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Texas Instruments' LMG5200 GaN Power Stage

Half-bridge GaN power stage reverse engineering report, with innovative packaging
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GaN Power Stage Texas Instruments, innovative packaging, reverse engineering reportThe first 80V half-bridge GaN power stage from TI, with innovative packaging.

Since 2012, the GaN market has blossomed with new players. However, since the technology is still improving, no standard yet exists and we see many different coexisting solutions. Manufacturers propose different approaches for epitaxy, gate structure, device design, and packaging, all focused on solving the problems linked to GaN’s intrinsic properties and its integration with silicon. To minimize the obstacles linked to high-frequency operations and offer a driverintegrated solution, Texas Instruments has introduced the first 80V half-bridge GaN FET power stage device in advanced QFM packaging.

GaN Power stage Texas Instruments LMG5200 reverse engineering report

In this report, System Plus Consulting reveals TI’s technical choices, from device design through packaging. This is the first time we have found a half-bridge GaN FET design, with driver, all assembled in an advanced multichip package (PCB with embedded via and flip-chip dies).

TI’s new LMG5200 features an outsourced (see report for details) GaN FET with a breakdown voltage of 80V for a current of 10A (25°C). The transistor is driven by a National Semiconductorssilicon IC gate driver with a 1 µm technology node.

The epitaxy structure is composed of different GaN and AlGaN layers and multiple AlGaN heterojunction structures between the GaN and the AlN layer. A complex buffer and a template layers’ structure reduces stress and dislocation.

Based on a complete teardown analysis, this report also provides an estimated production cost for the IC gate driver, FET, and package. Moreover, this report proposes a comparison with the packaging and epitaxy from GaN Systems, Transphorm, and Panasonic. This comparison highlights the differences in design and manufacturing processes, and their impact on device size and production cost.


Table of contents

Overview / Introduction

> Executive Summary

> Reverse Costing Methodology


Company Profile

> Texas Instruments


Physical Analysis

> Synthesis of the Physical Analysis

> Package Analysis

- Package opening

- Package cross-section

> FET Die

- FET die view and dimensions

- FET die process

- FET die cross-section

- FET die process characteristic

> IC Die

- IC die view and dimensions

- IC die process

- IC die cross-section

- IC die process characteristics


Power Stage Manufacturing Process

> FET Die Front-End Process

> FET Die Fabrication Unit

> IC Die Front-End Process

> IC Die Fabrication Unit

> Final Test and Packaging Fabrication Unit

Cost Analysis

> Synthesis of the Cost Analysis

> Yield Explanations and Hypotheses

> FET Diet

- FET die front-end cost

- FET die probe test, thinning and dicing

- FET die wafer cost

- FET die cost

> IC Die

- IC front-end cost

- IC die probe test, thinning and dicing

- IC wafer cost

- IC die cost

> Complete Power Stage

- Packaging cost

- Final test cost

- Component cost


Price Analysis

> Synthesis of the Cost



> Comparison between Panasonic, Transphorm, and GaN Systems’ HEMT


























About the authors


System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems.

Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product.

System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:

  • Integrated Circuits 
  • Power Devices & Modules 
  • MEMS & Sensors
  • Photonics 
  • LED 
  • Imaging 
  • Display 
  • Packaging 
  • Electronic Boards & Systems.

Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors.

System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.

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  • Detailed photos and identification

  • SEM & EDX analysis of epitaxy layers and transistor structure

  • Manufacturing process flow

  • In-depth economic analysis

  • Manufacturing cost breakdown

  • Estimated sales price

  • Comparison with Transphorm, GaN Systems, and Panasonics