Gallium Nitride is very quickly gaining acceptance in a wide variety of applications such as DC-DC converters, LiDAR, Wireless Power, Envelope Tracking, LED lighting, and Class D audio, etc. Recent developments in GaN technology have made this material a strong contender for today’s power management needs. In this talk, I will present an overview of the current status of GaN technology development, the various applications that have emerged due to the superior performance of these device, and the future scope in this field.
Dr. Ritu Sodhi has been leading R&D teams at multiple power semiconductor companies for over 24 years. During these years, Dr. Sodhi has made strong technical contributions in power semiconductor device design and technology development with over 30 publications, 6 patents and several awards. Her experience includes developing advanced application specific power devices that set the performance standard in the industry for mobile, computing, automotive and communication applications. Prior to joining Empower Semiconductor as the Design Director, Dr. Sodhi worked at International Rectifier for twelve years and at Fairchild Semiconductor for almost seven years. At both places, Dr. Sodhi lead teams to develop state-of-the-art power semiconductor devices, focusing on both device design and process integration. She successfully established a new R&D center for Fairchild in India and built a team focused on power device design and their applications. Dr. Sodhi also served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay for five years, where she defined and implemented a new course on power semiconductor devices, with an aim to promote this field in academia in India. She is a Senior Member of IEEE, and has been a member of the technical program committee for two IEEE international conferences – ISPSD and IWPSD, and a co-chairperson for the Semiconductor Committee of Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA). Dr. Sodhi earned her Ph.D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1995.