SweGaN announces a completely new GaN-on-SiC HEMT heterostructure, QuanFINE ™, built on the concept of a GaN−SiC hybrid material that combines the high-electron-velocity thin GaN with the high-breakdown bulk SiC. The related R&D work has been recently published in Applied Physics Letters, together with scientists at Chalmers University of Technology and Linköping University, demonstrating its competence for the use in both RF and power devices. (https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5042049). This revolutionary structure features high power density, ultra-low thermal resistance, excellent carrier confinement and extraordinary high breakdown voltage. Achieving all of these outstanding characteristics in one structure has been a dream over the last 20 years. Now they can be obtained in QuanFINE ™ at once with no compromise.
In very hard competition, SweGaN has been awarded a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument phase 2 grant of €2,35 MEUR to execute their “CoolHEMT” project. SweGaN’s proposal reached an impressive score of 13,91 out of 15 possible and comments from the interview panel were exclusively positive, e.g. “This is a true breakthrough innovation. With the introduction of 5G, the market is ready.” The project aims to commercialize SweGaN’s proprietary QuanFINE ™ structure, taking advantage of its superior properties for rf and power devices.
After only a six month design and implementation period, SweGaN proudly presents its Quality and Environment Management System, which was commended for its structure and professionalism and received ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certification March 12, 2018. This system is a tool the company created from scratch to guarantee consistent top quality and to reduce its negative environmental impact. See certificate here.
On the 1st of December, SweGaN moved out of LEAD, the incubator in which it had started its journey as a startup company with market-disrupting technology. Thanks to the diverse and thorough training, coaching and help provided by LEAD during these 3 years, SweGaN is now ready to hit the market with its top quality product portfolio.
Between June and August this year SweGaN has performed a new share emission, bringing in Mount Wilson Ventures, a US-based venture capital firm, Almi Invest, LiU holding, and several angel investors. This share issue takes place in a highly expansive phase for the company and the nearly 6 million SEK raised will accelerate SweGaN's business.
Together with Epiluvac SweGaN is developing a new high-throughput, 150 mm MOCVD reactor called GaNdalf which will be in operation in April 2018. Once fully operational, GaNdalf will increase the production capacity by a factor of 5 while maintaining the high quality growth process.
SweGaN AB introduces InAlN/GaN and InAlGaN/GaN HEMT structures on SiC substrates as new products. Both products exhibit record high channel mobility of over 2000 cm2/Vs and excellent morphology. The new structures are interesting for very high frequency applications where high-power densities are required.
Mount Wilson Ventures, a Los Angeles based venture firm specializing in hard-tech, early stage companies, invests into SweGaN AB. SweGaN will use the investment to scale up the operation.
SweGaN’s project ELeGaNS is funded under a Horizon2020 sme instrument phase 1 call for space applications. The score on the application was 14.39 out of 15 possible. The funds will be used for verification of the space market and developing targeted technology.
The European Defense Administration projects EUGaNIC aiming to establish a European supply chain for GaN-based devices kicked off in February 2016. SweGaN participates in this project along with several leading companies, universities, and research institutes. The project runs for four years.
At SweGaN’s annual meeting, Mats Andersson was elected chairman of the board replacing Dr. Olof Kordina as chairman. Dr. Kordina will remain on the board as ordinary board member and as CEO of SweGaN. Mats Andersson has extensive experience at Ericsson, Huawei and Ruag Space. He was also the CEO of Bluetest AB, a fledgling startup from Chalmers University, bringing the company into profitability.