Source: ECN news
The electronics industry is in a state of disruptive change, in almost every aspect of every application space. On the logic front, artificial intelligence (AI) is promising to revolutionize computing, green energy is already changing the grid, and vehicle electrification is both a migration to the future and a debate on the nature of mobility.
Each of these, and other applications, impact areas beyond their intended application spaces. Each core technology involved, both requires and leverages other core technologies, moving the state-of-the-art forward. One disruptive core technology is wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, comprising of gallium nitride (GaN) or silicon carbide (SiC).
Transistors and diodes incorporating these technologies are revolutionizing the electronics industry by reducing form factors, increasing efficiency, and reducing thermal issues. One primary advantage of WBG is high-frequency operation, which enables higher thermal efficiency and reduces component size. To maximize the benefits of WBG, passive and magnetic components required in the circuits should be able to keep up with performance required by the semiconductors.