Power Technologies and the Future of the Auto Industry

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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 AI-powered connected camera network.) The topic: How power semiconductors are playing a significant role in driving change in the electric (EVs) and autonomous vehicle industry – both in the design of vehicles, but also in the impact on the data centers required to address and analyze the data that they generate.


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A transcript of the video conversation follows: 

Jim: Stefan – It’s great to see you here at your offices at NAUTO.  We’ve spent some time talking in the past about power technologies and I know that you’ve written and talked extensively about the subject. I thought it would be great to talk about this and share a few thoughts with our audience

Stefan: Power technologies are a huge trend for the world – electrifying all kinds of devices.

Power technologies first changed our world 100 years ago, but were now on the cusp of another whole round of change just like that.

Jim: At GaN Systems were seeing a lot of companies who are really interested in saving energy but also in saving materials. The size, weight, and the cost of those materials in their power systems are important.  Two of the markets where we see a lot of change happening are automotive/transportation and also data centers. At Nauto your focus is in the area of the transportation network. How do you see the power and transportation markets colliding and changing?

Stefan: As we talk about ground transportation (a space both of our companies are in now), there’s a massive shift happening over the next decade toward what I called ACES – autonomous, connected, electrified, shared.  This is what I mean by that: Autonomous vehicles need to be recharged, and if they are shared they can be used all day all the time – very efficiently.  And as electric vehicles, they don’t have any emissions as they go around the city, so we reduce urban pollution and have a lower cost per mile.

Jim: We’ve seen three major areas where power electronics are making an impact in the transportation marketplace:

  1. Charging electric cars,
  2. Power distribution system, the DC to DC converters to get power to your seats and dashboard,
  3. The electric motor itself

Stefan: I think those are right.

Today if you look at an internal combustion car, it is horribly inefficient. The overall efficiency of the motor and drive train is down in the low 30%. The electric motor is typically 85-90% efficient; sometimes even more if its highly optimized

Jim: Big difference.

Stefan: Huge difference.  Almost triple.  That’s triggering a whole change in car architecture.  And with autonomy coming in we’re about to add even more sensors – LIDAR and SONAR and RADAR.  So there’s a lot more electronics in the car both for the compute and for the sensors.

Jim: I think that power semiconductors are going to play a big role in this transformation that you’re talking about.

With some of the new devices that are out there you can dramatically increase the switching speed.  That means that all of the components in the power system can get smaller, because as frequencies go up, size goes down.

You can take the magnetics and the capacitors and make them tiny compared to what they are today. You can also increase the efficiency of the system tremendously, so heat sinks get smaller. You take metal out of the system. And when you do all that, it makes systems that are 3-4 times lighter in weight, 3-4 times smaller in size, and less expensive, because you’ve taken all of those materials away.

All of that really enables the electric vehicle.

Stefan: That’s really important. Not only does it get smaller and less expensive, but suddenly new opportunities open up.  Once I’ve got an electric car with the power train much smaller and lighter I can make the vehicle more flexible.

Jim: Big changes in the car industry.

Stefan: Huge changes. It will soon be unrecognizable.  We have new entrants coming in, and we’ve got pieces disaggregating.  There are a lot of new components coming in, so for an OEM its an exciting time. You can completely reinvent how a car is designed, and conceived now with a flexible power electronics architecture.

Jim: Stefan I read the other day that every autonomous car will put out 4 TB of information every day. If that’s the case, aren’t we looking at a tremendous amount of data coming onto our systems that we are going to have to deal with?

Stefan: The data part is growing massively.  But the volume of cars actually won’t grow that much.  In developed countries, the total car pool is expected to shrink. Were at about a billion cars today.  The developed world will drop to 2/3 or maybe half of that.  The emerging markets are still growing.

Jim: It’s interesting to see that auto manufacturers like BMW, Ford, and Toyota are all starting to really pay attention to data. In the past decade, I think that data centers were using about 1% of all electricity in the world.  That has kicked up to about 3% today.  People are talking about that going upwards to 10%, and it could be even higher with the data used by cars.

Stefan: Autonomous electric cars and shared cars are going to reduce the amount of energy consumed in transportation.  But near term, they’re gong to increase the amount of data center usage.  So unless we make those data centers more efficient, we just transfer the heat so to speak.

We really have to do something about the data centers too.  Otherwise we are just shifting power consumption from one area to another.

SiC vs GaN Head-to-Head Performance Comparison

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A lot of engineers don’t have a good feel for how gallium-nitride FETs perform compared to silicon-carbide equivalents. So GaN Systems devised two 650-V, 15-A switching supplies using SiC and GaN to see how they compared. In an interview conducted by WTWH Media’s Lee Teschler, Jim Witham explains the differences that emerged in this head-to-head study.

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2017 ITRI Power Electronic Systems Consortium Annual Membership Conference By Stephen Coates

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Recently, I had the opportunity to attend and present at this year’s annual membership conference for the Industrial Technology Research Institute for Taiwan (ITRI). One of the world’s leading R&D institutes, ITRI’s mission is to advance new technological capabilities within Taiwan and ensure that Taiwan is at the forefront of technology innovation.

The conference had approximately fifty attendees and included thought leaders from academia and both the consumer electronics and manufacturing industries. Unsurprisingly, given ITRI’s mission, all attendees with the exception of myself were Taiwan nationals. Over the years, I have noticed that as GaN Systems continues to grow and expand, I am being invited to more conferences that are considered “traditionally Taiwanese”. I truly believe that these invitations are a result of Gan Systems being recognized as the leader in GaN technology.

During the conference, there were a total of five presentations organized, mostly academic and research-oriented. What I found interesting was that my presentation, Gallium Nitride Power Transistors in the EV World, was the one that discussed technology innovation using GaN from a practical, real-world point of view – and this is largely due to GaN Systems being well positioned as the best technology supplier. In fact, we are the only company with a product line that encompasses both the 100V and 650V ranges needed to solve critical engineering power design challenges that exceed the capability of legacy silicon technologies in both consumer and industrial uses.

My key takeaways from the conference and presentations:

1 – Growing Consensus in GaN

While my presentation primarily discussed the use of GaN in electrical vehicles, what I noted was that after my presentation, I received a number of questions about GaN applications outside of this area. One particular field that I believe will be greatly impacted by GaN is renewable energy. I was asked a number of questions related to this area, and the interest is a direct result of Taiwan’s government mandate to roll-out solar technology throughout the country.

At the conference, I observed that more people are starting to realize that while GaN is a little more expensive than Silicon today, organizations of all types and sizes are increasingly turning to GaN because it saves money at the system level. For example, when we look at GaN design results, our customers see a reduction in losses, size decrease, and solution cost decrease. Ultimately, this means that our customers save on costs at the system level when switching to GaN Systems devices.

Today, GaN is used in a diverse range of products, such as LiDAR for drones and automobiles, wireless power for robotics, industrial servos, tactical power systems, and data center power supplies, and looking ahead, the use of GaN will only continue to grow.

2 – GaN and the EV World Working Together to Improve Efficiencies

When we look specifically at vehicle electrification, GaN improves overall efficiencies and reduces size, weight and system cost. For instance, when we compare a GaN Systems-based inverter with a Silicon-based inverter, the GaN inverters are one-fifth the size and one-third the weight. Consequently, our global customers experience a reduction in power losses and system cost.

Additionally, when we look at an electric car’s inverter drive, using GaN is more efficient than Silicon and SiC. Hence, electric vehicle manufacturers can have a smaller, cheaper battery that provides the same range as Silicon and SiC, thereby reducing costs and weight.

No doubt GaN technology is changing the value, performance, and cost dynamics of the design and production of the power systems critical in some of today’s most important industries. At GaN Systems, we are providing a new world of product and system design opportunities free from the limitations of yesterday’s silicon.

Companies of increasing global impact with power-reliant products have the ability to move from a business defined by limitations to one of new product design possibilities. For example, data centers are now more energy efficient, solar energy storage has greater capacity, and electric vehicles can drive further. By changing the rules of power for technology companies, GaN Systems is helping companies not only revolutionize their industry but transform the world.

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GaN Systems Releases New High Power Insulated Metal Substrate (IMS) Evaluation Platform

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, December 14, 2017 – GaN Systems, the global leader of GaN (gallium nitride) power semiconductors, announced the launch and availability of its Insulated Metal Substrate (IMS) Evaluation Platform, which provides a flexible, low cost, high power development platform for high-efficiency power systems with 3kW or higher applications. The IMS Evaluation Platform, in combination with GaNPX packaging technology and smart design techniques, enables power engineers to quickly take full advantage of GaN power transistors in designing smaller, lighter, lower cost, and more efficient power systems for data center, automotive, and energy storage system applications.

This evaluation platform consists of a motherboard (GSP65MB-EVB) and two IMS evaluation modules in half bridge and full bridge variants. The modules can be configured as a half-bridge (single IMS module) or a full bridge (two IMS modules) on the high-power motherboard. IMS evaluation modules are available in two power levels: 3kW (GSP65R25HB-EVB) and 6kW (GSP65R13HB-EVB). The IMS evaluation module includes GaN E-HEMTs, gate drivers, isolated DC/DC supply, DC bus decoupling capacitors, and a heatsink to form a fully functional half bridge power stage.

Platform benefits include:

  • Low Thermal Resistance & Optimized Layout: The IMS platform enhances the thermal and electrical performance benefits of GaNPX® E-HEMTs. The drive board is tightly coupled with the IMS board to minimize power commutation and gate driver loops to optimize performance.
  • More Flexibility: The platform is very flexible, enabling twelve different configurations, architectures, and operating modes. IMS evaluation modules can be used independently as a high-power GaN intelligent power module with developers’ own system boards for in-system prototyping.
  • Greater Power Density: Using IMS boards for transistor mounting takes advantage of the vertical space available in larger power applications. The optimized driver board not only minimizes both power and gate driver loops, it also increases the power density of the electronics.

“The power level that the new IMS platform provides is unrivaled,” said Peter Di Maso, Director, Product Line Management, GaN Systems. “Higher power density, at a low cost, makes possible new applications and new revenue streams of power systems in existing markets and applications.”

Please visit www.gansystems.com for more information and at major distributors such as Mouser Electronics Richardson RFPD.


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.

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台達與BMW i VENTURES一起參與加入作為GaN Systems公司的策略投資者

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2017年12月11日,加拿大安大略省渥太華 – 作為全球氮化鎵功率半導體行業的領先企業GaN Systems公司日前宣布,全球電源系統行業的領導者 台達已決定與BMW i Ventures一起參與加入作為GaN Systems公司的策略投資者。GaN Systems公司計劃利用這筆新投入的資金來拓展全球銷售通路並加速新產品的創新,以幫助客戶降低整體系統成本,增加營業額並擴張市場的佔有率。 今天的新聞發布是繼BMW i Ventures,BDC Capital,Chrysalix Venture Capital,Cycle Capital Management,RockPort Capital和Tsing Capital等知名策略投資者之後的最新投資訊息。

BMW i Ventures公司常務董事Uwe Higgen表示:“這項投資重申了GaN Systems公司正在創造最節能的電力電子與電源系統的未來發展,繼續不懈努力。 同時也正在開創一種新的方式來設計和創造更輕,更小的電源系統,同時提供更有效和最可靠的電源轉換技術。

GaN Systems公司的首席執行官Jim Witham表示:“在過去的十年中,GaN Systems公司已經實現了將公司經營成為全球最大的氮化鎵功率晶體管製造商和全球氮化鎵功率器件市場領先廠商的目標。我們很榮幸有台達加入我們作為一個策略性的企業投資者。有著台達和BMW i Ventures的策略投資合作夥伴,這是一個巨大的信心,能將GaN Systems公司的技術領先地位與策略投資者相結合,而正在朝著解決電力轉換浪費能源的普遍問題邁出重要的一步。

這項策略合作投資,將是GaN Systems公司的特殊一年且是重要的里程碑,將與客戶一起歷經市場的快速增長,尤其是Notebook電源適配器,計算機伺服器電源和工業電機馬達控制應用的需求日益增長。GaN Systems公司的解決方案使致力於開發更高效率的電力電子與電源系統,以減少全球的電力能源消耗。透過更高效能的系統開發,能夠提供最先進的解決方案應用在消費電子,數據中心,工業控制,電動車運輸和無線充電市場。

對於GaN Systems公司,我們的策略投資合作夥伴不論是台達和BMW i Ventures,以及我們在世界各地的客戶 – 共同的目標是透過解決他們的電力電源系統的挑戰改變當今一些最苛刻的行業的經濟。

關於GaN Systems公司
GaN Systems公司是GaN功率半導體領域的全球領先企業,擁有最多元的產品組合,能夠滿足當今要求最苛刻的行業(包括數據中心伺服器,可再生能源系統,汽車,工業電機和消費電子產品)的需求。

作為市場領先的創新者,GaN Systems公司的多元產品提供可以設計更小,更低成本,更高效率的電源轉換系統成為可能。 該公司屢獲殊榮的多元產品提供了系統輕薄小的設計機會,擺脫了以往Silicon晶體管的限制。 透過改變晶體管的特性與性能的規則,GaN Systems公司正支持專業的電源設計公司徹底改變他們的行業,改變世界。 欲了解更多信息,請訪問:www.gansystems.com或Facebook,Twitter和LinkedIn。

FUTURE CAR 2017 – Key Takeaways: GaN in Automotive – Progress and Prospects by Julian Styles

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Recently, I had the opportunity to attend FUTURECAR 2017 at Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). This annual workshop, held by Georgia Tech and Semi, addresses the rapid evolution of automotive technology and electronics, and brings together global leaders in automotive manufacturing across the entire supply chain, design, R&D, and academia.

At the conference, we shared insights on the important trends we believe are driving the automotive industry, including the need to save weight and cost in electronics as the electronic content of vehicles continues to increase. This, of course, is one way Gallium Nitride (“GaN”) power devices provide a competitive advantage to today’s and tomorrow’s automotive leaders.

At this year’s workshop I presented GaN in automotive – progress and prospects.  After the presentation, there was a lively discussion, with many different stakeholders in the automotive supply chain striving to understand how the advent of GaN will affect them.

My key takeaways from the workshop and my presentation:

1 – Technologies Driving Autonomous and Intelligent Cars

If you’d asked me two years ago what was the primary technology driving the automotive industry, I would have answered: electrification. The endless quest for lower emissions and better fuel efficiency is forcing the use of electronics in every part of the vehicle. Now, there’s a noticeable shift in the automotive industry’s focus because of the pressing need for technologies driving autonomous and intelligent cars. While electrification is still important, it’s increasingly seen as inevitable. Why? Because to build an autonomous car, you need to start with a car where all of the systems are driven and controlled by electronics.

For the biggest automotive manufacturers, this also means that they see themselves in the future not as selling cars but providing transportation as a service. Today, ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are leading this shift, and in the near future, it will be self-driving cars that will transport passengers from point A to point B.

2 – GaN for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Automotive Leaders

The discussions at the workshop showed that automotive leaders are increasingly aware of the benefits of GaN over other semiconductor technologies like silicon or silicon carbide (SiC).  For example:

Don’t make the heat: Squeezing power electronics into a small space means that the electronics get very hot, and you can use SiC devices to cope with the high temperatures. Alternatively, using GaN means you don’t make so much heat in the first place, leading to systems that are both compact and energy efficient.

Efficiency is worth real money: The inverter drive in an electric car can be made more efficient by switching from silicon to SiC, and more efficient still by switching to GaN. Is it worth it? In a pure electric car, it definitely is. A more efficient inverter means you can achieve the same range with a smaller, cheaper battery – resulting in significant savings in cost and weight.

AI makes emissions, too: Autonomous cars require a lot of cloud processing. In fact, one autonomous car uses the same amount of computing resources as 2,000 Internet users! To meet this demand, car companies such as BMW, Ford and Toyota are building or leasing large amounts of datacenter capacity. All this processing for cloud computing is using energy and creating carbon dioxide. The simple truth is that if automotive manufacturers are making cars more efficient to produce a low carbon footprint, then they need to think about their data center’s carbon footprint. GaN provides a ready-made solution here, since it already plays an integral role in reducing the carbon footprint of datacenters by making their power systems more compact and more efficient.

In some applications, only GaN will do: LiDAR sensors are an essential element of autonomous vehicle systems. They work by generating extremely short pulses of laser light, and only GaN devices are fast enough to drive the lasers to create accurate, cost-effective LiDAR systems.

Without question, we are seeing a notable shift in the technological perspective in the automotive industry. The fast pace of change will most likely result in a new breed of automotive leaders. GaN Systems is working with ‘early adopters’ in the automotive industry, enabling them to use technology to revolutionize how people drive while reducing the environmental impact of transportation.

For more information, visit www.gansystems.com.


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OTTAWA, Ontario, December 11, 2017 – GaN Systems, the global leader in GaN power semiconductors, has announced that Delta, the worldwide leader in power systems, has joined BMW i Ventures in participation of a strategic investment in GaN Systems. GaN Systems plans to use the funding to expand global sales and accelerate product innovation to help customers reduce system costs, increase revenue and gain market share. Today’s announcement follows previous investments from prominent backers including BMW i Ventures, BDC Capital, Chrysalix Venture Capital, Cycle Capital Management, RockPort Capital and Tsing Capital.

“This investment reaffirms GaN Systems’ continued accomplishment in creating the future of the most energy efficient power electronics,” said Uwe Higgen, Managing Director of BMW i Ventures. “GaN Systems’ is pioneering a new approach to the design and creation of power systems that are smaller and lighter, while simultaneously providing more efficient and reliable power conversion.”  

Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems stated: “Over the past decade, GaN Systems has achieved its goal of building the company into the world’s most prominent manufacturer of GaN power transistors and the leading player in the global GaN power device market. We are honored to have Delta join us as a strategic corporate investor. It’s a huge vote of confidence, both in GaN as a technology and GaN Systems’ approach to GaN transistors, to have investment partners such as Delta and BMW i Ventures. With the opportunity to combine the technological leadership of GaN Systems with our strategic investors, we are taking a major step forward in solving the universal problem of energy wasted in power conversion.”

This investment builds on an exceptional year for GaN Systems where the company is experiencing a rapid increase in customer growth and increasingly strong demand for GaN transistors especially in notebook travel adapters, computer server and industrial motor power applications. GaN Systems solutions enable the development of more efficient power systems to reduce global power consumption. By facilitating the development of more efficient systems, customers deliver state-of-the-art solutions across the consumer, datacenter, industrial, transportation and wireless charging markets.

For GaN Systems, our strategic investment partners BMW i Ventures and Delta, as well as our customers around the world – the common goal is about changing the economics of some of today’s most demanding industries by solving their power system challenges.

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.

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The Top 2018 Trends Impacting the World’s Power and Energy Footprint – Challenges Will Be Met by A Wave of Power Systems Designed to Be Lighter, Smaller, and More Efficient

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, December 6, 2017 – Power – creating more efficient uses is one of the most pressing challenges in the 21st century. We live in an increasingly data and energy driven world that is following a clear trajectory of increasing reliance on and proliferation of data centers, electric vehicles, renewable energy, powerful industrial motors, and smart consumer electronics. The dramatic increase in computing, electronics, and global population demands attention to our growing power and efficiency needs. As 2017 draws to a close, GaN Systems, the global leader of GaN (gallium nitride) power semiconductors, today unveils the five trends for 2018 which they believe will have a major impact on the world’s power and energy footprint:

1. Acceleration of Vehicle Electrification Development and Demand  

The future of the auto industry is electrification and autonomy. 2017 was a huge boon for electric transport with major global businesses announcing commitments for electrical vehicle (EV) fleets and investments in electric car charging infrastructure. China, the largest market for automobiles, even announced policies that require automakers in the country to produce more electric cars (at least 10%) beginning in 2019.

GaN Systems expects that there will be an acceleration of EV development, demand, and improvement over the next 12 months. GaN transistors will enable the next generation EVs by reducing size, weight, power loss, and system cost.  Higher power density and lighter weight systems will change the dynamics of battery sizing and management. Faster charging, both wired and wireless, will change consumers’ relationships with, and confidence in their EVs as they move from second or commuter car to main vehicle status.

2. More Efficient Data Centers Will Postpone New Buildouts

An ever-increasing amount of data is being created, stored, and served every day. Social networks, online videos, IoT devices, and automobile ADAS systems are some of the contributors. Looking forward, autonomous cars will generate massively more data. Coughlin Associates, a data storage consulting firm, anticipates that a self-driving car will generate 1 gigabyte of data per second. While we are years away from fully autonomous vehicles taking over our streets and highways, auto manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, and Toyota are proactively planning how to manage and power its data centers for the data deluge.   This flood of data is driving the need for increasingly scalable, efficient, and flexible data center infrastructure. Data centers already consume 2% of global power usage, and could reach 5% per some forecasts.

GaN Systems believes that while data centers are significantly more energy efficient today than in the past decade, steps will be taken to further maximize power utilization through renewable energy use, a focus on improving power systems and cooling methods, and more highly leveraging edge data centers.

3. Democratizing Solar Energy Comes to be Realized with Energy Storage Systems

The energy storage industry is in its nascent stages but shows promise in both commercial and residential areas.  Energy storage systems help manage peak demand, provide backup power, and function as part of an off-grid system when combined with renewable sources of energy. Entire home communities that can operate off the grid are coming very soon. A growing number of home energy storage projects are happening in several cities around the world. One such project highlighted was Mandalay Homes, a new housing development in Prescott Valley, AZ where 2,900 residences will be outfitted with solar and 8 kilowatt-hour energy storage systems.

GaN Systems predicts energy storage systems will improve in efficiency and pricing, which will happen only through new power technologies and techniques.

4. Wireless Charging Becomes Commonplace

One of the most significant trends in consumer electronics is wireless chargeable devices. As consumers accumulate laptops, smartphones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other wearables, there is a need to remove the clutter and extra weight associated with multiple wires and chargers. Wireless charging stations like you’ve seen at convenience stores, coffee shops, and other public venues are an ideal solution.

However, some of today’s power transfer solutions requires the charger and device to be in near- perfectly placed alignment and a full charge can take a long time especially when charging multiple devices at once. GaN Systems believes improvements in power technology are eliminating these limitations, making way for new charging designs that allow for the spatial freedom and charge time that consumers want.

5. Growing Emphasis on Energy Savings in Manufacturing Plants and Factories Across the World

Industrial electric motors and drives are critical components that help commercial and industrial plants operate. There is continuing pressure for increasing efficiency through technology and government policy approaches. This includes incentives and introducing more rigorous energy efficiency standards and motor-efficiency regulations. Additionally, smart factory trends and Industry 4.0 initiatives are driving manufacturing plants to revisit layout and space utilization.

GaN Systems predicts that manufacturers will answer the call with a focus on improving high efficiency motor drive technology and integration.

Meeting These Challenges with GaN

At the center of these 2018 trends is power and the need to develop and provide new system design opportunities for smaller, lighter, lower cost, and more efficient power systems.

GaN Systems believes the power electronics industry can do this by seeking new power design approaches. Removing the limitations of yesterday’s silicon by using GaN power transistors, enterprise organizations will usher in new applications capable of transforming the future.

 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.

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“It Ain’t So Hard…” by Larry Spaziani

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GaN is seen as a new technology in a new package with new characteristics. While it may not be new to some, for those who are unfamiliar to GaN’s innovation, the clock’s ticking and their competitors are developing systems with GaN. For some people, the fear of the unknown is intimidating at best. These individuals usually think GaN is highly complicated, but it’s not. They just haven’t seen anything like GaN before. The reality is that with GaN, it ain’t so hard.

At GaN Systems, we have two types of customers – those that jump in and figure it out. And, those who aren’t sure how to get started. So, for those who aren’t sure how to take the first steps, we need to ask ourselves – what’s holding them back?

For those who were initially hesitant with GaN, we have learned that there is a process of learning the subtle differences of GaN, and these differences come down to three unique GaN properties:

  • While the gate drive is different, GaN is easy to drive and just requires a good lay out
  • GaN package is different – but remember, it is just a surface mount package, and all the same rules that customers already know still apply to GaN
  • Although the reverse operating behavior is unique to GaN, it’s easy to understand and highly beneficial

My colleagues and I understand that when customers are introduced to something new, more often than not, they are hesitant to be ‘early adopters’. Preferably, they would like to be shown a product that has been already used in the field by many other companies.

At GaN Systems, we work with thousands of customers across the globe and during their journey with us, they have successfully designed new and innovative solutions with our GaN. By working with our customers to simply describe GaN – notably, how it’s different but only marginally so – our customers are able to realize that with GaN, it ain’t so  hard. Consequently, 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.

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Global Leaders Collaborate on GaN Technology

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OTTAWA, Ontario – October 2, 2017 – The world is challenged with unsustainable increases in power consumption, combating climate change, implementing cleantech technologies and meeting green, CO2 reduction initiatives. Taiwanese electronics manufacturers work at the forefront of these efforts. To meet these challenges, GaN Systems, the world’s leading provider of gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors, and Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) have entered into a Letter of Intent to collaborate on expanding the economic and technical benefits of GaN technology to Taiwan’s electronics companies. To further advance Taiwan’s leadership role in the electronics industry, recognizing the importance and benefits of GaN, the MOEA will provide assistance to GaN Systems to extend its in-country business and representation. This agreement brings together two powerful forces – the leading manufacturer of GaN transistors and the government body that oversees Taiwan’s electronics industry. Working together, this alliance will collaborate to help solve some of the world’s most daunting power challenges.

Ms. Mei-Hua Wang, Vice Minister of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), commented on the development, “As Taiwan plays a preeminent role in the Asian electronics industry, we are pleased to provide GaN Systems with the resources to continue their success with our leading manufacturers. This Letter of Intent strengthens the bonds between GaN Systems and Taiwan’s electronics industry.”

GaN Systems’ CEO, Jim Witham, added, “GaN Systems is delighted to join forces with Taiwan’s MOEA. We see this as an important demonstration of how companies and government work together to reinforce partnerships amongst industry leaders and across industry segments.”