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

Cutting the Power Cord

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GaN is rising to the challenge of increasing global demand for wireless charging solutions for high power systems.  As you might have seen, GaN Systems and NuCurrent recently announced a joint partnership highlighting the launch of NuCurrent’s 150-watt wireless power solution, which is designed for industrial and consumer applications, using our high power, high efficiency power amplifier.

As wireless charging becomes mainstream GaN transistors are enabling higher power level applications from 30W up to several kilowatts – much greater than achieved with traditional silicon solutions.

Using GaN provides fifty times and more higher wireless transfer power. GaN-based wireless power solutions open the door for opportunities for charging more than a single cell phone, but several of these devices at the same time as well as laptops, drones, robots, tabletop electronics, industrial power tools, eBikes, and more.

“We chose GaN Systems’ power amplifier because it’s a high performance and easy to use solution,” said Tim Tumilty, NuCurrent VP of Sales and Marketing, “We’re able to reach power densities and operate at higher efficiency at high power output not possible with other power transistors.”

Paul Wiener, GaN Systems’ Vice President, Strategic Marketing added, “Partnering with NuCurrent is fostering technological innovation in the wireless charging market. GaN Systems is enabling compact, low-cost, high-power wireless charging as the market demand for a world without power cords rapidly grow.”

Want to learn more? Download our presentation: Highly Efficient High Power PA Design for Resonant Wireless Power Transfer here.

NuCurrent Partners with GaN Systems to Expand Wireless Charging Product Offerings with 150-Watt Solution

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CHICAGO (PRWEB) APRIL 12, 2018– NuCurrent, an industry leader in wireless power systems and technology development, announces the development of 150-watt wireless power solutions designed for industrial and consumer applications with high power needs. This development, in partnership with GaN Systems, the leader in GaN power transistors, builds upon NuCurrent’s achievements in wireless power and wireless charging, including the development of the thinnest and most efficient 15-watt wireless charging antennas for smartphones.

“We’re excited to bring these new high-power solutions to market,” said NuCurrent VP of Sales and Marketing, Tim Tumilty. “Following the rapid adoption of wireless charging for devices that need a few watts of power, customers are demanding solutions that deliver higher levels of power. Our new solutions solve the most important challenges for product categories that need 150 watts or more.”

Smartphones and small electronic devices typically require less than 15 watts of power and are well suited for silicon-based transistors. However, for wireless charging applications with power needs of 150 watts or more, existing silicon-based transistors can heat up and become inefficient. To address this challenge, NuCurrent selected a 150-watt gallium nitride-based power amplifier from GaN Systems.

“These solutions open up wireless charging to new categories like power tools, autonomous robots, drones, and more,” said GaN Systems Vice President Strategic Marketing, Paul Wiener. “With NuCurrent’s technology and system design capabilities and our high-power transistor and amplifier capabilities, the possibilities for wireless charging at high power levels have been expanded in some really important directions.”

Demonstrations of the 150-watt wireless charging solutions will be available at the upcoming Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion (PCIM) conference June 5-7 in Nuremberg, Germany at the GaN Systems booth (Hall 9, Booth #511).

 

About NuCurrent
NuCurrent delivers breakthrough wireless power solutions to product teams through its expertise in wireless power technologies and full-system integration. The company’s NuIQ™ Technology Platform includes proprietary software that accelerates successful wireless power solution development through advanced hardware simulation and firmware control as along with its patented MLMT antennas – which are the industry’s thinnest and most efficient (highest Q). NuCurrent’s engineering team applies these core technologies in partnership with client product teams to produce complete wireless power solutions on the Qi and Airfuel Standards and within closed, proprietary systems. Founded in 2009, the venture-backed, Chicago-based company has over 75 patents granted or pending worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.nucurrent.com and follow us on Twitter at @NuCurrentTweets.

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.

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. 

Data Centers and Energy Efficiency

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“The Conversation” is a video series in which GaN Systems’ executives engage in conversation with leaders in industries that are being revolutionized as a result of changes in power technologies. Change for these companies is not limited to their bottom line, but extends out to issues around technology’s impact on global energy consumption.  Industries explored include data centers, automotive, consumer electronics, renewable energy, and industrial.

In this episode of ‘The Conversation,’ Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems (a leading GaN power semiconductor company) joins Stefan Heck, CEO of NAUTO (an autonomous vehicle technology company using an artificial intelligence-powered connected camera network.)  The topic: As the flow of data continues to grow exponentially and the data center becomes a cornerstone of the global economy, how do data center executives need to think more expansively about power efficiency? With global data center use of energy tracking to reach 5-10% of world-wide consumption in a few years, how do we ensure that the better world we seek to create through data is not offset by the data centers’ insatiable demands for energy?

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Jim:

There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity for change in data centers – especially around power efficiency. The number one expense in data centers is the energy to run the servers. It can be as much as 40% of total cost.  Those servers typically waste about 5-10% of that energy.  With new power semiconductors, they would be able to cut those losses to maybe a percent or two, save a lot of energy, and tremendous amounts of money for the data center.

 

Stefan:

I’ve been amazed that with data centers you pay for the energy twice. On the in-bound side you pay to power the servers, and then for the AC to cool then.  That’s a double whammy.

 

Jim:

Like in the auto industry where you can make the electronics smaller, if you can make the server power supplies smaller, you can use less space for power conversion and put more servers in the same space. If you put more servers in the same space that means that you’re using your assets better. For a data center manager, they’re getting more TB/square meter. And with 10X growth we’ve been seeing in data centers, you could also delay actually spending money to build new data center.

 

Stefan:

Data centers are similar to the auto industry in that there are multiple steps in power conversion. The incoming high voltage power is converted 3 times before it gets to an actual server at the 3 or 5 volt level.

 

Jim:

Exactly.  You’re going from very high voltage AC down to a volt in electrons for the microprocessors.  And you don’t want to throw those away. Here’s an example of what can be done around power efficiency and density in data centers.

 

Take a server rack that typically has 40 total spaces for servers and power supplies.  With smaller power supplies, a data center manager is able to put 4 more servers into a rack.  At first glance that may not sound like a lot. When you multiple that by the thousands and thousands of racks in the data center, the numbers become huge. It could be a billion dollars more in revenue that is achieved, just by being more efficient with how servers get into the racks

 

Stefan:

It’s exciting when you’re talking about power electronics and the kind of productivity shift available either because the system is more efficient, or smaller in size. You get more use out of it, and that’s a double win. It adds to the bottom, but at the same time you’re reducing energy, reducing materials, and reducing your environmental footprint.  So the bottom line and the environment are longer at odds. They go hand in hand in this case. Efficiency in saving energy and improving power electronics is a great win that way.

 

Jim:

We’ve talked a lot about technology and about how hardware and software can change things. I think another important element of this equation is people.  We’ve got to get data center executives to change their mindset, and change their thinking in order to not only change their business, but change the world.

 

Stefan:

I agree.  A lot of these system changes that can come from the new power architecture means that executives have to rethink what service their data center is providing. Business leaders have to get involved in a whole new way of doing business. It isn’t just about incremental engineering change that’s going to happen automatically down in their procurement department or their engineering organization.

 

Jim:

We’re talking about fundamental change here and that needs to get down to the C-Suite.  People have to show the leadership here’s some new ideas make sense; these can fundamentally change the business.  Then they have to organize the teams to make sure it happens. It’s about taking some risks and chances. It’s about doing some pilots and field trials. Then get to work on it to show what can be done.

 

Stefan:

That’s right.  I think both you and I are working with industries – data centers and in automotive – that have a lot of expertise and have been successful for a long time. But they are facing disruption and need to revisit what product they’re offering.  They need to question how they’re building it, how they’re designing it. Look closely at these disruptive power technologies. Because sometimes it isn’t just a 10% improvement; It’s a 50% step change. And that means you’ve got to rethink your architecture.

 

Jim:

Exactly.  Not an easy job, but one that has a lot of benefits if the company does it right.

 

Stefan:

Huge return .  And frankly if you miss it – There’s huge risk,  if you fall behind.

 

Jim:

Exactly.

 

Stefan:

You have to look forward and embrace change.  There’s a lot of good about it, but it does take leadership as you said.

 

Jim:

Excellent.  Thanks for the discussion Stefan.

 

Stefan:

Sure, my pleasure. Great to talk to you.

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