Low-Voltage Operation AlInN/GaN HEMTs on Si with High Output Power at Sub-6GHz

This paper describes the DC and RF performance of AlInN/GaN HEMTs on Si substrates for low-voltage operation to meet the demand of user equipment. By adapting the regrowth ohmic structure, low on-resistance of 0.6Ω-mm was achieved due to the reduction of the contact resistance. Even with the relatively long gate length of 0.3 µm, lower voltage operation was achieved compared to other reported work. The obtained fmax of 53.8 GHz exceeds the requirements of 5G mobile communication applications for the sub-6 GHz frequency range. Large-signal measurements on a gate width of 10×100 µm device exhibited a saturated power density of 1.52 W/mm and power added efficiency of 62.7% at 5 GHz biased at Vds of 5 V. The device also exhibited excellent performance between Vds of 1.5 V and 12 V. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the highest RF performance with low-voltage operation for a GaN HEMT in the sub-6 GHz region.