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Smart integration of GaN & SiC high power electronics for industrial and RF applications

Smart integration of GaN & SiC high power electronics for industrial and RF applications

Objective

Packaging and thermal management in an efficient and cost effective way for SiC and GaN-based power devices

For industrial motor-drive, UPS and solar inverters applications and aerospace or telecom radio frequency applications, new emerging power semiconductor technologies, respectively SiC and GaN, have demonstrated their higher performances than the actual technologies (Si and GaAs) in terms of reduction of losses, increase of efficiency and power handling. But to increase the efficiency of the power modules and in the same time reduce their size and make them more cost effective, these SiC and GaN technologies still have to be associated with new efficient cooling and packaging solutions. The goal of the SMARTPOWER project is to carry out the packaging and thermal management developments required to achieve the efficient and cost-effective implementation of SiC- and GaN-based power modules into industrial power inverters and RF transmitters systems, respectively. This main objective is supported in the project by two routes of research. The first one of them is the developments of key enabling technologies required to the integration of the power modules into viable systems: efficient and reliable thermal interface materials and electrical interconnect, highly efficient thermoelectric modules and integrated temperature sensor. The second one is the development of new 3D packaging techniques and the associated thermal architectures that will allow to integrate the core chips, together with the enabling technologies, in a viable and cost effective manner. The RTD developments will be demonstrated into the realisation of two high power modules: a SiC-based inverter for UPS, solar and motor-drive applications as well as a GaN-based RF transmitter for aerospace and telecom applications. The SMARTPOWER consortium (15 partners from 7 European States) gathers all the competences required to achieve these objectives and involves all the supply chain partners in order to anticipate the cost-effective introduction of these new technologies and future products on the market.

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Coordinator

THALES SA

Address

Tour Carpe Diem Place Des Corolles Esplanade Nord
92200 Courbevoie

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 939 460

Administrative Contact

Afshin Ziaei (Dr.)

Participants (14)

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TAIPRO ENGINEERING SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 362 110

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 284 400

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 625 744

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 284 937

BERLINER NANOTEST UND DESIGN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 91 800

Micropelt GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 186 247

THALES SYSTEMES AEROPORTES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 218 168

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 568 946

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 193 381

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 267 975

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 260 898

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETAREDEZVOLTARE PENTRU MICROTEHNOLOGIE

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 184 356

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 331 440

SHT SMART HIGH-TECH AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 275 138

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 288801

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2011

  • End date

    31 January 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 410 112

  • EU contribution

    € 5 075 000

Coordinated by:

THALES SA

France