20 December 2017
JEDEC’s new committee for wide-bandgap power semiconductors invites industry participation
The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association (which develops standards for the microelectronics industry) has announced the launch of its newest committee: JC-70 Wide Bandgap Power Electronic Conversion Semiconductors.
JC-70 held its first meeting in late October with 23 member companies, led by committee and subcommittee chairs from Infineon Technologies, Texas Instruments, Transphorm, and Cree company Wolfspeed. Committee members include industry leaders in power gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors as well as prospective users of wide-bandgap (WBG) power semiconductors and test & measurement (T&M) equipment manufacturers. Global multi-national corporations and technology startups from the USA, Europe and Asia are working together to bring to the industry a set of standards for reliability, testing and parametrics of WBG power semiconductors.
JC-70 has two subcommittees, which are focusing on Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) as the most mature wide-bandgap (WBG) power semiconductor materials. Both SiC and GaN offer immense potential for enabling higher-performance, more compact and energy-efficient power systems. JEDEC says that industry interest in JC-70 has been high, with several new members joining the committee after the first meeting, underscoring the importance of creating universal standards to help advance the adoption of WBG power technologies.
“I am delighted by the initial response to the JC-70 committee, and look forward to welcoming additional companies to participate in developing standards for wide-bandgap power technology,” says JEDEC president John Kelly. “Broad industry participation will help ensure the resulting documents meet the needs of product designers as they create systems to enable a more energy-efficient future.”
Four committee meetings are planned for 2018, including a web conference on 25 January and a meeting on 5 March co-located with the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC 2018) in San Antonio, TX, USA. JEDEC welcomes interested companies worldwide to join it to participate in the standardization effort. Contact Emily Desjardins (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.