Widgap will give industry, research and policymakers in Europe the tools (database, roadmap, benchmark) needed for planning a common European strategy in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. WBG semiconductors can dramatically improve the energy consumption and hardware reliability of most electronic and electric devices. Their applications include high temperature electronics, solid state lighting, high power components.
Widgap is a short project (14 months) that will provide a:
- database of R&D projects in Europe
- roadmap for GaN and SiC wafers, high brightness LEDs suitable for general lighting, UV sensors, GaN and SiC transistors
- benchmarking of Europe compared to the US and Japan - two workshops to present the results of the project
The research in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors in Europe is currently going strong but remains extremely fragmented. Separate industrial and R&D chains exist in Germany, France, Sweden and Poland, not to mention the efforts of other countries. Although the entities know each other, no European initiative is giving coherence to the R&D. This stands in strong contrast to the US, whose concentrated efforts have led to the emergence of major commercial and academic players.
The roadmaps and benchmark will:
- accelerate the development of components based on SiC and GaN by providing a common reference point to companies throughout the supply chain
- support policymakers in making decisions about possible research projects
- provide the European industry with a competitive edge over the American and Japanese streamline
- clarify potential synergies between European R&D institutions
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action
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