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Where is GaN Going? EPC Releases Six Videos Featuring GaN Technology in Game-Changing Industrial and Consumer Applications

Where is GaN Going? EPC Releases Six Videos Featuring GaN Technology in Game-Changing Industrial and Consumer Applications
Produced by industry experts, Efficient Power Conversion has posted six videos showing active end-use applications such as wireless power transfer, single-stage 48 V – 1 V DC-DC conversion, and envelope tracking for 4G/LTE base stations using gallium nitride transistors and integrated circuits. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – April 2016 - Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (www.epc-co.com) has created and posted to its website six short videos presenting end-customer applications using eGaN® FETs and ICs. The videos show how GaN technology is changing the way we live and challenge power ... Read more
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New Web-based GaN Product Selector Guide from EPC Simplifies Product Selection for High Performance Power Conversion Systems

New Web-based GaN Product Selector Guide from EPC Simplifies Product Selection for High Performance Power Conversion Systems
Designers using state-of-the-art GaN transistors and IC’s for power conversion now have the use of an interactive web-based parametric selection tool to search for the best possible GaN solution for their given power conversion system. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—April 2016— Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announces the implementation of a user-controlled GaN product selector search tool on the EPC website, epc-co.com. Based upon years of EPC customer interactions, this web-based product selector guide provides power system design engineers the following: Read more
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Data center next generation power supply solutions for improved efficiency

Data center next generation power supply solutions for improved efficiency
Claude Shannon started it all when he wrote “A Mathematical Theory of Communication” in 1948 in which he reduced the communication of information to 1s and 0s, essentially binary digits. That theory led to the ability to transmit data without error in the noise-filled environment of the real world. Shannon would have been 100 years old on April 30, 2016. EDN Network Steve Taranovich April 16, 2016 Read article Read more
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Freebird Semiconductor Partners with EPC for Development of Radiation Hardened Gallium Nitride Power Conversion Systems for Satellite and Harsh Environment Applications

Freebird Semiconductor Partners with EPC for Development of Radiation Hardened Gallium Nitride Power Conversion Systems for Satellite and Harsh Environment Applications
Freebird Semiconductor and Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) have entered into an agreement whereby Freebird will develop products for use in high reliability space and harsh environment applications based upon eGaN® power transistors and integrated circuits. NORTH ANDOVER, MA. — April 2016 — Freebird Semiconductor Corporation, North Andover, Massachusetts announces the signing of an agreement with Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC), the leading provider of enhancement-mode gallium nitride power transistors to develop products for use in high reliability, space, ... Read more
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WiGaN: Low Cost Differential-Mode Wireless Power Class-E Amplifier Using eGaN FETs

WiGaN: Low Cost Differential-Mode Wireless Power Class-E Amplifier Using eGaN FETs
In this installment of WiGaN, a differential-mode class-E amplifier for 6.78 MHz loosely coupled resonant wireless power applications is presented. It uses the EPC2037 eGaN® FET which has a small (0.9 mm x 0.9 mm) footprint and can be driven directly with a logic gate. The amplifier is AirFuel™ Class 2 compatible, capable of delivery up to 6.5 W load power over an impedance range of 70j Ω. EEWeb - Wireless & RF Magazine Yuanzhe Zhang, Ph.D., Director of Applications Engineering Michael de Rooij, Ph.D., Vice President of Applications Engineering April 12, 2016 Read article Read more
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What GaN circuits can do for wireless charging

What GaN circuits can do for wireless charging

In this short video, EPC's Alex Lidow explains why GaN FETs may make it possible to wirelessly charge a variety of vehicles, including flying drones. Wireless charging circuits employing GaN FETs work at 13.56 MHz, a switching frequency difficult to reach with ordinary silicon FETs. The GaN transistors used are also five to ten times smaller than silicon devices able to handle the same power levels.

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April 11, 2016
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Why GaN circuits make better Lidar

Why GaN circuits make better Lidar

In this short video, EPC's Alex Lidow explains why GaN FETs can comprise circuits able to deliver Lidar resolutions down to a couple inches. Conventional silicon FETs performing the same tasks would be able to resolve images only down to a few feet. The secret is in the super-fast rise and fall times made possible by the GaN FETs.

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April 11, 2016
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Why gallium nitride is '6,000 times better' than silicon

Why gallium nitride is '6,000 times better' than silicon
Silicon -- the core ingredient in semiconductors and the driving force behind the electronics industry -- is reaching its limit, says Alex Lidow, CEO of Efficient Power Conversion Corporation. His Los Angeles-based company is investigating the capacity of gallium nitride (GaN) to disrupt the $400 billion (£277bn) silicon industry with its improved powers of semiconducting. "This is the first 
time that there is a semiconductor that is both lower cost and has a higher performance than silicon," Lidow says. Wired Magazine Emma Bryce March 31, 2016 Read article Read more
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Highlights from APEC 2016 – GaN, 48V POL, wireless charging and more!

Highlights from APEC 2016 – GaN, 48V POL, wireless charging and more!
Emerging applications such as 48V-to-point-of-load (POL), wireless power and USB Type-C had a lot of interest. Google joined the Open Compute Project a few weeks ago and proposed a computer server-rack architecture based on a 48V power-distribution bus to improve overall system efficiency. While the 48V bus has been around for a long time, the push (and challenge) is for high-efficiency 48V-to-POL voltage regulators. EPC showcased TI’s 48V-to-1V EVM which uses the LMG5200 GaN module (driver and FETs), announced at APEC last year, and a new TI analog controller (TPS53632G). TI E2E ... Read more
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APEC 2016: An Engineer's Perspective on a Power Conference

APEC 2016: An Engineer's Perspective on a Power Conference
You might have seen some behind-the-scenes tweets from the life of the ECN editor (and News Director) and while a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes an engineer's perspective on a conference is worth a little more. With that in mind, I reached out to some APEC engineers and attendees to get the lowdown on this year's Applied Power Electronics Conference in Long Beach, CA. We talked about how the show compared to last year, the biggest trends, and how APEC went for their companies. ECNMag.com Kasey Panetta Read article Read more
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Reflections On APEC 2016: GaN’s Momentum, More Magnetics And An Inspiring Plenary

Reflections On APEC 2016: GaN’s Momentum, More Magnetics And An Inspiring Plenary
At this year’s APEC 2016, news about GaN power technology was probably more dominant than at any time in the past. Real product demos using GaN, new product and technology announcements, attention to GaN in the plenary, and other discussions all reinforced the impression that GaN power devices have arrived and the technology is making inroads in the marketplace. One of the tell-tale signs is a slight shift in the discussions, away from what the devices can do to what else is needed to support the design-in of GaN power transistors. How2Power Today David Morrison April 1, 2016 Read ... Read more
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