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150-GHz Cutoff Frequencies and 2-W/mm Output Power at 40 GHz in a Millimeter-Wave AlGaN/GaN HEMT Technology on Silicon

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5 Author(s)
Diego Marti ; Millimeter-Wave Electronics Group, ETH-Zürich, Zü4rich, Switzerland ; Stefano Tirelli ; Andreas R. Alt ; John Roberts
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We report a new generation of high-performance AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) grown on high-resistivity Si (111) substrates. We map out small- and large-signal device performances against technological parameters such as the gate length and the source-drain contact separation. We report the first large-signal performance for a GaN-on-Si technology offering an output power of 2 W/mm and an associated peak power-added efficiency of 13.8% (peak of 18.5%) at 40 GHz without any field plate. The technology offers measured transconductances of up to 540 mS/mm and cutoff frequencies as high as fT/fMAX = 152/149 GHz at a given bias point. These are the highest cutoff frequencies to date for fully passivated AlGaN/GaN HEMTs on silicon substrates. The results confirm GaN-on-Si technology as a promising contender for low-cost millimeter-wave power electronic applications.

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IEEE Electron Device Letters  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 10 )