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December 13, 2017
Researchers quantify factors for reducing power semiconductor resistance by two-thirds
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
A research group in Japan announced that it has quantified for the first time the impacts of three electron-scattering mechanisms for determining the resistance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor devices in power semiconductor modules. The university-industry team consisting of researchers from the University of Tokyo and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has found that resistance under the SiC interface can be reduced by two-thirds by suppressing electron scattering by the charges, a disc ... read more

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