Power devices are in the chips: New power integrated circuits, called PICs, put both power-handling semiconductors and logic on the same IC chip; soon they may be part of every household appliance

@article{Rumennik1985PowerDA,
  title={Power devices are in the chips: New power integrated circuits, called PICs, put both power-handling semiconductors and logic on the same IC chip; soon they may be part of every household appliance},
  author={V. Rumennik},
  journal={IEEE Spectrum},
  year={1985},
  volume={22},
  pages={42-51}
}
The advances that will have to be made before power integrated chips, or PICs, can become a dominant force in the semiconductor field are discussed. These have to do with developing adequate isolation between high-voltage devices and low-voltage circuits; designing devices and fabrication processes that yield both high voltage and high current at an economical level; and designing high-voltage, high-current devices that can operate as a current source. The three techniques that are now being… CONTINUE READING

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