Navitas Semiconductor Inc of El Segundo, CA, USA has announced manufacturing partnerships with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TMSC, the world’s biggest semiconductor wafer foundry) and contract assembly, packaging & test service provider Amkor Technology Inc to support significant customer demand for 2018 and beyond.
Founded in 2013, Navitas introduced what it claimed to be the first commercial gallium nitride (GaN) power ICs. The firm says that its proprietary ‘AllGaN’ 650V platform process design kit (PDK) monolithically integrates GaN power field-effect transistors (FETs) with logic and analog circuits, enabling smaller, higher-energy-efficiency and lower-cost power for mobile, consumer, enterprise and new energy markets.
Since the introduction of its GaN power IC platform last year, customers have moved quickly to adopt the technology, says Navitas. The products are said to enable major size, efficiency and charge-rate improvements in next-generation mobile fast chargers, miniaturized consumer adapters and other density-driven power electronics applications.
TSMC provides what is said to be the largest GaN-on-silicon wafer manufacturing capability for Navitas’ proprietary GaN power IC platform. “TSMC has made significant capital and engineering investment in GaN manufacturing capability, and this platform is well suited to support Navitas and its customers’ high-volume needs,” believes Bradford Paulsen, TSMC’s senior VP business management.
“Utilizing our high-volume and low-cost QFN packaging platform, Amkor will provide packaging, test and logistics services,” says John Stone, Amkor’s executive VP, worldwide sales & marketing.
Navitas’ GaN power ICs integrate power, analog and digital circuits all in GaN for what is claimed to be the first time in the industry, enabling dramatic improvement in application power density, efficiency and cost. Performance is achieved using standard processes and equipment, allowing fast and capital-efficient expansion of manufacturing capacity. The firm says that this capability is critical to support the high-volume and fast-paced needs of mobile charger and consumer adapter markers, which are shipping billions of units per year.
“These manufacturing partnerships allow Navitas to ramp capacity very quickly,” says Navitas’ chief operating officer Dan Kinzer. TSMC and Amkor are “outstanding, world-class supply-chain partners, and I am confident in their ability and commitment to support the dramatic growth expectations we have for our GaN power ICs,” he adds.