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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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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) 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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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Publishes Tenth Reliability Report Highlighting Gallium Nitride Device Testing Beyond Automotive AEC-Q101 Qualification

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Publishes Tenth Reliability Report Highlighting Gallium Nitride Device Testing Beyond Automotive AEC-Q101 Qualification
EPC’s Phase Ten Reliability Report adds to the growing knowledge base published in the first nine reports. With this report, EPC has stress-tested over 30,000 parts for a total of over 18 million hours without failure.  There have been no field failures in over two years despite shipping millions of parts. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— February 2019 — EPC announces its Phase Ten Reliability Report, documenting the test results leading to the successful completion of automotive AEC-Q101 qualification. AEC-Q101 demands the highest level of reliability standards for ... Read more
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Automotive Qualified eGaN FETs Help Lidar Systems ‘See’ Better, Increase Efficiency, and Reduce Costs in 48 V Automotive Power Systems

Automotive Qualified eGaN FETs Help Lidar Systems ‘See’ Better, Increase Efficiency, and Reduce Costs in 48 V Automotive Power Systems
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) expands AEC Q101 product family with the addition of two new gallium nitride devices. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— January 2019 — EPC announces successful AEC Q101 qualification of two additional eGaN devices, addressing a range of applications in the automotive industry and other harsh environments.  The new products, EPC2206, and EPC2212 are both discrete transistors in wafer level chip-scale packaging (WLCS) with 80 VDS and 100 VDS ratings respectively. Read more
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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) to Display GaN-Enabled Wirelessly Powered Systems for the Home and High-Resolution LiDAR for Autonomous Cars at 2019 CES

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) to Display GaN-Enabled Wirelessly Powered Systems for the Home and High-Resolution LiDAR for Autonomous Cars at 2019 CES
Within the EPC hospitality suite, wirelessly powered systems for the home and GaN based, industry-leading LiDAR systems used in autonomous vehicles will be on display. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — December 2018 — Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) will be demonstrating the power of eGaN® technology to enhance two game-changing consumer applications – wireless power and LiDAR for self-driving cars – at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8th through the 11th. Read more
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Building the Smallest and Most Efficient 48 V to 5 - 12 V DC to DC using eGaN FETs and ICs

The Power and Evolution of GaN – Part 2 of 6 part series

Building the Smallest and Most Efficient 48 V to 5 - 12 V DC to DC using eGaN FETs and ICs
With the power architecture transition from a 12 V to a 48 V bus power distribution in modern data centers, there is an increased demand to improve 48 V power conversion efficiency and power density. In this context, DC-DC converters designed using eGaN® FETs and ICs provide a high efficiency and high power density solution. Additionally, with the advent of 48 V power systems in mild-hybrid, hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, GaN transistors can provide a reduction in size, weight, and Bill of Materials (BOM) cost. Power Systems Design Read article Read more
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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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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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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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Velodyne LiDAR Announces Breakthrough Design for Miniaturized, Low-Cost Solid-State LiDAR Sensors

Velodyne LiDAR Announces Breakthrough Design for Miniaturized, Low-Cost Solid-State LiDAR Sensors

Velodyne LiDAR Inc., the recognized global leader in Light, Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, today announced a groundbreaking design for a solid-state LiDAR sensor that can deliver a subsystem cost of under $50 U.S. when sold in high-volume manufacturing scale.

Venture Beat
December, 13, 2016
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Velodyne Says It's Got a "Breakthrough" in Solid State Lidar Design

Velodyne Says It's Got a "Breakthrough" in Solid State Lidar Design
Lidar is a fantastic sensor for autonomous cars. Most companies developing self-driving vehicles seem to agree that the massive amount of long range, high accuracy data that you get from lidar is necessary, especially for complicated and variable urban environments. Really, the only reason why there's been so much focus on getting autonomy to work with just cameras and radar is that cameras and radar are cheap, and lidar is ridiculously expensive. IEEE Spectrum December, 13, 2016 Read article Read more
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eGaN Technology Reliability and Physics of Failure

eGaN Technology Reliability and Physics of Failure
In this series we will look at the various ways the reliability of eGaN® technology has been validated, and how we are developing models from our understanding of the physics of failures that can help predict failure rates under almost any operating condition. In this first installment and the next, we will look at the field experience from the past six years of GaN transistors use in a variety of applications from vehicle headlamps to medical systems to 4G/LTE telecom systems. Diving into the failure of each and every part leads to some valuable lessons learned. Planet ... Read more
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