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31 October 2013

Shibaura Institute of Technology chooses Silvaco’s TCAD for simulation of GaN power devices

Yokohama-based Silvaco Japan Co Ltd - a branch of Silvaco Inc of Santa Clara, CA, USA, a provider of technology computer-aided design (TCAD), circuit simulation and electronic design automation (EDA) software tools - says that the Department of Electronic Engineering’s Semiconductor Electronics Laboratory in the Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) has adopted Silvaco’s Atlas device simulator for its research on gallium nitride (GaN).

SIT provides applied research on GaN compound semiconductors for power electronics (an area that is expected to grow considerably in the near future). Associate professor Kan Akatsu, director of theCenter for Power Electronics, decided to adopt the Atlas device simulator for its proven performance in compound semiconductor analysis, says Silvaco.

Atlas includes many models for electrical, thermal and frequency analysis that provide the high accuracy needed for compound semiconductor device simulation. It also includes a unique solver for compound semiconductor materials with wide bandgaps, resulting in high convergence of the simulation. Silvaco says that Atlas has been widely used in many companies, universities and R&D facilities for research and development of semiconductor devices created with new materials including compound semiconductors.

“For current R&D of GaN compound materials, a reliable device simulator is indispensable for optimizing the design incorporating the properties of each material,” says Hiroyasu Ishikawa, associate professor of SIT in charge of the creation of wide-bandgap devices. “Silvaco’s Atlas is the appropriate tool to satisfy our laboratory’s needs, and I hope that Atlas will accelerateour research and development,” he adds.

Silvaco’s extensive experience in developing and providing device simulation solutions for semiconductor devices, especially compound devices, places it in a unique position position as a vendor for the simulation of power devices, reckons Silvaco’s CEO David Halliday.

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