GaN Systems to Showcase Innovative GaN Power Technologies and Customer Solutions at PCIM Europe 2018

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GaN Systems to Showcase Innovative GaN Power Technologies and Customer Solutions at PCIM Europe 2018

 Record-setting GaN transistors and an array of new products, design tools, and reference designs that make it easier to develop ground-breaking power systems will be displayed   

 

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, May 23, 2018 GaN Systems, the global leader in GaN (gallium nitride) power semiconductors, today announced that it will be exhibiting the company’s new products and design tools and presenting customer demonstrations at PCIM Europe 2018 (Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion), Booth 511 in Hall 9 (9-511) from June 5-7, 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany.

At PCIM Europe, one of the leading exhibitions for power electronics and its applications, attendees to the GaN Systems booth will learn about new products, the numerous IC companies that have collaborated with GaN Systems, and a vast array of customer implementations spanning the consumer, data center, industrial, and automotive market segments. Also, GaN Systems’ subject matter experts will be speaking at four sessions over the course of the three-day conference on topics that include wireless power transfer, power modules, the transformation of the automotive world with power electronics, and the future design of GaN devices.

“GaN has become the game-changer in power electronics. In the many years we’ve been attending PCIM, we’ve witnessed GaN transition from academic research to commercialization and adoption,” stated Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems. “We look forward to building upon GaN’s continued success with existing and new friends and customers at the show.”

Solutions

At PCIM Europe, power design engineers will see first-hand a multitude of resources available from GaN Systems that are designed to help them get their products to market faster. Highlights include:

  • Record-setting GaN transistors such as the 100 V, 120 A, 5 mΩ GaN E-HEMT device, the highest current and power efficient 100 V GaN power transistor and 120 A, 650 V, 12 mΩ GaN E-HEMT, the world’s highest current rated GaN power transistor.
  • New virtual Circuit Simulation Tool that allows design engineers to evaluate GaN Systems’ devices in a variety of topologies and compare application conditions before hardware or system construction. Featuring a simple and intuitive interface, an engineer can quickly and easily tune parameters to suit their design goals and see the results in real time.
  • New reference designs to ease any design challenge, including a 190W LLC + PFC adapter reference design, optocoupler reference design from Broadcom, and low DCR, high frequency controllers from Analog Devices.
  • 3kW evaluation kit for high-efficiency power systems for data center, automotive, and energy storage system applications. This evaluation kit enables power engineers to quickly take full advantage of GaN power transistors in designing improved and novel power systems.

Speaker Sessions

Type Location Date Time Topic
Exhibition Forum Exhibitor Forum, Booth 507, Hall 7 (7-507) 5 June 2018

 

15:00-15:20

 

GaN at its best…! Customized GaN Power Modules
Exhibition Forum Industry Forum, Booth 155, Hall 6 (6-155) 6 June 2018 14:30 – 15:30 GaN – Devices for the Future Design
Exhibition Forum E-Mobility forum, Booth 320, Hall 6 (6-320) 7 June 2018 10:00 – 10:20 Transforming the Automotive World with Smaller, Lower Cost, More Efficient Power Electronics
Conference Session Room München 2 7 June 2018 14:50-15:10

 

High power GaN Power Amplifiers for Wireless Power Transfer Systems

For more information, please contact GaN Systems or come see GaN Systems at Booth 511 in Hall 9 (9-511) at PCIM.

 

About GaN Systems

GaN Systems is the global leader in GaN power semiconductors with the largest portfolio of transistors that uniquely address the needs of today’s most demanding industries including data center servers, renewable energy systems, automotive, industrial motors and consumer electronics.

As a market-leading innovator, GaN Systems makes possible the design of smaller, lower cost, more efficient power systems. The company’s award-winning products provide system design opportunities free from the limitations of yesterday’s silicon. By changing the rules of transistor performance, GaN Systems is enabling power conversion companies to revolutionize their industries and transform the world. For more information, please visit: www.gansystems.com or on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Media Contact:

Mary Placido

Trier and Company for GaN Systems

mary@triercompany.com

GaN Dominates the Conversation at Leading Power Electronics Show – Key Takeaways from Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC) 2018

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The who’s who in the power electronics industry descended in San Antonio, Texas recently for the annual Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC). For those unfamiliar with APEC, it is one of the leading events of the power electronics industry, bringing together professionals from all sectors from around the world – designers, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academia, and media. The conference provides a forum to exchange technical knowledge and to discover the latest developments in power electronics technologies and products.

In my opinion, this year’s conference was one of the best and most exciting. There was an increased collective enthusiasm about the technology advancements in high-power, high-efficiency power systems designed to meet the demands from every industry sector you can think of – from automotive to consumer electronics to data centers to renewable energy.

GaN was at the center of many discussions at the conference. For myself and my GaN Systems’ colleagues, the industry momentum is exciting. Here are my key takeaways from APEC 2018 and how I believe GaN is changing how we live, work and play:

  • Achieving Highest Power Density and Diminishing Size

We demonstrated the highest density on board charger (OBC), resulting in a 3X increase in power density at 4kW per liter, compared to a silicon-based charger at 1.3 kW per liter. High power density with GaN plays an important role in many additional sectors, such as consumer electronics, more specifically power adapters, which are more efficient, smaller, lighter and sleeker. For instance – and as noticed by many conference attendees – our reference designs reduce the size and weight of laptop chargers to one-third of those made with silicon transistors.

  • Powering up Wireless Charging

We are moving to a wireless society – one where our devices no longer need to be tethered with cable connected to them. Industry has successfully removed the telephone cord with the mobile phone. Next came Wifi and the elimination of the Ethernet cable. The last cable to cut is the power cord. We’re now transferring power and charging devices wirelessly. In many applications this means we need higher power and higher efficiency power systems.

And here is one of the key applications that garnered a lot of attention and interest from conference attendees – GaN’s use in wireless power transfer, additionally known as wireless charging, depending on the application. For this application, we demonstrated GaN’s capability to reach power levels much higher than what wireless charging has traditionally achieved. As an example, wireless charging is most well-known for charging cell phones and laptops – these are low power applications. But with our GaN transistors, we showed applications from 100W up to 1.5kW.

  • Increasing Server Power

GaN enables data centers to realize energy savings and increase power density – significantly reducing OPEX, CAPEX and TCO expenses, as we demonstrated with a customer’s 3kW power supply. Using GaN, we achieved 50% increase in power density in the same size power supply, increasing a standard Intel CPRS form factor output power from 2kW with silicon transistors to 3kW with GaN. This application of GaN generated great interest from many power supply designers.

The week at APEC 2018 was a banner one for GaN Systems. We renewed old friendships, made new industry connections, showcased our customers and partners, and announced new and innovative products.  With GaN power transistors, we are watching our customers favorably impact their bottom line and long-term business competitiveness. Furthermore, the improvement of new engineering designs and products undoubtedly have a global environmental impact.

For more information on GaN Systems, visit www.gansystems.com.

AirFuel Wireless Power Event & Developer’s Forum 2018

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Last week, GaN Systems exhibited and spoke at the first annual AirFuel Wireless Power Conference & Developers Forum held in Shenzhen, China.

 

The conference highlighted the various aspects of AirFuel Resonant technology created to help companies to design, develop and market product with Resonant technology.

 

AirFuel Alliance plays a central role in defining the future of wireless power, power management and efficient power usage. The goal is to create an ecosystem of inter-operable products and the global public infrastructure to power them – putting consumers and businesses on the path to a world without wires.

 

Paul Wiener, Gan Systems’ Senior Vice President of Marketing spoke at the conference on the topic of: Highly Efficient High Power Resonant Designs. 

GAN SYSTEMS FIRST TO ANNOUNCE TESTING SUCCESS BEYOND 10X OF JEDEC REQUIREMENTS

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San Antonio, TX, Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC), March 6, 2018GaN Systems, the global leader in GaN power semiconductors, today announced it has surpassed 10,000 hours of qualification testing for its GaN E-HEMT devices. This is 10X the 1,000-hour requirement to meet JEDEC qualification. As the power electronics industry increases adoption of GaN power transistors, the need for high confidence in the technology is imperative. The announcement today by GaN Systems reinforces the early-adopter confidence in GaN transistors. Many examples of customer adoption in multiple applications with GaN Systems transistors will be on display at APEC in San Antonio, Texas on March 4-8, 2018 in Booth #1041.

Why is 10,000 hours important? We live in a world where our electronics are expected to last a long time.  For computers and cell phones this may be a couple of years for some, but 5-10 years for others.  For our homes, offices and factories, 20+ years are routinely expected.  And while nearly all automobiles are on the road for only a few years, expectations are that some will drive the “old jalopy” for 20 years or more. End-users and power equipment makers want long-lifetime equipment. And power system manufacturers want to make sure that the semiconductors in their products last far longer than the expected life of the system. With long lifetime in mind, semiconductor manufacturers perform accelerated testing at elevated temperature, voltage, and current to prove these long durations.  The longer the duration of the accelerated reliability tests, the longer the lifetime of the semiconductors in the real world.

What does 10,000 hours mean in terms of lifetime?  The industry standard of 1,000 hours of JEDEC testing equates to 10+ years of lifetime at normal operating conditions. Extend that testing by 10X to 10,000 hours (1.5 years) and the lifetime jumps to >1,000 years.  This is what the power system makers want: GaN semiconductors that outlast the rest of the system.

Due to the physics of semiconductors, the GaN results are not surprising. Semiconductor design engineers are aware that the critical factor in device lifetime is a complex property known as Activation Energy.  Activation Energy is the minimum amount of energy required to initiate a particular process, in this case, the energy to cause failure in the semiconductor device. The higher the value, the more energy it takes to damage the device.

For GaN, the activation energy is ~2.0eV, while for Silicon the activation energy is ~0.7eV.  It take far more energy to damage a GaN power transistor than a silicon power transistor. Consequently, at the same operating conditions, a system using GaN transistors accumulates less damage and lasts a longer time. GaN Systems now has the data to back the long-life conclusion.

“We are proud of our device lifetimes,” said Jim Witham, GaN Systems CEO. “One and a half years of testing at accelerated conditions takes a lot of ovens, a large number of test equipment and a lengthy amount of time. For GaN Systems, this is a notable achievement.  Our customers from consumer electronics to automotive electric vehicles are pleased to see GaN transistor long lifetime clearly demonstrated.”

For more information, please contact GaN Systems Sales or come see GaN Systems at Booth #1041 at APEC.

 

About GaN Systems

GaN Systems is the global leader in GaN power semiconductors with the largest portfolio of transistors that uniquely address the needs of today’s most demanding industries including data center servers, renewable energy systems, automotive, industrial motors and consumer electronics.

As a market-leading innovator, GaN Systems makes possible the design of smaller, lower cost, more efficient power systems. The company’s award-winning products provide system design opportunities free from the limitations of yesterday’s silicon. By changing the rules of transistor performance, GaN Systems is enabling power conversion companies to revolutionize their industries and transform the world. For more information, please visit: www.gansystems.com or on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Media Contact:

Mary Placido

Trier and Company for GaN Systems

mary@triercompany.com

Record-Setting 100 V/120 A GaN Power Transistor Introduced by GaN Systems

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San Antonio, TX, Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC), March 5, 2018GaN Systems, the global leader in GaN power semiconductors, today unveiled the industry’s highest current and power efficient 100 V GaN power transistor, the 100 V, 120 A, 5 mΩ GaN E-HEMT device [GS-010-120-1-T]. It is 1.3X the current rating of GaN Systems’ own 90 A part and 2.4X-to-4.6X the current rating of other high current GaN in the industry. The GS-010-120-1-T is an enhancement mode GaN-on-silicon power transistor that leverages all of the die design and packaging advantages delivered from GaN Systems. This new GaN transistor will be on display at APEC in San Antonio, Texas on March 4-8, 2018 in Booth #1041.

This revolutionary transistor is ideal for the growing 48 V applications in the automotive, industrial, and renewable energy industries which require power systems with high power levels in smaller size form factors. Bringing products like the GS-010-120-1-T into market results in realizations such as longer range electrical vehicles, lower operating cost renewable energy equipment, and smaller, highly integrated industrial power equipment.

In addition, the transistor enables greater design flexibility and affords options for immediate specification changes. The transistor is footprint-compatible with GaN Systems’ 100 V, 90 A GaN E-HEMT (GS61008P), thereby enabling customers to add further power by substituting the GS-010-120-1-T without changing their board. Increasing the current capability in the same size package allows customers to effectively increase the power by 33 percent for the same system volume.

“Our technology roadmap is positioned to deliver to the growing need of best-in-class GaN technology solutions in 100 V as well as 650 V applications,” stated Larry Spaziani, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing for GaN Systems. “The new 100 V, 120 A GaN E-HEMT – along with our recently announced 650 V, 120 A GaN E-HEMT – are among a significant number of recent high-performance GaN transistors and solutions we have introduced. Our intention, as the world’s leader in GaN power semiconductors, is to continuously provide products designed to exceed power system efficiency and reliability requirements in today’s most demanding applications.”

For more information, please contact GaN Systems Sales or come see GaN Systems at Booth #1041 at APEC.

 

About GaN Systems

GaN Systems is the global leader in GaN power semiconductors with the largest portfolio of transistors that uniquely address the needs of today’s most demanding industries including data center servers, renewable energy systems, automotive, industrial motors and consumer electronics.

 

As a market-leading innovator, GaN Systems makes possible the design of smaller, lower cost, more efficient power systems. The company’s award-winning products provide system design opportunities free from the limitations of yesterday’s silicon. By changing the rules of transistor performance, GaN Systems is enabling power conversion companies to revolutionize their industries and transform the world. For more information, please visit: www.gansystems.com or on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Media Contact:

Mary Placido

Trier and Company for GaN Systems

mary@triercompany.com

Power Industry – Then vs. Now by Jennifer Ajersch

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From renewable energy and data centers to electric vehicles and smart appliances, the role that power electronics plays in these systems is no longer that of a supporting cast member. In many cases, power electronics is taking center stage.

I started my career in the power industry in the early 1990s, and at that time, power was seen as delivering a service – as overhead that allowed other systems to operate. The power market had steady growth and was not seen as being terribly disruptive. But recently, this view has changed – the discipline of electronic power conversion is having a global impact across many markets.

We’re living in an interesting time. Many industries are going through a period of upheaval where the established way of doing things is being replaced with new technologies and solutions and even new business models.

If we take the power adapter market as an example, it is going through a makeover in significant ways. The battle to meet higher efficiency standards and decrease the adapter’s size and weight continues. The interesting technological contributions on this front are GaN transistors. Compared to Silicon, GaN is extremely efficient at very high switching speeds. And at the same time, a higher switching frequency allows for miniaturization.

The more interesting change in the market, however, is a move from wired to wireless charging. Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) is disruptive because it is a new tool in the power electronics toolkit. While the most widely known example is smart phone chargers, the WPT technology is also being used in higher power applications like charging power tools, autonomous robots, drones, and electric vehicles. The list goes on. And tied to the success of WPT are GaN transistors. For wireless power charging greater than 20 Watts, Silicon transistors simply cannot switch fast enough, heat up and become inefficient. Our GaN transistors can switch at a very high speed, and that moves wireless power transfer to a scalable, commercially viable product.

Charging is just one small market that is going through this type of upheaval. Similar disruptions are happening in the energy market as we move from fossil fuels to renewables, in the data center market as we seek to reduce their impact on CO2 emissions, and in the automotive market as we move from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles.

It is exciting to see how pervasively our transistors are being used across each of these industries. We are seeing a constant stream of new customers who recognize the benefits that our devices offer. We are in a moment of great change, with new applications leveraging the promised benefits of GaN. I am truly excited to watch and help influence the transition we are experiencing.

If you want to know more about how GaN technology is changing the power industry, come visit us at Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC) 2018. GaN Systems will be exhibiting at Booth 1041.

PCIM 2018 – Nuremberg Germany – June 5-7 2018

PCIM Europe (Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion) is the international leading exhibition for Power Electronics, Intelligent Motion, Renewable Energy and Energy Management. We will be at booth number 511 in Hall 9 (9-511).

International exhibitors inform visitors in three exhibition halls about the newest products, trends and developments in the power electronics industry. PCIM Europe is the forum for technologies for the whole value chain of the power electronics industry, from the components to the intelligent system.

APEC 2018 – San Antonio TX – March 4-8 2018

APEC 2018 is the premier global event in applied power electronics. We will be in booth number 1041. Stop by!

APEC focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. This is not just a designer’s conference; APEC has something of interest for anyone involved in power electronics:

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