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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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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.

Strategic Corporate Investment – A Special Ingredient for Rapid Revenue Growth Companies by Jim Witham

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Before I became the CEO at GaN Systems, I was an executive at several enterprise-focused growth stage companies. One of the most important lessons that I learned from those years of experience is that a growth stage company is very different in its needs from an early stage startup in several key dimensions – aside from size. A common misperception is that they both require the same key resources from an investment partner. Nothing could be further from the truth.

For an early stage startup, it’s all about investment and coaching – the strengths of traditional venture capital firms. Conversely, for a company in its growth stage like GaN Systems, the product-market fit has already been firmly established, multiple rounds of funding secured, and a place in the market has been earned.  At this stage, attention is focused on scaling operations and market reach. While additional capital is important, invaluable business leverage is found in adding new customer access through both a collaborative corporate partnership and indirectly through the halo effect of an earned relationship with a market leader.  That is what can stoke the engines of hyper-growth.

The benefits of this kind of relationship are certainly not one-sided. The enterprise investor also wins in ways beyond future financial return.

Savvy enterprise leaders have learned that their innovation practices and product development processes can be enhanced through well-timed investment with younger and more nimble companies. That is true only if they are well-aligned with their business goals in ways beyond mere financial return. This is the aspect of strategic investment that is about moving from a vendor-customer arrangement to an ‘equal’ partnership.

For GaN Systems, we are honored to have both BMW i Ventures and Delta as our strategic corporate investors. This represents a huge vote of confidence both in GaN as a technology and GaN Systems’ approach to power transistors.  These are two of the most respected global companies in their respective industries, where technical innovation in power systems plays a central role in success – both today and indisputably in the near future.  Now they have chosen to extend their relationship with GaN Systems from customers to investment partners.

You might be wondering how we arrived at this moment in our growth and investment strategy.

The path to strategic investment is different from traditional venture investment decisions. The journey begins with the search for the right partner – not just anyone will do. I look for partners with a strong match in terms of their market needs, their corporate strategy, their prioritization of technology innovation, and most importantly, how GaN technology and GaN Systems’ approach to GaN power transistors can uniquely benefit their products.  I can’t over-emphasize to fellow executives how important it is to make wise choices about partners up front. This is a process of collaboration that can take a year or more before coming to a fruitful and profitable conclusion.

Collaborative work begins with GaN Systems’ and a potential partner’s engineering teams imagining the kind of products that could create radical change in the industry, and then evolving paper designs into ‘proof of concepts’ (POCs).  If assumptions are proven from a technical perspective, engagement naturally expands to the business side of the organization. Forward-thinking sales executives, marketers, and GMs are curious to investigate and determine if engineering’s results reveal an opportunity to revolutionize their side of the house as well.

With proof in product implementation and strong business alignment, strategic investment discussion with the executive suite and board is often a natural progression. What’s unique about the prior collaborative process is that executive’s three core decision-making criteria for investment have already been proven and documented.  Product impact, the opportunity for business and financial return, and the ability of the teams to work well together toward a common goal have been well documented.

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.  Using GaN technology frees them from the design limitations imposed by yesterday’s silicon-based systems. Previously unthinkable kinds of innovation become possible in industries as diverse as data centers, renewable energy storage, automotive, industrial motors, and consumer electronics.  What’s also exciting is that in revolutionizing their industries, these kinds of global companies have the opportunity to even transform the world.

This is the kind of change that can manifest when the tested technology and products of a growth-stage company meets the differentiated strategic capital and foresight of industry leaders. This is what has set the stage for GaN Systems next evolution as a company in partnership with corporate investment partners such as BMW i Ventures and Delta.

DELTA JOINS BMW i VENTURES AS STRATEGIC INVESTOR IN GAN SYSTEMS

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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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GaN Systems Honors China Power Supply Society Competition Winners

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, December 1, 2017 – Winners from the annual China Power Supply Association (CPSS) competition were honored at the organization’s annual meeting on November 22, 2017 by sponsor GaN Systems, the global leader of GaN (gallium nitride) power semiconductors, alongside CPSS, China Power Society Science Popularization Committee, and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This year’s theme focused on the application of power electronics technology for innovation, energy savings, and new energy use.

Thirty-one teams participated from 29 universities throughout China. The teams were challenged to create a single-phase DC-AC inverter with 400V DC input, 500VA output power, and 95% minimum efficiency, in a small form factor. The final 10 teams competed at the CPSS meeting. Entries were evaluated based on performance criteria, including inverter efficiency, power density, and output stability across various load conditions. Cash awards of 20,000-yuan, 10,000 yuan, and 5,000 yuan were given to Top grade prize, Number 1 prize, and Number 2 prize finishers.

Six power design engineering teams were awarded for their high efficiency, high-power density GaN-based inverter designs. The Top Grade Prize was given to NUAA (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics), Number 1 Prize to Xi’an Jiaotong University and Shanghai University of Electric Power, and Number 2 Prize to Chongqing University of Technology, Heilongjiang Institute of Science and Technology, and Zhejiang University. The team from NUAA demonstrated good operating performance, high level power density and thermal performance, and a compact and inexpensive system design.

“We’re continually inspired by these young engineers and their approach and use of GaN transistors to solve current and future power system challenges,” said Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems. “Solutions developed from the award recipients demonstrate the advantages GaN transistors enable to make designs smaller and more efficient.”

GaN Systems has supported this annual competition for several years, helping to accelerate and proliferate the learning of system development with GaN transistors to address the applications needs of today’s most demanding industries, including data centers, renewable energy systems, automotive, industrial motors, and consumer electronics.

In addition, GaN Systems had a major educational role at the China Power Supply Society Conference 2017, which drew more than 1,000 top researchers and scholars in power electronics. The company presented a 3.5 hour technical seminar providing continuing education of GaN power transistors and applications, and an industrial paper, which provided an in-depth industry overview of the GaN technology market as well as GaN use cases in several industries.


 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 Electric Vehicles, data center servers, solar power systems, 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.

GaN Power Transistors Take Top Honors At 2017 ECN Impact Awards

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GaN power transistors are changing the world and building a reputation as a technology that is enabling high performance, high efficiency, and lower cost power systems. They save millions of watts of power, enable new technologies, and enhance the quality of life – from improving the quality of air we breathe by lowering CO2 emissions to producing superior sound quality of music with Class D audio electronics.

Now in its fourth year, ECN IMPACT Awards celebrates innovative products and services in electronics design. Specifically, the ECN IMPACT Awards recognize, by category, the top products and services for design engineering excellence. At this year’s 2017 ECN IMPACT Awards, GaN power transistors received their share of recognition by taking two of the three awards in the Passive Components and Discrete Semiconductors category.

GaN Systems is honored to receive an award for its Comprehensive Evaluation Platform, which provides designers with a rapid way to evaluate circuit performance and then, design a system for quick time to market. This recognition highlights GaN Systems as an innovator in providing the products and tools which are making a significant impact in today’s world where power consumption is growing swiftly and consequently, so is the global demand for efficiency.

Roughly 10% of the electricity generated worldwide is lost as heat through inefficient power conversion. This is where GaN technology makes the largest impact across industry verticals. Increasing efficiency and reducing the system size is repeated from the consumer electronics we use every day – to the huge data centers that companies rely on to conduct business.

For a complete list of 2017 ECN IMPACT Awards winners, please visit here.