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Power GaN Patent Landscape

  • Report

  • 270 Pages
  • November 2019
  • Region: Global
  • Knowmade
  • ID: 4858652

The GaN Power Market is Forecast to be Worth Over $350M by 2024, With a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 85%

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 Développement 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.


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.


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 Report Features

  • PDF with > 270 slides
  • Excel file > 9,500 patents
  • IP trends, including time-evolution of published patents, countries of patent filings, etc.
  • Ranking of main patent assignees
  • Key players’ IP position and relative strength of their patent portfolios
  • Patent segmentation:
  • Vertical power device (vertical transistor, vertical diode),
  • Normally-off (E-mode transistor, cascode topology),
  • Integration (monolithic E/D-mode, SiP/SoC, power IC),
  • GaN-on-Si,
  • GaN-on-Sapphire,
  • Selective area p-type doping (ion implantation, p-GaN regrowth),
  • Current collapse,
  • Thermal management,
  • Stray inductance,
  • EV/HEV,
  • fast charging,
  • wireless charging.
  • Key patent identification and details
  • IP profile of 40 key players: Infineon, Panasonic, Toshiba etc.
  • Excel database containing all patents analyzed in the report, including technology and application segmentations

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Scope of the report
  • Key feature of the report
  • Main patent assignees cited in the report
  • Patent search, selection and analysis
  • Patent segmentation
  • Terminology for patent analysis
  • Definitions for key patents and key IP players
  • Time evolution of patent publications
  • Main patent assignees
  • IP players by country of head office
  • IP players by position in the value chain
  • IP players with decreasing or no longer IP activity
  • IP players with increasing IP activity
  • New entrants in the patent landscape
  • Countries of filings for granted and pending patents
  • IP leadership and blocking potential of main players
  • Evolution of players’ IP position since 2015
  • Strength of patent portfolios
  • Vertical power device (vertical transistor, vertical diode)
  • Normally-off (E-mode transistor, cascode topology)
  • Integration (monolithic E/D-mode, SiP/SoC, power IC)
  • GaN- on-Si
  • GaN-on-Sapphire
  • Selective area p-type doping (ion implantation, p-GaN regrowth)
  • Current collapse
  • Thermal management
  • Stray inductance
  • EV/HEV
  • Fast charging
  • Wireless charging
  • IP dynamics and main patent assignees
  • IP leadership of patent assignees
  • Key IP players, new entrants and their key patents
  • Main patent assignees
  • Main patents from Power Integrations
    • CorEnergy
    • Furukawa Electric
    • Seoul Semiconductor
    • Panasonic
    • HRL
    • Powdec
    • Alpha & Omega
    • Fujitsu
    • Toyoda Gosei
    • etc.
  • Leading patent assignees for cascode topology
  • Leading patent assignees for E-mode transistors
  • Main patent assignees by type of E-mode GaN HEMT (recessed gate
  • p-GaN under gate, ion implantation under gate, MIS-HEMT)
  • Key IP players, new entrants, and their key patents
  • Main patent assignees for SiP/SoC, monolithic integration and monolithic power IC.
  • Key IP players, new entrants and their key patents
  • Notable recent patents related to monolithically integrated E/D-mode transistors
  • Monolithic power ICs: focus on patents held by Navitas, Dialog, Infineon, GaN Systems, EPC, TI, etc.
  • SoCs with group IV and group III-nitride devices on SOI substrates
  • Leading patent assignees for GaN power packages
  • Thermal management: noticeable recent patents
  • Stray inductance: notable recent patents
  • Leading patent assignees for current collapse
  • Main patent assignees by solution to prevent current collapse (field plate, surface passivation, hole injection)
  • Power GaN patents explicitly targeting EV/HEV, fast charging and wireless charging
For each player:
Patent portfolio overview, key patents, and recent patenting activity.

40 players profiled
  • Infineon
  • Panasonic
  • Toshiba
  • Fujitsu
  • Transphorm
  • Furukawa Electric
  • Cree/Wolfspeed
  • Sanken Electric
  • Renesas Electronics
  • Texas Instruments
  • Toyota
  • ON Semiconductor
  • Power Integrations
  • Sumitomo Electric
  • Sharp
  • Fuji Electric
  • Rohm
  • Toyoda Gosei
  • Intel
  • TSMC
  • Seoul Semiconductor
  • Nexperia
  • EPC
  • GaN Systems
  • Nexgen
  • VisIC
  • Navitas Semiconductor
  • Exagan
  • Dialog Semiconductor
  • CEA
  • STMicroelectronics
  • HRL
  • imec
  • Innoscience
  • GaNPower
  • Gpower
  • CorEnergy
  • FMIC
  • Xidian University



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Infineon
  • International Rectifier
  • Toshiba
  • Panasonic
  • Fujitsu
  • Furukawa Electric
  • Transphorm
  • Sumitomo Electric
  • Sharp
  • Toyota Motor
  • Toyota Central R&D Labs
  • Fuji Electric
  • Xidian University
  • Toyoda Gosei
  • Renesas Electronics
  • Nexgen
  • Avogy
  • Sanken Electric
  • University Beijing
  • Founder Microelectronics IC
  • Rohm
  • Intel
  • Seoul Semiconductor
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Sun Yat Sen University
  • Texas Instruments
  • On Semiconductor
  • TSMC
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • HRL Laboratories
  • Power Integrations
  • CorEnergy
  • Denso
  • NXP
  • Freescale
  • Nexperia
  • CEA
  • Gpower
  • EPC
  • Imec
  • Qorvo
  • Delta Electronics
  • Institute of Semiconductors
  • NTT
  • LG Electronics
  • Samsung Electro Mechanics
  • Cree
  • Wolfspeed
  • Hitachi
  • CETC
  • LG Innotek
  • Navitas Semiconductor
  • Sciocs
  • Sumitomo Chemical
  • NEC
  • ETRI
  • Macom
  • Nitronex
  • Innoscience
  • Nexperia
  • Enkris Semiconductor
  • Gan Systems
  • Japan Radio
  • Midea
  • MIT
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Epistar
  • Exagan
  • Richtek Technology
  • Soitec
  • Epigan
  • NGK Insulators
  • Peking University
  • Bosch
  • IBM
  • Murata Manufacturing
  • Siemens
  • Alpha & Omega Semiconductor
  • Coorstek
  • General Electric
  • Hiwafer
  • SUSTech
  • Foshan Tk Semiconductor
  • University of California
  • VisIC Technologies
  • CNRS
  • Dowa Electronics Materials
  • Powdec
  • SNU
  • ITRI
  • Ku Leuven
  • Qromis
  • Sanan IC
  • SETi
  • Vishay
  • A*STAR
  • Cambridge Electronics
  • Dialog Semiconductor
  • Dynax Semiconductor
  • Ganpower
  • Globalfoundries
  • Huawei
  • Simgui
  • University of Florida
  • Air Water
  • IQE
  • M-MOS Semiconductor
  • University of Sheffield
  • Zing Semiconductor
  • Allos Semiconductors
  • Arizona State University
  • Fraunhofer
  • Hella
  • KETI
  • Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center
  • Kyocera
  • Nuvoton
  • Shin-Etsu
  • Sigetronics
  • Sony
  • University of Illinois
  • University of South Carolina
  • US Navy
  • Alstom Transport
  • Caltech
  • Nissan Motor
  • North Carolina State University
  • Renault
  • Sixpoint Materials
  • Velodyne Lidar


For patent landscape analysis, the patent information is extracted from the FamPat worldwide patent database (Questel-ORBIT) which provides 100+ million patent documents from 95 worldwide patent offices.

The search strategy combines keyword-based searches with expert review and manual screening of the patents. Keywords are searched in the title, abstract, claims and description. Relevant IPC (International Patent Classification) and CPC (Cooperative Patent Classification) are also used for the patent search. The dataset of identified patents is manually cleaned of non-relevant patents. Citing and cited patents of selected relevant patents are also included in the search strategy. The search strategy (keywords and search equations) and the dataset of selected patents is provided in our reports.

The publisher's analysts (PhD team) combine their technical and patent expertise with powerful analytics tools and proprietary methodologies to deliver the most relevant patent analyses.