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2019 Power GaN Patent Landscape - GaN Power Market Forecast to be Worth Over $350M by 2024, Rising at a CAGR of 85% - ResearchAndMarkets.com

November 26, 2019

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 26, 2019--

The “Power GaN Patent Landscape” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Key Features of the Report

Power GaN intellectual property (IP): high-voltage power semiconductor leaders, a core set of strong IP players and numerous newcomers

Things are starting to change for GaN power electronics! Power GaN is entering mainstream consumer applications with the adoption of GaN HEMT by Chinese OEM Oppo in its 65W fast chargers. In addition, GaN is getting attention from various OEMs and Tier1s in the automotive industry. GaN is also expected to penetrate industrial and telecom power supply applications (datacom, base-stations, UPS, etc.). Yole Dveloppement projects that the GaN power market will be worth over $350M by 2024, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 85%.

The power electronics industry is familiar with the companies that are actively promoting GaN technology, such as EPC, GaN Systems, Transphorm, Navitas, Exagan, Infineon or ON Semiconductor. Today, more companies are either joining the market, have announced ambitions to do this, or have betrayed their intentions through their patent publications. Many firms have GaN power patenting activity, and a core set of strong companies, with strong technology and IP, are ready to dominate the GaN power market in coming years.

In this report, the publisher has thoroughly investigated the patent landscape related to GaN-based technologies and devices for power electronics applications. We have selected and analyzed more than 9,500 patents and patent applications published worldwide up to May 2019 and grouped into more than 4,100 patent families.

These patents pertain to epiwafers (GaN-on-Si, GaN-on-Sapphire, etc.), semiconductor power devices (D-mode, E-mode, vertical device, p-doping, etc.), integration (SiP, SoC, monolithic integration, etc.), circuit and operating methods (cascode, half-bridge, power IC, etc.), and packaging (thermal management, stray inductance, etc.), for all functions (switch, converter, rectifier, inverter, etc.) and applications (power supply, PV, EV/HEV, UPS, fast charging, wireless charging, etc.).

GaN-on-Silicon and GaN-on-Sapphire

In the report we detail the IP landscape related to GaN-on-Silicon and GaN-on-Sapphire. The GaN-on-Silicon patent landscape is characterized by the presence of numerous GaN pure-play companies and numerous Chinese new entrants. In the GaN-on-Sapphire patent landscape, Power Integrations is the best-known player. However, numerous other players have also developed IP related to GaN-on-Sapphire for power applications, including CorEnergy, Powdec and Seoul Semiconductor.

Normally-off

Infineon leads the IP landscape related to cascode topology thanks to key patents from International Rectifier acquired in 2014. Fujitsu and Transphorm have strong patent portfolios related to E-mode GaN transistors. Infineon, EPC and Renesas are currently the most active IP players. In the report we have identified key patents from key IP players and new entrants for both cascode and E-mode transistors. Furthermore, we map the different solutions claimed in patents to make E-mode transistors.

Integration

We have been witnessed of a growing IP activity for power GaN System-on-Chip with Infineon/IR, Intel and Navitas as the main patent applicants. Infineon and Intel have been developing IP for monolithically integrating GaN power devices with other kind of devices such as RF circuits and LEDs, and/or Si CMOS technology. On the other hand Navitas’s patents focus on all GaN Power IC. Other players hold patents on monolithic integration such as Intel, Dialog, Power Integrations, Transphorm, Exagan, ON Semiconductor, GaN Systems, TI, EPC, TSMC. Some other companies recently filed patents related to GaN-on-Silicon-on-Insulator for power electronics.

Vertical power device

Vertical power devices still attract significant attention of patent applicants. Nexgen (formerly Avogy) is the main patent owner, but it has stopped its patenting activity, like Fujitsu and Furukawa. Today, Toyoda Gosei, Fuji Electric, Sumitomo Electric and Toyota are leading the vertical power device IP landscape. Several players are developing IP on vertical devices on silicon substrates including CEA/Renault, Vishay, Renesas, Bosch, Fuji Electric, Furukawa Electric and M-MOS Semiconductor. This report highlights selective ion implantation and selective p-GaN regrowth to form selective p-type regions.

Current collapse and driving applications

We see important IP activity to suppress current collapse, with Fujitsu, Panasonic and Toshiba as main patent assignees. We identify IP players claiming solutions to prevent this dynamic on-resistance increase (field plates, surface passivation, hole injections). In the report we also highlight Power GaN patents explicitly targeting EV/HEVs from CEA/Renault, Toyoda Gosei, Denso, Toyota, CACTi, KOYJ, Shinny, Sentec, China Motor and Egtronics, fast charging from Powdec and Shinny and wireless charging from EPC, Panasonic, Navitas, Rohm, and Hosiden.

Key Topics Covered

INTRODUCTION

METHODOLOGY

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PATENT LANDSCAPE OVERVIEW

PATENT SEGMENTATION

Segments:

GAN-ON-SILICON FOR POWER ELECTRONICS

GAN-ON-SAPPHIRE FOR POWER ELECTRONICS

NORMALLY-OFF

INTEGRATION

PACKAGING

CURRENT COLLAPSE

MAIN DRIVERS FOR POWER GAN

IP PROFILE OF KEY PLAYERS

For each player:

40 players profiled:

CONCLUSION

List of Companies Mentioned (A-Z)

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