GaN HEMT SPICE Model Standard for Power and RF


Si2’s Compact Model Coalition is currently in the third phase of our process to define a standard model for GalliumNitride (GaN) High Electron-Mobility Transistors (HEMTs). These devices are currently used in high power switching and RF applications, where their power and speed sets them apart from most other technologies. We started with eight candidates, which have been down-selected to two remaining candidates, based on a set of technical requirements. In the current phase, member companies are asked to perform their own evaluations hopefully leading to a standard in 2016.


Samuel Mertens is working for Cadence Design Systems on the Spectre circuit simulator, after working at Ansoft, Ansys, Agilent and Keysight. He has been an active representative at the CMC since 2004, having chaired the CMC’s Standard Spice Language standard. Samuel graduated with a Physics Engineering (BS) degree from the University of Gent (Belgium) and the MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA).