Gallium Arsenide for Power Semiconductors

3-5 Power Electronics GmbH (35PE) Dresden is entering the market with a new technology for high-voltage and high-current applications in power electronics. Founded in 2015, the company specializes in the development and manufacture of GaAs power semiconductors.

35PE employee at a system that refines GaAs wafers into GaAs power semiconductors in a high vacuum. (Source: 35PE/Kristin Schmidt)

3-5 Power Electronics is a start-up company that has set up its development and production site in the Dresden Technology Center. The company focuses on innovative semiconductors for power electronics. The development team, which has now grown to ten highly specialized engineers, has succeeded in conditioning the widely used semiconductor material gallium arsenide (GaAs) in such a way that it can be used for the construction of diodes for switching high voltages and currents. 

The evaluations of the electrical properties confirm a higher efficiency compared to the commonly used silicon diodes. An additional positive aspect is the significantly more cost-effective manufacturing technology compared to silicon carbide diodes.

3-5 Power Electronics GmbH (35PE), Dresden