Modelithics has recently been named as a partner in the Qorvo-led team that was recently awarded an Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) contract related to Broad Area Announcement (BAA) solicitation titled “Engineering Predictable Behavior into GaN Devices Foundational Engineering Problem (FEP).” The Qorvo team includes Modelithics, University of Padova, HRL, University of Colorado and NI AWR. The goal of the project is to develop an advanced GaN device modeling frame work that accounts for aging and reliability effects along with electrical performance, thermal and mechanical considerations and material variations. The resulting models are intended to add the ability to consider aging and reliability factors at the RF design (EDA simulation and optimization) process.
The proposed approach for the project is to combine physics-based modeling fundamentals, for the first-time to include aging and reliability predictability, with computationally efficient compact modeling processes. Modelithics brings expertise in both areas as a part of this team. Modelithics has been the industry leader in RF and microwave device characterization and model development for over 17 years, developing and advancing all types of modeling techniques. Modelithics has extensive experience in GaN modeling and has produced or contributed to many papers, presentations, etc. related to advanced GaN models and modeling. The new physics-based GaN model format will be effective in enabling designers to consider additional dimensions of both short and long-term device performance and have the freedom to explore a much higher degree of device geometry scalability during circuit optimizations with multiple EDA simulation tools.
The total project length is approximately 4 years.