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Data center power in 2019

Data center power in 2019
It is expected that there will be more than 175 zettabytes of data by 2025. Data center construction and deployment, as well as upgrading efforts in existing older ones, is booming with the advent of 5G, starting in earnest at the 2020 Olympics in Japan (6G is already being discussed for future development) and the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). It makes so much sense to me that GaN should be the power transistor of choice in Data Center power architectures where size, efficiency and speed are critical. In all the topologies with 48 VIN, the highest ... Read more
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GaN Makes a Frontal Attack on Silicon Power MOSFETS

GaN Makes a Frontal Attack on Silicon Power MOSFETS
Today’s GaN FETs are improving rapidly in size and performance. The benchmark devices are still 300 times away from their theoretical performance limits. The early GaN adopters needed the speed. Big examples were lidar systems for autonomous cars, drones, and robots, and 4G/LTE base stations. The volume has grown, and now GaN power devices are at a point where the prices are equivalent to the slower, bigger and aging power MOSFET. Thus, it is time for GaN’s frontal assault! Bodo’s Power Systems June 2019 Read article Read more
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EPC to Provide eGaN Power Devices in Wafer Form

EPC to Provide eGaN Power Devices in Wafer Form

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) will provide their industry-leading gallium nitride-based power devices in wafer form for ease of power systems integration.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— June 2019 — EPC announces the availability of their industry-leading enhancement-mode gallium nitride (GaN) devices in wafer form for ease of integration.  EPC’s eGaN® FETs and ICs are traditionally sold as singulated chip-scale devices with solder bars or solder bumps. 

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Thermal design for a high density GaN-based power stage

Thermal design for a high density GaN-based power stage
eGaN FETs and ICs enable very high-density power converter design, owing to their compact size, ultra-fast switching, and low on-resistance. The limiting factor for output power in most high-density converters is junction temperature, which prompts the need for more effective thermal design. The chip-scale packaging of eGaN FETs and ICs offer six-sided cooling, with effective heat extraction from the bottom, top, and sides of the die. This article presents a high-performance thermal solution to extend the output current capability of eGaN-based converters. EDN Read article Read more
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EPC: Ahead of the Pack

EPC: Ahead of the Pack

EPC's chief executive, Alex Lidow, believes his GaN devices now beat silicon on performance and price, reports Rebecca Pool.

For EPC chief executive, Alex Lidow, this year's PCIM Europe 2019 has been all about applications. Presenting myriad enhanced-mode GaN FETs and ICs in end-products, the company is making a big play for 48 V DC-DC power conversion in advanced computing and automotives.

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PCIM Europe – where power is at the core of innovation

PCIM Europe – where power is at the core of innovation
This year’s PCIM Europe was attended by a record number of visitors, over 12,000. Over half (54%) were from outside Germany. They came to see over 500 exhibitors and while the subject matter was diverse and wide-ranging, there were some themes that emerged. GaN and SiC jostled for attention at this year’s PCIM Europe. Showing the potential that GaN has already realised, Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) had a stand that was well-stocked with examples of the eGaN FET technology that the company introduced in 2009. Electronic Specifier Read article Read more
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Automotive Qualified eGaN FET, 80 V EPC2214 Helps Lidar Systems ‘See’ Better

Automotive Qualified eGaN FET, 80 V EPC2214 Helps Lidar Systems ‘See’ Better

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) expands AEC Q101 product family with the addition of the EPC2214, 80 V gallium nitride transistor optimized for high resolution lidar systems.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— April 2019 — EPC announces successful AEC Q101 qualification of the 80 V EPC2214 designed for lidar systems in the automotive industry and other harsh environments. 

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GaN enhancement for 48V DC/DC power conversion in servers and automotive

GaN enhancement for 48V DC/DC power conversion in servers and automotive
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has recently introduced two new, 100V, GaN devices that are able to handle 48V server and automotive needs. I will be examining the 48V server power solutions to the processor as well as in automotive and energy storage systems (See my article Bi-directional DC/DC power supplies: Which way do we go?) bi-directional supplies, in an EDN exclusive article coming up in the near future. GaN power transistors MUST be a part of these kinds of architectures; from my point-of-view there is no better alternative. Planet Analog Read article Read more
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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Expands 100 V eGaN FET Family Offering Designers Best-in-Class Performance and Cost for 48 V DC-DC Conversion

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Expands 100 V eGaN FET Family Offering Designers Best-in-Class Performance and Cost for 48 V DC-DC Conversion
EPC introduces 100 V, 3.8 milliohm EPC2053 eGaN® FET, joining the EPC2045, EPC2052, and EPC2051 to offer a comprehensive 100 V family of GaN transistors that are more efficient, smaller, and lower cost for high performance 48 V DC-DC conversion. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — April 2019 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride on silicon (eGaN) power FETs and ICs advances the performance capability while lowering the cost of off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2053 (3.8 mΩ, 100 V) ... Read more
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EPC Introduces 100 V eGaN Power Transistor for 48 V DC-DC, Motor Drives, and Lidar Applications

EPC Introduces 100 V eGaN Power Transistor for 48 V DC-DC, Motor Drives, and Lidar Applications
The EPC2052 offers power systems designers a 100 V, 13.5 mΩ, power transistor capable of 74 A pulsed in an extremely small chip-scale package.  In a 48 V – 12 V DC-DC Power Converters these new generation eGaN FETs achieved greater than 97% efficiency at 500 kHz and greater than 96% Efficiency at 1 MHz EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — March 2019 — Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announces the EPC2052, a 100 V GaN transistor with a maximum RDS(on) of 13.5mΩ and a 74 A pulsed output current for high efficiency power conversion in a tiny 2.25mm2 footprint. Read more
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Powering graphics processors from a 48-V bus

Powering graphics processors from a 48-V bus
New converter topologies and power transistors promise to reduce the size and boost the efficiency of supplies that will run next-generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms. In all the topologies with 48 VIN, the highest efficiency comes with using GaN devices. This is due to their lower capacitance and smaller size. With recent pricing declines in GaN power transistors, the cost comparison with silicon-based converters now strongly favors GaN in all the leading-edge solutions. Power Electronic Tips March, 2019 Read article Read more
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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) to Showcase Industry-Leading Performance in High Power Density DC-DC Conversion and Multiple High-Frequency Applications Using eGaN Technology at APEC 2019

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) to Showcase Industry-Leading Performance in High Power Density DC-DC Conversion and Multiple High-Frequency Applications Using eGaN Technology at APEC 2019
EPC will exhibit live demonstrations showing how GaN technology’s superior performance is transforming power delivery for entire industries including computing, communications, and automotive. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — March 2019 — The EPC team will be delivering eleven technical presentations on gallium nitride (GaN) technology and applications at APEC 2019 in Anaheim, California from March 17th through the 21st. In addition, the company will demonstrate its latest eGaN FETs and ICs in customers’ end products that are enabled by eGaN technology. Read more
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The Power and Evolution of GaN, Part 6: GaN Technology Adoption and Roadmap

The Power and Evolution of GaN, Part 6: GaN Technology Adoption and Roadmap
In the final installment of this series, how GaN has met the requirements to displace silicon is explored. As the adoption rate of GaN explodes, it is important to remember that, while GaN has made many advancements in just a few short years, it is still far from its theoretical performance limitations and thus there are profound improvements that can continue to be achieved. In time, the performance and cost advantages of GaN-on-silicon will result in a majority of applications currently using silicon-based devices converting to the smaller, faster, cheaper, and more reliable GaN ... Read more
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EPC Expands Asian Team to Unleash the Power of Innovations for Customer Solutions

EPC Expands Asian Team to Unleash the Power of Innovations for Customer Solutions
As part of its expansion to support a widening customer base for DC-DC, LiDAR, wireless power applications and beyond, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation has expanded its Asia-based team with new members who are in close proximity to customers in 21 regions throughout Asia Pacific. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — November 28, 2018 — To support its accelerating sales growth in Asia, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) is proud to announce the expansion of the sales and FAE team in Asia Pacific to support its expanding customer base, maximize new business acquisition and ... Read more
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GaN Power Modules Deliver Over 1400 W/in3 for 48 V – 12 V DC-DC and Up to 10 MHz for Point-of-Load Power Conversion

GaN Power Modules Deliver Over 1400 W/in3 for 48 V – 12 V DC-DC and Up to 10 MHz for Point-of-Load Power Conversion
Efficient Power Conversion’s EPC9204 and EPC9205 power modules demonstrate the efficiency enhancements and significant size reduction achieved in DC-DC power conversion using high frequency switching eGaN® power transistors and integrated circuits. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— March 2018 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduces two new GaN power modules for DC-DC conversion, increasing efficiency across the 48 V to point-of-load power architecture. The EPC9205 is a high-power density PCB-based power module for 48 V – 12 V conversions while the ... Read more
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GaN-Based 48 V to 12 V Regulated Power Supply Development Board Delivers over 1250 W per Cubic Inch and Over 96% Efficiency

GaN-Based 48 V to 12 V Regulated Power Supply Development Board Delivers over 1250 W per Cubic Inch and Over 96% Efficiency
Efficient Power Conversion’s EPC9130 five-phase development board demonstrates the extreme size reduction and efficiency enhancement for power conversion achieved using high frequency switching eGaN® power transistors. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— March 2018 —Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduces EPC9130 48 V − 12 V non-isolated, fully regulated development board.  This five-phase board with 12 A per phase has a maximum output current of 60 amps, making the board capable of over 700 W. The EPC9130 provides extremely high-power density exceeding ... Read more
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48V-to-1V Conversion - the Rebirth of Direct-to-Chip Power

48V-to-1V Conversion - the Rebirth of Direct-to-Chip Power

During last week's PCIM Europe event in Nuremberg, Germany, direct 48V-to-1V power conversion architectures were a significant topic. “The use of GaN switches in 48V-to-1V direct dc-dc converters can improve system performance by 30%, compared with today’s best silicon-based designs,” commented Alex Lidow, CEO of Efficient Power Conversion.

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May 31, 2017
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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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