GaN for Advanced Power Applications


GaN4AP project has the ambitious target of making the GaN-based electronics to become the main power active device present in all power converter systems, with the possibility of developing a close-to-zero energy loss power electronic systems. GaN4AP project will… 1. Develop innovative Power Electronic Systems for power conversion and management with advanced architecture and circuit topology based on state of the art GaN-based High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs) available in a new concept high-frequency packages that can achieve the requested 99% power conversion efficiency. 2. Develop an innovative material (Aluminium Scandium Nitride, AlScN) that combined with advanced growth and process solutions can provide outstanding physical properties for highly efficient power transistors. Therefore, a new HEMT device architecture will be fabricated with much higher current (2x) and power density (2x) than existing transistors. 3. Develop a new generation of vertical power GaN-based devices on MOSFET architecture with vertical p- GaN inversion channel for safe power switching up to 1200 V. We will cover all the production chain from the device design, processing and characterization up to tests in low inductance half bridge power modules and their implementation in high speed power switching systems. 4. Develop a new intelligent and integrated GaN solutions (STi2GaN) both in System in Package (SiP) and Monolithic variances, that will allow the generation of E-Mobility power converters. The projects will focus on scalable concept for 48V-12V bidirectional Buck Boost converters for conventional and ADAS applications combining, in a novel wire-bond free package, a state of the art BCD driver & controller along with a common substrate Monolithic 100V e- GaN Half Bridge. The development of new device technologies and innovative power circuits, employing the GaN-based devices is a crucial factor for the world-wide competitiveness of EU industries.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Susanna Reggiani

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro di Ricerca sui Sistemi Elettronici per l'Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni "Ercole De Castro" - ARCES (Advanced Research Center on Electronic System)

Distretto Tecnologico Sicilia Micro e Nano Sistemi S.C.a.r.l(Italy)

Other Participants:
Aixtron Ag (Germany)
Ferrari S.P.A. (Italy)
Stmicroelectronics Design And Application Sro (Czech Republic)
Eda Industries Spa (Italy)
Eindhoven University Of Technology - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Cea-Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives (France)
C.N.R.S. Delegation Centre-Est (France)
Eldor Corporation S.p.A. (Italy)
Automatisierungstechnik Voigt Gmbh (Germany)
Freiberger Compound Materials Gmbh (Germany)
Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per La Nanoelettronica (Italy)
Enel X Srl (Italy)
Stmicroelectronics Rousset Sas (France)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)
Sempa Systems Gmbh (Germany)
Advantest Europe Gmbh (Germany)
Université de Tours (France)
Agile Power Switch 3d - Integrationapsi3d (France)
Finepower GmbH (Germany)
Dockweiler Chemicals Gmbh (Germany)
Nxp Semiconductors Netherlands B.V. (Netherlands)
Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke V Praze - Fakulta Jaderna A Fyzikalne Inzenyrska (Czech Republic)
Institut Mikroelektronickych Aplikaci S.R.O. (Czech Republic)
Valeo Systemes De Controle Moteur Sas (France)
Wurth Elektronik Gmbh & Co. Kg (Germany)
Schneider Electric Automation Gmbh (Germany)
Valeo Siemens Eautomotive Germany Gmbh (Germany)
STMicroelectronics S.r.l. (Italy)
Mecaprom Technologies Corporation Italia S.R.L. In Sigla Mecaprom Tco Italia S.R.L. (Italy)
Valeo Siemens E Automotive France Sas (France)
Hochschule Fur Angewandte Wissenschaften Wurzburgschweinfurt (Germany)
Instytut Wysokich Cisnien Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Stmicroelectronics (Tours) Sas (France)
Schneider Electric Industries Sas (France)

Third parties:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 15.320.914,36
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/06/2021
End Date: 31/05/2024

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101007310 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101007310