31 Mar '17, 3pm

In an interview with #ECNMag, imec's Steve Stoffels shows how we're writing a new chapter in #spacetech:

Gallium nitride (GaN) is a vital piece of technology with reaching influence in a variety of fields, including cosmic operations. Recently, imec and its partners Thales Alenia Space have uncovered promising results for future space-based technology. Specifically, no degradation was recorded after intense neutron and ion irradiation using imec’s 200mm gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) e-mode power devices with a p-GaN gate architecture. Always looking towards pushing innovation forward, these results show exciting advancements for power conversion conducted beyond Earth. Below you’ll find a Q&A between ECN and Steve Stoffels, Project Manager and Device Engineer at imec , regarding this announcement. ECN: In general, why is GaN technology important for space-based applications? Stoffels: GaN components can switch faster compared to Si components. The advantage of this, ...

Full article: https://www.ecnmag.com/blog/2017/03/space-tech-advances-t...

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