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The Power and Evolution of GaN, Part 4: Bringing Precision Control to Surgical Robots with eGaN FETs and IC

The Power and Evolution of GaN, Part 4: Bringing Precision Control to Surgical Robots with eGaN FETs and IC

In this series, how the superior switching speed of gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon low voltage power devices have enabled many new applications is being discussed. These applications are transforming industries such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR) for autonomous vehicles, envelope tracking for 5G communications and large surface area wireless power for the home and office. In this article, how GaN power devices are transforming medicine by bringing precision control to surgical robots is examined.

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Comparison of Silicon Versus Gallium Nitride FETs for the Use in Power Inverters for Brushless DC Servo Motors

Since the Robotics and Mechatronics Institute is highly interested in the improvement of sensor and power electronics, we used the opportunity of this new robot development to evaluate the new enhancement mode Gallium Nitride FET technology from EPC and compare it with our up to this time best inverter design.

Bodo’s Power Systems
By Robin Gruber, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
March, 2014

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