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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Expands 40 V eGaN FET Product Line with Device Ideal for High Power Density Telecom, Netcom, and Computing Solutions

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Expands 40 V eGaN FET Product Line with Device Ideal for High Power Density Telecom, Netcom, and Computing Solutions

EPC introduces the 40 V, 1.6 milliohm EPC2069 eGaN® FET, offering designers a device that is smaller, more efficient, and more reliable than currently available devices for high performance, space-constrained applications.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — September 2021 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride on silicon (eGaN) power FETs and ICs, advances the performance capability of low voltage, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2069 (1.6 mΩ typical, 40 V) eGaN FET. 

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Meeting the Power and Magnetic Design Challenges of Ultra-Thin, High-Power Density 48 V DC-DC Converters for Ultra-Thin Computing Applications

Meeting the Power and Magnetic Design Challenges of Ultra-Thin, High-Power Density 48 V DC-DC Converters for Ultra-Thin Computing Applications

Over the past decade computers, displays, smart phones and other consumer electronics systems have become thinner while also becoming more powerful. As a result, the market continues to increase its demand for thinner power supply solutions with greater power density. This article examines the feasibility of adopting various non-isolated dc-dc step-down topologies for an ultra-thin 48 V to 20 V rated to 250 W. It examines the pros and cons of various non-isolated topologies and how the topology impacts the choice of the power transistors and magnetics, specifically the inductors, as these two components account for the bulk of the losses in a converter. The article also undertakes a detailed analysis of the challenges to design thin inductors for these applications, including examining the factors that drive inductor losses, inductor size, and the design tradeoffs, including the impact on EMI. For this work, an ultrathin multilevel converter topology was selected, built, and tested. The experimental results obtained from this converter were used to further refine the operating setting and component selections that resulted in a peak efficiency exceeding 98%.

Michael de Rooij, EPC
Quentin Laidebeur, Würth Elektronik

IEEE Power Electronics Magazine
September, 2021
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EPC Expands High-Performance eGaN FET Product Family with Latest 80 V and 200 V Offerings

EPC Expands High-Performance eGaN FET Product Family with Latest 80 V and 200 V Offerings

These new generation eGaN® FETs address the new needs of the eMobility, delivery and logistic robot, and drone markets for compact BLDC motor drives and cost-effective high-resolution Time of Flight.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— June, 2021 — EPC, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride on silicon (eGaN) power FETs and ICs, advances the performance capability while lowering the cost for off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of EPC2065 and EPC2054

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EPC to Showcase High Power Density Solutions Using eGaN FETs and ICs in Volume Applications at APEC 2021 Virtual Conference + Exposition

EPC to Showcase High Power Density Solutions Using eGaN FETs and ICs in Volume Applications at APEC 2021 Virtual Conference + Exposition

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) will showcase the company’s latest enhancement-mode gallium nitride-based FETs and ICs demonstrating how GaN technology’s superior performance is transforming power delivery for high power density computing, automotive, eMobility, and robotics.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— June 2021 — The EPC team will be delivering multiple technical presentations, an educational tutorial, and an exhibitor webinar on gallium nitride (GaN) technology and applications at the upcoming Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) Virtual Conference + Exposition, June 14-17. In addition, the company will participate in the event’s virtual exhibition, showing its latest eGaN® FETs and ICs in customers’ end products that are rapidly adopting eGaN technology.

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EPC’s 1 kW, 48 V to 12 V LLC Power Conversion Demonstration Board Delivers Best-in-Class Power Density of 1226 W/in3

EPC’s 1 kW, 48 V to 12 V LLC Power Conversion Demonstration Board Delivers Best-in-Class Power Density of 1226 W/in3

Delivering the power of a quarter brick in the size of an eighth brick, the EPC9149 uses eGaN® FETs switching at 1 MHz for extreme power density to deliver 1 kW of power.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— May, 2021 — EPC announces the availability of the EPC9149, a 1 kW-capable 48 V input to 12 V output LLC converter that operates as a DC transformer with a conversion ratio of 4:1. This demonstration board features the 100V EPC2218 and 40 V EPC2024 GaN FETs.

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EPC Launches Scalable 1.5 kW 48 V/12 V DC-DC Demonstration Board Powered by Gallium Nitride (GaN) FETs for More Efficient, Smaller, Faster, Bidirectional Converters

EPC Launches Scalable 1.5 kW 48 V/12 V DC-DC Demonstration Board Powered by Gallium Nitride (GaN) FETs for More Efficient, Smaller, Faster, Bidirectional Converters

The EPC9137 is a two-phase 48 V – 12 V bidirectional converter that delivers 1.5 kW with 97% efficiency in small solution size for mild-hybrid cars and battery power backup units.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— May, 2021 — EPC announces the availability of the EPC9137, a 1.5 kW, two-phase 48 V – 12 V bidirectional converter that operates with 97 % efficiency in a very small footprint. The design of this demonstration board is scalable; that is, two converters can be paralleled to achieve 3 kW or three converters can be paralleled to achieve 4.5 kW. The board features four EPC2206 100 V eGaN® FETs and is controlled by a module that includes the Microchip dsPIC33CK256MP503 16-bit digital controller.

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EPC to Showcase High Power Density eGaN FETs and ICs in Volume Customer Applications at PCIM Europe 2021 Digital Days

EPC to Showcase High Power Density eGaN FETs and ICs in Volume Customer Applications at PCIM Europe 2021 Digital Days

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) will showcase the company’s latest enhancement-mode gallium nitride-based FETs and ICs demonstrating how GaN technology’s superior performance is transforming power delivery for automotive, computing, and robotics at the PCIM Europe 2021 Digital Days.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— April 2021 — The EPC team will be delivering two technical presentations, an educational tutorial, an exhibitor webinar, and participating in panel discussions on gallium nitride (GaN) technology and applications at the upcoming PCIM Europe 2021 Digital Days, May 3 – 7. In addition, the company will participate in the event’s virtual exhibition, showing its latest eGaN FETs and ICs in customers’ end products that are rapidly adopting eGaN® technology.

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Using GaN FETs can be as simple as using Silicon FETs – an example in 48V systems

Using GaN FETs can be as simple as using Silicon FETs – an example in 48V systems

In this article, the author introduces a GaN FET compatible analog controller that yields a low bill-of-material count and give designers the ability to design a synchronous buck converter in the same simple way as using silicon FETs, and offers superior performance for 48 V power systems.

Power Electronics News
April, 2021
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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Receives Elektra Award 2020 for Semiconductor Product of the Year (Analogue) for ePower Stage IC

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Receives Elektra Award 2020 for Semiconductor Product of the Year (Analogue) for ePower Stage IC

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announces that the EPC2152 ePower™ Stage IC has received the 2020 Elektra Award for Semiconductor Product of the Year (Analogue).

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— March 2021 — EPC’s ePower™ stage, EPC2152 Integrated Circuit (IC), has been honored with an Elektra Award 2020 in the Semiconductor Product of the Year – Analogue category. The award presentation was announced on March 25th during a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Electronics Weekly. These prestigious annual awards have been running for over 19 years to reward and recognize companies and individuals for their excellent performance, innovation, and contribution to the global electronics industry. Judging is carried out by an independently and unbiased, diverse, and knowledgeable panel of industry experts.

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The 48 V Revolution: Why GaN Plus Digital Control for Ultra-thin Laptops

The 48 V Revolution: Why GaN Plus Digital Control for Ultra-thin Laptops

This article discusses how GaN-based solutions coupled with digital control increase efficiency, shrink the size, and reduce system costs for high density computing applications like ultra-thin laptops and high-end gaming systems. As computers, displays, smartphones and other consumer electronics systems become thinner and more powerful over the past decade, there is increasing demand for addressing the challenge of thinner solutions while extracting more power out of limited space. To address this challenge, the comparative advantages of various non-isolated DC-DC step-down topologies for ultra-thin 48 V – 20 V power solutions that are designed to fit inside a notebook computer or an ultra-thin display are examined.

Power Electronics News
January, 2021
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EPC Launches 170 V eGaN FET Offering Best-in-Class Synchronous Rectification Performance and Cost to Seize High End Server and Consumer Power Supply Applications

EPC Launches 170 V eGaN FET Offering Best-in-Class Synchronous Rectification Performance and Cost to Seize High End Server and Consumer Power Supply Applications

EPC introduces 170 V, 6.8 milliohm EPC2059 eGaN® FET, offering designers a device that is smaller, more efficient, more reliable, and lower cost than currently available devices for high performance 48 V synchronous rectification.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — November 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 EPC2059 (6.8 mΩ, 170 V) eGaN FET.  This device is the latest in a family of 100 V – 200 V solutions suitable for a wide-range of power levels and price points. They are designed to meet the increasing demands of 48 V – 56 V server and data center products as well as an array of consumer power supply applications for high end computing, including gaming PCs, LCD/LED TVs, and LED lighting.

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Power Conversion with GaN

Power Conversion with GaN

GaN technology has seen significant improvements and has reached an optimal cost for MOSFET replacement. Starting in 2017, the adoption rate of GaN in 48-Vin DC-DC converters began to take on important connotations in the market. Various topologies, such as multi-phase and multi-level bucks are offering new solutions with greater efficiency to cover the energy demands of the IT and automotive markets.

Power Electronics News
November, 2020
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eGaN FETs from EPC Enable Multiple 250 W, 48 V DC-DC Solutions with 98% Efficiency for Ultra-Thin, High-Density Computing

eGaN FETs from EPC Enable Multiple 250 W, 48 V DC-DC Solutions with 98% Efficiency for Ultra-Thin, High-Density Computing

Two solutions for high power density DC-DC conversion using ultra-efficient eGaN® FETs from EPC (Efficient Power Conversion) enable highly efficient solutions for ultra-thin laptops, displays, high-end gaming systems and other physically thin consumer electronics.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— October, 2020 — EPC announces the availability of the EPC9148 and EPC9153 demonstration boards for 48 V DC-DC conversion.  The EPC9153 is a 250 W, extremely thin, power module using a simple, low-cost synchronous buck configuration delivering a 98.2% peak efficiency with a maximum component height of 6.5 mm.  The EPC9148 utilizes a multilevel topology enabling a maximum component height less than 4 mm, while maintaining a 98% peak efficiency.

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Power Product News from ‘Virtual APEC’

Power Product News from ‘Virtual APEC’

Starting on page 13 of this story, EPC discusses with David Morrison the latest GaN developments meant for APEC. Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of EPC, discussed his company’s new power stage ICs, their development of GaN-based reference designs using a multi-level topology and various demos that were originally bound for APEC.

How2Power Today
April, 2020
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Learn How to Design Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Drones, Autonomous Cars, and High-Quality Audio Systems at the State-of-the-Art Using GaN Technology

Learn How to Design Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Drones, Autonomous Cars, and High-Quality Audio Systems at the State-of-the-Art Using GaN Technology

EPC has posted additional modules to the educational video podcast series focusing on reliability and leading-edge applications including high-density computing for Artificial Intelligence (AI), lidar for robots, drones, and cars, and Class-D audio using gallium nitride FETs and ICs.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – April 2020 – Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Corporation has posted an update to its popular “How to GaN” video podcast series. The six videos included in the current release of the series provide practical examples to help designers employ GaN technology to create state-of-the-art DC-DC converters for AI servers and ultra-thin laptops, lidar for robots, drones, and autonomous cars, and audio systems with the highest quality acoustics possible.

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Power Semi Wars Begin

Power Semi Wars Begin

GaN and SiC are becoming much more attractive as prices drop. Several vendors are rolling out the next wave of power semiconductors based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC), setting the stage for a showdown against traditional silicon-based devices in the market.

Semiconductor Engineering
October, 2019
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DC-DC Conversion for 48 V – 12 V Automotive Applications

DC-DC Conversion for 48 V – 12 V Automotive Applications

GaN transistors, with favorable figures of merit (FOM) for 48 V applications, can provide a reduction in size, weight, and bill of material costs. This article presents a five-phase, fully regulated, bidirectional 48 V to 12 V DC-DC converter. An advancedthermalmanagement solution suitable for use with eGaN FETs results in a system that can provide 3kW of power at an efficiency exceeding 97.5% into a 14.5 V battery.

Power Systems Design
July, 2019
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