10.7. Silicon Carbide Technology for Power Semiconductor Construction

It is worldwide accepted today that a real breakthrough in the power electronics field may mainly come from the development and use of wide band gap (WBG) semiconductor devices. In power electronic systems, there has been a continuous trend toward a higher system power density (i.e., W/cm3) in the last decades and due to environmental concerns and rising energy costs, also the efficiency of the systems became an important system performance criterion over the past years besides costs. For meeting these demands, the development of power semiconductors is a crucial factor. WBG semiconductors show superior material properties, which allow operation at high switching speed, high ...

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