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GaN-on-Silicon Power Devices: How to Dislodge Silicon-Based Power MOSFETs

GaN-on-Silicon Power Devices: How to Dislodge Silicon-Based Power MOSFETs
Gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors designed for efficient power conversion have been in production for seven years. New markets, such as light detection and ranging, envelope tracking, and wireless charging, have emerged due to the superior switching speed of GaN. These markets have enabled GaN products to achieve significant volumes, low production costs, and an enviable reliability reputation. All of this provides adequate incentive for the more conservative design engineers in applications such as dc-dc converters, ac-dc converters, and automotive to start their evaluation process. ... Read more

The Power and Evolution of GaN

The Power and Evolution of GaN
Gallium nitride(GaN)-on-silicon low voltage power devices have enabled many new applications since commercial availability began in 2010. New markets, such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR), envelope tracking, and wireless power, emerged due to the superior switching speed of GaN. These new applications have helped develop a strong supply chain, low production costs, and an enviable reliability record. All of this provides adequate incentive for the more conservative design engineers in applications, such as dc–dc converters, ac–dc converters, and automotive to start their evaluation ... Read more
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Characterization of Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductor Devices Published by The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Characterization of Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductor Devices Published by The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Based on the authors' years of extensive experience, this is an authoritative overview of Wide Bandgap (WBG) device characterization. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – September 2018 – Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (www.epc-co.com) announces the publication by the Institution of Engineering and Technology of Characterization of Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductor Devices co-authored by EPC Senior Applications Engineer, Dr. Edward A. Jones. This textbook provides essential tools to assist researchers, advanced students, and practicing engineers in performing both static and ... Read more
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EPC Receives 2018 Top 10 Power Products Award from Electronic Products China Magazine-21iC Media

EPC Receives  2018 Top 10 Power Products Award from  Electronic Products China Magazine-21iC Media
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has successfully completed automotive AEC Q101 qualification for EPC2202 and EPC2203 gallium nitride devices, opening a range of applications in automotive and other harsh environments. EL SEGUNDO, Calif — September 13th, 2018 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation’s AEC Q101-qualified EPC2202 and EPC2203 have been honored with an Electronic Products China / 21iC Media’s “Top 10 Power Products – Technology Breakthrough Award.” The award presentation was announced on September 13th, 2018 in Beijing, China during ... Read more
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EPC Introduces 100 V eGaN Power Transistor – 30 Times Smaller Than Comparable Silicon and Capable of 97% Efficiency at 500 kHz

EPC Introduces 100 V eGaN Power Transistor – 30 Times Smaller Than Comparable Silicon and Capable of 97% Efficiency at 500 kHz
The EPC2051 offers power systems designers a 100 V, 25 mΩ, power transistor capable of 37 A pulsed in an extremely small chip-scale package.  These new devices are ideal for applications such as 48V power converters, LiDAR, and LED lighting. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — July 2018 — Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announces the EPC2051, a 100 V GaN transistor with a maximum RDS(on) of 25 mΩ and a 37 A pulsed output current for high efficiency power conversion in a tiny 1.1mm2 footprint. Read more
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Designing LiDAR and more into Autonomous E racing

Designing LiDAR and more into Autonomous E racing

The reason eGaN FETs (and now ICs) are used in all the LiDAR systems for autonomous cars, and now autonomous race cars, is that they enable much higher resolution (due to extremely short laser pulses), faster image speed (due to short laser pulses), and the ability to see greater distances with high accuracy (due to fast laser pulses at very high current).

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EPC Joining PCIM Asia 2018 for Knowledge Exchange with Power Management Design Engineers on Wireless Power and Light Distancing and Ranging (LiDAR) Applications

EPC Joining PCIM Asia 2018 for Knowledge Exchange with Power Management Design Engineers on Wireless Power and Light Distancing and Ranging (LiDAR) Applications
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — June 22, 2018 -- Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride on silicon (eGaN®) power FETs and ICs, will meet with design engineers in power management in Shanghai, China, for knowledge exchanges on solutions using a synchronous FET Class E rectifier for over 30 W highly-resonant wireless power receivers, and a kilowatt laser driver with 120 A, sub-10 nanosecond pulses in < 3 cm2 using eGaN FET. Meet EPC experts on power management at PCIM Asia Exhibition and Conference on June 26th, 2018 ... Read more
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How eGaN FETs power LIDAR

How eGaN FETs power LIDAR

LIDAR is presently a subject of great interest, primarily due to its widespread adoption in autonomous navigation systems for vehicles, robots, drones, and other mobile machines. eGaN devices are one of the main factors in making affordable, high performance LIDAR possible in a small form factor thus further fueling the LIDAR revolution.

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The Growing Ecosystem for eGaN FET Power Conversion

The Growing Ecosystem for eGaN FET Power Conversion
In recent years, GaN-based power conversion has increased in popularity due to the inherent benefits of eGaN FETs over conventional Si transistors. Migrating a converter design from Si to GaN offers many system-level improvements, which require consideration of all the components in that system. This trend has subsequently spurred a growth in the ecosystem of power electronics that support GaN-based designs. Power Systems Designs By Edward A. Jones, Michael de Rooij, and David Reusch Read article Read more
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eGaN FET-Based Synchronous Rectification

eGaN FET-Based Synchronous Rectification
As GaN-on-Si becomes more common in DC-DC converter designs, questions often arise from experienced designers about the impact of the unique characteristics of GaN transistors when used as synchronous rectifiers (SRs). In particular, the third quadrant off-state characteristics, better known as “body diode” conduction in Si MOSFETs, which is activated during converter dead-time, is of interest. For this article, the focus will be on the similarities and differences of Si MOSFETs and eGaN® FETs when operated as a “body diode” and outline their relative advantages and ... Read more
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jjPLUS and Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Showcasing Wide Surface-Area, Multiple-Device Wireless Power Solutions at InnoVEX 2018

jjPLUS and Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Showcasing Wide Surface-Area, Multiple-Device Wireless Power Solutions at InnoVEX 2018
jjPLUS and EPC, both members of the AirFuel Alliance, to show how large area wireless power surfaces can be designed following the most advanced AirFuel™ Resonant standard. Go for a wirelessly powered home and office! EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — June 2018 — jjPLUS Corporation, a design manufacturer of advanced wireless communication and wireless power embedded solution company, will demonstrate the next-generation magnetic resonance wireless power transfer (WPT) technology at InnoVEX 2018 in Taipei. Joining jjPLUS will be its technology partner − Efficient Power ... Read more
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Simultaneously Power (or Charge) Cell Phones to Laptops Wirelessly with EPC’s Complete Class 4 Transmitter Paired with A Regulated Category 5 AirFuel Alliance Compatible Wireless Power Demo Kit

Simultaneously Power (or Charge) Cell Phones to Laptops Wirelessly with EPC’s Complete Class 4 Transmitter Paired with A Regulated Category 5 AirFuel Alliance Compatible Wireless Power Demo Kit
Superior characteristics of eGaN® FETs and integrated circuits, such as low output capacitance, low input capacitance, low parasitic inductances, and small size make them ideal for increasing efficiency in highly resonant, AirFuel™ wireless power transfer systems. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— May 2018 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) today announces the availability of a complete class 4 wireless power kit, the EPC9129. The system can transmit up to 33 W while operating at 6.78 MHz (the lowest ISM band). The kit comes complete with two receivers, each with a ... Read more
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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Announces Spirit Electronics as Distribution Partner for Defense and Aerospace Market

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Announces Spirit Electronics as Distribution Partner for Defense and Aerospace Market
Spirit Electronics now provides distribution support to assist customers in adopting eGaN® FETs and ICs for leading-edge power conversion systems in the defense and aerospace market. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— May 2018 — To support its accelerating growth in the defense and aerospace markets, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) is proud to announce the appointment of Spirit Electronics as a distribution partner focusing on these key market segments.  Spirit Electronics, in operation since 1979 and located in Phoenix, Arizona and Irvine, California, supplies ... Read more
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EPC to Showcase High Power Density DC-DC Conversion for Computers and Cars, as well as Multiple High Frequency Applications Using eGaN FETs and Integrated Circuits at PCIM Europe 2018

EPC to Showcase High Power Density DC-DC Conversion for Computers and Cars, as well as Multiple High Frequency Applications Using eGaN FETs and Integrated Circuits at PCIM Europe 2018
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) will exhibit live demonstrations at PCIM Europe 2018 showing how GaN technology’s superior performance is transforming power delivery for entire industries including computing, communications, and automotive. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — May 2018 — The EPC team will be delivering five technical presentations on gallium nitride (GaN) technology and applications at PCIM Europe 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany from June 5th through the 7th. In addition, in Hall 7, Stand 539, the company will exhibit its latest eGaN® FETs and ICs in customers’ ... Read more
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Evaluation of measurement techniques for high speed GaN transistors

Evaluation of measurement techniques for high speed GaN transistors
The increase in switching speed offered by GaN transistors requires good measurement technology, as well as good techniques to capture important details of high-speed waveforms. This article focuses on how to leverage the measurement equipment for the user’s requirement and measurement techniques to accurately evaluate high performance GaN transistors. The article also evaluates high bandwidth differential probes for use with non-ground-referenced waveforms. EDN Network By Suvankar Biswas , David Reusch & Michael de Rooij Read article Read more
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EPC to Showcase GaN Applications at Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in Asia 2018 (WiPDA)

EPC to Showcase GaN Applications at Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in Asia 2018 (WiPDA)
EPC continues its 2018 GaN China Roadshow with participation in the upcoming WiPDA 2018 conference in Xian May 17th through 18th EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— May 2018 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) started a GaN China Roadshow 2018 beginning in Shenzhen in March with technical presentations at the AirFuel Developers Forum. The second event in the roadshow was participation in SEMI China’s Power and Compound Semiconductor International Forum held in Shanghai, where Alex Lidow, CEO gave a keynote speech. Soon, from May 17 to 19, EPC will be meeting with engineers ... Read more
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eGaN Technology is Coming to Cars

eGaN Technology is Coming to Cars
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has successfully completed automotive AEC Q101 qualification for two gallium nitride devices. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— May 2018 — EPC announces successful AEC Q101 qualification of two eGaN® devices, opening a range of applications in automotive and other harsh environments.  The products, EPC2202 and EPC2203, are both discrete transistors in wafer level chip-scale packaging (WLCS) with 80 VDS ratings and will soon be followed with several more discrete transistors and integrated circuits designed for the harsh automotive ... Read more
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