drain and gate contact pads are provided to enable electrical testing of each island. After electrical testing of islands to identify defective islands, overlying electrical connections are formed to interconnect source electrodes in parallel, drain electrodes in parallel, and to interconnect gate electrodes to form a common gate electrode of large gate width Wg. Interconnections are provided selectively to good islands, while electrically isolating defective islands. This approach makes it economically feasible to fabricate large area GaN devices, including hybrid devices.||06-11-2015|
|20140175454||DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR POWER CONVERSION CIRCUITS - Devices and systems comprising driver circuits are disclosed for MOSFET driven, normally-on gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors. Preferably, a low power, high speed CMOS driver circuit with an integrated low voltage, lateral MOSFET driver is series coupled, in a hybrid cascode arrangement to a high voltage GaN HEMT, for improved control of noise and voltage transients. Co-packaging of a GaN transistor die and a CMOS driver die using island topology contacts, through substrate vias, and a flip-chip, stacked configuration provides interconnections with low inductance and resistance, and provides effective thermal management. Co-packaging of a CMOS input interface circuit with the CMOS driver and GaN transistor allows for a compact, integrated CMOS driver with enhanced functionality including shut-down and start-up conditioning for safer operation, particularly for high voltage and high current switching. Preferred embodiments also provide isolated, self-powered, high speed driver devices, with reduced input losses.||06-26-2014|
|20130049010||HIGH DENSITY GALLIUM NITRIDE DEVICES USING ISLAND TOPOLOGY - A Gallium Nitride (GaN) series of devices—transistors and diodes are disclosed—that have greatly superior current handling ability per unit area than previously described GaN devices. The improvement is due to improved layout topology. The devices also include a simpler and superior flip chip connection scheme and a means to reduce the thermal resistance. A simplified fabrication process is disclosed and the layout scheme which uses island electrodes rather than finger electrodes is shown to increase the active area density by two to five times that of conventional inter-digitated structures. Ultra low on resistance transistors and very low loss diodes can be built using the island topology. Specifically, the present disclosure provides a means to enhance cost/effective performance of all lateral GaN structures.||02-28-2013|
|20120138950||ISLAND MATRIXED GALLIUM NITRIDE MICROWAVE AND POWER SWITCHING TRANSISTORS - A gallium nitride (GaN) device that has greatly superior current handling ability per unit area than previously described GaN devices. The improvement is due to improved layout topology. The layout scheme, which uses island electrodes rather than finger electrodes, is shown to increase the active area density over that of conventional interdigitated structures. Ultra low on resistance transistors can be built using the island topology. Specifically, the present invention, which uses conventional GaN lateral technology and electrode spacing, provides a means to enhance cost/effective performance of all lateral GaN structures.||06-07-2012|
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