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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。

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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