As originally published on Microwaves & RF, by Paul Wiener.

The market shift toward GaN transistors in 2021 isn’t just theoretical or inspirational—it’s happening now, with major companies designing and shipping products with GaN today.

Human beings are a power-hungry bunch and 2021 is the year more of us do something about it.

As the world slowly inches back to normalcy and a business-as-usual state of mind, we’ll look to technology to power our future forward with innovations that improve the way we live and do business. And much of that focus will be on increasing power efficiency, performance, and lowering costs. From an organizational standpoint, it means doubling down on digitally driven experiences, operational excellence, products, supply chains, and ecosystems—not just to rapidly advance, but in some cases, to simply survive.

The growing popularity and adoption of gallium-nitride (GaN) transistors across many market segments gives convinces us to believe we’re on the right path, given the limitations of silicon in power transistors. In 2021, the power struggle between legacy silicon and the better-performing GaN FETs will come to a head, with organizations choosing GaN transistors to design lighter, smaller, lower-cost, and more efficient power systems. With so much at stake, organizations are quickly jumping aboard the GaN transistor bandwagon at the risk of being left behind, achieving a tipping point from early adoption to mainstream acceptance.

The market shift toward GaN transistors in 2021 isn’t just theoretical or inspirational either—it’s happening now, with major companies currently designing and shipping products that implement GaN. Expect to see significantly increased demand for, and adoption of, GaN-powered products across multiple markets—especially in consumer, industrial, and mobility products as well as in industrial power supplies. The high reliability of GaN power transistors and their ability to bring economic advantage to many applications will be ever-more common over the next 12 months—and beyond.

Below are just a few of the major market segments adopting GaN technology today, and why we can expect further penetration in 2021.

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